Good evening, it's Tuesday, July 5th, Independence Day, and we’re celebrating the nation’s 240th birthday. 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 talk programs featuring NPR, Pacifica, and independent and local public affairs broadcasts. Weeknights and weekends we bring you the best in free-form community programming. Thanks for joining us, I’m Marianne O’Hare, producer of Conversations on Healthcare.
Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week:
The Middletown Harbor Park Summer Sounds Weekly Tuesday night Concert Series begins tonight with The Angelo Sapia band playing Italian favorites. Rain location is South Church on Main Street. Full details at www.arts2go.org
Down in New Haven at Café Nine, tonight, you can catch Bondurant, Seth Adam, and Chris Kiley. Tomorrow, Wednesday, they’ve got The Dustbowl Revival with Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps. On Thursday The Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Steam Show takes the Café stage. Friday’s early show at 7 features Rob Carlson & Benefit Street, along with Kate Callahan; the late show at 9 brings you Treadwell and Terra Luna. Saturday’s Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends, followed by the evening show with The Soaks, The Excitement Gang, The Screw-Ups, and Cometa. The Sunday Buzz Matinee features Lys Guillorn, Shellye Valauskas, and Experience, and at the evening show you can catch Valient Thorr, Back Wizard, and Warm.
Up in Hartford Black-Eyed tonight, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material on stage in their weekly session. On Wednesday it’s the Community Blues Jam, hosted this week by Ed Bradley. On Thursday it’s the West Hartford Jazz Jam, hosted by James Antonucci. Friday’s headliner is Brother Joscephus & The Love Revolution, with New Orleans funk, soul, and rock, along with feel-good gospel music. On Saturday Bad News Barnes takes the stage with blues offerings. www.blackeyedsallys.com
At the Russell Library in Middletown, they offer Origami for kids this Tonight at 7. Their 4th annual Fairy and Gnome Workshop happens Thursday afternoon, registration is required. The Veteran’s Writing Group meets Thursday night at 7. The library has new hours starting this month, opening daily at 10 except for Wednesdays, when they open at 1 p.m. Visit the website for more information on the new hours, and on additional programs and activities for all. www.russelllibrary.org
The Wesleyan Center for the Arts brings singer/songwriter Ani Cordero to the former Ring Family Performing Arts Hall, this Wednesday. She’ll perform Latin American songs of love and protest. On Thursday, they’ve got the Grammy-nominated Jimmy Greene Quartet at Crowell Concert Hall for a night of Jazz. On Saturday at Crowell Concert Hall, you can enjoy This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part IX. More at www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
Manic Productions brings you The Avett Brothers on Tonight (Tues) at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Tomorrow (Wednesday), it’s David Bazan and Laura Gibson at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Or you can catch Nite Jewel and The/Moon at Bar in New Haven. On Saturday,Manic presents Never Shout Never, Hundred Handed, Me Like Bees, Kalimur, and Sarah Barrios at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. http://www.manicproductions.org/
This week brings more loud music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. On Wednesday they bring you the Vans Warped Tour Kick-off Party with Metal Fortress. On Saturday, it’s Caught in a Trap, The Breaking Sounds, The Muggs, M-13, At Wits End, and more. Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info. www.facebook.com/CherryStreetStation
The Middletown Symphonic Band plays at Pierson Park in Cromwell this Wednesday as part of their summer Outdoor Concert Series. Details at www.arts2go.org
Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree, they bring you the Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta on Thursday. On Friday the Ebin-Rose Trio takes the stage along with songwriter Frank Critelli. On Saturday night, it’s the Laszlo Gardony-Marco Pignataro Duo with piano/saxophone favorites. On Sunday there’s a reception at 5 to open Buttonwood’s July art exhibit “Faces, Places and Things” by Middletown artist Tom Humphreys. You can view the exhibit throughout the month. http://buttonwood.org/
In New Haven, Toad’s Place presents Hip Hop crew, The Lox on Friday. On Saturday they headline the Riders On the Storm show with A Tribute to the Doors, along with American Trash, Chasing Cooper, and more. www.toadsplace.com
Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets are going into full gear now. Here in Middletown you can you can support local famers and get nutritious home-grown goods on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the long running market at the South Green on Old Church Street from 8am-1pm. On Fridays, The Middletown North End farmers market happens on Main Street outside Its Only Natural Market. For times and dates, as well as info on the many more in our area you can visit www.ctnofa.org
Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Through Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues their run of “The Fits,” a film about a Cincinnati girl who joins a dance team that encounters problems with fits of shaking that they ultimately incorporate into their work. Also continuing is “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble,” about a group of international musicians who performing at various locations across the globe. Both run through Thursday. Opening Friday is “Therapy for a Vampire,” a lite tale of romance, psychobabble, vanity, and the pursuit of plasma set in 1932 Vienna. It runs through the weekend.www.realartways.org
Continuing through Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio is screening “Fireworks Wednesday,” by Academy Award-winner Asghar Farhadi, an Iranian film about marital infidelity and traditional/secular discord. It runs through Thursday. On Friday they open “A Bigger Splash,” an Italian psychological thriller about the intrigue that results when an injured rock star meets her former manager on a volcanic island. It runs through the weekend. Details at www.cinestudio.org
Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:
Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for Right after the Jive, Stay tuned for three hours of Acoustic Blender with Michael Benson filling in for Bill Revill’s eclectic selection of new and older folk, Americana, bluegrass, blues and other roots music.
From 8-10:30pm Deni Fills in with some free form music as she cover the airwaves for J-Cherry and Radio Obscura.
At 10:30 its an hour of underground hip hip with DJ Malik1Fam on Underdogs Edge
at 11:30, every Tuesday night this summer, Upfront Soul with Sanguine Fromage offers Funk, soul, and jazz, plus sprinklings of R&B, gospel, and hip-hop.
From 1:30-2:30am RootsWorld Radio with Cliff Furnald takes you on a tour across borders and genres, introducing you to music from far flung places and sometimes from right in your own backyard.
From 2:30-3:30am All Mixed Up with Peter Bochan from Pacifica Presents a collage of great music and current events soundbites.
BBC World report comes your way at 4 am and 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 wesufm.org/jive. 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, now, for 3 hrs of Folk, Roots, and Americana music with Michael Benson filling in for Bill Revill’s Acoustic Blender.