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What Do Nirvana and the Smashing Pumpkins Have in Common in Philly?

November 7, 2013 at 8:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

Along with Pearl Jam, Green Day, the Offspring, and Rage Against the Machine, they both played during their early years at what is today arguably South Street's most historic bar: The Legendary Dobbs.

And we're not talking "they all played here" as in a large venue like Madison Square Garden where everyone and their mother have performed - we're talking about a place where you'd be lucky to legally fit a hundred people. The Dobbs opened in 1974 under the name "JC Dobbs," and apparently had a knack for grabbing the top up-and-coming talent of the 90s grunge era, both before and after they made it big.

Nirvana, for example, played the Dobbs in 1989, one year before Dave Grohl joined the band, and then once again in 1991 after the release of its infamous Nevermind album.

The Dobbs is still rocking and rolling today, and we consider it a must stop for music lovers and anyone looking to experience the best of South Street. You can find live music shows pretty much any night of the week, including open mic nights if you want to say you played on the same stage as Kurt Cobain.

For those of you stuck at the computer all day and counting down to the weekend, throw on some headphones and listen to the live recording of Nirvana's 1991 show at the Dobbs. And be sure to pop in on your next jaunt through Philly and kick back a few beers with your fellow music junkies.

[Photos: Jaunted/Pub Crawls]

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