Lloyd Dobler Effect, Jimmie's Chicken Shack to perform downtown

October 19, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

Those wondering what Jimmie's Chicken Shack and Lloyd Dobler Effect have been doing since their albums were released two years ago might get an answer Saturday.

Both bands, with Jimmie's Chicken Shack headlining, are among the 10 rock, blues and reggae groups scheduled to perform at Downtown Live Hagerstown, a street festival scheduled from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday in the first block of South Potomac Street between Washington Street and Antietam Street in Hagerstown. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. Organizers are expecting 2,000 to 5,000 attendees.

Jimmie's Chicken Shack has released six albums and has toured with Red Hot Chili Peppers and 311 since its album "2 for 1 special" debuted 13 years ago. The band's most recent album, "re.present" (2004), is as you'd expect from a grunge-era band: angry, smart-alecky and eerily upbeat all at once. A peek into the future could come from Jimmie's Chicken Shack frontman Jimi "HaHa" Davies. His solo project, the band Jarflys, also performs Saturday.


Music fans also can anticipate hearing new, unreleased stuff from Lloyd Dobler Effect, said the band's vocalist/guitarist Phil Kominski.

"We've spent the entirety of this past spring and the end of summer writing 18 new tracks," Kominski said.

Lloyd Dobler Effect plans to release two albums next year - a studio album in February and an acoustic album in December. The band also will perform songs from "The Lloyd Dobler Effect Live 2004," the band's most recent CD. As for the band's sound, think Washington, D.C.-music gumbo. Kominski said the Lloyd Dobler Effect blends rock, Latin and go-go - all elements of D.C.-area music.

What's this all about?

Booking 10 live bands - the only form of entertainment Saturday - is part of a persuasive process, organizer Mike Deming said during a phone interview. The aim, Deming said, is to demonstrate that downtown Hagerstown is cool place to be. According to state tax records, Deming has spent more than $5 million on downtown properties. He plans to open a restaurant, lounge and sports bar downtown in November.

If all goes well, Deming said there will be another, bigger, Downtown Live next year.

Entertainment schedule

11 a.m. - Monsters from the Surf

11:45 - Stack O' Blues

12:35 p.m. - DC and the Continentals

1:25 - The JiMIller Band

2:15 - Ledbetter Heights

3:15 - Jarflys

4:45 - Kelly Bell Band

6:15 - Jah Works

7:45 - Lloyd Dobler Effect

9:15 - Jimmie's Chicken Shack

If you go ...

WHAT: Downtown Live Hagerstown

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21

WHERE: Downtown Hagerstown, South Potomac Street between Washington Street and Antietam Street.

COST: $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

MORE: Go to for tickets and other info. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, South Potomac Street will be closed to all traffic between Washington and Antietam streets. The City of Hagerstown expects the street to be reopened to traffic by 6 a.m. Sunday.

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