Wednesday, July 3, 2013

07/03/13 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, July 3rd, and this is the Jive at Five - WESU's Daily community calendar and rundown of night-time programming here on
88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends. 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!

Here in Middletown,  at the Buttonwood Tree, at 7:30 tonight, it's Kirtan with Shubalananda. Kirtan is a form of yoga with a musical aspect. Tomorrow, the Buttonwood is closed for the Fourth of July.

Friday at 8, at the Buttonwood, singer songwriter Joe Flood will be sharing some of a work in progress featuring songs by three 19th Century songwriters from Middletown: Henry Clay Work, Reginald De Koven, and Edward Barrett, “the Poet Laureate of South Farms.” Musicians include Jim Clark on drums and piano; John Kalinowski on fife, concertina, accordion;  Joe Fonda on bass and Fred Moses, percussion, blues harp, and vocals.

Saturday morning at 7:30 brings weekly Quigong (Chee Gung) to the Buttonwood, followed by community yoga. Saturday night brings the John Brighenti and Friends CD Release Concert. The album, "Swingin’ on a Sunday Afternoon," was recorded live as part of the popular Baby Grand Jazz Series at the Hartford Public Library. On Sunday, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree. You're invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal at 11:30 a.m. at the First Church on Court Street. Sunday at 7 p.m., it’s  "The Great Make Believe Improv Show" at the Buttonwood, featuring different kinds of improvised comedy. You can go to for details about all these events.

Down in New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine, DRINKDEEPLY and DIE HIPSTER Present the 2nd Annual Punk Rock BBQ featuring: The Lost Riots; w/ Bragging Rights; Cell 63; and Empty Vessels. Café Nine is closed on the Fourth of July.

Then on Friday, the happy hour features  Bruce and Loralee Crowder. That’s followed at 9 p.m. by JAZZ HAVEN’s presentation of  the Mario Pavone Orange Sextet. Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by Mike Coppola and friends. Then, Saturday night at 8 brings The Hulls; w/ Wrist Like This; Rusty Things; and Trophy Lungs. Sunday, from 3 to 7 p.m., DRINKDEEPLY Presents: Summer Surf Series with The Vultures; Dark City; and Thee Icepicks. Then at 8 pm, it’s the SUNDAY-AFTER-SUPPER JAM. You can go to for details.

Also in New Haven, at Toad's Place, tonight at 9, it’s VIRAL SOUND with Full Spectrum, followed at 10 by the weekly EDM night. Friday at 9 brings XAVIER RUDD to Toad’s, with Frank Viele. Saturday afternoon at 3, it’s Jacob  Latimore’s Young Stars Concert. Then, Saturday at 9, it’s SUMMER GLOW 2, a showcase of  EDM / DUBSTEP / HOUSE / DnB, with Vinyl Child; Joey Fedz; HighLife; A-Ron; Kapsoul; Tango; E-Roc; LarryLuck; and Diatonic. You can go to for details about all these events.

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, tonight at 8, the Wednesday night Blues Jam is hosted by Brandt Taylor. Thursday, Sally’s is closed for the holiday. Friday at 9, it's The Walter Lewis Blues Trio. Then Saturday night, it’s The Hoolios, steeped in the rhythms of the Gulf of Mexico: Americana, Latin, Reggae, Texas Folk and Zydeco. You can access blackeyedsally’s for details.

Middletown's "Over the River" Fireworks Festival! is slated for tonight beginning with a music festival on the lawn of City Hall. The Festival begins at 6 p.m. and ends with fireworks splashing the night sky beginning around 9:30 p.m. The music begins with the Middletown High School Traveling Jazz Band. The Middletown Symphonic Band will accompany the fireworks with live music appropriate for the display. This year's Festival will be covered live, and the music accompanying the fireworks will be included in the live broadcast - tune in to WMRD (1150 AM)/ or WLIS at 1420 AM.

One featured band is Forever Motown, performing the music and choreography of Motown's hitmakers, and led by Middletown-born-and-bred Neal Hatcher. You can also expect some new features this year with additional food vendors in a user-friendly location adjacent to the festival grounds. There is abundant free parking throughout the festival area downtown. Arrive early for the best seats, the best parking, and the best entertainment. For more information, contact the Mayor's Office at 860.638.4801 or call the City Arts Office at 860.638.4510 or email

The Mattabessett Canoe Club at Harbor Park has a busy holiday weekend planned, beginning tonight with fireworks and the Chester Fife and Drum marching up and down the boardwalk beginning at 7 p.m. On Thursday night, The Covert Jazz Band plays as part of the Canoe Club's Thursday Night Jazz Series. The Friday Night Blues Series features the Rich Badowski Blues Band, winner of the 2012 CT Blues Society Contest.

On Saturday, The Village Band plays, and on Sunday, it's calypso from Florida Bickley Island Chill. For details, go to

Here's a list of fireworks displays in central Connecticut. New Britain's fireworks are scheduled for tonight following the Rock Cats' game at New Britain Stadium. Thursday, there are fireworks in Madison at West Wharf Beach, at New Britain's Stanley Park, and at New Haven's East Rock Park. Then Saturday, July 6, there are fireworks at the River Fests in Hartford and East Hartford's, as well as in Manchester, at Meriden's Hubbard Park, and in Wallingford.

Tonight at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, the weekly "Music at the Mansion" series kicks off with the Hartford Jazz Orchestra, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Go to for details and the full schedule.

'Tis the season for  farmers' markets; several in our area are in full swing. Here are a few: In Middletown, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. there's a market on the South Green, and another in Middletown's North End at 575 Main Street, on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In Durham, the farmers' market is on Thursdays, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on the town green on Rte. 17.

In Cromwell, on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m., the farmers' market is at Covenant Village of Cromwell, 52 Missionary Road. In Higganum Village, on Fridays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., the market is on the town green, at the intersection of Rtes. 81 & 154.

In East Haddam, there's a farmers' market from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at the town grange on Town Street. Learn more about farmers' markets all over the state by going to

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, Hannah Arendt, the biopic about the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist, continues through tomorrow.

Friday begins a run of "Hey Bartender", about two bartenders trying to achieve their dreams. Also starting on Friday is a run of Hecho en Mexico, showcasing the richness of Mexican music. Visit for more details.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, begins a run tonight of "Renoir", about the final years of the Impressionist painter, when both he and his son, Jean, the future filmmaker, fall under the spell of a free-spirited young woman.  Sunday at 2:30, it’s Exhibition: Munch 150, a celebration of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s 150th birthday. Thanks to the new Exhibition series, audiences in Hartford will be able to see Munch’s unique, haunting and brilliantly colored paintings in ultra high definition on the big screen, accompanied by the expert commentary of critic Tim Marlow. While many know Munch as the man who created The Scream, this extensive exhibition of over 200 works secures his place as a major artist of the 19th and 20th centuries.
You can find show times and info at

Now here’s a run-down of what's on the air tonight here at WESU, 88.1 FM in Middletown:

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

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

From 6:30-8pm it'sFusion Radio with James Fusion
Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

Beginning at 8 and running until 9:30pm it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce
The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

Next, from 9:30 to 11pm it's The Vault with Anton Banks.

The Vault presents listeners with the very latest in techno, house, idm, and ambient as it was intended to be heard, in mixed form. Anton regularly features exclusive sets from international producers and DJs. Visit for the latest schedule and show information

And from  11pm to 12:30  it's Midnight Munchies with DJ Gus Lo
Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving for.

Right after Midnight Munchies, from 12:30 to 3am it's Overdrive with Clarence and  Shantay Scott. Overdrive takes the word of God and the music of God, mixes it together and throws it into overdrive. Urban contemporary, hip hop, and classic gospel music at it's best! Changing the way you listen to gospel music everyday!

The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and we begin tomorrow's broadcast at 5 a.m. 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 If you tune in to WESU for information and music that you can’t find elsewhere, then we are counting on you to help support the service you depend on.

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