Wednesday, July 2, 2014

07-02-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, July 2nd 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 listener supported station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day, and the best in free-form community programming weeknights 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 to all of the WESU friends and family who made our Spring 2014 Pledge Drive a success! With your support WESU  was able to close out our fiscal year with a little wind in our sail as we work on a capital campaign to  upgrade our studios.

Next on Deck is our Doo Wop Extravaganza at the Middletown High School Performing arts Center on July 12. Headlined by The Tokens, who recorded the mega hit The Lion Sleeps tonight, and supported by 5 amazing female singers from hit making groups of the 50’s and 60’s, this fundraising concert brings world class entertainment to Middletown. Tickets and info online at 

Now here's some of what's happening in our area this week:

On Thursday at the Buttonwood Tree,  the First Thursday Gallery Walk at 5 brings the AMO Glassware Design Showcase by Alexandra, which continues through the month. That’s followed by Bob Gotta’s Open Mic at 7. 
Saturday evening they’re offering singer/songwriter and Middletown native Joe Flood, who performs “Busker Stories, Blues, Brassens. . . and Beyond.” 
Sunday at 1 p.m., Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree.  Anyone is welcome. You’re invited to help prepare the meal at the First Church on Court Street at 11:30 am. Sunday evening at 7 there’s the Great Make Believe Improv Show. More at
Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s on Wednesday night’s  at 8, it's their long running weekly blues jam will be hosted by Ed Bradley.
And Thursday brings Ray Morant's Rotating Glitterati to the Sally’s stage.  Saturday night at Sally’s you can catch the Rich Badowski Blues Band, winners of the 2012 Connecticut Blues Band Challenge. 

Thursday, down at Toad’s Place in New Haven, they’ve got Tye Henney, and the “Highway Henney” Mixtape Release Party.  Saturday n night Terravita Mantis takes the Toads Place Stage and on Sunday Manic Productions presents Swans, along with Xiu Xiu.

Also in New Haven, tonight, Café Nine features Skychase, and Animals Talking.  Thursday’s night The Skeleton Beats, and The Evil Streaks that the stage and Friday  Café Nine presents The Big Fat Cafe9 BBQ and Rhythm & Blues Marathon, with The Convertibles, The Langley Project, and The Crown Street Orchestra, starting at 4.  On Saturday their weekly Jazz Jam will be hosted by Mike Coppola and Friends at 4:30, followed by a 9 p.m. show with Big Bad Johns, and The Incorrigibles. Sunday at 3 they offer The Del Rios, and at 8 there’s Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod.

Tonight at 7 p.m., Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts presents the New World Soul rhythms of Zili Misik for a free show at the CFA Hall Courtyard. You’re invited to bring a picnic and dance with friends and family.
Manic Productions brings additional acts to the area this week.   Tonight at Bar in New Haven, they present Teen, Hubbell Mountain, and Loom.  On Friday night they’ve got Mission Zero, along with Jay Prince (of Eurisko), and Rudeyna, at The Outer Space in Hamden.
At the Russell Library in Middletown, registration for the children’s summer reading programs is now open. There's also an adult summer reading program.
Tours of the historic Wadsworth Mansion happen every Wednesday at 2 p.m.  860-347-1064.
Tonight, at 7 p.m., First Church on Court St. in Middletown hosts the Middletown Scottish Dancers.  Partners not necessary; 860-347-0278 for information.
Also, every Friday, at 9 p.m., Dave Downs hosts a new weekly open mic and invites songwriters to perform at The Nest, located at 129 Church Street, Middletown. Info at 860.788.2736.
The Hartford Public Library presents the Hartford Artisan Weaving Center Exhibit:  “Let’s Weave Historic Overshot,” with pieces inspired by historic patterns, through August 10th at the library’s downtown location.
Here a rundown of some of the Independence Day Celebrations in our area this week.
The City of Middletown Fireworks Festival takes place on Thursday, July 3rd, starting at 6:30 p.m., featuring music performances by the High School Jazz Ensemble, Prelude playing pop hits of yesterday ad today, and the Middletown Symphonic Band.  More at 860-638-4801, , or .
On Friday, Willimantic presents its 29th annual WILI Boom Box Parade on Friday at 11am. Details at
New Britain's Great American Boom is July 4 in Stanley Quarter Park from 5 to 9:15 p.m. with with family activites all day ending with a fireworks display. There is a fee for participation info at 860-826-3360 and
Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, hosts a 3D fireworks after dark beginning at 10 p.m. with proceeds to benefit Healthy Eyes Alliance.  Information: at 203-758-2913 or
The annual Lake Compounce fireworks display in Bristol begins at 10 p.m. July 4.  Complete with a laser light show. Park admission is required.  Information: 860-583-3300 and
Manchester Community College hosts the 31st annual James Dutch Fogarty Independence Day Celebration from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday July 5 featuring children's activities and musical performances Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Information: 860-647-5235 or
Brownstone Exploration Park in Portland celebrates Independence weekend with a Food Fest on July 4, and a hot-dog eating contest July 5. Information at 866-860-0208 or
New Haven's Fourth of July celebration begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 4, at the Summit of East Rock Park, 41 Cold Spring St., New Haven. Live music, free horse-drawn carriage rides, food and a soldiers and sailors monument tour are part of the fun, finishing with the fireworks show at 9 p.m. 203-946-8378 and
The Madison Exchange Independence Day Parade celebrates 35 years of July 4 celebrations with the theme "America's first responders." The parade starts at 11 a.m Admission is free. Information: 203-350-9244 or
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Hartford Parks’ free Movies After Dark series will present “Field of Dreams” on Friday at 6:30 p.m., in Colt Park.
The Wayback Wednesday Summer Movie Series at the Hartford Public Library presents the 1921 Charlie Chaplin masterpiece “The Kid,” this evening at 5:30 p.m.
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Walking the Camino” continues through tomorrow.  The film follows pilgrims from all walks of life as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot. 
Opening Friday, Real Art Ways presents “We Are the Best,” a Swedish film about three girls in the 1980’s who decide to form a punk band.  Also opening on Friday is “Cold in July,” starring Don Johnson, a drama about a small town hero in Texas who gets in trouble after killing a low-life burglar.
Tonight, Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, continues its run of “Fed Up,” a documentary that investigates corporate interests in the food industry. On Thursday at 7:30 they’re showing “Birthday Cake,” a fun-filled comedy about a gay couple planning a birthday party for their one-year-old daughter.  Friday begins the run of “A Hard Day’s Night,” the stunning 50th anniversary restored edition of a Beatles classic.  More at
Now, Here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU Middletown.

 Right after the jive at Five from 5:05 - 6:00, stay tuned for the Rockabilly Willy Memorial Show!
That's followed by 30minutes Mind Matters with Doctor E. The show provides information and guest interviews on issues concerning mental illness. The focus is exploring holistic therapies and stories of individual achievement.

At 6:30,it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion for 90 minutes of techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

And at 8:00, Mike Nyce slows it down a few Beats per minute on The Warehouse. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

From 9:30 to 11 features the Vault with DJ Anton Banks. One the air since 1996! Anton presents listeners with the very latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house and leftfield mixed live each week. The program regularly features exclusive music and mix sets from international producers and DJs.

at 11pm It’s 75 Years of... For 75 years, WESU has broadcast underground music and under-represented genres. During our 75th Anniversary, this program will feature a different genre or theme each month, with songs chosen by our listeners and staff.

At 12:30 it's an hour of Sussurus. Tune in for grunge, rock, folk and other whisperings of daydreaming music in the nighttime.

At 1:30 am it's and hour of Maximum Rock n' Roll Radio. A weekly radio show featuring the best DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore from the astounding, ever-growing Maximum Rock n' Roll collection!
From 2:30 to 4am, stay tuned for The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation.

The BBC World News kicks on at 4am followed by Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.

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 at

2014 marks 75 years of alternative music, public affairs, and community service from WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at where you can also make a donation to support community programming during our Spring Pledge drive.

Stay tuned for the Rockabilly Willy Memorial Show!

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