Wednesday, August 28, 2013

08-28-13 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, August 28th and 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.  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! Thanks for tuning in!  Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.

Here in Middletown, at The Buttonwood Tree, this evening brings a FREE night of  Karaoke for all ages at 7pm. 

Friday night. at 8pm, The Buttonwood presents a rare opportunity to catch "From New Orleans to New England: Avery Sharpe & Charles Neville Duo" featuring the legendary sax man, Charles Neville best known for his role as one of The Neville Brothers.

Saturday evening, at 8pm, drummer and percussionist YORON ISRAEL brings his jazz quartet, “High Standards” (featuring Lance Bryant, saxophone, Laszio Gardony, piano and Henry Lugo, bass) to The Buttonwood Tree to perform selections from their recent CD, “VISIONS, The Music of Stevie Wonder” . On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood. Sunday night brings The Great Make Believe Society’s  Improv Comedy Show. for more info. 

Also in Middletown, The Mattabesset Canoe Club at Harbor Park, offers the weekly Irish Session. Thursday the Canoe Club presents a weekly Jazz Series. Then Friday, you can catch some live blues. for details.

Down in New Haven tonight you can catch Selfish Giant and Dr.Caterwauls Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps. 

Thursday night DrinkDeeply presents a night of loud rock featuring:  Sperm Donor, Murdervan, and Beasty.  

Then on Friday, Ego Free Productions presents The George Baker Band and The Convertibles for a night of Rhythm and Blues.

Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by Billy Cofrances and Friends. Saturday night The Kevin St. James Band takes the CafĂ© Nine Stage. The Sunday-After-Supper-Jam features Travis Moody's last jam. for details.

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, tonight the Wednesday night Blues Jam will be hosted by Tim Mcdonald. Friday, Frank Bang & the Secret Stash take the Sally’s stage. Saturday  brings an evening with The Shiny Lapel Trio. www.blackeyedsally’ for details.

Tonight, Manic Productions Presents New Jersey-based indie rock duo Brick + Mortar and  Coax Rhino for a free show at Bar in New Haven.

Saturday night Manic Productions presents Art Popsters, "Hop Along" and post punksters, "The Sidekicks" at the Space in Hamden with "Two Humans" and "Poverty Hollow" opening the show.

The CT Poetry Society, Middletown Chapter, holds its meetings on the last Wednesday of every month. The meetings are open to the public and take place at: 6 p.m. in Meeting Room 3 at The Russell Library on Broad St. in Middletown. Thursday, Author Elisabeth Petry will continue to lead The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 in Meeting Room 2  in.

As students head back to school and the tree leaves start to turn, we head into country fair season in CT. This weekend you can head over the river and through the woods to catch the 102nd Haddam Neck Fair. The Haddam Neck Fair opens Friday afternoon at 4pm and continues for 4 days throughout the entire labor day weekend closing Monday at 4pm. evening. This fair features live music, concessions, a petting zoo, a food court, agricultural exhibits, a traveling circus, children's contests, and the ever-popular draft animal-, truck-, and tractor pulls! Friday night's entertainment kicks off with local bands Rock Landing and Gate keepers. Saturday's entertainment features kicks off at 2pm with the Monthei Brothers Band. Poor Old Shine takes the stage at 7pm. Sunday's bill includes   Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters , Hot Day At The Zoo, and Shakedown! details online at .

Acoustic Guitarist & Crooner, Dave Downs Makes His Monthly Stop at Brew Bakers on Main St in Middletown. He’ll be performing popular American songs from the 30's, 40's, 50's & beyond on Sunday, September 1st, at 10:00 a.m. 860-852-0034 for info.

The Shaped Note Singers gather at the home of Neely Bruce on Sunday, from 4 to 6 p.m. All are welcome! Remember to bring a dish to share; a potluck follows the singing. Contact for further information or directions.

Down in New Haven on Sunday, Toad’s Place presents their Annual LABOR DAY FUNKFEST, This year’s bill features:  Relative Souls, Greg Sherrod, Mr. Council, Funkinachea, T.W.O. ft. Doc P, The Dave Kardas Band, and 6 Train Soldier.

Several farmers' markets 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. There’s another on Fridays in Middletown's North End in the It's Only Natural Market parking lot on Main St., near the intersection of Liberty St. 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:

Through tomorrow,  Real Art Ways in Hartford continues their run of the documentary, Free the Mind, in which Richard Davidson examines the nature of consciousness to offer new hope for soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Real Art Ways is also showing the drama “The Hunt” starring Mads Mikkelsen,through tomorrow.

This weekend Real Art Ways begins a run of "Ain’t in it for My Health: A Film about Levon Helm". Directed by Jacob Hatley, this intimate documentary finds the late, four-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member at home in Woodstock, NY, in the midst of creating his 2007 acclaimed comeback album, Dirt Farmer. for details.

Tonight, at  Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, begins a run of "Far From Heaven", starring Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore, Dennis Haysbert, Viola Davis, and Patricia Clarkson. This film explores infidelity, sexuality, and racial tensions in 1950’s Connecticut. for for information

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

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's Fusion 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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