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    Worcester Scene: DIVE THURSDAY #200

    Good beer and great music are the keys to success for most bars. For The Dive Bar on Green Street, they have paid careful attention to both when starting The Dive Bar Thursday Music Series (“Dive Thursday”) just under four years ago. Founded by Dive Bar and Armsby Abbey owner, Alec Lopez, along with Worcester music legend Duncan Arsenault, both decided to bring musicians in each week (over 50 musicians have performed to date) and make some great music. Combining the best aspects of a jam band and a house band, the rotation of musicians have provided a true experience on Thursdays.

    On June 9th, Dive Thursday will be celebrating it’s 200th Thursday with Craig Rawding (vocals, harp), Brooks Milgate (B3), Paul Buono (keys), Jon Short (guitar, vocals), Dmitry Gorodetsky (bass), BT (trombone), Pete Levesque (sax) and Duncan Arsenault (drums). Weather permitting; the outdoor beer garden will be a welcome way to enjoy the music.

    In addition to the music, Dive Bar will be celebrating the launch of Sixpoint Brewing Company’s new 16oz Nano Kegs with Sweet Action, Righteous, Bengali and Crisp Pils being available! The Dive Bar is known for it’s low profile and great selection of beers on tap, including but not limited to: The Bruery Mischief, Firestone Walker Dbl Jack, Founders Old Curmudgeon, Haverhill Hoppy as Helles, Victory Summer of Love, Pretty Things Field Mouse, Allagash Victoria and Clown Shoes Belgian IPA. Looking for Coors Light? Not here. Nor does The Dive Bar accept credit cards.

    Some of the 50+ musicians that have played at Dive Thursday include, Hugh Allen, Helen Beaumont, Jeff Burch, John Cooke, Anne Eggleston, Troy Gonyea, Dino Govoni, Pete Levesque, Shana Morrison, Scott Ricciuti, DJ Shame, Zack Slik, Chuck Vath, and Al Vaudreuil.



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      Worcester Magazine – Dive Bar Celebrates 200 Thursdays

      It’s going to be a warm mid-seventies summer night with cold craft beer and a reason to celebrate. Duncan Arsenault plays his 200th show at the Dive Bar this Thursday. Joining him will be Craig Rawding, Brooks Milgate, Paul Buono, Jon Short, Dmitry Gorodetsky, BT and Pete Levesque – that’s the list so far anyways.

      The series started July 2007 when Duncan found himself frequenting the bar that had been given a facelift by new owner Alec Lopez. The two men started chatting about bringing music to the venue and a concrete plan was made to have Duncan organize weekly shows with different musicians each time.

      The first Thursday was Steve Mossberg and Duncan. As weeks passed, more musicians were asked to play and through these groups, connections were made, making the current list of Thursday night performers more than 50.

      “The spirit of it is musicians networking right there in front of you,” says Duncan. He’s seen musicians who have met, clicked and after the show started bands of their own or gone into the studio together for recording sessions.

      By nature, as the list grows and new talents are brought in, “the circle keeps getting wider,” says Duncan.

      Like the beer on Tap at the Dive Bar, each group of musicians is hand crafted. Being able to carry a three to four hour night plus one’s availability, are the two key factors Duncan considers when booking acts. “I can’t just play drums for four hours,” he says, noting that having musicians with their own songs, like singer-songwriter Jon Short, makes the shows the right kind of entertainment. Duncan’s weekly challenge – yet rewarding goal – is to bring musicians together, sometimes for the first time.

      Beyond his drum set, Duncan understands the nature of musicians. First and foremost there’s the desire to entertain, especially with a packed room or patio. Nights with inclement weather that draw a smaller crowd, Duncan says the musicians are more likely to indulge in their own personal melodic sound, creating a unique musical experience. The best nights are those when the group is musically indulging in front of a packed house.

      As more musicians with different styles and personalities become a part of the series, “the more unique Thursdays are going to be,” says Duncan. He recognizes that playing jazz and blues is tempting, being a common language for most musicians. In the future, Duncan would like to see more experimental music played on Thursdays suggesting tones of reggae, folk and bluegrass.

      Get yourself to the Dive Bar, 34 Green Street tomorrow night for the 200th Dive Bar Thursdays Music Series. The band will start at 9p.m. Keep your eyes open for a special Thursday performance later this summer with Beg, Scream and Shout.


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        The Dive Bar Holiday Soul Party 2010

        The Dive Bar Holiday Soul Party December 23, 2010A night of soul music and holiday cheer, Thursday December 23, 2010. The band ‘Beg, Scream & Shout!‘, featuring Craig Rawding, Duncan Arsenault, Paul Buono, Dmitry Gorodetsky, Pete Levesque and Jeff Galindo, will be playing music from Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, Eddie Floyd, Booker T. & the MGs, The Temptations, Jackson 5, James Brown, The Miracles, Sam & Dave and much much more!

        If you are a fan of Motown Records and STAX Records this party is for you!

        Brewery Ommegang from Cooperstown NY will be taking over the taps with amazing Belgian style ales!

        There is no cover charge, doors at 6pm and music starts at 9.

        The Dive Bar
        34 Green St.

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          The Annual Dogfish Head Halloween Party at The Dive Bar

          Friday October 29, 2010, join us @ The Dive Bar as we throw down for the 4th year in a row with DFH! This is always our biggest party of the year!

          We will be tapping an amazing collection of DFH rarities that they have been saving all year in Reheboth for us. We will also have all of the DFH Spirits in house as well.

          The Giant Yes will be performing all night! If you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing these guys yet this should be reason enough to come. This 8 piece Funk/Soul Band complete with horn section and Hammond B3 has become our must have party band!

          Join us, the crew from DFH and The Giant Yes as we show how parties should be thrown!

          Costumes encouraged but not necessary

          No Cover

          Pay as you drink

          FYI – The Dive Bar is CASH ONLY

          The tap list for the event…
          Red and White
          60 min (to wash it all down)
          Saison du buff
          Old school
          Chateau jiahu
          Black and blue
          My Antonia
          Wrath of Pecan

          The DFH Spirit line up…
          Honey Rum
          Wit Spiced Rum
          Garlic Vodka
          Apple Vodka
          Vanilla Vodka
          Peanut Butter Vodka
          Blood Orange Vodka
          Chocolate Vodka
          Grape Vodka
          Mango Vodka
          Blue Hen Vodka

          The Giant Yes:

          Michael Herzog – guitar
          BT – trombone
          Paul Chase – bass
          Brooks Milgate – organ
          Feeve – trumpet
          Duncan Arsenault – drums
          Bill Connor – percussion
          Paul Buono – piano
          + Special Guests!!!!

          Facebook Event

          Beer Advocate Event

          Don’t miss the Dogfish Head Hangover Brunch the next day at The Armsby Abbey to recover, details here!


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