Thursday, September 11, 2014

09-11-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Tuesday, September 9th. 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!

Now here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight's headliner for the 9 p.m. show is Eric Lindell.  On Thursday they bring Rosie Flores, and The Hickups to the stage. Friday’s Early Happy Hour at 5 features Loves It, followed at 9 by The Balkun Brothers Band, and Frank Viele. Saturday afternoon’s weekly jazz jam session is with Gary Grippo & Friends at 4:30, followed at 10 by Ideat Village Rock Lottery.   On Sunday at 3 there’s a Benefit for the JRDF Walk to Cure Diabetes, featuring Pocket Vinyl and other acts, followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with The Cobalt Rhythm Kings at 8.

On Wednesday nights at Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, it's the weekly Blues Jam at 8, hosted by Cynthia Fabian & Carl Ricci.   On Friday at 8 there’s the Truck Stop Troubadours show, bringing you the classic sounds of country music. On Saturday at 9, they’ve got Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, bringing rock n’ soul from the long-time vocalist of the Saturday Night Live Band.  

Tomorrow, Wednesday, at 5:30, the Davison Art Center hosts a CD Launch Party for Walking Still by the London-based choral group Vocal Constructivists. Thursday at 4:30, Faye Driscoll presents an Artist Talk at the Cross Street Dance Studio on the campus.  Also on Thursday, there’s an Opening Reception for the “Call to Action – American Posters in World War I” exhibit at the Davison Art Center at 5:30.

The Wednesday night Manic Productions event at Bar in New Haven, features Jennifer Castle, and “The Sea The Sea”. Thursday Manic present Nick Waterhouse, and Pep, performing at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden.  On Friday at The Space, Astro- nautalis takes the stage, along with other acts.   On Saturday, also at the Outer Space, Manic presents Diane Cluck and Olive Tiger.

Here in Middletown at the Buttonwood Tree, tonight at 7, they’ve got Karaoke with Rokie.  The Middlesex Drum Circle will be at the Buttonwood on Thursday at 7, and on Friday they’ve got the Allendale Rose trio playing balladry and world folk music.  Saturday morning at 10:30 they continue the Aligned with Source workshop with Annaita Gandhy, with this week’s theme being “Healing Hearts – The Courage to Trust.”  Saturday’s offering is “Noise in the Key of Bliss – Part 2:  Going for a SerenDip,” with Warren Byrd and Saskia Laroo.

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, Thursday night at 9, they’ve got the Barstool Blackout Tour 2014, with the world’s biggest blacklight party.  Friday night brings the “I Love College:  Party Tour:  presented by Nu World at 10 p.m.

Thursday night at Infinity Hall’s new Hartford venue, you can catch blues guitarist/organist and songwriter John Mayall at 8.  On Friday they’ve got comedian Paula Poundstone.  On Saturday, contemporary folk artist Suzanne Vega takes the stage at 8. for information  

This Thursday, the Guilford Poets Guild presents Kate Rushin reading her work at the Greene Art Gallery in Guilford.  There’s an open mic at 7 before the reading.

This Friday and Saturday, Wesleyan University celebrates and commemorates the Freedom Summer of 1964 with several events,  A Freedom Summer Rolling Concert will start Friday at 6pm at Olin Library featuring the Middletown High School Choir, the Wesleyan Singers, and the Children’s Choir of Cross Street AME Zion Church. This march culminates at Welseyan’s Memorial Hall with performances by Dar Williams as well as Kim and Reggie Harris. Saturday Wesleyan presents several lectures and conversations with civil rights activists, leaders, and educators including Margaret Burnham, Stephen Oleskey,  Penny Patch, Muriel Tillinghast,  Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and more. Details online at

On Friday, The Village at South Farms in Middletown is holding a free outdoor concert at 6:30 featuring the Skyriders.  Bring your own chairs.  Details at 860-344-8788

Every Friday, at 9 p.m., Dave Downs hosts a 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 Lady Elizabeth Trio performs at 8. On Saturday, the Rahsaan Langley Project will play at 8. That’s scatz with a z.
Also on Saturday evening, as part of their Songs of Peace Love and Civil Rights concert series, The Dry Dock in Wallingford presents a Brian MaacDonald and Steve Vozzolo.  This event is sponsored in part by WESU. For more info call 203-626-5560
The Wimbash returns to Sully’s Pub in Hartford this Saturday from 2pm to 2am. This annual event hosted by virtuoso bass man Doug Wimbish features over 20 performers on stage and hosting musician clinics. Special guests include Wonder Mike and Master Gee of Sugar Hill Gang, a New Breed, Sworn Enemy, Adam Falcon, The New Brees, Joey Batts and more.

As Connecticut’s summer farmer’s markets wind down, our local farms offer their fall harvest to you at markets across the state here 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.

This month through September 21, 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. They’ve got a Hootenanny on Sunday at 4:45.

Hartford Public Library’s exhibit “Pedal and Path: Hartford & the Bicycle,” continues at the downtown branch.  Maps, images, and a 1924 velodrome ‘track bike” are on display.

On Saturday, “Hartford Hodgepodge” takes place from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at State House Square. You can sample the offerings of food trucks, vendors, artisans and musicians.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the run of  “Abuse of Weakness,” a French film about a stroke victim who gets involved with a celebrity-swindling con man, continues through tomorrow. Also running through tomorrow is “The Trip to Italy,” a comedic culinary road trip that reunites Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as they retrace the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy. On Friday it’s the opening night of “Alive Inside,” a documentary about the power of music to awaken memories in nursing home residents. There’s a special post-screening event Friday night with Writer/Director Michael Rossato-Bennett and Executive Producer Eric Bertrand. The film continues through the weekend.

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, tonight, they open “Calvary,” an Irish film about a priest and a man seeking revenge for childhood clerical abuse. “Calvary” continues through Saturday. On Sunday they open “Land Ho!” about a pair of older characters who take a road trip to Iceland.

At the Russell Library this week, they’re showing the PBS documentary “Freedom Summer” tomorrow evening at 6, followed by a discussion wish Wesleyan Professor Lois Brown and civil rights activist Muriel Tillinghast.  Their monthly book sale happens this Saturday.

Now for a rundown of tonight’s programming here on WESU Middletown as we kick of our brand new Fall program schedule.

At 5:05-6pm tonight, stay tuned for Wild Wild Live with Hibiki and Rachel! A sneak peek into the magical live music scene of Wes. Tune in for in-station sets from campus bands and recordings of up-and-coming artists' campus shows.

From 6-6:30, it's Mind Matters with Helen Evrard, M.D.The show provides information and guest interviews on issues concerning mental illness (brain disease). The focus is exploring holistic therapies and stories of individual achievement.

At 6:30-8pm it's Fusion Radio with James Fusion. Techno from around the globe mixed live since 1992. It's a vinyl world!

And from 8-9:30pm, it's The Warehouse with Mike NyceThe best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

Starting at 9:30 it's N.E. Tempo with DJ Berk. Serious turntablism - Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.

And from 11-12am it's Missteps with Djmsal. MISSTEPS is a monthly club night, FM radio show, and up-and-coming record label run by friends, DJs, and fellow producers – Djmsal & Guy Fridge. Dedicated to the underground, MISSTEPS seeks to bring attention to forward-thinking, cutting-edge club music from around the world. All rights reserved. All wrongs reversed.

At 12-1:30am 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!

From 1:30 to 2:30am stay tuned for  Biz Marquee with DJ Cole. Come join DJ Cole for some hip-hop and movie talk. The show features an eclectic mix of contemporary and old school hip-hop, ending with a discussion about films featuring rap artists and music created by those artists.

And at 2:30-4am it's  In the Mix with WillTech.  "In the Mix" aims to bring the best in trance, house, and deep house to the Wesleyan and Middletown community.    

The BBC world news kicks on at 4 and we start tomorrow’s broadcast day at 5am with Morning Edition from NPR.

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 for WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at
Thanks for listening and stay tuned for Wild Wild Live!

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