Sorry, Led Zeppelin fans, but you're going to have to find new Memorial Day weekend plans: The organizers of Zep Fest announced this morning that the three day celebration of all things Zeppelin, originally scheduled to take place at National Harbor May 27-29, has been canceled.
Mark Boudreau, the director of Zep Fest, told TBD last month that he had worked hard to make sure the event went beyond the usual wacky cover bands that tend to be the big draw of such tribute festivals. He booked acts that influenced Zeppelin, including Vanilla Fudge and David "Honeyboy" Edwards, and arranged a screening of filmmaker Jeff Krulick's Led Zeppelin Played Here, which attempts to figure out whether or not the band played at a Wheaton rec center the night that Richard Nixon was inaugurated.
"The obvious thing would've been to just book a bunch of tribute bands and have them play 'The Song Remains the Same' over and over," Boudreau said. "That would've been the obvious thing, but that's not what we wanted."
Ticket refunds will be available at points of purchase, organizers said.