Monday, August 25, 2014

08-25-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Monday, August 25th, 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 Ben Michael Thanks for joining us!

Now 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 Jen Allen 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 Tim McDonald. On Friday at 9, they’ve got the Brandt Taylor Band, playing blues with elements of funk, soul, old school country, and rock. On Saturday, Brooklyn’s Trinity takes the stage at 4 with her All Ages Show, followed at 9 by Tommy Whalen & the Ragged Edge, playing blues, rock, soul, and funk.  

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight at 9 there’s A Night of Smooth jazz in Lilly’s Pad, with Rohn Lawrence & Friends.  On Thursday, Cyhi The Prynce is the featured artist at 9.  Celebrate Labor Day on Sunday at 7:30 with Toad’s Labor Day Funkfest, featuring 6 Train Soldier, Hearts & Thieves, Chew, and the Dave Kardis Band.

Also in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight at 9 they’re featuring Terri Lynn, Jason Prince, and others. On Tuesday, they’ve got Elis Lynn, Mercy Choir, and Buck McGrane at 8. Wednesday’s entertainment begins at 5 with La Cantina Flamenco, followed at 7 by Buzz Gordo’s Ski Lodge, with a third show at 9 featuring The Travis Moody Band.  On Thursday they bring you Post Modern Panic, Wess Meets West, and The Oddbodies.  On Friday at 5, Irish folk artist Sean Conlon takes the stage, followed at 9 by Five Stories Falling, Moving Brooklyn, and Chaser Eight.  Saturday afternoon’s weekly jazz jam session is with Billy Cofrances 4:30, followed at 9 by Elison Jackson, Kindred Queer, and Analog Sunset.  On Sunday at 4, there’s a bluegrass jam with Stacy Phillips, and their original Sunday Night Jam at 8 features The Cobalt Rhythm Kings.

Middletown’s Summer Sounds Tuesday Evening Concert Series at Harbor Park brings you Elite Syncopation, who cover late 19th and early 20th century jazz and ragtime starting at 7pm overlooking the CT river. Rain location is South Church

Through September 14, you can catch, “Woody Sez”,  a stage show, about the life, times and music of the legendary American folk musician, Woody Guthrie at Theater works in Hartford.  For a sneak peak, this Tuesday evening you can join the cast of “Woody Sez: on Bill Revill’s Acoustic Blender program here on WESU starting at 6pm.

At the Hartford Public Library, there’s a Salsa Social in the Atrium this Tuesday at 6 p.m.  Dancers of all levels are welcome.

“Caught in the Trees,” an exhibit of Barbara Hocker’s work using paint, rice paper, and beeswax, continues through Wednesday at the Green St. Arts Center in Middletown.

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, and rare groove.

Infinity Hall’s new Hartford venue is now open. Thursday night you can catch Toad The Wet Sprocket,  Friday night its southern rock legends, The Outlaws, and Saturday night you can catch Aztec Two Step. for information  

Wesleyan Potters opens their exhibit “Earth, Wind and Fire:  A Members Show,” this Wednesday, with an Opening Reception on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.

On Friday the Buttonwood Tree reopens after being closed for renovations.  Friday night at 7pm, Enzo Boscarino, presents VIVA ITALY:  A narrative and music Musical Tour of Italy’s regions. A portion of the proceeds from this event will support WESU 75th anniversary capital campaign.   Saturday at 10:30 a.m. the Aligned with Source workshop continues, featuring spiritual and holistic healer Annaita Gandh.  The topic is “Living in the Light.” On the stage Saturday at 7, a variety of artists will present “Gilbert and Sullivan Highlights.

Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week. On Tuesday, at The Space in Hamden, the featured artist is Vic Ruggiero (of the Slackers), performing at 7:30.  Wednesday’s 10:00 show at Bar in New Haven brings Beverly, and Verdigris, to the stage.  On Thursday at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden, you can see Zammuto, and loom.  LVL UP, Krill, and others will be at The Space for a 7 p.m. show on Friday.

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, the R&B group ADL performs at 8:30. On Saturday, the Scatz Comedy Show starts at 8. That’s scatz with a z.

On Friday, the Asylum Quartet plays eclectic music at noon in the Summer Fun at the Farmer’s Market series at the Connecticut Old Statehouse in Hartford.

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.

Along with the end of summer, CT offers many agricultural fairs across the state.  This weekend brings the Haddam Neck Fair to the Haddam Neck Fairgrounds. With Traditional agricultural exhibits & contests, Tractor, Truck, and draft animal pullinng cxompetitions,  a carnival midway, fair court and more, this fair kicks off Friday evening and is open through Monday.  Musical entertainment for this year includes, reunions of 2 local rock bands, “The Bus” and “Fountain head”, plus Good Night Blue Moon, Shakedown, Mark Mercier and friends, and Aztec Two Step. Details at

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

This week’s Way Back Wednesday series at the Hartford Public Library brings you the last Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable film, “The Misfits,” at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m.

At the Russell Library, they’re showing “Metropolis” on Wednesday at 2, in the 2014 Teen Movie Series:  Robots in Our World.  At 7 pm on Thursday, author Elisabeth Petry leads the weekly Veterans' Writing Group at the Russell Library in Middletown.

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of “Rich Hill” continues through Thursday.  This Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning film chronicles the turbulent lives of three boys living in an impoverished midwestern town.  Also running through Thursday is “To Be Takei,” a chronology of the seven decades of Star Trek’s George Takei’s life.  On Tuesday their monthly event, “Taste,” features Chef Chris Prosperi, and is hosted by Rand Richards Cooper, contributing writer for the New York Times and Bon Appetit.  On Friday they start a run of “Frank,” a comedy about a young wannabe musician who joins an eccentric pop band, which continues through Sunday.  Also opening Friday and running through the weekend is “Jealousy,” a French drama about how a man’s life changes when he decides to leave his wife and daughter.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, Martin Scorsese’s Masterpieces of Polish Cinema series continues, with a different film each day. Tonight they’re showing “The Constant Factor.”  On Tuesday, it’s “Austeria,” followed by a showing of “Eroica” on Wednesday.  Thursday’s film is “Camouflage.”  On Friday, they open a run of “Begin Again,” starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in a drama about New York musicians trying to reconcile integrity and success.

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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