Worcester Beer Garden’s Pavilion Set to Feature Wide Range of Shows

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Article by Chris Van Buskirk | Telegram

WORCESTER — “Hodgepodge.”

That’s what Leah Urbano, director of entertainment at The Grid Hospitality Group, uses to describe the different acts slated to perform in a brand-new event space set to open in downtown Worcester.

“We have high hopes for the space and the sky’s the limit, really. As far as the music, that we want to bring in there we’d like to try everything based on what the area will bring for us,” she said in a phone interview. “We’re talking about Latin, jazz, hip-hop, rock, jam bands, folk, blues, swing, (and) reggae.”

The Pavilion at the Beer Garden is set to open Tuesday with a jam-packed schedule of local  bands, Boston DJs and DeadBeat, a Grateful Dead cover band. The event space will host everything from burlesque to country music and corporate parties to DJs.

Entering into The Pavilion at the Beer Garden is almost like walking into a state-of-the-art festival tent that isn’t moving anytime soon. The high ceilings made up of white canvas and airy dance floor with modern staging, lighting, video and sound systems could make the most road-hardened artists pause.

A nearby bar whose front is made up of black and white tiles will serve up to 20 draft beers. For those wanting to take a break from the festivities, stools at the bar offer a welcoming reprieve — not to mention that the four flat-screen TVs can keep one distracted for hours.

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Worcester’s Brew Beer Garden to Open New 300-Person Pavilion

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Article by Aviva Luttrell | aluttrell@masslive.com

WORCESTER — Worcester’s Brew Beer Garden will open its new 300-person Pavilion entertainment and event space next week with a lineup of DJs and musicians.

The Pavilion at Brew Beer Garden is scheduled to open Tuesday with a performance by the local XS Band. The event is open to all ages and there is no cover fee.

The new space will feature a wide variety of musical genres and entertainment, as well as various themed and and private events, including weddings. The Pavilion has a 300-person standing capacity, 28-foot stage, full sound and lights and a 19-foot LED video wall.

It adjoins the Beer Garden on Franklin Street, which has 36 beers on tap, a full dining menu, an outdoor terrace and indoor live entertainment.

The Pavilion will feature ticketed national concerts, local showcases and more, the company said in an announcement.

Next week’s lineup includes Boston’s DJ Sisko on Thursday; DeadBeat — a Grateful Dead tribute band — on Friday; and a variety of bands followed by DJ TecThreat during an all-day grand opening event on Saturday.

Sunday will feature Boston Beautease — a summer-themed burlesque show.

Ryan Reynolds Film Scenes to be Shot in Worcester

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Article by Walter Bird Jr. | @worcestermag

Holly-Worcester is at it again. Hot on the heels of Liam Neeson bringing his particular set of skills to Worcester to film his new movie “Honest Thief,” the new flick “Level Up” is scheduled to start filming here next week. Or is it “Free Guy?”

A flyer sent around the Franklin Street area referred to film as “Level Up,” while a recording at a phone number listed on the flyer called it “Free Guy.”

Either way, the movie is a Twentieth Century production starring Ryan Reynolds, and scenes are being filmed on Franklin Street.

Sam Morris, manager of Brew on the Grid at 56 Franklin St., told Worcester Magazine he was told filming would run Sunday through Thursday, and that his business, a popular spot at the corner of Franklin and Portland streets, would be used as a set location. He said they will also being doing “some minor catering.”

“They haven’t really told me a lot,” Morris said, adding he does not know whether Reynolds will be on site for the filming. “I assume so, but I’m not entirely positive.”

Morris said the entire interior of Brew on the Grid would be changed for the filming, and some false walls would be constructed.

“When it’s actually in the movie,” he said, “it certainly won’t look entirely like Brew, but it will be Brew.”

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Students Vie for Funniest College Kid Title at WooHaHa!

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Article by Victor D. Infante | Telegram
WORCESTER – Did you hear the one about the WPI student who crashed a Holy Cross party? No? Well, if there’s a punchline to this joke, you’ll find it at the Funniest College Kid in the City Competition at WooHaHa!. Ten students representing Worcester’s colleges will each deliver five-minute sets, which will be judged on originality, performance and audience response. The winner gets the title and a paid feature set at the comedy club. And that’s no joke.

What: Funniest College Kid in the City Competition
When: 8 p.m. April 25
Where: The WooHaHa! Comedy Club, 50 Franklin St., Worcester
How much: $15

Intro Classes in Improv Offered Starting April 17 at WooHaHa!

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Article by Richard Duckett | Telegram

WORCESTER — You don’t necessarily have to be a comedian to do improv.
Norm Laviolette, who grew up in Grafton, most definitely did take to comedy improv and is co-founder and CEO of Improv Asylum in Boston and New York as well as Laugh Boston, and a partner in WooHaHa! Comedy Club, 50 Franklin St.

However, when Laviolette leads improv training with corporate clients around the world, he isn’t a laugh a minute.

“I’m not pitching comedy, I’m pitching the art of communication,” Laviolette said. “I can teach the skill set of what we do to anybody.” That includes clients in Shanghai, Dubai, Beijing, London and Dublin. Much closer to home, the main emphasis is likely to be on fun when the Improv Asylum Training Center launches classes in Worcester beginning April 17 at WooHaHa! Comedy Club. Laviolette will be leading the classes along with Adam Michael Kennedy. The first class will be Improv Level 1 (intro to improv) and runs for eight weeks from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.

The cost is $320 for eight weeks. To register, go to www.improvasylum.com/classesworcester/

Improv Asylum will include “comp ticket perks for students so that they can see professionals doing it” at WooHaHa!, Laviolette said.

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Get to Know 3 of Worcester’s Newest Bars

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Article by Hoodline

Want to check out the newest bars in Worcester? You’re in luck: we’ve found the freshest businesses to fill the bill. Here are the newest places to check out the next time you’re in search of a new bar near you.

City Bar & Grille
395 Chandler St.

Despite the down-home name, the food is on the higher end of tavern food. (Executive chef Al Soto previously worked at Troquet on South in Boston, according to telegram.com.) Look for the likes of streak frites, short rib with root vegetables and a roasted beet salad. Craft cocktails are the speciality of the bar.

Revolution Pie and Pint
50 Franklin St.

Located in the Bancroft Hotel, it offers build-your-own pizzas with four kinds of sauce, seven cheese options and countless meats and veggies. Or, go with a house speciality pie, like The Clark (fig sauce, crispy prosciutto, brandy figs, goat cheese) or The Becker (buffalo sauce, mozzarella, roasted chicken, red onion, chives). Choose from a long list of craft brews, from lighter wheats and pilsners, to stouts, IPAs and sour beers.

Beer Garden Worcester
64 Franklin St.

Beer Garden Worcester is a beer bar and traditional American spot, now re-opened after a winter in hibernation.

Its outdoor picnic tables, fireplaces and TVs are back. So are its 36 craft beers on tap, and the elevated pub-style menu of burgers, sausages and snacks. Look for live music and comedy acts, as well.

Comedy-club manager to open WooHaHa! downtown Jan. 18

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Article by Richard Duckett

WORCESTER — John Tobin once ran the room at the comedy club at the former Aku-Aku restaurant on East Central Street in the mid-1990s and was happy to do it. It was a commute from West Roxbury for Tobin, but comedy always had a big pull for the Boston native. Tobin’s first job in comedy was as a doorman at a comedy club. “I would have worked for free. I always loved comedy,” he said.

Along the way, he also dreamed of being mayor of Boston. That’s not a joke. Tobin was elected to five terms on the Boston City Council. He is first vice president for city and community affairs at Northeastern University. But Tobin has also established quite a big name for himself on the Boston comedy scene.

Now he’s heading west again, and it is a laughing matter. “Worcester’s a great comedy city,” Tobin said.

As the owner of John Tobin Presents, Tobin will be operating and booking acts at the WooHaHa! Comedy Club at 50 Franklin St., which is scheduled to open Jan. 18 with featured comedian Paul Mecurio (numerous appearances on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”). Meanwhile, Jan. 4 will see the debut of Roar! Comedy Club in the Armory at MGM Springfield, which John Tobin Presents will produce and book shows for. Comedian Roy Wood Jr. opens.

Among other comedy clubs John Tobin Presents also operates and books are Laugh Boston and Nick’s Comedy Stop in Boston, and The Comedy Scene at Patriot Place in Foxboro.

At WooHaHa! in the Grid District the 130-seat comedy club will be alongside the new Revolution Pie + Pint and Craft Table & Bar.

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From fast-casual to upscale, Worcester is getting these new restaurants and a 5th brewery in 2019

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Full article by Aviva Luttrell | aluttrell@masslive.com
Big changes are happening in Worcester, and the city’s dining scene is no exception.

From a new artisanal butcher shop and coffee roastery to a fastcasual
Chipotle Mexican Grill and Dairy Queen, there’s no shortage of eateries that have had their eyes on Worcester. In 2019, the city — which has been in is in the midst of a renaissance of dining and development will become home to a slew of new establishments. At least 14 restaurants, cafes and breweries are planning to open their doors throughout the city this year.

Here’s what you can expect to see in 2019:
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Revolution Pie + Pint
This pizza joint is coming to the city’s downtown Grid District on Jan. 18. Revolution Pie + Pint t gets its name from the revolving pizza oven that cooks its pizzas at 850 degrees in less than two minutes. Diners can order custom pies or select one of the eatery’s signature pizzas.

The Worcester location will offer pies like the Becker pizza, featuring buffalo sauce, roasted chicken breast, mozzarella blend and red onion, and the City Hall pizza, featuring apple cider BBQ, smoked pulled pork, caramelized onion, cubed bacon and mozzarella blend.

And as its name suggests, the restaurant’s second claim to fame is its beverages. The location will have a number of local and regional craft beers on tap.

Craft Table & Bar
Craft Table & Bar, which already has a location in East Boston, is coming to Worcester Jan. 18 with polished casual cuisine.

Opening on Franklin Street in the lower level of the Bancroft Building, the restaurant will offer craft beer, wines, spirits and innovative dishes prepared from a scratch kitchen. Menu options will range from roasted lamb lollipops with mint infused demiglaze to lobster claw meat in a tomato vodka alfredo with fresh cavatappi pasta.

Brew Beer Garden in Grid District to open Friday

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Article in the WBJournalThe Brew Beer Garden, the long anticipated beer garden in the Grid District, has released its list of 40 beers on tap as it ramps up for its Friday opening.

The beer is sourced from all over the world, but only one – Hopulence from Shrewsbury Street’s Wormtown Brewery – comes from Worcester. None of the three other operating breweries in the city have a beer at the city’s newest beverage spot.

Of the 40 beers, 14 are brewed in the state. Framingham brewery Jack’s Abby Brewing Co. is the only other Central Massachusetts brewer to have a spot on the list with its Hoponius Union IPL.

The beer garden plans to be open from spring to fall and include live music, a house DJ and a dance floor.The Brew Beer Garden, which replaces a former cinema at 64-66 Franklin St., will have a partly-covered outdoor terrace that’s slated to be open three seasons of the year, thanks to fire pits and heaters.