Wednesday, July 6, 2016

07-06-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, July 6th, and 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. 

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! Thanks for joining us.
Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week: 

Down in New Haven at Café Nine, tonight, you can catch 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 at Black-Eyed Sally's tonight, 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.

At the Russell Library in Middletown 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.

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts brings singer/songwriter Ani Cordero to the former Ring Family Performing Arts Hall, this evening. 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

Manic Productions brings you 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.

This week brings more loud music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. This evening, 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.

The Middletown Symphonic Band plays at Pierson Park in Cromwell this evening as part of their summer Outdoor Concert Series. Details at

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.

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.

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

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

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

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:
Right after the Jive, Stay tuned for
Drive Time Delights with Big Bent Presenting a free form mix of musical treats, new and old, across a wide range of genres.

From 6-6:30pmstay tuned for  Think Twice Radio working to  to reassert the "watchdog" role of the media by ramping up coverage of Connecticut issues in a nonpartisan manner.
From 6:30-8pm its Fusion Radio with James Fusion  - for a 90 minute live techno mix.
At 8m Mike Nyce keeps the beat going with his 90 minute live mix of deep underground house music on The Warehouse .

9:30-11pm WESU keeps the Electronic Dance music going with DJ Berk’s  N.E. Tempo featuring Dubstep, Drum n Bass, techno, ragga jungle, and breakbeats mixed live.

At 11pm Jack Sullivan is in the house for 2 hours bringing you a free form mix of music.
From 1-3am, stay tuned for Back Down the Bayou a Louisiana and roots music show featuring Baton Rouge Blues, New Orleans funk, indigenous jazz and a whole lot more.

At 3 am it’s time for The Hour of Slack from The Church of the SubGenius Radio Ministry
The compendium of the best and newest from all SubGenius radio & stage shows, bands, ranters, media barrage collage artists, plus the weirdest of the indie audio underground.

At 4am you can cath the BBC world report before we kick off tomorrow’s program 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.

Thanks for listening! Stay tuned for Drive Time Delights with Big Bent! 

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