West Valley Music Center is the premier showcase for acoustic music in the West San Fernando Valley. One Saturday every month, we bring you some of the best folk music artists at our monthly Acoustic Music Series: singer-songwriters, both local and touring, performing in our optimal listening space. Located in a redesigned intimate setting perfectly suited for an attentive audience, our unique performance space holds up to 40 people, providing the audience and performers with an ideal listening environment.
For artists interested in booking information, contact Jeff Gold.
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Saturday, November 11 @ 8pm
"John Zipperer seems to me to be a cross between Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, while being a true original at the same time."
Gary Austin, Founder—The Groundlings
While changing a tire on his boss's wife's car by the side of the I-285 freeway in Atlanta, Georgia, John was hit by a semi and thrown 40 feet. It was then that John decided life is too short and came out to LA to make his way. He's been a music teacher, a Tae Kwon Do instructor, an actor, and stunt man, but his passion has always been music. At this stage of the game his passion is writing and performing original music that communicates. "Bring me smiles or bring me tears. Just bring it."
Hailing from New York, Folkways recording artist Jeff Gold graduated from the Aaron Copland School of Music. During his New York life, he played at such legendary venues as the Village Gate, Kenny’s Castaways, the Bottom Line, and Speakeasy. He also played extensively at Folk City—one of the great proving grounds for the newest and brightest singer-songwriters—where he shared the stage with artists such as Shawn Colvin, the Roches, Odetta, Steve Forbert, and Suzanne Vega. Once in Los Angeles, Jeff continued performing in LA’s finest venues, such as The Troubadour, Genghis Cohen, McCabe’s, the Mint, Largo, and The Coffee Gallery. He also performed on stage with Peter, Paul, and Mary at the Troubadours of Folk festival at UCLA.
Incredibly versatile, Jeff plays and composes for the piano, saxophone, guitar, clarinet, and keyboards, and he also writes, creating stunning pop standards that come from the guts and heart of contemporary life. These beautifully tender songs are written and performed in a style he describes as “urban folk.” Rendered in a gentle voice and accompanied by his easy-flowing, fluid acoustic guitar work, this style is evidenced by his well-reviewed CD, The Journey. Jeff was honored by having two of his songs selected to be in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., and has also placed a song in the Universal film, Flicka 3.
West Valley Music Center · 24424 Vanowen Street · West Hills, CA 91307 · 818.992.4142
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