Thursday, July 19, 2018

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday, July 19th. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers talk radio from NPR and Pacifica, as well as independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends our student and community volunteers bring you the best in free-form programming.


I'm JCherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY,Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture., Thanx for tuning in! 

Now here's some of what's happening in our area this week:

 Here in Middletown, The Buttonwood Tree tonight it’s Shaking the Tree, a Gong and Sound Meditation at The Buttonwood Tree. Tom Wrann and Tom Mooney bring you acoustic guitars, a banjo stick, and more Friday night. The Aligned with Source Workshop happens Saturday morning, followed by a Teen Open Mic in the afternoon. The evening performance is the Indie Pop ensemble TRAG. This month’s exhibit is photography by Ed Friedman. www.buttonwood.org

In New Haven tonight at Café Nine you can catch Hillbilly Casino and The Redactions. Friday’s 5pm Happy Hour show features The Buttondowns. Later Friday night,  Eurisko, City Streets Country Roads, Kevin MF King, and more take the Café Nine Stage.  Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. Saturday night Café Nine features The Men in Gray Suits, Black Flamingos, and Ninth Wave. The Sunday Buzz Matinee features Kevin Gordon and Dave Hogan, and the Sunday late show closes out the weekend with Frenchy and the Punk, and The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing.  http://www.cafenine.com/

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s,  it’s Liviu’s Jazz Invitational with special guests. Bluesman Tas Cru takes the Blackeyed Sally’s stage on Friday, and on Saturday it’s the roots/rockabilly band The Octanes. http://www.blackeyedsallys.com/ 

Here in Middletown This Thursday evening, you can catch Martha Redbone: Bone Hill in Concert at 7:30pm at Crowell Concert Hall.  Bone Hill is inspired by four generations of Martha Redbone's family lineage (Cherokee/Shawnee and African American), and its historic and cultural connections to the land in the coal-mining Appalachian Mountains of Harlan County, Kentucky. This contemporary musical theater work was created and developed by librettist/composers Ms. Redbone and Aaron Whitby. www.wesleyan.edu/cfa


The Middlesex Music Academy in Middletown holds its Ukelele Orchestra this Saturday at 4 pm. Details at www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

The Russell Library in Middletown sponsors Video Games: It’s Crafts for Adults Friday morning, and they discuss “The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow” during next Monday’s Book Talk with a Walk at noon. Check the website for more activities and offerings for patrons of all ages. The library sponsors the Summer Meal Service for kids Mon through Fri at 1 pm. www.russelllibrary.org

The Pratt Street Patio Lunchtime Music Series continues Thursday at noon with this week’s featured artist, Ashley Hamel.

Upward Hartford sponsors Food Trucks and Music every Friday from noon to 2 pm at the Stilts Building Plaza, with this week’s featured performer, DJ Soul Seletah. Details at www.hartford.com/events/

 Manic Presents offers The Struts and Badflower at College Street on Friday, and on Sunday they headline Gillian Welch. At the Space Ballroom in Hamden Manic Presents offers JD McPherson and Elison Jackson on Friday, and Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads, along with Jen Durkin and The Business, on Saturday.  www.manicpresents.com

You can check the Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown, for holding kids’ events, including Lunchtime Story Art as well as Find Waldo scavenger hunts. www.wesleyanrjjulia.com

Here in Middletown, each Wednesday in July, the Wadsworth Mansion will open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking, and shows on the Mansion’s back lawn will begin at 6:30 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public however, donations are accepted and appreciated.  Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and picnics or enjoy delicious food from a participating food truck.  This week’s performer is  Funky Dawgz Brass Band. http://www.wadsworthmansion.com


Infinity Hall in Hartford brings you Blac Rabbit with original rock and Beatles covers on Friday. On Saturday, enjoy Southern rock with The Artimus Pyle Band. Infinity hall Norfolk presents An Electric evening with Cracker on Friday. Saturday they feature Kashmir, a Led Zeppelin tribute band. Sunday Tab Benoit plays infinity Hall Norfolk.  www.infinityhall.com

The Capital Classics Theatre Company in Hartford is back with Pop-Up Shakespeare Friday at 12:30 at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Enjoy scenes from “Pericles, Prince of Tyre,” along with dance, music, and stage demonstrations. You might even win free tickets to the full performance. www.riverfront.org

It’s the Friday Social at the Hartford Ballroom this week at 8 pm. Details at www.hartfordballroom.com

Cherry Street Station in Wallingford brings you Easy Killer, Noogy, Troll 2, and more on Thursday. On Friday, it’s Crypitus, Black Absence, Flapjack Attack and other supporting acts. The Connecticut Summer Punk Fest 2018 happens on Saturday with two stages and lots of bands. Sunday’s bill has OWL, Rattlesnake, and Insano Vision. Details at www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation/

The 27th annual Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz happens this weekend in Bushnell Park starting on Friday at 7 pm. The Friday lineup includes salsa and jazz with Orquesta Espada, and Spyro Gyra. On Saturday it’s Trombeatz, Ace Livingston, the Elan Trotman Caribbean Connection, and more. Sunday’s performers include the Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Jocelyn Pleasant and the Lost Tribe, the Mike Casey Trio, and the Azar Lawrence Experience. More at www.hartfordjazz.org

Veterans and active military are invited to explore rowing and kayaking this Saturday at 9:30 am at the Community Boathouse in Riverside Park. Details at www.riverfront.org

It’s Ballet Under the Stars this Saturday at 6:30 pm at Elizabeth Park in Hartford. Enjoy
classic and contemporary works performed by members of the Connecticut Ballet. Details at www.elizabethparkct.org

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues “Zoo,” based on a true story of a boy who saves an elephant in a Belfast zoo, and “Three Identical Strangers,” a documentary about identical triplets adopted out at birth, through Thursday. On Friday they open a run of “The King,” a film tracing the rise and fall of Elvis from the viewpoint of his ’63 Rolls-Royce. Check the website for details and screening times at www.realartways.org

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues the run of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” in a special unrestored 70 mm version to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its release, through Thursday. On Friday they open the 1962 classic, “Lawrence of Arabia,” in a new SuperPanavision 70 mm restoration. The Bolshoi Ballet Summer Encores series on Sunday presents “Romeo and Juliet.” Check the website for offerings and times. http://www.cinestudio.org/

It’s Movies Under Moonlight in Elizabeth Park in Hartford this Thursday at 8 pm, where they’ll be screening “Sound of Music.” www.elizabethpark.org

At Charter Oak Landing in Hartford there’s a free screening of “The Breakfast Club” at 8 pm in their Free Movies in the Park series. Details at www.hartford.com/events/

Here's the rundown of tonight’s lineup here on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown:



Here's the rundown of tonight’s lineup here on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown:

Right after the jive at Five  stick around for Homegrown with Robbie DeRosa playing Connecticut connected artists treating listeners to pre-release material and in studio interviews with artists, and information about live shows in the area.

At 6:30, its Imagine with Karen Stein offering 90 minutes of Peace through music.

from 8:00-9:30pm  you can enjoy Evening Jazz with Bill Denert offering a broad range of swing, bebop and experimental sounds with a sprinkling of new releases, where "Hearing is the best experience"

at 9:30 Crispix with Chris features indie rock to folk to electronic and more, Chris picks whatever he’s feeling each week to share with you.

from 11-midnight Precious Metal with MC Monster Deconstructs ideas within metal culture. New, hot, and classic metal songs along with news from the metal community.

from midnight-2am Noize in the Attic with Greg Schmitt is Where Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You. Serving Connecticut it’s hard rock fix of classic Heavy Metal as well as the latest from the genre!

from 2-4am its All Mixed Up  from Pacifica for 2 hrs of great free form music connected to the week’s events.

at 4am its BBC World Report offering International news coverage fand we kick off each weekday at 5am with Morning Edition from NPR

That's all for today's Jive at Five. Join us weekdays at 4:55 for a daily rundown of area happenings a rundown of evening programming on WESU Middletown!

Thanks for listening. Now stay tuned for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa up next.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

tuesday 7-17-18 jive

 Good evening, it's Tuesday, July 17th. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers talk radio from NPR and Pacifica, as well as independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends our student and community volunteers bring you the best in free-form programming.
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Now here's some of what's happening in our area this week:

 Here in Middletown, The Buttonwood Tree offers  Laughter Yoga and a Crystal Bowl Sound Healing happen Tuesday evening. On Thursday, it’s Shaking the Tree, a Gong and Sound Meditation at The Buttonwood Tree. Tom Wrann and Tom Mooney bring you acoustic guitars, a banjo stick, and more Friday night. The Aligned with Source Workshop happens Saturday morning, followed by a Teen Open Mic in the afternoon. The evening performance is the Indie Pop ensemble TRAG. This month’s exhibit is photography by Ed Friedman. www.buttonwood.org

In New Haven tonight at Café Nine you can catch New Year’s Revolution, The Lil’ Guy, and Jake Fullington. You can catch Zac Clark and Bob Oxblood on Wednesday. Thursday brings you Hillbilly Casino and The Redactions. Friday’s 5pm Happy Hour show features The Buttondowns. Later Friday night,  Eurisko, City Streets Country Roads, Kevin MF King, and more take the Café Nine Stage.  Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. Saturday night Café Nine features The Men in Gray Suits, Black Flamingos, and Ninth Wave. The Sunday Buzz Matinee features Kevin Gordon and Dave Hogan, and the Sunday late show closes out the weekend with Frenchy and the Punk, and The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing.  http://www.cafenine.com/

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, Michael Palin’s Orchestra plays jazz, R&B, and soul classics on Tuesdays. The Community Blues Jam happens every Wednesday, and on Thursday it’s Liviu’s Jazz Invitational with special guests. Bluesman Tas Cru takes the Blackeyed Sally’s stage on Friday, and on Saturday it’s the roots/rockabilly band The Octanes. http://www.blackeyedsallys.com/ 

Here in Middletown This Thursday evening, you can catch Martha Redbone: Bone Hill in Concert at 7:30pm at Crowell Concert Hall.  Bone Hill is inspired by four generations of Martha Redbone's family lineage (Cherokee/Shawnee and African American), and its historic and cultural connections to the land in the coal-mining Appalachian Mountains of Harlan County, Kentucky. This contemporary musical theater work was created and developed by librettist/composers Ms. Redbone and Aaron Whitby. www.wesleyan.edu/cfa


The Middlesex Music Academy in Middletown holds its Ukelele Orchestra this Saturday at 4 pm. Details at www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

The Russell Library in Middletown sponsors Video Games: a Crash Course on Computer Gaming for Parents Tuesday evening. There’s also an Origami workshop, and they open a five-week session of Girls Who Code Summer Boot Camp. The Bookmobile will be outside the library Wednesday at 1 pm. The Youth and Family Learning Department screens “Star Wars; The Last Jedi,” at 2 pm, and it’s Scrabble Wednesday also. They’re offering Technology Drop-in Hours to answer your computer questions from 3 to 5 pm. The Connecticut Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Club opens a six-week series of workshops at 6 pm. They host a Book and Antarctic Adventure discussion at 6 pm with Deb Barberi. It’s Crafts for Adults Friday morning, and they discuss “The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow” during next Monday’s Book Talk with a Walk at noon. Check the website for more activities and offerings for patrons of all ages. The library sponsors the Summer Meal Service for kids Mon through Fri at 1 pm. www.russelllibrary.org

Riverfront Recapture sponsors a weekly contemporary dance class, Dance Current, Tuesdays at 6 pm at the Great River Park in East Hartford.

The Audio Feed Music Series continues at Constitution Plaza in Hartford Wednesday at noon with a performance by Chris Cavaliere.

The Pratt Street Patio Lunchtime Music Series continues Thursday at noon with this week’s featured artist, Ashley Hamel.

Upward Hartford sponsors Food Trucks and Music every Friday from noon to 2 pm at the Stilts Building Plaza, with this week’s featured performer, DJ Soul Seletah. Details at www.hartford.com/events/

Manic Presents is at the College Street Music Hall this week with The Old Crow Medicine Show and The Ghost of Paul Revere on Tuesday. Manic Presents offers The Struts and Badflower at College Street on Friday, and on Sunday they headline Gillian Welch. At the Space Ballroom in Hamden Manic Presents offers JD McPherson and Elison Jackson on Friday, and Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads, along with Jen Durkin and The Business, on Saturday.  www.manicpresents.com

You can check the Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown, for holding kids’ events, including Lunchtime Story Art as well as Find Waldo scavenger hunts. www.wesleyanrjjulia.com

Here in Middletown, each Wednesday in July, the Wadsworth Mansion will open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking, and shows on the Mansion’s back lawn will begin at 6:30 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public however, donations are accepted and appreciated.  Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and picnics or enjoy delicious food from a participating food truck.  This week’s performer is  Funky Dawgz Brass Band. http://www.wadsworthmansion.com

The Elizabeth Park summer Concert Series continues Wednesday at 6:30 pm with a performance by Simply Swing this week. Details at www.elizabethparkct.org


Infinity Hall in Hartford brings you Blac Rabbit with original rock and Beatles covers on Friday. On Saturday, enjoy Southern rock with The Artimus Pyle Band. Infinity hall Norfolk presents An Electric evening with Cracker on Friday. Saturday they feature Kashmir, a Led Zeppelin tribute band. Sunday Tab Benoit plays infinity Hall Norfolk.  www.infinityhall.com

The Capital Classics Theatre Company in Hartford is back with Pop-Up Shakespeare Friday at 12:30 at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Enjoy scenes from “Pericles, Prince of Tyre,” along with dance, music, and stage demonstrations. You might even win free tickets to the full performance. www.riverfront.org

It’s the Friday Social at the Hartford Ballroom this week at 8 pm. Details at www.hartfordballroom.com

Cherry Street Station in Wallingford brings you Easy Killer, Noogy, Troll 2, and more on Thursday. On Friday, it’s Crypitus, Black Absence, Flapjack Attack and other supporting acts. The Connecticut Summer Punk Fest 2018 happens on Saturday with two stages and lots of bands. Sunday’s bill has OWL, Rattlesnake, and Insano Vision. Details at www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation/

The 27th annual Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz happens this weekend in Bushnell Park starting on Friday at 7 pm. The Friday lineup includes salsa and jazz with Orquesta Espada, and Spyro Gyra. On Saturday it’s Trombeatz, Ace Livingston, the Elan Trotman Caribbean Connection, and more. Sunday’s performers include the Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Jocelyn Pleasant and the Lost Tribe, the Mike Casey Trio, and the Azar Lawrence Experience. More at www.hartfordjazz.org

Veterans and active military are invited to explore rowing and kayaking this Saturday at 9:30 am at the Community Boathouse in Riverside Park. Details at www.riverfront.org

It’s Ballet Under the Stars this Saturday at 6:30 pm at Elizabeth Park in Hartford. Enjoy
classic and contemporary works performed by members of the Connecticut Ballet. Details at www.elizabethparkct.org


Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues “Zoo,” based on a true story of a boy who saves an elephant in a Belfast zoo, and “Three Identical Strangers,” a documentary about identical triplets adopted out at birth, through Thursday. On Friday they open a run of “The King,” a film tracing the rise and fall of Elvis from the viewpoint of his ’63 Rolls-Royce. Check the website for details and screening times at www.realartways.org

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues the run of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” in a special unrestored 70 mm version to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its release, through Thursday. On Friday they open the 1962 classic, “Lawrence of Arabia,” in a new SuperPanavision 70 mm restoration. The Bolshoi Ballet Summer Encores series on Sunday presents “Romeo and Juliet.” Check the website for offerings and times. http://www.cinestudio.org/

It’s Movies Under Moonlight in Elizabeth Park in Hartford this Thursday at 8 pm, where they’ll be screening “Sound of Music.” www.elizabethpark.org

At Charter Oak Landing in Hartford there’s a free screening of “The Breakfast Club” at 8 pm in their Free Movies in the Park series. Details at www.hartford.com/events/

Here's the rundown of tonight’s lineup here on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown:

Right after The jive at Five, stay tuned for an hour of Free Form music on Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat who proclaims a song in his heart, a chemical imbalance in his head and a musical library at his fingers.

From 6-8pm stay tuned for Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill for an eclectic selection of new and older folk, Americana, bluegrass, blues and other music with a roots influence. Plus, a concert listing at 7pm and frequent ticket giveaways.
at 8pm stay tuned for The Voice of the CITY with J-Cherry, A weekly show featuring live and local Connecticut arts and music.

From 9-10pm The Test Patterns Show – invited you to enjoy “The sound of things falling down the stairs.” and audio oddities!

at 10pm stay tuned for Jazzalicious Definition with DJ Stocks n’ Socks and MC McGee who’ll travel through the history of jazz highlighting artist  subtitles, and genres each week.

11-midnight Amateur Hour A self-proclaimed music-listening “amateur” educates herself through exploring new releases.

at Midnight stay tuned for the Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour

and from 1-3am Up Front Soul features 2 hrs of Funk, soul, and jazz, with sprinklings of R&B, gospel, and hip-hop.

from 3-4am its Maximum Rock and Roll Radio.

BBC World Report comes your way at 5am.

That's all for today's Jive at Five. Join us weekdays at 4:55 for a daily rundown of area happenings a rundown of evening programming on WESU Middletown!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Mon 7-16-18 Jive


Good evening, it's Monday, July 16th. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers talk radio from NPR and Pacifica, as well as independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends our student and community volunteers bring you the best in free-form programming.

I’m Maria Johnson, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith, which this summer airs every Tuesday, from 4 to right before the Jive at Five. Tomorrow: a visit with author Blanche McCrary Boyd, about her latest novel, the last in a trilogy, which she describes as being about, quote, having a soul and being true to it. Like her books, Boyd is deep and funny and a hoot to spend time with. Can't listen live? Find the audio archived later tomorrow night at www.reasonablycatholic.com.

Now here's some of what's happening in our area this week:

 Here in Middletown, The Buttonwood Tree offers their Anything Goes Open Mic with Terry and Rob, tonight. Laughter Yoga and a Crystal Bowl Sound Healing happen Tuesday evening. On Thursday, it’s Shaking the Tree, a Gong and Sound Meditation at The Buttonwood Tree. Tom Wrann and Tom Mooney bring you acoustic guitars, a banjo stick, and more Friday night. The Aligned with Source Workshop happens Saturday morning, followed by a Teen Open Mic in the afternoon. The evening performance is the Indie Pop ensemble TRAG. This month’s exhibit is photography by Ed Friedman. www.buttonwood.org

In New Haven, Café Nine’s Manic Mondays headlines Honeysuckle, appearing with Laura Wolf and The Meadows Brothers, tonight. Tuesday  at Café Nine, you can catch New Year’s Revolution, The Lil’ Guy, and Jake Fullington. You can catch Zac Clark and Bob Oxblood on Wednesday. Thursday brings you Hillbilly Casino and The Redactions. Friday’s 5pm Happy Hour show features The Buttondowns. Later Friday night,  Eurisko, City Streets Country Roads, Kevin MF King, and more take the Café Nine Stage.  Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. Saturday night Café Nine features The Men in Gray Suits, Black Flamingos, and Ninth Wave. The Sunday Buzz Matinee features Kevin Gordon and Dave Hogan, and the Sunday late show closes out the weekend with Frenchy and the Punk, and The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing.  http://www.cafenine.com/


Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, Tonight’s Jazz Monday event features the Steve Porter Trio.  Michael Palin’s Orchestra plays jazz, R&B, and soul classics on Tuesdays at Black Eyed Sally’s. The Community Blues Jam happens every Wednesday, and on Thursday it’s Liviu’s Jazz Invitational with special guests. Bluesman Tas Cru takes the Blackeyed Sally’s stage on Friday, and on Saturday it’s the roots/rockabilly band The Octanes. http://www.blackeyedsallys.com/  

Tonight in Hartford’s Bushnell Park brings the return of Monday Night Jazz, a production of the Hartford Jazz Society, at 6 pm.  Tonight they headline the Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, appearing with the Eli Williams Blues Jazz Project. Details at www.hartfordjazzsociety.com/ 

The Middlesex Music Academy in Middletown holds its Ukelele Orchestra this Saturday at 4 pm. Details at www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

The Russell Library in Middletown sponsors Video Games: a Crash Course on Computer Gaming for Parents tomorrow/Tuesday evening. There’s also an Origami workshop, and they open a five-week session of Girls Who Code Summer Boot Camp. The Bookmobile will be outside the library Wednesday at 1 pm. The Youth and Family Learning Department screens “Star Wars; The Last Jedi,” at 2 pm, and it’s Scrabble Wednesday also. They’re offering Technology Drop-in Hours to answer your computer questions from 3 to 5 pm. The Connecticut Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Club opens a six-week series of workshops at 6 pm. They host a Book and Antarctic Adventure discussion at 6 pm with Deb Barberi. It’s Crafts for Adults Friday morning, and they discuss “The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow” during next Monday’s Book Talk with a Walk at noon. Check the website for more activities and offerings for patrons of all ages. The library sponsors the Summer Meal Service for kids Mon through Fri at 1 pm. www.russelllibrary.org


Riverfront Recapture sponsors a weekly contemporary dance class, Dance Current, Tuesdays at 6 pm at the Great River Park in East Hartford.

The Audio Feed Music Series continues at Constitution Plaza in Hartford Wednesday at noon with a performance by Chris Cavaliere.

The Pratt Street Patio Lunchtime Music Series continues Thursday at noon with this week’s featured artist, Ashley Hamel.

Upward Hartford sponsors Food Trucks and Music every Friday from noon to 2 pm at the Stilts Building Plaza, with this week’s featured performer, DJ Soul Seletah. Details at www.hartford.com/events/


Manic Presents is at the College Street Music Hall this week with The Old Crow Medicine Show and The Ghost of Paul Revere on Tuesday. Manic Presents offers The Struts and Badflower at College Street on Friday, and on Sunday they headline Gillian Welch. At the Space Ballroom in Hamden Manic Presents offers JD McPherson and Elison Jackson on Friday, and Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads, along with Jen Durkin and The Business, on Saturday.  www.manicpresents.com


You can check the Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown, for holding kids’ events, including Lunchtime Story Art as well as Find Waldo scavenger hunts. www.wesleyanrjjulia.com

Here in Middletown, each Wednesday in July, the Wadsworth Mansion will open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking, and shows on the Mansion’s back lawn will begin at 6:30 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public however, donations are accepted and appreciated.  Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and picnics or enjoy delicious food from a participating food truck.  This week’s performer is  Funky Dawgz Brass Band. http://www.wadsworthmansion.com


The Elizabeth Park summer Concert Series continues Wednesday at 6:30 pm with a performance by Simply Swing this week. Details at www.elizabethparkct.org



Infinity Hall in Hartford brings you Blac Rabbit with original rock and Beatles covers on Friday. On Saturday, enjoy Southern rock with The Artimus Pyle Band. Infinity hall Norfolk presents An Electric evening with Cracker on Friday. Saturday they feature Kashmir, a Led Zeppelin tribute band. Sunday Tab Benoit plays infinity Hall Norfolk.  www.infinityhall.com


The Capital Classics Theatre Company in Hartford is back with Pop-Up Shakespeare Friday at 12:30 at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Enjoy scenes from “Pericles, Prince of Tyre,” along with dance, music, and stage demonstrations. You might even win free tickets to the full performance. www.riverfront.org

It’s the Friday Social at the Hartford Ballroom this week at 8 pm. Details at www.hartfordballroom.com

Cherry Street Station in Wallingford brings you Easy Killer, Noogy, Troll 2, and more on Thursday. On Friday, it’s Crypitus, Black Absence, Flapjack Attack and other supporting acts. The Connecticut Summer Punk Fest 2018 happens on Saturday with two stages and lots of bands. Sunday’s bill has OWL, Rattlesnake, and Insano Vision. Details at www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation/

The 27th annual Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz happens this weekend in Bushnell Park starting on Friday at 7 pm. The Friday lineup includes salsa and jazz with Orquesta Espada, and Spyro Gyra. On Saturday it’s Trombeatz, Ace Livingston, the Elan Trotman Caribbean Connection, and more. Sunday’s performers include the Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Jocelyn Pleasant and the Lost Tribe, the Mike Casey Trio, and the Azar Lawrence Experience. More at www.hartfordjazz.org

Veterans and active military are invited to explore rowing and kayaking this Saturday at 9:30 am at the Community Boathouse in Riverside Park. Details at www.riverfront.org

It’s Ballet Under the Stars this Saturday at 6:30 pm at Elizabeth Park in Hartford. Enjoy
classic and contemporary works performed by members of the Connecticut Ballet. Details at www.elizabethparkct.org

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues “Zoo,” based on a true story of a boy who saves an elephant in a Belfast zoo, and “Three Identical Strangers,” a documentary about identical triplets adopted out at birth, through Thursday. On Friday they open a run of “The King,” a film tracing the rise and fall of Elvis from the viewpoint of his ’63 Rolls-Royce. Check the website for details and screening times at www.realartways.org

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues the run of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” in a special unrestored 70 mm version to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its release, through Thursday On Friday they open the 1962 classic, “Lawrence of Arabia,” in a new SuperPanavision 70 mm restoration. The Bolshoi Ballet Summer Encores series on Sunday presents “Romeo and Juliet.” Check the website for offerings and times.
http://www.cinestudio.org/

It’s Movies Under Moonlight in Elizabeth Park in Hartford this Thursday at 8 pm, where they’ll be screening “Sound of Music.” www.elizabethpark.org

At Charter Oak Landing in Hartford there’s a free screening of “The Breakfast Club” at 8 pm in their Free Movies in the Park series. Details at www.hartford.com/events/



Here's the rundown of tonight’s lineup here on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown:”

Right after the jive at Five stick around for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry for an hour of classic bop.

at 6pm, Michael Benson  75% Folk features a mix of contemporary folk, blues, jazz and acoustic music until 8pm.

At 8:00 its time for The Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis for 90 minutes of vintage and contemporary funk, soul, jazz, reggae, dub, afro and Latin dance floor grooves.

From 9:30pm-11pm Cruiser’s Radio Program with Jack Sullivan features Music from the 1950s & 1960's as well as LIVE requests, TV Trivia, and lot of fun.

And from 11-12:30am stay tuned for more Hits of the 60s and 70s with Jimmy Z

Franco is in the house from 12:30-2:30am for a mix of Disco and dance floor hits from the 70’s and 80s.

After that things get weird with The Hour of Slack from The Church of the SubGenius Radio Ministry. The compendium of ranters, media barrage collage artists, for an hour of weird indie audio underground.

from 3:30-4am its Spoiler Alert Radio featuring Conversations on the craft of filmmaking
at 4am we turn to the BBC World Report for world news headlines.

Thanks a million to the WESU friends who stepped up to the plate to help us close out another successful pledge drive. you are the U in WES-U

Join us weekdays at 4:55 for a daily rundown of area happenings a rundown of evening programming on WESU Middletown!

That's all for today's Jive at Five. Join us weekdays at 4:55 for a daily rundown of area happenings a rundown of evening programming on WESU Middletown!



Now stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, up next! 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday 7-13-2018 jive

Good evening, it's Friday, July 13th. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers talk radio from NPR and Pacifica, as well as independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends our student and community volunteers bring you the best in free-form programming.

Now here's a look at some of what's going on in our area this week:

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, there’s an opening reception for this month’s photography exhibit by Ed Friedman. www.buttonwood.org

In New Haven, cafe nine's Friday 5pm Happy Hour set features Lynn Malavolte. Friday Night Café Nine’s main event features The Telle, Glambat, and Orphy.  Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends this week. Saturday night brings a Jazz Week Fundraiser with Brian Charette.  The Café Nine Sunday Buzz Matinee features Kinky Friedman and Brian Molnar. Sunday night you can catch the George Lesiw Band.  http://www.cafenine.com/


Up in Hartford,  black-eyed sally's offers original blues and more on Friday with the Jake Kulak Band. Saturday’s special event is The Ze-Conn, a celebration of the music of Warren Zevon, with Brian MacDonald and an All-Star Band. http://www.blackeyedsallys.com/ 

At the Russell Library Check the website for activities and offerings for patrons of all ages. The library sponsors the Summer Meal Service for kids Mon through Fri at 1 pm. www.russelllibrary.org

Riverfront Recapture sponsors a weekly contemporary dance class, Dance Current, Tuesdays at 6 pm at the Great River Park in East Hartford at 6 pm.

The Riverfront Food Truck Festival returns to Mortensen Riverfront Plaza this weekend starting on Thursday at noon. Enjoy food from regional food trucks, along with musical entertainment including The Kenny Mehler Band, LA Backstage Pass, Sarah and the Sundays, and more. Details at full schedule at  www.riverfront.org/

At the Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown, Check out the website for kids’ events all week, including a Creativity Project and a Where’s Waldo? Scavenger hunt next Monday. www.wesleyanrjjulia.com

at Manic Presents today, it’s The Octopus Project, Botany, and All Riot. www.manicpresents.com

At Infinity Hall in Hartford today, you can hear blues rock guitar with a Cajun flavor presented by Tab Benoit.  Shelby Lynne performs at Infinity Hall Hartford Friday night. The James Hunter Six plays grooved out Jazz on Saturday at Infinity Hall Norfolk. Sunday afternoon in the Bistro you can catch Allysen Callery and Sunday evening on the main stage it’s Cracker. www.infinityhall.com

Cherry Street Station in Wallingford brings you Nuclear Unicorn, Death Bear, The Shape and more tonight at 8 pm. On Saturday they celebrate their 21st Birthday Extravanganza with PUS, The Abductors, Dumpster Fire, and Insano Vision. There’s a Memorial Concert on Sunday at 3 to honor Ray Smith, with food truck goodies and performances by Murder Monday, Over the Line, and more. Details at www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation/

Oddfellows Playhouse and Youth Theater in Middletown hosts a Fun, Fund-Raiser, with a Family Barn Dance, Saturday at 5:15, with caller Bill Fischer and his band. There will be food and music and special guest performances by the Children’s Circus staff. Details at www.oddfellows.org

The Two Inch Astronaut Farewell Tour happens at the MAC650 Gallery & Artist Co-Op in Middletown Sunday at 7 pm, along with appearances by Ovlov, Queen Moo, and Hellrazor. www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

Here's the rundown of tonight’s lineup here on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown:”

Right after The jive at Five stick around for Grand Central Station with DJ Jenny Doll, who will take us on back to the 30’s and forty’s with a mix of big band, jumping jazz,  rockabilly and more!

At 6:30 its time for the Universal Soundwave with Sistah Tee, offering 2 hrs of Reggae, RnB, and old school soul with a touch of Latin and African music, plus health and wellness tips!

at 8:30 Rockadee will take you to The Other Side for some sweet lovers rock and dance hall reggae and R&B spotlighting local artists mixed in with the hit makers.

From 10-11:30 Its time for Strictly off the Head with DJ Cocomotion the music mixologist presenting a live mix show done on the fly with no prepared mixes or blends. Featuring classic hip hop and house and R&B.

then at 11:30 its Yow-za with Connor Clockwize for an hour of Punk rock and fun

At 3am stay tuned for Louisiana Barn Dance from Pacifica.

At 5am you can catch the BBC world Report before we kick off our Saturday morning program with The Celtic Café at 6am followed by Café Italia from 7-8.

That's all for today's Jive at Five. Join us weekdays at 4:55 for a daily rundown of area happenings a rundown of evening programming on WESU Middletown!

Stay tuned for Grand Central Station with DJ Jenny Doll up next!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thursday's Jive


Good evening, it's Thursday, July 12th. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers talk radio from NPR and Pacifica, as well as independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends our student and community volunteers bring you the best in free-form programming.

I'm JCherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY,Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture., Thanx for tuning in! 

Now here's a look at some of what's going on in our area this week:

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, there’s an opening reception for this month’s photography exhibit by Ed Friedman. www.buttonwood.org

In New Haven, tonight,  Dave Ross and Busani. Friday’s 5pm Happy Hour set features Lynn Malavolte. Friday Night Café Nine’s main event features The Telle, Glambat, and Orphy.  Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends this week. Saturday night brings a Jazz Week Fundraiser with Brian Charette.  The Café Nine Sunday Buzz Matinee features Kinky Friedman and Brian Molnar. Sunday night you can catch the George Lesiw Band.  http://www.cafenine.com/


Up in Hartford,  the Black-eyed Sally’s tonight it’s Liviu’s Jazz Invitational with special guests. Sally’s offers original blues and more on Friday with the Jake Kulak Band. Saturday’s special event is The Ze-Conn, a celebration of the music of Warren Zevon, with Brian MacDonald and an All-Star Band. http://www.blackeyedsallys.com/  

At the Russell Library The July Books and Brews discussion series continues at Stubborn Beauty Brewery Thursday at 6 pm to discuss Eric Weiner’s “Geography of Bliss.” The Crafts for Adults series continues Friday morning with Shell Art. Check the website for more activities and offerings for patrons of all ages. The library sponsors the Summer Meal Service for kids Mon through Fri at 1 pm. www.russelllibrary.org

The Connecticut Old State House Summer Concert Series hosts Lost Acres String Band on Friday this week, happening at noon at their Main St. Hartford location.

Riverfront Recapture sponsors a weekly contemporary dance class, Dance Current, Tuesdays at 6 pm at the Great River Park in East Hartford at 6 pm.

The Pratt Street Patio Lunchtime Music Series continues Thursday at noon with this week’s featured artist, Xavier Serrano.

Upward Hartford sponsors Food Trucks and Music every Friday from noon to 2 pm at the Stilts Building Plaza, with this week’s featured performers, the New Amsterdam Nobles. Details for all of these events at www.hartford.com/events/


The Riverfront Food Truck Festival returns to Mortensen Riverfront Plaza this weekend starting on Thursday at noon. Enjoy food from regional food trucks, along with musical entertainment including The Kenny Mehler Band, LA Backstage Pass, Sarah and the Sundays, and more. Details at full schedule at  www.riverfront.org/

At the Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown, they host Robert and Kathleen Hubbard Thursday night with their new book, “Hidden History of Middlesex County, Connecticut. Check out the website for kids’ events all week, including a Creativity Project and a Where’s Waldo? Scavenger hunt next Monday. www.wesleyanrjjulia.com

Manic Presents is at the Space Ballroom in Hamden with Kimya Dawson, Only Son, and Queer Choir on Thursday. On Friday, it’s The Octopus Project, Botany, and All Riot. www.manicpresents.com

At Infinity Hall in Hartford on Friday, you can hear blues rock guitar with a Cajun flavor presented by Tab Benoit.  Shelby Lynne performs at Infinity Hall Hartford Friday night. The James Hunter Six plays grooved out Jazz on Saturday at Infinity Hall Norfolk. Sunday afternoon in the Bistro you can catch Allysen Callery and Sunday evening on the main stage it’s Cracker. www.infinityhall.com

The Butler-McCook House Sunset Sounds Concert Series in Hartford continues this Thursday at 6 pm with the music of Professors of Sweet Sweet Music. Enjoy the performance, and view the Scotopia & Coney Island Love Affair exhibit by photographer Lou Russo in the Amos Bull House, or explore words with the Alphabet lithograph show in the garden. Details at www.ctlandmarks.org

Cherry Street Station in Wallingford brings you Nuclear Unicorn, Death Bear, The Shape and more this Friday at 8 pm. On Saturday they celebrate their 21st Birthday Extravanganza with PUS, The Abductors, Dumpster Fire, and Insano Vision. There’s a Memorial Concert on Sunday at 3 to honor Ray Smith, with food truck goodies and performances by Murder Monday, Over the Line, and more. Details at www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation/

Oddfellows Playhouse and Youth Theater in Middletown hosts a Fun- and Fund-Raiser Family Barn Dance Saturday at 5:15 with caller Bill Fischer and his band. There will be food and music and special guest performances by the Children’s Circus staff. Details at www.oddfellows.org

The Two Inch Astronaut Farewell Tour happens at the MAC650 Gallery & Artist Co-Op in Middletown Sunday at 7 pm, along with appearances by Ovlov, Queen Moo, and Hellrazor. www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

Here's the rundown of tonight’s lineup here on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown:

Right after the jive at Five  stick around for Homegrown with Robbie DeRosa playing Connecticut connected artists treating listeners to pre-release material and in studio interviews with artists, and information about live shows in the area.

At 6:30, its Imagine with Karen Stein offering 90 minutes of Peace through music.

from 8:00-9:30pm  you can enjoy Evening Jazz with Bill Denert offering a broad range of swing, bebop and experimental sounds with a sprinkling of new releases, where "Hearing is the best experience"

at 9:30 Crispix with Chris features indie rock to folk to electronic and more, Chris picks whatever he’s feeling each week to share with you.

from 11-midnight Precious Metal with MC Monster Deconstructs ideas within metal culture. New, hot, and classic metal songs along with news from the metal community.

from midnight-2am Noize in the Attic with Greg Schmitt is Where Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You. Serving Connecticut it’s hard rock fix of classic Heavy Metal as well as the latest from the genre!

from 2-4am its All Mixed Up  from Pacifica for 2 hrs of great free form music connected to the week’s events.

at 4am its BBC World Report offering International news coverage fand we kick off each weekday at 5am with Morning Edition from NPR

Once again, our sincere thanks goes out to those who helped bring our spring pledge drive to a successful close. thanks also for your patience over the past week while our FM broadcast was down after our antenna was struck by lightning. We are back on air on a temporary antenna while we work to repair our regular antenna ASAP.

That's all for today's Jive at Five. Join us weekdays at 4:55 for a daily rundown of area happenings a rundown of evening programming on WESU Middletown!

Thanks for listening. Now stay tuned for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa up next.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Weds 7-11-18 Jive


Good evening, it's Wednesday, July 11th. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers talk radio from NPR and Pacifica, as well as independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends our student and community volunteers bring you the best in free-form programming.

I'm Bill Denert, producer and host of Thursday night's Evening Jazz where "hearing is the best experience" and Connecticut's number 1 Washington Nationals fan! Thanx for joining us!

Now here's a look at some of what's going on in our area this week:

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, there’s an opening reception for this month’s photography exhibit by Ed Friedman. www.buttonwood.org

In New Haven, tonight/Wednesday,  Café Nine features Control Scheme, The New Dirty, Darn It All, and Symptoms. It’s Ace Carlson and Thunderphunk on Thursday, at Cafe Nine,  along with Dave Ross and Busani. Friday’s 5pm Happy Hour set features Lynn Malavolte. Friday Night Café Nine’s main event features The Telle, Glambat, and Orphy.  Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends this week. Saturday night brings a Jazz Week Fundraiser with Brian Charette.  The Café Nine Sunday Buzz Matinee features Kinky Friedman and Brian Molnar. Sunday night you can catch the George Lesiw Band.  http://www.cafenine.com/


Up in Hartford,  the Black-eyed Sally’s Community Blues Jam happens every Wednesday evening, and on Thursdays it’s Liviu’s Jazz Invitational with special guests. Sally’s offers original blues and more on Friday with the Jake Kulak Band. Saturday’s special event is The Ze-Conn, a celebration of the music of Warren Zevon, with Brian MacDonald and an All-Star Band. http://www.blackeyedsallys.com/  

At the Russell Library in it’s Scrabble Wednesday. Also, the Connecticut Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Club opens a six-week series of workshops at 6 pm at Russell Library. The July Books and Brews discussion series continues at Stubborn Beauty Brewery Thursday at 6 pm to discuss Eric Weiner’s “Geography of Bliss.” The Crafts for Adults series continues Friday morning with Shell Art. Check the website for more activities and offerings for patrons of all ages. The library sponsors the Summer Meal Service for kids Mon through Fri at 1 pm. www.russelllibrary.org

The Connecticut Old State House Summer Concert Series hosts Lost Acres String Band on Friday this week, happening at noon at their Main St. Hartford location.

Riverfront Recapture sponsors a weekly contemporary dance class, Dance Current, Tuesdays at 6 pm at the Great River Park in East Hartford at 6 pm.

The Pratt Street Patio Lunchtime Music Series continues Thursday at noon with this week’s featured artist, Xavier Serrano.

Upward Hartford sponsors Food Trucks and Music every Friday from noon to 2 pm at the Stilts Building Plaza, with this week’s featured performers, the New Amsterdam Nobles. Details for all of these events at www.hartford.com/events/


The Elizabeth Park summer Concert Series continues this evening/Wednesday at 6:30 pm with a performance by Latanya Farrell this week. Details at www.elizabethparkct.org


The Riverfront Food Truck Festival returns to Mortensen Riverfront Plaza this weekend starting on Thursday at noon. Enjoy food from regional food trucks, along with musical entertainment including The Kenny Mehler Band, LA Backstage Pass, Sarah and the Sundays, and more. Details at full schedule at  www.riverfront.org/

This evening/Wednesday brings an opportunity to experience The current United State Poet Laureate
TRACY K. SMITH, with the 2018 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize winner Chaun Ballard, and musical guest Tang Sauce at Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington. The event kicks off at 5pm with a live interview of TRACY K. SMITH by CT's own Kate Rushin and concludes with a book signing at 8pm.  The venue is picnic friendly and there will be a food truck on site. https://www.hillstead.org/

At the Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown, they host Robert and Kathleen Hubbard Thursday night with their new book, “Hidden History of Middlesex County, Connecticut. Check out the website for kids’ events all week, including a Creativity Project and a Where’s Waldo? Scavenger hunt next Monday. www.wesleyanrjjulia.com

Manic Presents is at the Space Ballroom in Hamden with Kimya Dawson, Only Son, and Queer Choir on Thursday. On Friday, it’s The Octopus Project, Botany, and All Riot. www.manicpresents.com

At Infinity Hall in Hartford on Friday, you can hear blues rock guitar with a Cajun flavor presented by Tab Benoit.  Shelby Lynne performs at Infinity Hall Hartford Friday night. The James Hunter Six plays grooved out Jazz on Saturday at Infinity Hall Norfolk. Sunday afternoon in the Bistro you can catch Allysen Callery and Sunday evening on the main stage it’s Cracker. www.infinityhall.com

The Butler-McCook House Sunset Sounds Concert Series in Hartford continues this Thursday at 6 pm with the music of Professors of Sweet Sweet Music. Enjoy the performance, and view the Scotopia & Coney Island Love Affair exhibit by photographer Lou Russo in the Amos Bull House, or explore words with the Alphabet lithograph show in the garden. Details at www.ctlandmarks.org


Cherry Street Station in Wallingford brings you Nuclear Unicorn, Death Bear, The Shape and more this Friday at 8 pm. On Saturday they celebrate their 21st Birthday Extravanganza with PUS, The Abductors, Dumpster Fire, and Insano Vision. There’s a Memorial Concert on Sunday at 3 to honor Ray Smith, with food truck goodies and performances by Murder Monday, Over the Line, and more. Details at www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation/

Oddfellows Playhouse and Youth Theater in Middletown hosts a Fun- and Fund-Raiser Family Barn Dance Saturday at 5:15 with caller Bill Fischer and his band. There will be food and music and special guest performances by the Children’s Circus staff. Details at www.oddfellows.org

The Two Inch Astronaut Farewell Tour happens at the MAC650 Gallery & Artist Co-Op in Middletown Sunday at 7 pm, along with appearances by Ovlov, Queen Moo, and Hellrazor. www.facebook.com/CityArtsOffice/

Here's the rundown of tonight’s lineup here on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown:
Right after the Jive, stay tuned for The Latin Music Hour with Isabel. Latin music from the 80's, 90's and early 2000's.
From 6:30-8pm Fusion Radio with James Fusion presents a 90 minute techno mix.

At 8pm The Warehouse with Mike Nyce features underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

From 9:30-11pm  It's NE Tempo with DJ Berk for 90 minutes of raga Jungle, Drum and Bass, break beats, and more mixed live

From 11-midnight stay tuned for the loxion music mix show featuring electronic music of southern Africa such as Kwaito, Durban house music, and more
At midnight to 1:30 it's Lyrics 2 Go with Doc Ish. A hip hop music comedy talk show that highlights upcoming artists. 
And starting at 1:30 until 4am Franco, plays all of those disco hits from the 70's and '80's.
And at 4am, the BBC World News comes on board and we begin our broadcast day with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.

That's all for today's Jive at Five. Join us weekdays at 4:55 for a daily rundown of area happenings a rundown of evening programming on WESU Middletown!Thanks for listening. Now stay tuned for the Latin Music Hour!