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Sunday October 21st 2018

Jibber Jabber into the New Year—Local Nostalgia Band to Ring in 2012

The Fubar Saloon in Lawton might be ringing “in” 2012 this New Year’s Eve, but they’ll be doing it rocking “out” to hits of the 80s and 90s with the band Jibber Jabber.

The 80s and 90s nostalgia band has been around for a few years, but has recently rearranged their lineup and added lead female vocalist, Megan Pool, who, until her 20-year high school reunion a few months ago, had never even belted into a microphone.

She connected with the other members of Jibber Jabber when she booked them to play their class reunion. Little did she know, by the night of the show, she’d be a member of the group.

Her lack of stage experience says nothing about the mother and paralegal’s talent, though, said lead guitarist, David Wilson.

“I didn’t know she sang, like for-real sang,” Wilson said. “When she began singing, my jaw dropped. It sounded fantastic.”

Wilson described her voice as a cross between Melissa Etheridge and Sarah McLachlan.

“It’s not as gritty as Melissa Etheridge and not as soft as Sarah, but somewhere in the middle,” he said.

With many private parties and some other gigs under their belts, the band currently has between 40 and 50 songs they say are sure to please audiences.

“You will most likely say at some point in the night ‘I can’t believe they played that song,’” Wilson promised.

Pool said the band works hard on their lineup because having a good time at the shows starts with them.

“We don’t take ourselves seriously, but we take our shows seriously,” she said. “We are not playing anything that is not fun for us. We discuss what we’d enjoy playing. No lives are going to change while we sing Pour Some Sugar on Me, but nobody is going to leave without a big grin on their face.”

The band plays mega hits like “Rebel Yell,” by Billy Idol, but also plays songs people might think they’d never hear live, like “Rock Me Amadeus,” by Falco, performed in German.

“If you come out and hear us nail that thing in German, it is really phenomenal,” Wilson said. “Chances are we’re going to play something that you’ve always loved and haven’t thought of in ten years.”

The band consists of Pool and Wilson as well as James Morris on the drums, Nick Evans on rhythm guitar, Greg Chewning on bass guitar and Seth Copeland on the keys and male lead vocals, whom Wilson said has got to be heard to be believed when he performs Axl Rose or Billy Idol covers.

The band’s next show at the Fubar Saloon, located at 4 SW Lee Blvd, starts at 9 pm on Dec. 31 and is open to the public. More information on booking the band can be found at Facebook.com/jibberjabberband or by calling 580.574.9753.

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