Monday, August 11, 2014

08-11-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, August 11th, and this is the Jive at Five, our community calendar and rundown of nighttime 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 Maria Johnson, producer and host of Reasonably Catholic which you can hear pn the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesdays of each Month at 4pm. Thanks for joining us.

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

Tonight at Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, the featured Jazz Monday performer is the Darrenn Barrett Quartet.  Tomorrow, Michael Palin’s other orchestra, an 18-piece band, works out new material. Wednesday’s weekly Blues Jam at 8 is hosted by Ed Bradley, this week. Then Friday at 9, they’ve got the Blu Union trio featuring Felicia’s Vibe, with the vocal talent of Felicia Renee March. Saturday’s 9 p.m. show opens with John Fries, and is followed by blues harmonica with Brandon Santini.

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight at 9:30 is the usual Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence and Friends. Wednesday’s show headlines Living legend of Lover’s Rock Reggae, Beres Hammond, along with Cuban Cohiba and more.  Thursday, Toad’s featuresis “The Return Of” Day 26.  On Friday Shakedown plays The Dead Beyond, and shares the bill with The Backyard Committee and The Mushroom Cloud.

Also in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight at 8, its their monthly Words & Music event with along with Some Such Things, Tim Parrish, and more. Tomorrow at 8 there’s the Victory Tour with the legendary Texan songwriter/activist Kinky Friedman. Wednesday’s entertainment begins at 5 with La Cantina Flamenco, followed at 9 by the Ex-Angry Samoans, Gregg Turner, The Furors, and Tom Hearn.  Thursday’s 8:00 show at Café Nine includes Jose Oyola and the Astronauts, Ceschi, Not Blood Paint, and The Little Books.   Friday with Stephany Brown plays an early show at 5, followed at 9 by jazz with the Kris Jensen Quintet. Saturday afternoon’s weekly jazz jam session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by Walt Wilkins, and Chris Berardo and the Desberardos.  Sunday at 8, the original Sunday Night Jam features The Langley Project. .

Tonight’s Monday Night Jazz series at Bushnell Park in Hartford begins at 6 with the Michael Pallas Quintet opening for Stephen King Porter and the Legacy Band.

Middletown’s Summer Sounds Tuesday Evening Concert Series at Harbor Park brings you the Trevor Davis Jazz and R&B Quintet featuring Alika Hope on Vocals for a free concert here overlooking the CT river.  This concert will be in memory of Sonny Rogers Rubinow. .

Also here in Middletown Tomorrow (Tuesday), the Middlesex County Historical Society hosts a book event and reception with Suzanne Shapiro, at 7 p.m. at the Wadsworth Mansion.  She’s the author of “Nails:  The Story of the Modern Manicure.”

On Wednesday starting at 6, and every Wednesday in August, WESU’s own DJ Lord Lewis, the Velvet Knight, longstanding host of the Rumpus Room radio show, will be returning to the Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown to play all-vinyl sets of contemporary and vintage funk, soul, afrobeat, reggae, rare groove and.

Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week. On Wednesday, at Bar in New Haven, you can catch Boogarins, Wild Ones, and Zanders.  Thursday, they bring the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and The Wood Brothers, to the Summer Concerts at Simsbury Meadows series.  On Friday, at The Space in Hamden, they offer Titus Andronicus, Liquor Store, and Wicked Kind. .

The Hartford Public Library’s “World of Sounds” Summer Concert Series presents you Los Calientes, and the Hartford Steel Symphony, this Wednesday and Thursday.   Their Folk Fridays music series presents Steve Nystrup this Friday at noon.  Details at

At 7 pm on Thursday, author Elisabeth Petry leads the weekly Veterans' Writing Group at the Russell Library in Middletown.

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.

Also on Friday, at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge in Middletown, Outa the Boxx performs at 8:30. Saturday brings Sez Zion to the stage. That’s scatz with a z.

The Buttonwood Tree is closed for renovations, but reopens on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with the Aligned with Source workshop, featuring spiritual and holistic healer Annaita Gandh.  The topic is “In Tune with Nature – Accepting Her Gifts.”

This Saturday brings the 3rd annual Trinidad style Caribbean Carnival to Harbor Park in Middletown from 1-9pm featuring 8 steel drumming bands plus performances by Baba Shanta, Patch, Yankee Boy, Taplree, Lava Rebel and more.  for info Call. Michael Charles at 860-818-0678

The Riverfront Dragon Boat and Asian Festival happens this Saturday and Sunday at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  More at

The Dry Dock in Wallingford, an alcohol and drug free venue, presents The Joey Sexton Band live, this Saturday at 8.  They’re celebrating the upcoming release of their new CD, THESE HORSES!   For more information call 203-626-5560. This event is sponsored in part by WESU.

Ben:  Gotta talk to you about this. . . WESU’s own Dr. Helen Evrard, host of “Mind Matters,” will be at the Astrological Society of Connecticut’s New Age Fair this Sunday from 10-4 at the Keeney Memorial Center, 200 Main St., Wethersfield.  She’ll have copies of her book “Positive Matters:  Words, Quotations, and Stories to Heal and Inspire.”  Information at 860-538-6241 

Connecticut’s summer farmer’s markets are in full bloom, and are located: in Middletown on Tuesdays; in East Haddam and Old Saybrook on Wednesdays; in Clinton, Durham, and Middletown on Thursdays; in Higganum and Middletown on Fridays; in Ivoryton on Saturdays, and in Chester on Sundays.  fills in the details.

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

The Classic urban take on Th Wizard of Oz (Starring a young Michael Jackson, Dianna Ross, and many more popular pop artists) The Wiz will be presented this Friday at Keney Park, Hartford, as part of their Free Movies After Dark series.

Rebel Without a Cause is showing this Wednesday, 1:30 and 5:30 p.m., at the Hartford Public Library, in their Way Back Wednesdays film series.

The Connecticut Historical Society presents the 1940 romantic comedy “The Philadelphia Story” this Thursday on the lawn in Hartford.  More at

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of  “Gore Vidal: United States of America,” continues tonight through Thursday.  In this documentary, the controversial and brilliant late writer recalls his remarkable life as America's most outspoken intellectual.   Also continuing through Thursday is “Breathing Earth,” a film exploring the works of Japanese kinetic sculptor Susumu Shingu, who works with wind.  On Friday, they start the run of “Siddharth,” a contemporary Indian film about a twelve year old boy who, after leaving home to find work, is discovered to have been abducted by possible child traffickers. It continues through Sunday.  Also on Friday, they bring back the 50th anniversary release of the 1964 Beatles’ classic, “A Hard Day’s Night,” also continuing through the weekend.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, the run of “The Immigrant” continues through Thursday.  This film is a reminder that New York City, although a beacon for immigrants, often impassively turns its back on anyone not lucky or scrappy enough to get by. On Friday they begin the Masterpieces of Polish Cinema series, with a different film each day, chosen by filmmaker Martin Scorsese.  Friday’s offering is “The Saragossa Manuscript,” followed by “Ashes and Diamonds” on Saturday, with two films offered on Sunday:  “Blind Chance,” and “Mother Joan of the Angels.”

Now, Here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU Middletown.

Right after the jive stick around for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry a well-rounded jazz program for true jazz fans.

 From 6-8pm tune in for 75% Folk with Michael Benson, offering a  serving of contemporary folk and acoustic music with side orders of blues, jazz, world, pop, movie soundtracks, readings and occasional live interviews. Bring a big plate.

 From 8-9:30pm, Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin offers Americana music from Nashville and around the country including Folk, acoustic Country and roots-Rock from both emerging and veteran artists. Plus, interviews with performers and songwriters.

 At 9:30pm tune in for 2 hours of  Stoner Cosmic Doom Psychedelia Avant Guarde Noise on the program Aargh! with Tom

 Space Music for Summer with Cadet Q switches it up from 11:30-2am while he music explores the outer reaches of the Universe. 

From 2-2:30am DJ LOKASH presents Bassment Beats with the latest in aboveground & underground hip-hop mixed live followed by His New World Show featuring The best in Global Bass mixed live!

 From 3-4am it’s the The Graveyard Shift with DJ Otto Nation, presenting an eclectic mix of music from the WESU library.

That’s followed with an hour of news from the BBC from 4-5am and Morning Edition from NPR kicks off tomorrow’s broadcast day at 5am here on WESU.

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

Thanks! Now stay tuned for Charles Henry.

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