Wednesday, July 18, 2012

07-18-12 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, July 18th and this is the Jive at Five, WESU's daily community calendar and run-down of nighttime 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 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 tuning in!!

The Middletown Commission on the Arts presents its annual Summer Sounds concert series on the City's South Green (Union Park) Tuesday evenings throughout the summer.  More information can be found at

In New Haven, tonight, Café Nine presents Fake Babies; Ports of Spain; Elison Jackson; Kindred Queer; and Jose Oyola taking the Café Nine stage starting at 8 pm. Thursday Blues @9 brings the John D'Amato band to the stage, and Friday Night will see Nona Hendrix, of the funk/glam/rock group 'Labelle' 

Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by the George Baker Experience this week. Saturday Night the rock and roll cats from the Cape, The Spampinato Brothers, w/ Big Fat Combo, will be performing live. More can be found online at

Friday at Tools Bar and Grill, in New Britain, the Latin Quarter Jazz Collective take the stage, followed by the D. Smith Blues Band on Saturday night. More can be found at

Every Tuesday night in Hartford at Black Eyed Sally's, you can catch  Mike Palin’s “Other orchestra” an 18-piece big band. Tonight and every Wednesday night, Sally's hosts one of the longest running open blues jams in New England! On Friday night storyteller and deep roots guitarist known as 'The Sauce Boss" will take the stage at Sally's, followed by the Randy Oxford Band on Saturday night. For more information, you can check out

On Wednesdays through July and into early August, The Friends of Long Hill Estate, together with The Long Hill Estate Authority, will once again host their free 'Music at the Mansion' series at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown. All of the concerts will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the grounds open for picnicking at 5:30 p.m. Parking will be at the Mansion, at the Wilbert Snow School, and at Mercy High School. Concerts will be held in light rain, or the threat of showers.

Tonight, making its first appearance at the Wadsworth Mansion, The Highland Rovers Band, fusing popular
rock percussive rhythms, bagpipes, and vocal harmonies to create an intricate and fresh sound will perform. The The Highland Rovers Band multi-layered, upbeat, and danceable music showcases its universal appeal to both mainstream modern rock lovers and culturally diverse audiences searching for a distinct Celtic flavor. Visit
the band's website at Highland Rovers

For more information on these and other upcoming events, go to

There are rumors of an ARTFARM Shakespeare Everywhere event at the mansion at 6:30 p.m. tonight. Hint: the question, Wherefore art thou?, will be asked. Go to for more information.

Also here in Middletown Mondays through Thursdays  from 10am-noon through July and August, Stacey Stroka leads The Buttonwood Tree’s Open Arts & Crafts program. Everyone is welcome! Tonight will be the Middletown Gallery Walk, which will continue every third Wednesday of the month from now until October from 5:00-8:00 pm.
Friday night, California performers Mark Lemaire and Twilight bring their 'beautiful two-part harmonies and virtuoso guitar' to the Buttonwood Tree. Saturday at the Buttonwood Tree is a double bill starting off with 'contemporary jazz guitar innovators' Sheryl Bailey and Vic Juris, followed by a little Rock n' Roll with Ray Mason. Show begins at 8:00 pm. Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday. All are welcome and invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church at 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. More information about all Buttonwood events can be found at or by calling 860.347.4957

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

The Hamden Arts Commission continues its 2012 Summer Concert Series with Southside Johnny & The Asbury Dukes this Friday at 7:30 pm at the Town Center Park at Meadowbrook, Hamden.

This week brings the return of the Gathering of the Vibes to Seaside Park in Bridgeport. Kicking off Thursday and running through Sunday, this music festival features dozens of national and international performers. Highlights include STEEL PULSE, PRIMUS, PHIL LESH & FRIENDS, BOB WEIR & BRUCE HORNSBY WITH SPECIAL GUEST BRANFORD MARSALIS,  THE MICKEY HART BAND, GEORGE PORTER JR, THE GREYBOY ALLSTARS, ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA, THE STEPKIDS, THE MCLOVINS, MATES OF STATE, DEEP BANANA BLACKOUT, SOULIVE AND LETTUCE, plus much much more with MASTER OF CEREMONIES WAVY GRAVY! details can be found online at

Saturday mornings at 11, The Russell Knitters meet and work at The Russell Library here in Middletown. All are welcome to share their expertise and experience. More can be found online at

Finally, in Middletown, on a social justice note, on Saturday, July 21, at 1 p.m., Encuentro will meet on Middletown's South Green. Encuentro  (en-kwen-tro) is a gathering of individuals who are struggling for housing, education, health, freedom, justice, a voice, space to exist, peace, respect, community and dignity, and for humanity to counter the current tendency to prioritize big business over the general welfare. For more information, call 860-342-1070.

 ‘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 is open 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.

Now here’s a quick rundown of cinema off the beaten path herein central CT this week.

Opening tonight and running through next Tuesday, Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford will present a new work by American director Wes Anderson entitled, 'Moonrise Kingdom' which took the opening slot at the Cannes Film Festival. Show schedules and descriptions can be found online at

This Friday through next Tuesday, Real Art Ways in Hartford will be showing 'Polisse', a film that follows the daily lives of a tight-knit team of men and women working for the Child Proctection Unit of the Parisian police force. Tickets, times, and more can be found online at

Now stay tuned.  Here's what's playing on our Summer program at WESU tonight: 

Right after the Jive at Five Right stay tuned for The Needle Drop with Anthony Fantano for an hour of the latest and greatest in the world of independent rock, pop, electronic, and experimental music out there today.

From 6-6:30pm, it's Free Speech Radio News From The Pacifica Network
Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

At 6:30 and running until 8pm, it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion
Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

From 8 to 9:30 it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce. The best of underground deep house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

From 9:30 - 11pm it's The Vault with DJ Anton Banks. On the air since 1995! Presenting listeners with the very latest in underground electronica on vinyl format, so the music can be heard as it was intended. Regularly featuring exclusive sets from international producers and DJs.

From 11pm-12:30am it's Midnight Munchies with DJ Gus Lo - The Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving.

Beginning at 12:30 and running until 1:30am it's Search and Recover with DJ Cheshire Cat. Search and Recover scours the world of music to find as many versions of a single song as possible. Join the exploration of the modern musical standards!

and from 1:30-4am it's The Graveyard with DJ Otto Nation. An eclectic mix of music from the WESU collection of new releases.

The BBC News 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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