Monday, June 25, 2012

06-25-12 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, June 25th. This is the Jive at Five, WESU's Daily community calendar and run down of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. Thanks for making WESU your listener supported source for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs and free-form community radio. Thanks for joining us, I'm Ben Michael.

Here in Middletown Tonight and every Monday at 8:30, Vinnies Jump and Jive presents a FREE swing and blues dance session. Friday night Vinnies presents a salsa dance party.  More about dance classes and events for young and old online at
Every Monday night at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, J-CHERRY hosts the ANYTHING GOES!” OPEN MIC. Signups begin at7:30pm. Performances start at 8:00pm.
Friday night, The RJ Ruotolo group plays a wide mix of pop music and jazz standards from the 50’s to today. Saturday evening the Any Buzzi trio makes for a night of Jazz at the Buttonwood.
Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday. All are welcome to the meal and are also invited to help prepare the food at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am.  More information about all Buttonwood events at or 860.347.4957

Down in New Haven tonight at Café nine at 7:30, you can catch Bingo-a-Go-Go with hostess Robin Banks. At 10pm the Nine Presents an Acoustic Open Mic w/ Miss Kriss.  Tuesday Night Café nine’s ELM CITY AMERICANA SERIES returns with: Milksop:Unsung and others. Wednesday night The Royal Swindle makes for a night of ska, reggae, and soul. Thursday MANIC PRODUCTIONS present a night with The Sadies and Elison Jackson.  Friday The Figgs and Golden Bloom make for a night of power pop and punk rock. Café nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by the Billy Cofrances Quartet this week. Saturday night Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez return to the Cafe Nine Stage. More online at
Down in New Haven at Toads Place, Rohn Lawrence and friends play smooth Jazz in the lily Pad on Monday Nights. Weds is the weekly dubstep dance party, and there’s a local Rock Showcase at Toad’s pace on Thursday night . Saturday night SHAKEDOWN plays the Grateful DEAD AND BEYOND on the Toad’s main stage.  Rhythmic Circus and Carbonated Insight open that show. Emily’s Army plays the Toads Lily pad stage on Friday night. Saturday Cosmic Dust Bunnies and special guests performa t Toads.  

Tonight in Hartford, The Charter Oak Cultural Center’s weekly event JAZZ MONDAYS at Black-eyed Sally's features Kris Allen.

On Tuesday nights in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s you can catch Mike Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18 piece big band jazz ensemble.  Every wed at 8:30pm Sally’s hosts one of the longest running open blues jams in New England! This week’s session is hosted by XY Eli.   Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band is on stage Thursday night at Sally’s . Friday night Doug Deming & Dennis Gruenling are at Sally’s  w/the Jeweltones. Saturday night, Rivercity Slim & the Zydeco Hogs return to Black-eyed Sally’s.
The International Festival of Arts and Ideas is in full gear this week down in new haven with too many offerings to list in this calendar. Highlights include: Live performances from Annaliva, The National Theatre of Scotland, Circa, Hector Del Curto Tango quartet on Tuesday night.  Wesleyan’s own indir Americana rockers, Appledaughters (on stage Wednesday night at 6pm) The Ben Allison Band with Robert Pinsky, The Yuval Ron Ensemble, Inca Son, and Roseanne Cash plus so much more. info onlein at   
Wednesday night Middletown Commission on the Arts - Monthly Meeting  happens at 7:00:pm in the City Arts office at 100 Riverview Center. :

The Mattabesett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown presents,  a weekly Thursday night "Jazz on the River " series. For info and Reservations call  860-347-9999

Tis the season for farmers’ markets and here’s a few in our area:  
The Durham Farmers Market is open every Thursday on the Town Green  on Main St,  from 3-6:30pm now thru Sept.   The Middletown North End Farmers Market is now open 10am-2pm every Friday and is located at the corner of  Liberty and Main STs next week The Lonfstanding Middletown farmers’ market returns to the south Green and will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m though October .

Thursday night, Infinity Hall in Norfolk presents an evening of music with Stephan Kellogg and the sixers Wednesday night. The Alternate Routes take the stage Thursday night and Abroosia are at Infinity Hall on Friday. The McLovins take the stage Saturday night and  Sunday an catch Sha Na Na.
Big Sam’s Funky nation plays at  Sully’s pub in Hartford Saturday night.  

During the month of June, WESU DJ and artist Bill Revill has a number of his seascape paintings showing at Green Well Organic Coffee and Tea, 44 Crown Street, New Haven.
Here’s a quick rundown of cinema off the beaten path herein central CT this week. 

This week The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook the Connnecticut Film Festival. More information at or 860-388-3286.

Tonight and Tomorrow, Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, closes their run of “The Pirates, Band of Misfits” from the Animators who created  Wallace & Gromit.  Wednesday Night Cinestudio presents a week long run of the 1957 musical Comedy Classic, starting Audrey Hepburn, dancing by Fed Astaire and music by Gershwin. Show schedules and descriptions can be found online at

Through Friday, Real Art Ways in Hartford continues their run of First Position, which follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet for a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted young ballet stars of tomorrow. Friday Real Art Ways begins a run of OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie.  Tickets, times, and more at 

That’s it for our community calendar. For the latest in local arts and entertainment beyond the Jive At Five, you can visit – the City of Middletown’s new website for anyone interested in what’s going on in Middletown.

Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for an hour of straight up Jazz on Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry during our weekday commercial free musical drive time programming.

At 6pm we bring you 30 minutes of alternative news reporting from the Pacifica Network on Free Speech Radio News.

6:30 it's 75% Folk With Michael Benson, Serving up heaping portions of folk and Americana,with side orders of blues, jazz, world music, soundtracks and more.

8:00 DJ Open I is in the house for a new summer program “Beats to the Rhyme” featuring contemporary conscious Hip Hop, instrumental tracks and some of the original sampled material.

At 9:30  Tom Gatzen delivers a 2 hr weekly does of loud and heavy music on Aaargh!!

 From 11:30 - 12:30 Anvil Isle presents a musical monsoon of alternative rock, blues, dream, funk, hard rock, indie, punk, reggae, surf, and world music inviting you to bury your feet in the sand and hear the waves come crashing through your speakers.

From 12:30-3:00 Psychedelic Rick presents the late night Summer Concert Series featuring live concerts in their full glory. 

From 3-4am Maximum Rock and Roll Radio features an hour of international loud rock and punk.

The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and we begin tomorrow's broadcast at 5am with Morning Edition from NPR.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five, if you didn’t get a chance to write down some of the information mentioned in our community calendar, the script is published online at, and if you know of any events that you'd like to have announced on the Jive, send them to

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Support for WESU comes in part from the City of Middletown and the Middletown Commission on the Arts presenting a pre-Independence Day Fireworks Festival on Tuesday, July 3rd beginning at 6 p.m.
The festival grounds are the front lawn of the City Hall Municipal Building at 245 Dekoven Drive. The festival will include activities for children, music for all, select vendors, and fireworks shot high over the Connecticut River. The fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. (raindate is Friday, July 6 for the fireworks). The event is free and there is free parking throughout the downtown. Please call the Mayor's Office for more details – 860.344.3401.

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