Monday, July 18, 2016

07-18-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, July 18th, 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. Thanks for joining us.  I'm Maria Johnson.

Now, here's a rundown of what's happening in our area this week: 

Here in Middletown, the Buttonwood Tree hosts their regular “Anything Goes” Open Mic starting at 7pm, tonight.  On Friday Eric Kuhn, Noah Baerman, and Dave Kopperman take the Buttonwood tree by storm for a night of solo sets of mostly original songs by each artist along with a few collaborative jams and quite possibly a stump speech by Eric for his presidential campaign.  On Saturday mornings Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop begins at 10:30am.   Saturday night’s performance by Alex Snydman Trio has been cancelled. The July art exhibit is “Faces, Places and Things” by Middletown artist Tom Humphreys.

The Hartford Jazz Society continues the 49th consecutive Monday Night Jazz series tonight, with a free concert featuring the Erica Bryan Quartet followed by The Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble.  All concerts are in Bushnell Park; the opening act starts at 6 p.m.  Details at

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, you can catch Singer Songwriter, improve comedian and wizard rock star, Ashley Hamel. The Lab Rats open the show.  Tomorrow (Tuesday) LINES WEST, SILAS LOWE, and Professor Leedy take the Café Nine stage. On Wednesday it’s HISS THE VILLAIN, Jeremy Zombii, Honch, The Oddbodies at The Nine.   Thursday ARC IRIS and Olive Tiger Share a bill for a night of genre bending music. Friday’s early set at 5 features GARY HERIOT & MIKE DAMICO. Later Friday night Manic Productions Presents ALEX CALDER, Freak Heat Wave, and Furnsss at Café Nine. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with The George Bake Band. Sat night brings the LIPGLOSS CRISIS SUMMER BURLESQUE CABARET to Café Nine’s Stage, featuring Dot Mitzvah, Vivienne LaFlamme, Fruitonthebottom, Adam Parisi.   Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 present "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee Featuring BRONSON ROCK BAND and LA TUNDA.

Up in Hartford Black-Eyed Sally’s, their weekly Jazz Monday set, features Raymond “Dr Rackle” Williams.   Every Tuesday, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out their new material at Sally’s. On Wednesday it’s the weekly Community Blues Jam, hosted by Gene Donaldson, this week. On Thursday it’s the West Hartford Jazz Jam, hosted by James Antonucci, features artists from the greater Hartford area. Friday’s headliner is the Cousin Earth, A progressive Rock Ukulele Band from Brooklyn. The Franklin Brothers takes the stage Saturday night.
Also in New Haven, tonight, Toad’s Place offers their weekly Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends.  On Friday CARDI B takes the stage. On Saturday, Tje “Ran Off on the Plug Tour” with PLIES stops by Toads Place. Details at

The Middletown Harbor Park, Tuesday night, Summer Sounds Weekly Concert Series overlooking the Ct River features, Trio 149 for an evening of Jazz, jazz this week. Concerts are free and open to the public and begin at 7pm. Details at

At the Russell Library in Middletown, Adult Coloring is offered this Wednesday at 2pm. 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 ages.

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents Award-winning choreographer and director Faye Driscoll discussing her work, process, and recent questions that drive her practice in a lunch time series beginning at 12:10 pm tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Ring Family Performing Arts Hall on Washington Terrace, Middletown. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355. Details at

Tomorrow also brings a Monthly Senior Sing-a-Long under the direction of Barbara Arafeh from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at Middletown’s new Senior (Community) Center, 61 Durant Terrace…. Details at   

Tomorrow, (Tuesday) night Manic Productions and Premier Concerts The Record Company and Lyle Brewer at College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Wednesday, it’s Jounce (feat. Danny Tamberelli of The Adventures of Pete & Pete) The Zambonis, and Chaser Eight at Bar in New Haven.  Thursday Manic Presents Lucy Dacus, Quiet Giant, and Mom Pop + Co at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Sunday Manic presents Slightly Stoopid, SOJA, Zion I, The Grouch and Eligh at the Simsbury Meadows.

There’s free music at noon in Hartford this Wednesday in their Lunchtime Music Series, “Audio Feed,” on Constitution Plaza.  This week the featured performer is Sarah Golley.  Full info at

The Music at the Mansion Summer Series continues this Wednesday at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown.  Grounds open at 5:30, with the concert at 6:30, and this year they’re adding food trucks. This week’s musical guest is DooWop Deville.

On Wednesday night in Hartford you can enjoy the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden Summer Concert Series, featuring LATANYA FARRELL, this week.  Rain date is Thursday.  Information at

The Middletown-based theater company ARTFARM, presents their second (and final) week of Carlo Goldoni's Comedia Classic, “The Servant of 2 Masters” at Middlesex Community College, Weds Through Sunday, Before each 7pm performance, a live music act is featured at 6pm, nightly.  On Wednesday July 20th, you can catch Andrew Biagiarelli, Thursday night Kritza Moon is the featured musical guest. Friday night NAncy Tucker takes the Stage at 6pm, Saturday's featured musical guest is Anitra Brooks. Sunday KATE CALLAHAN, takes the stage before the final performance of The Servant of Two Masters. Lawn chairs, blankets and a picnics are encouraged. 

This week brings more music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. Friday Jimmy Junk Bird and the Stiffs are releasing their first full length album at Cherry St. Kali Ma, Composing The Apocalypse, Our Own Destruction, and Kaos Reign share the bill. Saturday’s line up at starting at 2pm at Cherry Street features 10 bands, including She Walks Without Legs, Fear The Masses, The Aberration, Stone Thrower and more.   Sunday at 5 Cherry Street presents Shallow Ground, Epicenter, Thrashole and more.   . Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info

Bovano Cheshire is partnering with Make-A-Wish Foundation to host an open-air artisan fest at Bartlem Park in Cheshire this Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from 10 to 4.  Enjoy offerings from more than eighty local artisans and gourmet specialty food vendors, as well as the music of Greg Sherrod.  Admission is free, and a silent auction benefits Make-A-Wish.  Details at

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 ““Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” a combination road comedy/coming-of-age film about a foster child being raised in the New Zealand countryside. Also continuing through Thursday at Real Art Ways is, “My Love Don’t Cross That River,” a Korean film about the twilight days of a centenarian couple and the love they shared for a lifetime. Two Films open Friday at RAW, The innocents, a film set in post WWII France that, that explores nuns who’s faith is pushed to the limits.  “Tickled” is a documentary into a wacky industry that serves those with a fetish for tickling. 

Through Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing “Sing Street,” an Irish film about the ups and downs of a group of young musicians hoping to be heard.  Opening Friday at Cinestudio is Sunset Song, and adaptation of the Scottish classic novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon. Details at 

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

From 6-8:00 pm, it’s 75% folk with Michael Benson, featuring folk, blues, jazz, world music, and movie soundtracks.

At 8 pm, stay tuned for the Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis for some vintage and contemporary funk, soul, reggae, and other dance floor treats.

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

At 10:30 it’s an hour of “Free Talk” with Al Robinson & Deni Young, a commentary talk show addressing news, politics, entertainment and weather.

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

We switch it up big time at 3 am 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, with tomorrow’s broadcast day starting with Morning Edition from NPR at 5am.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. If you missed anything, you can find the written version 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.

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