Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thursdays Jive

Today's Jive was produced by,
J-Cherry... producer and host of, 'VOICE of the CITY'

 Airing on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown
Tuesdays from 8-9PM
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Good evening! It’s Thursday, March 27th 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 weeknights and weekends. I'm J-Cherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY, Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. Thanks for joining us! 

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

Today  through Saturday Wesleyan University Center For the Arts presents: The 28th conference of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States.There are also several opportunities to experience Wesleyan Senior Arts Thesis shows and performances this week. You can find details for all of these events online at

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 The Russell Library’s Meeting Room 3 you can RSVP to Pamela: or 860.563.5761

Elisabeth Petry continues to lead The Veterans' Writing Group at 7:00 pm on Thursdays in Meeting Room 2 at Russell Library (860) 347-2528

This weekend brings WESU's Annual Spring Record Fair and Sale -  featuring record stores and vendors from across the region selling new and used Records, CDs, apparel, and other cool stuff.  Plus the Whey Station food truck will be parked outside selling their gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. The event is free and open to the public, so come on out and check out the thousands of items for sale. Don't miss the WESU Spring Record Fair and Sale at Wesleyan's Beckham Hall 45 Wyllys Ave Middletown - This Sunday March 30th from 11am - 4pm. Details online 

Tonight Down in New Haven, at Caf√© Nine you can catch a triple bill featuring Planeside, Big Mark and the Double Barrells, and Kev King. Thursday night Telecaster slinger Bill Kirchen plays a solo show. Greg Trooper opens that one. Friday brings mountains of the Moon to the nine for an early 5pm show. After that the nine is closed for a private party.  Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam session at the Nine will be hosted by Billy Cofrances this week. Saturday, you can catch a free show featuring Ceschi, Louis Logic. Gregory Pepper and his problems, Ecid, DJ Mo Niklz and more. Sunday brings a Bluegrass Jam with Stacey Phillips at 4 followed the The Sunday night Jam with the Cobalt Rhythm Kings  by

Tonight Manic and Little Daylight, Terraplane Sun, and Flagship at the space on Friday night.

 The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown  Friday, there will be a Closing Reception for the “Through Her Eyes” Collective Women’s Art Show from 4:30-6:30pm. Friday night Singer Songwriter, Kerri Powers celebrates the release of her new CD.
Saturday morning at the Buttonwood there'll be quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, community yoga, and more. Saturday afternoon at 1pm, the Free Poets Collective the International Arts project, “Woman Scream” which has its origins in Dominican Republic and is part of that country’s celebration for National Woman Month. Saturday evening at 8 p.m. The Buttonwood presents a night of Jazz with Jen Allen and her ensemble. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1 pm; all are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street.   More at

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place  tonight, there’s a Dub-Step EDM party featuring over 8 DJs. Friday night Shakedown plays the Grateful Dead and beyond at Toad’s. Sunday night, Dance Hall Reggae sensation, Mr Vegas bring his new tour to the toad’s main stage

Friday, March 28...8:30 PM...The Maple Tree, Simsbury, CT   The Mighty Soul Drivers make their Maple Tree debut, red-hot rockin' Memphis Soul the stuff that makes you want to dance!  And did we mention there's NO COVER? The Maple Tree is located at 781 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury. For directions reservations or more info, call 860-651-1297.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, Saturday night Mark Mercier & the Big Yams make for an evening of swampy New Orleans funk and soul.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:  This week, Real Art Ways in Hartford, continues their run of “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me”, a documentary using rare archival footage and cinema verite to chronicle the life of the 87-year-old Broadway legend.  Friday there will be a screening of Maiden Trip, telling the story of a 14 year old girl who sails around the world alone.  This weekend Real Art Way’s begins a run of New York International Children's Film Festival Animated Shorts

Tonight, Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, kicks off a run of American hustle.

And now here's a run down of tonight’s programming, here on WESU Middletown.

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.
Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
The best crop of Connecticut-connected music presented for a global audience.

Words with Abigail Joella Shneyder
Tune in as slam poets perform live in the studio and talk about their work.

(1,3,5) The Movement with DJ Danni and DJ Aissa
Two Black Girls spinning discs and talking about the things we care about.
(2,4) Call it Anything with DJ Skim
Call it anything profiles improvisational music of various traditions that transcend the bounds of genre categorization. Strong emphasis on live recordings.

Evening Jazz with Bill Denert
Where hearing is the best experience. A broad range of swing, be-bop, and avant garde as well as a sprinkling of new releases.

(1,3,5) UnderCover with Rebecca Seidel
Bridging genres and generations, UnderCover explores the concept of inspiration through imitation.
(2,4) Muffin Top Colony with DJ Zing and DJ Vegetable
Muffin Top Colony is your place to discuss and listen to your favorite things: muffins and groovy tunes. There will be surprises. There will be recipes. There will be fun for the whole muffin-loving family.

(1,3,5) The Hip-Hop Kitchen with Alex and Jake
Welcome to hip hop kitchen where you’ll hear african, jazzy, soulful, upbeat hip hop and rap mixed with food news, recipes, reviews, tips, tricks, fun facts. basically food to eat while you listen.
(2,4) Live From The Paris Hotel with Grover Cleveland Jr. aka DJ Goat
A mercurial mixture of pop music and poetry, cavorting the ley lines of the human voice. Step outside the Dr. Luke degeneration into the magnificent streets of the city.

(1,3,5) Underdogs Edge with DJ Malik1Fam
The Underdogs Edge will feature local hip hop artists across the region with tracks from mainstream artists normally not played on the radio.
(2,4) MidniteMunchiez with DJ Gus Lo
Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving.

(1,3,5) Pop! Goes My Heart with Ian
Sad pop songs with a different title-based theme every show, with a focus on experimental pop, chamber pop, and Kate Bush.
(2,4) Army of Me with DJ Dora

The music that influenced and was influenced by the Riot Grrl sound of the 1990s, focusing on strong female fronted bands, with an emphasis on pop, rock and electronic music.

(1,3,5) Your Turn with Rachel Day
Each episode, a different guest will chronologically share songs that were fundamental in shaping who they are.
(2,4) Teen Angst with The Kaiser and DJ LT
Discussions about the harrowing, confusing aspects of coming of age, with an indie/alt/pop-punk soundtrack. Listeners are invited to recount highlights and embarrassments of their adolescence.

(1,3,5) #burnnotice with DJ Sabatoge
Underground HIP HOP, 90's Hip Hop 80's HIP HOP influenced show. Interviews with upcoming artists on local and national scale. Your mom's favorite radio show!

(2,4) The Weather Overair with Evan Bieder
social justice radio: “A dream you dream alone may be a dream, but a dream two people dream together is a reality.” – Yoko Ono
And 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

2014 Marks 75 years of Alternative music, Public Affairs, and community service for WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at

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