Monday, July 2, 2012

07-02-12 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, July 2nd. 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. I’m Ben Michael
Here in Middletown Mondays through Thursdays  from 10am-noon through during July and August, Stacey Stroka leads The Buttonwood Tree’s Open Arts & Crafts program. Everyone is welcome! Every Monday night, J-CHERRY hosts the ANYTHING GOES!” OPEN MIC WITH AT THE BUTTONWOOD TREE.  Signups begin at7:30pm. Performances start at 8:00pm.  

Wednesday night the buttonwood Tree will be closed in observance of Independence Day.
Thursday night brings Bob Gotta’s long standing monthly acoustic Open Mic to the Buttonwood.
Friday night, The Jolly Beggars bring the rich tradition of Celtic folk music and storytelling to the Buttonwood.  

Saturday Singer/Songwriter Brian Colburn and Pianist Ryan Heidel bring their music to the buttonwood Tree.
Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday. All ares welcome and invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.
More information about all Buttonwood events at or 860.347.4957

Tonight down in New Haven, Rohn Lawrence and Friends make smooth jazz on the lily pad stage. Weds being the weekly dubstep dance party, Thursday Dance Hall reggae Sensation Baby  Cham takes the Toad’s Place Main stage.   Friday bring the Battle for Mayhem fest to 2 stages at Toads place, featuring over 10 loud rock bands battling for a spot to play at the Mayhem music Fest in Hartford in August.  Saturday night Toads host and event called “LUMINESCENCE: A NEON GLOW PARTY”. More online at

Also down in New Haven tonight at 8:00 pm, MANIC PRODUCTIONS Presents: Thomas Wynn & the Believers; w/ Killer Kowalski; Fallopian Two.  Tuesday Night Café nine presents Dr. Dark doing a Captain Beefheart tribute. Wednesday night DRINKDEEPLY Presents the Café Nine  Independence Day Punk Rock BBQ featuring: the Lost Riots; Malcolm Tent; Casting Ships; Eric Hartlett; Kari Bunn; and Sean Conlan & Friends. Thursday night The Moving Company; The New Dirty; and Belly Fire  take the Café Nine stage. Friday Night FERNANDO PINTO Presents a BLUEGRASS HOEDOWN at the nine featuring: Too Blue; Caroline Doctorow & the Steamrollers; and  Hot Mustard • Café nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by the Mike Coppola Trio this week. Saturday Night Stark Raving Lulu; celebrates the release of their new CD at Café Nine alongside Peacock Flounders and The Sawtelles. More online at

In New Britain tonight, MATT ZEINER & FRIENDS plays Jazz from 8:30-Midnight at Tools Bard and Grill. Thursday night JAZZ SPOKEN HERE – Hosted by The Alvin Carter Project, with special guest Spoken Word Artist-Michael Hawkins happens at Tools. Friday Night Saxophonist and composer Kris Allen and his group perform jazz at Tools and DAVID DAVIS, SAX IN THE CITY are at Tools onSaturday night.  More online at  

On Tuesday nights in Hartford, you can catch  Mike Palin’s “Other orchestra” an 18 piece big band live on stage at Black-eyed Sally’s.  On Thursday night THE UMOJA MUSIC SERIES –presents a free evening of live music with  ALAN PALMER & THE NEW SOIL SHIP  at Blackeyed  Sally’s.  Friday Night Jr Kraus and the Shakes bring their jump up blues sound back to the Sally’s stage.  Saturday night, The JackLeg Preachers, based out of Salem Massachusetts, bring their "Jamband"  music to Sally’s.
Thursday night her in Middletown at 7pm Wesleyan Universities Center For the Arts Summer season kicks off with  a free concert by Alma Moyo.  Founded 10 years ago in the South Bronx by lead singer and percussionist Alex LaSalle, the intergenerational band Alma Moyo performs Afro-Puerto Rican bomba folk music featuring dynamic drumming, dancing, and rich vocals. The concert takes place outside on the CFA green on high St. In case of rain the concert will be inside at Crowell Concert Hall). For more information you can visit
Thursday Night Simply Swing, a 10-piece swing orchestra plays the Gazebo at  Unionville Center in  Farmington in the Farmington Bank Community Concert Series. For more information, see or call (860) 989-9217.

Here in Middletown,   the Mattabesett Canoe Club at Harbor Park presents Thursday Night "Jazz on the River “  from 6:00 - 10:00 pm. For info and Reservations call  860-347-9999 

Saturday morning, The Russell Knitters meet and work at The Russell Library here in Middletown. All are welcome to share their expertise and experience. More online at
Saturday night The JOSH EVANS QUARTET plays Jazz at Royal Masala – on Main Street in Hartford at 8pm.

With Independence Day approaching on Wednesday, there are fireworks displays scheduled across the state. Here’s a quick rundown:  Down in Westbrook- Water's Edge Resort presents fireworks at  9:30 p.m .tonight (with a rain date of tomorrow).

The City of Middletown and the Middletown Commission on the Arts, present a pre-Independence Day Fireworks Festival on Tuesday, July 3rd, beginning at 6 p.m. on the front lawn of the City Hall Municipal Building at 245 Dekoven Drive in Middletown. 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.. The event is free and there is free parking throughout town. Please call the Mayor's Office for more details: 860-344-3401.

Bridgeport, Derby, Milford, New Britain, Norwalk, Shelton, Stratford, Vernon, West Haven, and Westport also offer fireworks displays on Tuesday night as well.   

Wednesday night you can catch fireworks in Bristol, Fairfield, Madison, Middlebury, Naugatuck, New Britain, New Canaan, New Haven, Ridgefield, Washington, Weston and Wilton. 

 Thursday night, you can catch fireworks at Meriden’s Hubbard Park.  

 Friday night Salem, and Windsor locks present Fireworks displays.   

Saturday night, there are more fireworks displays schedule across the state in Beacon Falls, Bozrah, East Hartford, Greenwich, Groton, Hartford, Lebanon, Manchester, New London, New Milford, Orange, Portland, Torrington, Stafford, and Wallingford. 

Sunday you can catch fireworks in Enfield.  

 ‘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 to 6:30 pm, through September. The longstanding Middletown Farmers’ market at the South Green kicks off this week and continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 am to 1 pm through October. The Middletown North End Farmers Market is now open 10 am to 2 pm every Friday and is located at the corner of Liberty and Main Streets in Middletown.

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. You can access for updated information.

Here’s a quick rundown of cinema off the beaten path herein central CT this week.  
Tonight and Tomorrow,  Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford,  the 1957 musical comedy classic "Funny Face," starring Audrey Hepburn, with dancing by Fred Astaire and music/lyrics by the Gershwin. Opening Wednesday and running through Next Tuesday, Cinestudio, presents Stanley Kubrik’s timeless 1964 Noir doomsday satire, Dr Strangelove starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Slim Pickens, Sterling Hayden, James Earl Jones.  Show schedules and descriptions can be found online at

Real Art Ways in Hartford has extended their run "First Position," which follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professionals. Also showing through Thursday at Real Art Ways is OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bi-polar, Asperger's Movie. Friday night Real Art Ways begins a run of The feature-length documentary film MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT:, which  follows the contemporary artist as she prepares for what may be the most challenging performance of her life. Tickets, times, and more online at 

Now stay tuned.  Here's what's playing on WESU tonight:  as we kick off our Summer Program guide.
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 Aaron Berger host of the Thursday night free form music program, ”The Art Project”  fills in for Johnny Analog’s Lif is a Kiler.  

at 8:00 Lord Lewis presents:  the Rumpus Room for 90 minutes of schorching vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, ska, afro and Latin dance floor grooves.

At 9:30 Tom Gatzen presents 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 1-3:00 Psychedelic Rick presents the late night Summer Concert Series featuring live concerts in their full glory. For tonight’s concert, Rick presents: Parliament Funkadelic  Live at Howard Theater at Howard University: Washington, DC. Nov 1 1978.
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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