Wednesday, August 27, 2014

08-27-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Wednesday, August 27th, 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 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! Thanx for tuning in!

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:
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.  You can join the cast of “Woody Sez on WESU, tonight, for a sneak peak on Bill Revill’s Acoustic Blender program which starts 6pm.

 Tonight at Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, the 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.

Manic Productions presents a number of shows at area venues this week. Tonight, at 10pm, 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.

Down New Haven, at Café Nine, tonights 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.

 At Toad’s Place, in New Haven on Thursday, you can catch Cyhi The Prynce on stage.  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.

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

 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.

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 5:30 p.m.

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 tomorrow.  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 “Eroica”.  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 at Five from 5:05 - 6:00, stay tuned for the Rockabilly Willy Memorial Show!
That's followed by 30 minutes of "Mind Matters" with Helen Evrard, MD. 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. On 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!

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for the Rockabilly Willy Memorial Show!

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