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THE BAND

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DARIN LUGAR

// Drums & Vocals

 

Darin Lugar is the Singer and Drummer for the Led Zeppelin Musical Tribute band, Zeppapotapuss. Darin was born in Long Beach, CA and lived in San Diego, CA until the age of 6 when he moved to Mesa, AZ. After 2 years in Mesa, Darin started to learn to play drums but lost interest after about a year of lessons. Darin then fell in love with sports and didn’t play drums again until his Junior year of High School. Soon after high school he joined his first band.  Darin played drums for the bands, Ixtapa, Krystal Vision, Frankly Scarlett and Muscle until the late 1990’s. In 2001 Darin turned his attention to singing and fronting the bands Triple XL and Swinging Jezuz. Since 2014 Darin has combined the two talents into being the Singer and Drummer for the Best Led Zeppelin Music Tribute band in the world.  

JIM KING

// Bass & Vocals

 

Jim King is a singer/songwriter, born in upstate New York, raised in Connecticut and California until he moved to the Valley of the Sun in his senior year of high school.  He has been in numerous Arizona bands including Ravages of Time, Lizard Shake, Smakhead, Lazy Jade, Triple XL, the Mojo Farmers and now is the bass player for Zeppapotapuss.  His deep musical roots have led him to play bass & guitar with dozens of Arizona based musicians, across many genres over the years. The Zeppapotapuss project reflects his respect for the music of Led Zeppelin and his dedication to the other members of Zeppapotapuss.

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Derick Young

// Guitars

Originally from upstate South Carolina, Derick grew up listening to all the great classic rock bands and the countless bands influenced by them.  He fell in love with guitar at an early age, idolizing players like Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix, and started getting involved with bands and recording projects in high school.  His influences broadened in college where he studied classical guitar and continued recording with the original band Mottafapotta before moving to Arizona.  As a member of Zeppapotapuss, Derick loves to perform live with an incredible group of musicians that appreciate the music of Led Zeppelin as much as he does.

 

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Josh Browning

//Guitars

 

A Phoenix native, Josh Browning has been playing guitar since the age of 7 and has been involved with numerous projects starting in high school. An avid fan of music, he was surrounded by classic rock in his childhood and continues to take inspiration from such legends as: The Who, The Rolling Stones, Traffic, The Animals, Jefferson Airplane and of course Led Zeppelin. Starting off his guitar training as a Flamenco guitarist, Josh soon branched off from classical music to incorporate his favorites into his growing repertoire, allowing him great versatility in his approach to music. This was further augmented when joining Zeppapotapuss, as he now has added mandolin to his list of instruments to play. Josh is happy to be a part of the Best Tribute Band in Arizona of his all-time favorite band, Led Zeppelin. 

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Steve Walter

// Harmonicas

 

Jon Varo

//Keyboards and Guitars

Jon Varo is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist from Hamilton Square, New Jersey. Jon studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and graduated in 1995; winning an award for electro-acoustic music, specifically in sound design. Upon graduation, he moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for graduate studies but ended up leaving school and forming the local rock band, Crosstown Traffic, and performed from Baton Rouge, New Orleans, along the Gulf Coast to Gainesville and Atlanta for four years. Upon the bands dissolution, Jon moved to Nashville and performed with a variety of large and small acts for the next few years. In 2010, he relocated to Mesa, Arizona and has been very active in the local music scene. Jon currently performs with a number of acts, including Zeppapotapuss, the Groove Merchants, the Acousticrats, Eric and the Dominos, and fills in on keyboards for the Harry McGraw Band from time to time.

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