Monday, June 27, 2016

06-27-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, June 27th. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming, here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers a diverse program of talk radio featuring NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs. Week nights and weekends, WESU offers the best in free-form community programming. Thanks for joining us. I'm Ben Michael.

Here's a brief rundown of what's happening in our area this week: 

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, Fernando Pinto Presents: The Baltimore based hardcore punk rock co-ed band, WAR ON WOMEN. Watchlist and Empty Vessels open the show. Tomorrow (Tuesday), at Cafe Nine, KINGS OF NOTHING, Bloodred Whiskey, and Goat Herder share a bill.  On Wednesday, Visual artist, Lucien Shapiro Presents: A Fool's Journey - Film & Ritual featuring, CESCHI AND ANONYMOUS INC, RUUNE, and DEJA VU. Thursday night, Café presents the SONNY VINCENT FAMILY BENEFIT - to benefit the family of one of the legends of Rock and Roll, who were left in critical condition from a recent gas explosion.  All proceeds benefit the family with performances donated by New York Junk, Poetry by Puma Pearl, Matt and The Marauders, Do It For Your Heros, & Susan Said. Café Nine’s early 5pm set on Friday, features The Tommys. Later on Friday night, Fernando Pinto Presents: PETER ASHER & ALBERT LEE with Washboard Slim and the Bluelights opening.   Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Copolla & Friends this week and it begins at 4:30pm. Saturday evening at Café Nine, it’s the Jeffery Thunders FREE Punk Rock Grill & Spill July 4th Party! Featuring THE RATZ, FLAPJACK ATTACK, and
WEST ROCKERS.  “The Sunday Buzz“ Matinee at Cafe 9 features The George Baker Band, this week.  Sunday evening, at The Café "C/Site Recordings Presents" ALTO!, WORN LEATHER, and ROMAN WOLFE

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, every Monday you can catch a Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends on the Lily Pad Stage – Tonight is Ladies Night. Friday night, Toads’ Place features Hip Hoppers, "The Lox". Saturday Toad’s Place presents RIDERS ON THE STORM, American Trash, Chasing Cooper, Double the Dial, Electric Lady Band, INK, Mount Pocono and more. Toad’s Place.

Here in Middletown this Wednesday, The Cypress Grill on South Main Street offers an OPEN MIC/JAM, HOSTED BY MARTY of BASICALLY BLUES.  Learn more by calling 860 346 3367. Or look for their event calendar at

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, on Monday night you can participate in the Weekly “Anything Goes” Open Mic. The Buttonwood tree has no further scheduled events until next week.

The CT Poetry Society Middletown Chapter holds its meetings on the last Wednesday of every month at The Russell Library. The meetings are open to the public and take place in meeting Room 3: The Veteran’s writing group meets Thursday nights at 7pm at the Library.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon at 12:10pm Wesleyan university’s center for the arts presents: Aaron Jafferis - preaching from the choir—can hip hop theater change us?  Hip hop poet and playwright Aaron Jafferis performs excerpts of works in progress and grapples with existential questions. This lecture takes place in the Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall), at 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown and is FREE and open to the public. 

Thursday evening at 7pm, Wesleyan’s Center For The Arts invites you to Dance to northeast Brazilian grooves and New Orleans funk of the Brooklyn-based collective, Nation Beat, who returns to the CFA Courtyard for a free show.  Rain Location is Crowell Concert Hall.  For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355. .

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, Tonight’s featured Jazz Monday guess are the RAY MCMORRIN QUINTET. On Tuesday evenings, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material on the Sally’s stage. Wednesday night’s Black-eyed Sally’s features one of New England’s longest running blues open mics, hosted by Tim McDonald this week.  Friday night EasyBaby take the Sally’s stage for a night of blues.  Eliot Lewis of Live From Daryl’s House and Hall & Oates takes his solo show to the Sally’s stagen Saturday night.   

Wednesday night MANIC PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS: Dragged Into Sunlight, Primitive Man, & Churchburn at Bar in New Haven. MANIC PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS: We Were Promised Jetpacks & Prism Tats at The Ball Room at the Outer Space in Hamden, Thursday night. Friday night, Manic Presents The Tallest Man On Earth and Lady Lamb at The College St Music Hall.  

 This week brings more loud music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. Wednesday night you can catch ABSENCE OF DESPAIR @ 7PM. Thursday night brings Straight to VHS @ 8PM with The Prozacs, The Tatz and 1 other band.  Saturday night Cherry Street presents Problem With Dragons. Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info. 

The City of Middletown Fireworks Festival is this Friday, July 1 beginning at 5 p.m. Performing this year are the City's Music Ambassadors. Starting things off at 5 p.m. will be The Rust'd Keys featuring Music Ambassador Dave Downs. Next up at 6:15 p.m. will be Music Ambassador Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem. Then, at 7:30 p.m. the band is the Jay Hoggard Quartet featuring Music Ambassador Jay Hoggard. The Middletown Symphonic Band will be providing patriotic music from approximately 8:30 p.m. through the fireworks.  The Middletown High Jazz Ensemble will be performing for the early crowd on the riverfront in Harbor Park beginning around 6:30 p.m. Come early for a good seat to view the fireworks and enjoy the activities. Seating sites are along the riverfront in Harbor Park and in front of City Hall at 245 deKoven Drive, and there will be plenty of food vendors at both locations.

For more information, please contact the Mayor's Office at 860.638.4801 or the City Arts Office at 860.638.4510.

Connecticut’s Farmers Markets are back at it! Here’s a rundown of some of the many places where you can support local farmers and get nutritious home-grown goods too:  On Mondays, check out New Britain; Tuesdays, it’s the Middletown South Green; Wednesdays, visit East Haddam; Thursdays, check out Durham or Middletown South Green; Fridays, we’ve got Cromwell, Higganum Village, Middletown North End, Plainville and Farmington; on Saturdays, there’s Meriden, Wallingford, Glastonbury, Berlin, Bristol and Newington. There’s even one on Sundays in Chester.  Details, including times and dates, as well as info on many more markets, at

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

Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways is showing “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble,” about a group of international musicians performing at various locations across the globe.  Also showing through Thursday is the 2015 Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan,” a Sri Lankan film about refugees who flee their homeland only to encounter more violence in the streets of Paris. 2016 SUNDANCE SHORT FILMS open Friday at Real Art Ways as well as “The Fits”.  

This Week, through Thursday Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues their run of “Cinema Paradiso,” a restored version of the 1989 Italian film about a director’s journey back to his childhood of watching movies in the hometown movie theater!. Opening Friday, is Fireworks Wednesday, in the US premiere of a 2006 film (just released in the States) by Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi.   for details. 

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU

Right after the Jive at Five, stay  tuned for an hour of Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry.

From 6-8:00pm, stay tuned for Michael Benson’s 75% Folk.

At 8pm, stick and stay for Chip Austen’s Unfocused Folk.

From 9:30-10:30pm, Cruiser’s Radio with Jack Sullivan offers a blend of Rock & Roll from the 1950 - 1960s that provides the music and the news of that era.

At 10:30 stay tuned for an hour of “Free Talk” with Al Robinson & Deni Young, this is a commentary talk show addressing news, politics, entertainment and weather.

From Midnight to 3am all summer, Franco’s Studio 54 with Francaccio di Roma provides 3 hours of  Disco and dance music of the 70’s and 80’s.

We switch it up big time at 3am when Maximum Rock & Roll Radio comes alive to offer the best DIY punk, garage, and hardcore Rock and Roll.  

BBC World news comes your way at 4 and then we begin tomorrow’s broadcast day with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five. If you missed anything, you can find the script online at And tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 p.m. to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at WESU 88.1 FM, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

Stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry!

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