Zeppelin Tribute Band ZoSo Rocks RIFP

ZoSo, Led Zeppelin tribute band in performance at Roanoke Island Festival Park.
ZoSo, Led Zeppelin tribute band in performance at Roanoke Island Festival Park.

There is a reason why Led Zeppelin is considered one of the best, and usually the best, rock ’n’ roll band ever. Four incredibly talented musicians who understood what they wanted to do with their music and they did it well…better than anyone.

Who is ZoSo?

Matching that style, matching that sound isn’t easy, but ZoSo, a Zeppelin tribute band does it as well as anyone.

Matt Jernigan’s voice is as close to Robert Plant’s as it could be; John McDaniel on lead guitar really seems to understand what Page was doing. Bassist Adam Sandling sounds like John Paul Jones and Bevan Davies on drums matches Bonham beat for beat.

And that’s not an easy task.

For all that almost every Zepplin song has a melody that is memorable…catchy, at times…this is not easy music to perform.

What really seems to set ZoSo apart from other tribute bands is how meticulous they are in matching the original look and feel. The band dresses like Led Zeppelin did; they use the same instruments and best of all, the same arrangements, and they nailed it last night at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo.

This was the second time the band has played RIFP, but the third attempt. Labor Day last year, they were supposed to be on the Outer Banks but Tropical Storm Hermine had a different idea and the concert had to be cancelled.

Honestly, it did look a bit iffy yesterday—Saturday, with a nor’easter threatening, but there was nice break in the weather that ran from 7-10 p.m. The wind was picking up from the north by the end of the show, and there was a light drizzle, but shows this good don’t come along too often. It was worth the slight misery, if that’s what it was.

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