Wednesday, August 7, 2013

8-7-13 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, Aug. 7th, 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, arts and crafts for kids and adults are offered free every weekday through August from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get happy with arts and crafts all summer long!

Thursday evening at 6:45 brings Writers Out Loud!, a literary prose open mic, to the Buttonwood Tree. Friday, the Taubl Family Singers & SOUND Proof Vocal Ensemble play the Buttonwood at 8 p.m. Saturday, the Barone-Keene Piano and Guitar Duo perform an evening of Italian and central European music.

On Sunday, Food Not Bombs shares vegetarian food at about 1 p.m. in front of the Buttonwood. All are welcome. You may help prepare the food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. Rumpus, which usually plays during Food Not Bombs, will instead be at Middletown’s Music Festival at Middlesex Community College, from 12-8pm. There's more about the festival later in the Jive. For more about Buttonwood Tree events, go to

Also in Middletown tonight, at the Mattabesset Canoe Club at Harbor Yard, it's Irish Session Night; Thursday brings the weekly jazz series to the canoe club; then Friday, it’s Friday Night Blues. For details, go to

Down in New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine, it’s Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express, and The Old Ceremony. Thursday brings The Please, Please Me and Brandon Patton to Café Nine. Then Friday at 5, the weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features Tom Hearn, followed at 9 by Eddie Clendening & the Blue Ribbon Boys, and The Barley Hoppers.

The Saturday Jazz Jam Session is hosted by Gary Grippo & Friends at 4:30. That’s followed at 8 by a benefit for Dave Lamb of Brown Bird, featuring Joe Fletcher And The Wrong Reasons, Proud Flesh, Elison Jackson, and Amanda Bloom. The Sunday after-Supper-Jam is with the George Baker Band. You can go to for details about all of these events and more.

Also in New Haven tonight, at Toad’s Place, it's the weekly EDM Night. Then Friday, it’s Explosions in the Sky, with José Oyola & the Astronauts. Saturday is the EDM/DUBSTEP Glow Party.

Saturday, Gorilla Music presents the New Haven Battle of the Bands. Sunday at Toad’s, Del the Funky Homosapien plays, along with Full Blast Movement and Debo. Go to for more details.

Up at Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford, tonight at 8 it’s the Blues Jam at 8 hosted by Brandt Taylor.

Thursday brings Southern Hospitality to Sally’s. Then Friday, Jen Lowe performs lovelorn poetic verses and catchy choruses that will remain in your head like fireflies in a mason jar.

Saturday, River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs bring exuberant southwestern Louisiana sounds to the Sally’s stage. Go to www.blackeyedsally’s for details.

Back in Middletown tonight, at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, the weekly Music at the Mansion series closes out the season with Jeff Pitchell and the Texas Flood. The free concert begins at 6:30. Go to for details and the full schedule.

On Saturday at 6 p.m. there will be Summer Jazz on the Lawn at Middlesex County Historical Society, 151 Main Street, Middletown, featuring Middletown-born Mike Augeri and his Mike Augeri Jazz Project. The performance benefits the historical society.

Also on Saturday evening, beginning at 7 p.m., the Middletown Symphonic Band will perform a free concert  as part of a Riverfront Recapture Concert. That’s at Great River , 301 East River Drive, East Hartford. The rain date is Sunday. For more information about the band and its complete concert schedule, visit

On Sunday, WESU's own DJ J Cherry and the Middletown Commission on the Arts present the 2nd annual Middletown Music Festival. It takes place rain or shine from noon to 8 p.m. at Middlesex Community College. This year's lineup features the Michael Cleary Band, The Mighty Soul Drivers, Two Virgins, Super Trance, Gigglejuice, and J-Cherry and the Strawberries. Learn more at

Several farmers' markets in our area are in full swing. Here are two: 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. Go to 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 Real Art Ways in Hartford, Blackfish continues through tomorrow. It’s the story of a performing killer whale that killed several people. The film combines shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.

The 2013 Sundance Shorts continue through tonight. Also this evening, Real Board Games are played at RealArtWays.

On Thursday at 6 p.m., Neighborhood Studios brings Eye on Video! to RealArtWays. Neighborhood Studios is a nationally recognized education program that provides students with a hands-on arts intensive learning experience.

Friday begins a run of the film Crystal Fairy: on a trip through Chile a boorish American expat and three Chilean brothers set off in search of the prized San Pedro cactus and its promise of beachy hallucinations and wind up with more of an adventure than any of them had bargained for.

Friday’s late-show screening is of Jaws, keeping swimmers out of oceans since 1975. Then the weekend brings matinee screenings of the New York International Children's Film Festival: Party Mix. Go to for more information.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College's cinema in Hartford, the digitally restored 1969 classic Hello Dolly opens in glorious 4K ultra-high-definition. Directed by Gene Kelly and starring a young Barbra Streisand, it’s the story of a widowed Yonkers matchmaker who has a way of bringing light into everyone’s lives. You can find show times and info at

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

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.

Please take a moment to make a donation of any size online at Every dollar counts and we need to hear from you. Thanx for listening and stay tuned for The Needle Drop.

No comments:

Post a Comment