Monday, August 12, 2013

08-12-13 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, August 12th.  This is the Jive at Five - our 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. Thanks for tuning in. I'm Ben Michael
Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.

Here in Middletown,  from 10 am – 2 pm during July and August, the Buttonwood Tree, offers  Arts and Crafts activities kids & adults.  Every Monday at 8pm J-Cherry presents the Anything Goes open mic at The Buttonwood.  Wednesday brings a night of Kirtan Yoga and Music to the Buttonwood Tree.  Saturday evening Christa Joy & The World Cup Rodeo perform at The Buttonwood Tree  at 8pm for an evening of  folk and country.   On Sundays, 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 afternoon at 4pm brings the Poetry Potluck  to The Buttonwood Tree , providing and opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works. for details about all events.

Tonight the Hartford Jazz Societies’ Monday night live jazz series in Bushnell park concludes with 2 bands. You can catch the  SHENEL JOHNS QUINTET at 6pm followed by at 7:30 by the BRANDEE YOUNGER QUINTET. for details.

Down in New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine,  you can catch Vinegar Creek Constituency, an eclectic, string band from PA sharing the stage with Blue Pontiac who calls their style “neo-billy.” Tomorrow at Café Nine, Whitey Morgan and the 78's a Honky Tonk band from Flint, Michigan take the stage. Dave Hill opens the show.

Wednesday, at Café Nine you can catch a night of Americana from the Carolinas with The Boston Boys, sharing a bill with the Mike Dillon Band.  Thursday night Jazz Haven presents  a free night of Jazz  with M.O.B. (aka  The Matt Oestreicher Band).    Then on Friday, Dave Milone and Jeremy Sage share an early bill from 5-7 followed by Guitarist,  Songwriter,  Singer, and  one-man cheering section for the blues,  Duke Robillard . Paul Gabriel opens the show.   Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by Tony Dioguardi and Friends, this week. Saturday night you can cath Hate Breed Guitartisy F. Sean Martin at Café Nine with Benn Grim opening. for details.

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, tonight at 8 it’s Jazz Monday. Tuesdays at 8 bring a weekly session with Michael Palin's Other Orchestra, an 18-piece band. Wednesday’s Blues Jam at Sally's will be hosted by Ed Bradley, this week. Friday, The Blu Union trio featuring Felicia's Vibe takes the Sally’s stage. Saturday  brings an evening of R&B and Swing with THE MYSTIC HORNS www.blackeyedsally’s for details.

Down in New Haven, Toad Place features a weekly session of smooth jazz with Rohn Lawrence and friends on Monday nights. Wednesday night Living Legend of Reggae, Beres Hammond takes the Toad’s Place Main stage. Thursday night you can catch a solo acoustic performance by
Kevin Seconds on the Toad’s Lily pad stage. Shakedown plays The Dead and beyond on Friday night on the Toads main stage with Downstairs Sally and Rhythmic Circus opening the show.  Archnemesis hits the Lily Pad on Friday night. Saturday night Manic productions presents JOSH RITTER & THE ROYAL CITY BAND at Toads with The Low Anthem and You Won’t opening the show.  

Here in Middletown tomorrow /Tuesday, The Middletown Commission on the Arts Tuesday night weekly Summer Sounds concert series features the  Americana bluegrass sounds of Last Fair Deal.  The concerts are on City's South Green (Union Park) just off Main st. and are free and open to the public. You are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. rain location is across the St at South Congregational Church.details online at

The Mattabessett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown has live entertainment most nights tonight there’s a weekly open Mic.  Tuesday night features Acoustic Solo Music  and a weekly Irish music session on Wednesdays. Thursday, there’a a new Jazz Series. Friday brings live Blues to The Canoe Club. Sunday Vocalist Nekita Waller  performs at the Canoe Club.  details at .

On Thursday at 7:00 pm, author Elisabeth Petry continues to lead The Veterans' Writing Group, We Were There: Writing Your Military Experiences at Russell Library

On Saturday from 1p - 9pm The Trinbago American Cultural Explorers present the 2nd Annual Middletown Trinidad Style Caribbean Festival at Harbor Park. Admission is Free with musical entertainment by Patch, Baba Shanta, Randy Isacc, and Benji hosted by Naomi Rogers. There will be Caribbean and American food available and other vendors. For info you can contact: Michael Charles, 860.818.0678 or visit
This Saturday also brings the the 2nd Annual West Side Reggae Festival to Ives Concert Park in Danbury featuring the legendary Reggae artists Beres Hammond & Maxi Priest. Doors open at 4pm show time is 5. Tickets at e - t – i -,

'Tis the season for farmers' markets and several in our area are in full swing. 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, on the town green. In Cromwell, on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m., the farmers' market is at Covenant Village.  In Higganum There’s a Market on Fridays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m on the town green. In East Haddam, there's a farmers' market from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at the town grange on Town Street. Learn 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 5:15 pm Today through Wednesday, you can catch 2013 SUNDANCE SHORTS  at real art ways . The Sundance shorts will continue over the weekend.   Blackfish has been extended all week. This documentary tells the story of a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity and challenges the ethics of the mulit-billion dollar sea-park industry. Friday night there’s a special showing of the classic thriller, Jaws.  This weekend Real Art Ways also continues runs of Crystal Fairy and The New York International Children's Film Festival: Party Mix.  for details.

Tonight and Tomorrow, Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, wraps up their run of the colorful 4K ultra high definition digital restoration of Hello, Dolly.  Wednesday Cinestudio begins a run of the 2013 remake of The Great Gatsby, the screen through next Tuesday. You can find show times and info at

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive at Five stay tuned for a well-rounded jazz show on Charles Henry’s Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry until 6pm.

Weekdays at 6 Free Speech Radio News From the Pacifica Network offers a daily dose of alternative international news and reporting.

At 6:30 Michael Benson is in the Air-chair for 75% Folk, serving up contemporary folk and scoustic music  with side orders of jazz, blues, soul and more.  

At 8 pm  it’s Anvil Hour with Nate for a free form mix of music featuring alternative and indie  rock, blues, reggae, surf, world music and more.  

At  9:30 Chip Austin fill in for Tom Gatzen and presents 2 hrs of folk, alt-Country, roots-Rock, and  a taste of the up and coming  “East Nashville” sound.

At 1 a.m. it’s Distilled Discographies with Cheshire Cat, distilling down the discography of an artist to an essential 60 minute career retrospective, sampling something from every cataloged release.

at 2am it’s Roots World Radio with Cliff Furnald for an exploration of roots music from around the world.

DJ Otto Nation offers the Graveyard shift from 3-4am for an eclectic mix of music from the WESU library.

The BBC kicks on at 4, followed by NPR's Morning Edition at 5.

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

Thanks for listening! Now stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

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