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Chris Cooley to play featured role at Zep Fest 2011

Chris Cooley is staying busy during the lockout with his pottery hobby, but the Washington Redskins tight end next month will add another plum job when he serves as official tour manager for Zep Fest 2011.

Zep Fest is a three-day music festival over Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-29) at National Harbor in Maryland.

An avid music fan, Cooley jumped at the opportunity to get involved with the even, which will feature classic rock music, Delta Blues legends and story-telling from writers who have chronicled Led Zeppelin.

Cooley’s appearance at Zep Fest is scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 28. His role will include introducing the musical acts and serving as celebrity judge for the Ultimate Dream Band, a fantasy camp for aspiring musicians.

“Zep Fest is going to be a memorable weekend for me as I get to meet and hang out with some of the most influential musicians in classic rock, hear their behind-the-scenes stories of their experiences and share in this excitement with all of the passionate Zep Fans,” Cooley said in a news release. “I am the tour manager with backstage passes, get to introduce some of these legendary bands and I am also the judge for ‘Dream Band.’ What a fun way to celebrate Memorial Weekend.”

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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