First Night Worcester partners with Ralph’s Rock Diner

Contact Information:
Howard McGinn, Executive Director (508) 799-4909 or

Legendary live music venue to join New Year’s Eve celebration

WORCESTER, MA – [August 26, 2014] – An historic partnership is in the works as First Night Worcester announces Ralph’s Rock Diner as a venue for its New Year’s Eve arts festival. “We couldn’t be more excited about this,” said Howard McGinn executive director of First Night Worcester. “Edgy and funky with a cool, fresh vibe, Ralph’s will bring a whole new dimension to First Night.”

One part diner and one part music hall, Ralph’s Rock Diner has been a Worcester landmark and live music destination for more than 30 years. Located at 148 Grove Street, the unique, split-level, 400-capacity venue boasts an authentic 1930’s diner serving world-class burgers & chili. Attached to the diner in a former factory building is an ultra-cool, bohemian-esque gathering space filled with murals painted by local artists. Upstairs, the concert room has a laid-back feel and lots of eccentric furnishings. There are mannequin legs jutting from a wall; rock stickers plastered to a window (from the bands Spinning Jenny and Grinning Broadly, as well as from the Newbury Comics chain); and even a couple of motorcycles hanging from the ceiling (though this isn’t a biker bar). Boston acts Jennifer Tryin, Cobalt 60, and Letters to Cleo have all played there; as have such national bands as Alice in Chains, Living Color and the Smithereens.

“We can’t wait to welcome First Night,” said Vincent Hemmeter, owner of Ralph’s Rock Diner. “First Night and Ralph’s have each been serving the Worcester community for more than three decades. It’s terrific to team up with an organization as committed to our city as we are,” he said.

A full evening of First Night programming is being planned for the Ralph’s two stages, all free with a First Night button.   Information will be posted as it becomes available at For more information, contact Howard McGinn, executive director at (508) 799-4909 or

About First Night Worcester
Founded in 1981, First Night Worcester is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing access to the Arts. Best known for its New Year’s Eve Arts Festival, the non-profit work of First Night Worcester continues throughout the year with educational programs and community outreach initiatives. Taken together, the programs of First Night Worcester create a true spirit of community by providing shared cultural experiences, accessible and affordable to all. For more information, contact Howard McGinn, executive director at (508) 799-4909.


August 26th 2014 by FNW
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