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PICK OF THE WEEK: When the Great Train Robbery comes to Ocean City, the fans line up to see it.

"We've got a great local following. We can pack the Paddock on a Tuesday night in the winter," said lead guitarist and singer dTC John Giles. "I think it's because of the longevity of the band. We've been around a long time and we've got a good reputation," he said.

Formed 15 years ago, the band, which was named after the book "The Great Train Robbery," plays "very much middle-of-the-road rock and roll," Mr. Giles said.

During a typical nightclub performance, the band plays mostly songs that are made popular by other artists plus some original ** material.

"We stick to the late 1960s and early 1970s classic rock. A lot of today's music is processed and synthesized. We stay away from that," Mr. Giles said.

Other band members are Jeff Avere, guitar and vocals; Dave Capazzoli, bass and vocals; Kurt Froberg, keyboard and vocals, and Carl Hupp, drums. No original band members are left, but Mr. Giles has been with the group for the past 13 years and Mr. Capazzoli for 12 years. The band has produced and released two albums and is working on a third.

The band, which is on the road about 300 days a year, is based in the Baltimore area and plays at clubs from Key West, Fla., to upstate New York.

LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT: Harry O and the Raven, tonight and tomorrow at Schooners, 91st Street and Coastal Highway . . . Malone and Hutch, tonight at Shenanigan's on the boardwalk at Fourth Street . . . Phil 'n' the Blanks, tonight at the Greene Turtle, 116th Street and Coastal Highway . . . Cheers, tonight at the Sheraton, 101st Street and Coastal Highway . . . First Class, tonight through Sept. 9, at the Ocean Club, 49th Street and the beach . . . Street Noise, tonight at the Purple Moose, on the boardwalk between Talbot and Caroline streets.

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