Wednesday, July 20, 2016

07-20-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, July 20th, 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: 

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, it’s Hiss the Villian, Jeremy Zombii, Honch, and The Oddbodies.   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 Baker Band. Sat night brings the Lipgloss Crisis Summer Burlesque Cabaret to the stage, featuring Dot Mitzvah, Vivienne LaFlamme, Fruitonthebottom, and Adam Parisi.  Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 present "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee Featuring Bronson Rock Banc and La Tunda to finish out your weekend.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s it’s the Community Blues Jam, hosted by Gene Donaldson this week. On Thursday it’s the West Hartford Jazz Jam, hosted by James Antonucci, featuring artists from the greater Hartford area. Friday’s headliner is Cousin Earth, a progressive rock ukulele band from Brooklyn. The Franklin Brothers take the stage Saturday night.

Tonight, Manic Productions and Premier Concerts  Jounce (featuring 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 they’ve got Slightly Stoopid, SOJA, Zion I, The Grouch and Eligh at the Simsbury Meadows.

If you’re looking for a job, WESU’s own Dr. Helen Evrard, host of Your Mind Matters, speaks at the Job Group meeting Thursday morning  at the Russell Library about dealing with depression when you’re unemployed. 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, as well as additional programs and activities for all ages. 

The Music at the Mansion Summer Series continues 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.

Another option for this evening in Hartford is 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, Wednesday through Sunday., A live music act is featured at 6pm, before the nightly 7 pm performance.  On Wednesday July 20th, you can catch Andrew Biagiarelli; Thursday night Kritza Moon is the featured musical guest. Friday night Nancy Tucker takes pre-show stage, Saturday's featured musical guest is Anitra Brooks. Sunday Kate Callahan is on before the final performance of The Servant of Two Masters. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnics are encouraged.

Also in Middletown, the Buttonwood Tree holds a benefit dinner at Denny’s this Thursday, featuring John Fong and his cast of musicians and poets. On Friday, Eric Kuhn, Noah Baerman, and Dave Kopperman take the place by storm for a night of solo sets of mostly original songs, 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 10:30 am. Saturday night’s performance by the Alex Snydman Trio has been cancelled. The July art exhibit is “Faces, Places and Things” by Middletown artist Tom Humphreys.  Full details at

Toad’s Place in New Haven brings you Cardi B on Friday. On Saturday, the “Ran Off on the Plug Tour” with Plies stops by Toads Place. Details at

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 lineup, starting at 2 pm, features ten 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

There’s Music Among the Memorials this Friday in Hartford, with free music at the Cedar Hill Cemetery.  This week’s artists are The Professors of Sweet Music, featuring covers from Johnny Cash to The Grateful Dead and more. 

Bovano Cheshire is partnering with the 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

Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford offers free Jazz on the Lawn this Sunday at 4 pm, featuring Conga Boop, an Afro-Cuban group playing originals along with the standards. Kid-friendly activities are also offered.

Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets are in full gear now. Here in Middletown you can you can support local farmers 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 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.  First it’s “The Innocents,” a film set in post WWII France that explores nuns whose faith is pushed to the limits.  They’re also opening “Tickled,” a documentary into an under-the-radar industry serving 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 is “Sunset Song” an adaptation of the Scottish classic novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon about a young woman in Scotland dreaming to escape her tyrannical father. Details at 

The free Movies in Riverside Park series in Hartford continues, with this week’s screening of “The Martian” starring Matt Damon happening Friday beginning at sunset.
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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