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John Zipperer with Melinda Gibson

  • Ojai Underground Exchange 1016 West Ojai Avenue Ojai, CA, 93023 United States (map)

A former tv actor and stuntman, John Zipperer’s second chance came rolling down the highway of life, not on a carefully controlled movie or commercial set, but while changing a tire for a friend along the 285 freeway in Atlanta, GA. John was hit by a ten-wheel oil truck. After flying forty feet and landing in the hospital, John was told by the critical care doc, “You should be dead!” To John this seemed like a clear sign that life is, or could be, too short.  He packed everything he owned into his 1976 Camaro and headed out to Los Angeles to pursue a life in music. It was ZipTime! John’s clear voice, infectious melodies and heartfelt lyrics reach fans in places that they didn’t know existed. Soon everyone is singing along, swaying, chair dancing, head bobbing, and clapping. Fans remark over and over about the joy that is evident when John is on stage – joy in playing, joy for their audience, joy from the audience. John Zipperer delivers a unique and refreshing blend of rock, folk, country and blues. Opening the show at 7:30 is Melinda Gibson. At first glance one might expect soul-baring, acoustic-guitar based introspection...Nope. Melinda prefers guitars that generate voltage, and displays an enviable, natural talent for writing infectious hooks and songs that rock. Though she credits Tom Petty, Green Day, Weezer and Led Zeppelin as inspiration, Melinda's sound is all her own... Fun, catchy, and accessible. Her wide-ranging guitar influences include Jeff Beck, Andy Summers, James Hurley, Eric Johnson, Wes Montgomery and of course, The Ultimate Riffmaster - Jimmy Page. Join us Saturday, September 29th for this great night of music! There is a $20 suggested donation at the door.

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Earlier Event: September 28
Eddie Chaffin & Friends
Later Event: October 5
Michael Rider