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PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Line dancers strut their stuff on the dance floor at The All-Star on Thursday night.

Live country music and bowling.

It’s not a combination you might expect to see at The All-Star on Route 25 in Riverhead, but it’s a surprisingly successful part of the bowling alley and restaurant’s newest lineup of weeknight entertainment. 

The All-Star hosted its first country music night last Thursday, with live music from My Country 96.1 DJ Deuce and local country band Stagecoach. Line dancing lessons were held for free at 7 p.m. on a 30-by-35-foot dance floor set over four center lanes at the bowling alley.


By 8 p.m., the real dancing started. As customers partied and knocked down pins on the lanes a few feet away, Stagecoach took the stage to belt out country classics.

All-Star director of entertainment Jim Vignato said the weekly event was supposed to kick off earlier this month, but got delayed by the snowstorms. Mr. Vignato said the country night was inspired by his experiences with the local music scene.

“I love the character of it all,” he said.

Country night will be held each Thursday at the All-Star, with a $10 cover charge to enter.