Sneak a peek at new documentary ‘Led Zeppelin Played Here’

August 22, 2013

Just imagine being in the audience at the Wheaton Youth Center on Jan. 20, 1969. The same day Richard Nixon took office, a little band called Led Zeppelin was rocking 50-odd concertgoers at a humble venue on Georgia Avenue. But did the show even happen? That has been among Washington's great mysteries. Some remember the concert vividly while others that lived nearby or worked at the center insist it's just myth.


The Wheaton Youth Center: Where the magic happened. Or did it? (Jeff Krulik)

Leave it to prolific documentarian Jeff Krulik (co-producer of the cult classic "Heavy Metal Parking Lot") to sniff out the truth. The answer lies in the new film "Led Zeppelin Played Here," which features interviews with DJs, promoters, archivists and historians, not to mention the alleged attendees.

The movie has two scheduled screenings coming up. You can unravel the mystery during the Baltimore premiere, which is tonight at the Creative Alliance (tickets are $12). Or head to AFI Silver Theatre on Friday, Aug. 30 at 9:15 p.m. and see the film for just $5.

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Washington-area native Stephanie Merry covers movies, theater and art for Weekend and the Going Out Guide. She’s also the section’s de facto expert on yoga, gluten-free dining and bicycle commuting.
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