Shawn Kelly was born to be Robert Plant.
As far as his tribute band goes, anyway. The Seal Beach resident still works during the week as a bar manager, and he hasn't toured the world or trashed an expensive hotel room. But Kelly bears a striking physical and vocal resemblance to the Led Zeppelin frontman, to the point where he doesn't need to wear a wig or alter his voice for effect.
"I've been doing session work in the past where they've asked, 'Can you sing that a little differently? You sound a little too much like Robert Plant,'" said Kelly, who pursued a career as an original musician before founding Led Zepland in 1999.
If resembling the British rock icon is Kelly's lot in life, he's made good use of it. Over the last decade, his tribute band has played at the Coach House, Galaxy Concert Theatre, Viper Room and other Southern California venues, attracting audiences of 200 or more. This weekend, the quartet will make its annual stop in Kelly's former hometown, raising funds for the Sunset Beach Community Assn. in the neighborhood's fifth annual Classic Rock Beachfest.