The 4th annual Philadelphia Independent Film Festival will host the World Premiere celebration of Meet Me On South Street: The Story of JC Dobbs this Thursday, June 23, at 7:00pm at the Franklin Institute. The 50 minute film, directed by local filmmaker George Manney (Pipes of Peace), will be followed by a Q&A with the likes of John Travis (former Dobbs owner), Debbi Calton (WMGK DJ), and members of George Thorogood’s Destroyers as well as live acoustic performances from Tommy Conwell, Greg Davis, Nik Everett, Skip Denenberg, and Jeff Washington. Special cast guests will also be in attendance including rock and roll pioneer Charlie Gracie and Stephen Caldwell of The Orlons. Expect lots of reminiscing about the old days.
And for the benefit of those not in-the-know, JC Dobbs was a South Street institution from 1975 through its closure in 1996 when it became the Pontiac Grill. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Oasis, Dwight Yoakam, and Bo Diddly are just a handful of the hundreds of names that performed behind its soiled walls. The film begins with the development of the South Street-based hippie counterculture of the ’60s and climaxes with a generous history of Dobbs’ weekly Last Minute Jam showcase. Interview subjects range from TLA Video’s Ray Murray to George Thorogood himself. It may have been the “coolest neighborhood bar in town”, but was it really “our CBGB’s”? Check it out and decide for yourself.