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Llory McDonald, performing with Jerry Riopelle at The Spirit Room in Jerome: "Jerry is a real sweetheart. He taught me so much about professionalism and songwriting and, more than anything, how to put on a show. Wow, what a show. He really knows how to put on a show." (Vyto Starinskas/Verde Independent)

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