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Cinefamily: Led Zeppelin Played Here

By Mike Everleth ⋅ August 11, 2014


August 14
7:30 p.m.
The Silent Movie Theater
611 N. Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Hosted by: Don’t Knock the Rock

Master documentarian Jeff Krulik will make his magnificent return to Los Angeles with his latest blockbuster, Led Zeppelin Played Here, which digs deep into the mystery of the classic rock group playing a micro-venue in Maryland. Did the band really play? Or is the tale just a hallucinogenic myth conjured up by pranksters?

Krulik will be in attendance and will participate in a post-screening Q&A session hosted by musican and actor Michael Des Barres.

Entrance and sign for the Wheaton Community Recreation Center

It had long been rumored that on the night of Richard Nixon’s first Presidential Inauguration — January 20, 1969 — a young Led Zeppelin played a show at the Wheaton Youth Center in Wheaton, Maryland for a tiny audience of teenagers. Although attendees swear they were there, many a naysayer has claimed that the story of the show is a complete fabrication.

So, who better to get to the bottom of this fantastic mystery than Maryland-based documentary maestro and rabin music fan Jeff Krulik. Utilizing his incredible interviewing skills — and his love of oddball stories — Krulik interviews rock historians and musicians to see if it’s even possible that Led Zeppelin would have been in the middle of Maryland in 1969; as well as chatting with those who adamantly state they were at the unbelievable show.