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February 29, 1996 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
Philadelphia's longest-running rock 'n' roll party is finally calling it quits. J.C. Dobbs, the South Street landmark where George Thorogood, Nirvana, Green Day, Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam got their local start, will close in late April. The spot will be reborn under new management as the Pontiac Bar and Grill, where acoustic music will be the side dish, not the main event. Dobbs owner Kathy James said: "I don't think the '90s have been what the '80s were. There are neighborhoods like Manayunk and 2nd Street that are hotter.
NEWS
March 14, 1991 | By Dan DeLuca, Special to The Inquirer
Darden Smith's songs snap and crackle and pop. On Tuesday night, Smith flicked his wrist down hard on his acoustic guitar and did some quick picking; percussionist Paul Pearcy stood behind his downsized drum kit and shifted the tunes into higher gear. J.C. Dobbs was packed, and toes were tapping. Smith's small-town songs came off with plenty of pluck, and it was a good thing, because their sprightly delivery made it easy to look past the holes that sometimes show up in the Austin, Texas, native's writing, supposedly his strong suit.
NEWS
November 20, 1986 | By Robert Gordon, Special to The Inquirer
Performing at J.C. Dobbs on Tuesday night, the Raunch Hands exhibited the irreverence that makes them great. Their well-executed interpretation of soul and rhythm and blues songs makes them unique among bands today. In the 1984 independent release that brought them to prominence in New York, the Raunch Hands acknowledged a debt to Bo Diddley and other early rock- and-rollers. Although other groups were lost mimicking the earlier sounds of the genre, the Hands seized the raucous spirit of the founders and injected it back into the music.
NEWS
April 20, 1990 | By Dan DeLuca, Special to The Inquirer
The Chills, the New Zealand group that played a focused, propulsive set at J.C. Dobbs Wednesday, are an uncommonly smart pop band. Leader Martin Phillipps has a huge vocabulary, but he doesn't sling words purposelessly and he rarely allows his taste for Romantic song-poetry to get in the way of his winding, infectious melodies. His bandmates - 17-year-old drummer James Stephenson, bald bassist Justin Harwood and keyboard player Andrew Todd - give Phillipps' morbid rants the sometimes ghostly, sometimes bristling treatments they need.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 1989 | By Jack Lloyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Twelve of the area's leading musical acts will perform Sunday during the sixth annual Children's Hospital benefit at J. C. Dobbs, 304 South St. The event is staged in memory of Donnie Tedesco, who operated Dobbs in partnership with Kathy James prior to his death on Nov. 19, 1984. Scheduled to perform, starting at 6 p.m., are Robert Hazard, Kenn Kweder, Blues Man Willie, Johnny O and the Classic Dogs of Love, the Dukes of Destiny, Jamison Smoothdog, Winkle and the Wanderers, Jack Quigley and His Only Friend, the Darrows, the Tom Gallagher Band, the Wild Brothers and VHF. Traditionally, there is a jam after the regular performances.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 1995 | By Sara Sherr, FOR THE INQUIRER
Current modern-rock staple Green Apple Quick Step is one of the more promising candidates in the less-than-promising genre known as "modern rock. " On Friday, the Seattle quintet, concentrating on material from their latest album, the mostly forgettable Related (Medicine), began a series of appearances in Philadelphia before a midsized, enthusiastic crowd at J.C. Dobbs. (The group will appear Friday at the Khyber Pass Pub.) The playing of guitarists Steve Ross and Dan Klempthorne and the unassuming vocals of bassist Mari Anne Braeden gave energy to the brief set at Dobbs.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 1994 | By Sam Wood, FOR THE INQUIRER
Not since Nirvana and Pearl Jam played their first Philadelphia gigs has the local buzz for a rock act been as strong as it was for Jeff Buckley, who made his area debut at J.C. Dobbs on Tuesday. Amazingly, Buckley lives up to the hype. He's a rare alternative-rocker with an appreciation for pop history - both distant and recent. During his riveting, hour-long set at Dobbs (the same venue that brought Nirvana to town), the sound of the classics collided with the contemporary as echoes of Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin merged with those of the Smiths and the Cocteau Twins.
NEWS
September 25, 1990 | By Dan DeLuca, Special to the Inquirer
Yo La Tengo is more than a rock critic's favorite, it's a rock critic's band. Co-led by Ira Kaplan, a scribe for assorted downtown Manhattan weeklies until he and drummer Georgia Hubley decided to do it for themselves, the Hoboken, N.J.-based group has a deeper record collection to dig into than most. Or at least it sounds that way. Eleven of the 16 songs on the mostly acoustic quartet's latest album, Fakebook, are cleverly chosen covers. John Cale's "Andalucia. " Michael Hurley's "Griselda.
NEWS
March 5, 1991 | By Sam Wood, Special to The Inquirer
On the northwest coast of Scotland, there's a place where palm trees grow and tropical flowers bloom. The Gulf Stream brushes the Scottish coastline there and keeps it warm and humid, while bringing the rain that becomes cold and dank before it falls on industrial Glasgow. Sunday at J.C. Dobbs' late show, the Trash Can Sinatras brought along a bit of that balmier part of Scotland. With a sound that was sunny and bright - and by turns brisk and languid - their gentle pop was as unexpected as an orchid in flower at latitudes north of Moscow.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 1995 | By Faith Quintavell, FOR THE INQUIRER
It's great to see another woman enter the punk/pop arena with a guitar in hand and something to get off her chest. It's equally heartening when that woman has the mature perspective of a 31-year-old. But concerts aren't built on good intentions. Jennifer Trynin and her band just didn't measure up at J.C. Dobbs on Thursday night. High expectations for the show were largely due to Trynin's debut, Cockamamie (Warner), on which the Bostonian spares us none of her hurt feelings and plays some rugged electric guitar.
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August 16, 2012 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer
NEW YORK had Max's Kansas City and CBGB's. Los Angeles boasted the Roxy. Liverpool, England, had its Cavern Club. Here in Philadelphia, the pre-eminent rock 'n' roll club for many moons was J.C. Dobbs, a long chute of a room and hangout on the "hippest street in town," a/k/a lower South Street. Hot and happening from 1975 to 1996, Dobbs was the place where local heroes such as Wilmington's George Thorogood and Robert Hazard were discovered, where bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Oasis, Green Day and Rage Against the Machine kick-started a buzz, and solo talents like Sarah McLachlan and Beck first faced and conquered a Philly contingent.
SPORTS
January 12, 2012 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Milford Academy (N.Y.) running back Montrell Dobbs on Tuesday gave Temple an oral commitment to play football. His commitment came less than a week after close friend and Milford linebacker Tyler Matakevich committed to the Owls. Both prep schoolers played high school football in Connecticut and will enroll at Temple on Jan. 17. Dobbs was a standout at Ansonia High before going to prep school, while Matakevich led St. Joseph High to Connecticut Class S state championships in 2009 and 2010.
SPORTS
August 31, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
BEFORE HEADING to the ballpark yesterday in New York, Greg Dobbs stopped at a hospital. The Florida Marlins third baseman visited 12-year-old Eli Shalomoff, who was hit in the face by a line drive during a game between Florida and the Mets on Monday. Dobbs said he went to Elmhurst Hospital and spent a little more than an hour with the boy and his family. He said the boy was doing OK after he was struck square in the face by Dobbs' foul liner in the opening game of a doubleheader at Citi Field.
SPORTS
July 27, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
GREG DOBBS drove in a career-high five runs, including a solo homer, and Logan Morrison and John Buck each homered to lead the visiting Florida Marlins to a 11-2 win over the Washington Nationals last night. Dobbs drove in Florida's first run in the first on a groundout, scoring Omar Infante who had tripled. He added another run-scoring single in the seventh and two more on a single during Florida's five-run ninth inning. It was the second time this year the Marlins have scored at least 10 runs.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 2011 | By Dan Gross
D ENNIS SLACK was shocked to see his Slack's Hoagie Shack logo used on ABC's "Cougar Town" April 27, with the name changed to Mel's Hoagie Hut. Slack tells us he hopes to avoid a lawsuit but has been talking with ABC's legal department about reparations. He would like the show to continue to use his logo but with the actual name of his sandwich shop. It first opened at 2499 Aramingo Ave., in Port Richmond, and now has 12 other franchise locations in the area and as far away as Atlanta.
SPORTS
May 14, 2011 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Omar Infante used a clever slide to score on Greg Dobbs' double in the 11th inning, giving the Florida Marlins a 6-5 win over the Washington Nationals on Friday night. On a night of spectacular plays, Infante made the most important one. With one out, he singled off Brian Broderick (0-1), then came all the way around on Dobbs' drive to right. The ball beat Infante to home plate and Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was in position to make a tag, but Infante slid head-first and reached over and around Ramos to touch the back tip of the plate for the go-ahead run. The Marlins, who have won seven straight in Washington, could have gone ahead in the fifth but Roger Bernadina made a sensational catch to keep it tied.
SPORTS
May 10, 2011
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Taking his talents to South Beach has worked out quite well for Greg Dobbs. The former Phillie started at third base for the Florida Marlins in Monday's series opener. It was the ninth time in 10 games that Dobbs started at third for the Marlins. The increased playing time came with a hot bat: Dobbs was up to .359 with 23 hits in 27 games. For some perspective, Dobbs didn't have his 23d hit in 2010 until July 24. The 32-year-old Dobbs always said he just needed more playing time.
SPORTS
April 10, 2011
HOUSTON - Former Phil Greg Dobbs homered and drove in three runs and the Florida Marlins beat the Houston Astros, 7-5, on Saturday night. Dobbs was in the lineup at third base because Donnie Murphy moved to shortstop with all-star Hanley Ramirez out with a bruised leg. The Marlins trailed by three in the sixth inning before an RBI double by Mike Stanton made it 4-2. Dobbs tied it with his two-out, two-run homer that landed in the right-field bullpen...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2011 | By Louis B. Parks, HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Lou Dobbs was a central and almost constant presence at CNN from its founding in 1980 until his departure in November 2009. By then, he had become more outspoken and his views more openly political - even confrontational. His closing statement on CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight left many observers believing he might run for president. Dobbs returned to television last week with an hourlong weeknight program, also called Lou Dobbs Tonight , on Fox Business Network. He continues his nationally syndicated Lou Dobbs Show on radio (heard in Philadelphia on WNPV-AM 1440)
SPORTS
February 1, 2011
Former Phillies infielder Greg Dobbs has signed a minor league contract with the Florida Marlins. Dobbs also will be invited to big-league spring training. The Marlins are hoping prospect Matt Dominguez wins the third-base job, but could use Dobbs as a backup plan. Florida also is said to be considering Eric Chavez, according to the Palm Beach Post . Dobbs, 32, presumably could also contend for a spot as a lefthanded hitter off the bench. Dobbs started 28 games at third last year for the Phillies when Placido Polanco was out of the lineup.
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