Concert in the Park: Zepparella
I was born just a few months before the passing of Led Zeppelin drummer John "Bonzo" Bonham in 1980. Still I grew up hearing the sounds of this legendary rock band on the radio. I've never heard them live, except for live albums like The Song Remains The Same or How The West Was Won. I was browsing Ticketmaster for Bay Area concerts and I discovered Zepparella, an all female Led Zeppelin cover band.
I've seen so many photos of Led Zeppelin in Black & White, I figured I should do at least one of Zepparella too. As a teen, most of the photos of Zeppelin I saw were in Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga. A colorful account of Led Zeppelin from beginning to end. The accuracy of the book has been repudiated by the band.
I saw they had a series of gigs in the Bay Area and some in Washington state. A show in San Jose looked promising except it was 21+ and I have a teenager very excited to hear Led Zeppelin music coming along with me. I saw an event listed in Concord, apparently that city has a Music and Market Series every Thursday in summer and hosts a free concert. The ladies of Zepparella said this was their fourth year performing there and the crowd just keeps getting bigger.
As for the band's performance, they sounded great! You could hear in the quality of the music, the hours spent practicing. You could see in their expressions and body language that they were also having a lot of fun so their sound was genuine and loose, and not a stiff note for note take on a studio version of a song.