Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thursday's 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
Live and local... This ain't no commercial radio!

Good evening! It’s Thursday, April 17th 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 our rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week.

Saturday morning at the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street in Middletown brings Tai Chi, Qui Gong (chi kung) and community yoga to the Buttonwood Tree. On Saturday afternoon from 1 to 3, the Free Poets Collective hosts a lively presentation of music, poetry and an open mic at the Buttonwood Tree. This month features musician Don Lowe and poet Donna Marie Merritt, author of HER HOUSE AND OTHER POEMS and the Poetry for Tough Times series. On Saturday night at 8, Last Fair Deal, a three-piece vocal band, plays an eclectic mix of Americana Roots, Swing and Bluegrass. 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.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s,Friday at 9, the Tom Sanders Band takes the Sally’s stage. Saturday at 9 brings JR Krauss & the Shakes. Details at

Down in New Haven, at Caf√© Nine, tonight, Loner Chic, Jose Oyola and the Astronauts, with Netherfriends, Elison Jackson and Twin Berlin. Friday’s Weekly Wind-Down Happy Hour at 5 is with Mark Daniel, followed at 8 by The Hempsteadys, with Murphy's Kids. Saturday’s afternoon Jam Session at 4 is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. That’s followed at 9 by  Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs, with Proud Flesh and Milksop: Unsung. The original Sunday Night Jam Session at 8 features The Langley Project. for details.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place on Friday it's The Hold Steady, with Deer Tick. Then Friday, it’s Woofstock 2014, presented by Bikers Against Animal Cruelty. Saturday, it’s Mike Stud, with IamG and Jitta on the Track, followed at midnight by The Original Saturday Night College Dance Party. Sunday brings EOTO to Toad’s with live, improvised EDM and V1bes. Details at

Friday brings a senior music recital by Michael Deck. Titled “"Fascinating Rhythm: Playing with Rhythmic Standards," it’s an exploration of polyrhythmic and shifting pulse/feel perceptions in Ghanaian-drumming-ensemble and Western-rock-band contexts. That’s at 7 p.m. in Crowell Concert Hall. 

Also on Friday, at 9, there’ll be a senior music recital by Daniel Light. Called "Resonance," it’s an infusion of rock, pop, and jazz with folk music from various cultures. That’s at World Music Hall. 

Saturday’s senior music recital is by Julius Thor Bjornson and titled “Apropos Space.” It’s an exploration of physical and temporal spaces in harmony, structure and performance. That’s at 8 p.m. in Wesleyan’s  Memorial Chapel. For info about all recitals, you can call 860-685-3355, or email

Also here in Middletown on this Friday, at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, 139 Main St. Ext.,  you can catch vocalist Nekita Waller, and Sunday brings Ol’ School Soulful Sundays. … That’s scatz with a z.

This Saturday at 2PM, at The East Hampton Public Library, J- cherry and The Strawberries invite you for a funky tour of blues, rock, roots, and poetry. J-Cherry, is a regular performer and open mic emcee at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, and producer and host of VOICE of the CITY airing on WESU Tuesdays from 8-9PM.  The East Hampton Library is located at 105 Main Street in East Hampton and The concert is free and open to the public. 860-267-6621

GuitartownCT presents an All Star Bluegrass Benefit Concert on Saturday, April 19, 7:00 PM, at Unitarian Hall, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, CT. This concert is to raise money directly for Tony, until he can get back to playing guitar. Rob Ickes, Josh Williams, Tony Trischka, Jesse Brock, Luke Bulla, Chris Eldridge, Cody Kilby, Sam Grisman and Dominick Leslie are donating their time to perform. Information, directions and tickets at  or 203-430-6020 

Here in Middletown, The Shaped Note Singers meet every Sunday at 4pm at MAC650 Gallery on Main St. and all are welcome to this singing activity organized by Neely Bruce.  860.343.3239 for details.  Stay tuned for an opportunity to experience Live Shaped note singing in the WESU Studios tonight on Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill!

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the New York International Children's Film Festival Animated Shorts run through Sunday. It’s the largest festival of film for children and teens, and stands at the forefront of a movement to define new, more compelling film for kids. There are two programs: Kid Flix Mix, recommended for ages 4 to 8,  and Party Mix, recommended for ages 8 to 18. Opening on friday  Two films open on Friday at Real Art Ways: the romantic drama Just a Sigh, and The Missing Picture — a brilliant documentary about a child who held onto life in Cambodia's killing fields. More  at

At Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, brings The Wolf of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese featuring Leonardo diCaprio . Sunday, the documentary Tim’s Vermeer, in which a handy guy with no painting experience tries to replicate one of the brilliant 17th–century Dutch artist’s works to prove he used gadgetry. Learn more at .

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

Todays music Camper Fan by gigglejuice. Thanks for listening! Stay tuned Home Grown with Rob Derosa

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