Monday, August 1, 2016

08-01-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Monday, July 25th, 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. 

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

Tonight, down in New Haven at CafĂ© Nine, they bring you Two Cow Garage and Greg Moran. On Tuesday Teake & Mooncha present Open Mic Night. On Wednesday you can catch the Comedy Open Mic hosted by Dan Rice. On Thursday, Fernando Pinto Presents The Spiritual Bat, November Party, and more. Friday’s early set at 5 features Victor Roland. Later Friday night, Go Kat Go presents Rockaway Bitch, and Blaire Alise & the Bombshells. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola and Friends, and on Saturday you can catch The New Dirty and Ian Biggs. Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 present "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee with the Greg Sherrod Band, followed by Christina Harris and Ponybird later to finish out your weekend. 

Tonight, at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, it’s the usual Anything Goes Open Mic and Moments of Gratitude.  On Thursday, there’s an Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta.  Friday night they bring you the Norm Gage/Kenny Reed Quintet, with jazz trumpet and more. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop happens at Middletown’s Harbor Park at 10:30 am, with the theme of “Willingness.”  Saturday night, it’s Story City, a troupe of storytellers who – using techniques from NPR’s The Moth series – will entertain you with this week’s theme, “Heat.”  On Sunday, enjoy comedy with the Great Make  Believe Society Improv Show. Full details at

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s on Tuesday, Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. On Wednesday it’s the Community Blues Jam, hosted by Ed Bradley this week. On Thursday they continue the West Hartford Jazz Jam lead by James Antonucci. Friday’s headliner, up from New Orleans, is Jason Ricci & The Bad Kind, with art blues, crack rock funk, and more. On Saturday, you can hear blues with Glastonbury’s Jake Kulak & The Lowdown. 

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends tonight. On Tuesday, Riff Raff headlines the Peach Panther Tour, appearing with Trill Sammy & Dice Soho, and Dollabill Gates. On Friday you can catch Carcass, Crowbar, Ghoul, and Night Demon.

On Tuesday, in Middletown Harbor Park, the Summer Sounds Weekly Concert Series overlooking the CT River features the Nekita Waller Band with Motown pop & soul favorites. Concerts are free and open to the public and begin at 7pm. Details at

At the Russell Library in Middletown, they’ve got Oragami Tuesday night at 6:30, and the ongoing Veterans Writing Group meets on Thursday at 7. Check the website for more information on the new hours, as well as additional programs and activities for all ages.  

There’s free music at noon Wednesday at Constitution Plaza in Hartford presented by their Lunchtime Music Series, “Audio Feed.” This week’s featured performer is the Hartford Opera Theater.  Full info at

Manic Productions brings you Big Thief, Cantina, and Adult Mom at Bar in New Haven on Wednesday.  This Sunday, its Boris and Earth, appearing at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Details at

Another option for Wednesday is the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden Summer Concert Series in Hartford, featuring Beatles Forever this week.  Rain date is Thursday.  Information at

The Green Street Teaching and Learning Center in Middletown hosts an opening reception this Thursday at 5 pm for artist Beth Klingher’s exhibit “Art in Pieces.”  Her work explores the connections between art and math.  Full details at

Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents City of Iron, Goblet, Cazador, Godeater, and Subutai on Friday.  On Saturday, they’ve got the Punx and Drunx say Oi Fest! starting at 5 pm.  Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info.

The fifth annual Middletown Music Festival produced by WESU’s J Cherry happens this weekend at Middlesex Community College.  Enjoy music, craft beers, local vendors, hula hoops and more starting at 6 pm Friday, From 10 am to 10 pm on Saturday, and Sunday from 10 am to 7:30 pm.  Info at

 WESU is a proud supporter of the 11th Annual Grace Taste of The Caribbean & Jerk Festival,  a FREE family celebration of Caribbean Culture at Hartford’s Mortensen Riverfront Plaza,  This years event happens this Saturday, August 6,2016, from 1-11:00 pm. (Rain Date- Sunday August 7, 2016)

Music Headliners this year are: Grammy Nominated reggae singer, Luciano from Jamaica;  Barbadian Saxophonist Elan Trotman, Saga Dee from Trinidad, Gospel sensation J. CEE , Los Calientes and more....
The event also features an annual Carnival Parade, an Open Mic at the Children's village & lots of Caribbean food.   For more information you can visit or find the event on Facebook.

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 “The Innocents,” a French film about a physician called to handle a surprising crisis in a Benedictine convent after World War II. On Friday they open “The Kind Words,” an Israeli comedy following Jewish siblings on a road trip to learn about their real father. Also opening is “Men Go To Battle,” a Civil War story about two Kenturky brothers whose relationship splinters when the war approaches.  Both run through the weekend. 

Through Thursday, Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing “Love & Friendship,” a romantic comedy about a manipulative widow, based on an unfinished novella by Jane Austen. On Friday they open a Wim Wenders’ series, starting with “Wings of Desire” on Friday, “Until the End of the World” on Saturday, and “Buena Vista Social Club” on Sunday.  There’s also a Sunday matinee screening in their Globe On Screen series of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.” Details at 

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 6-8:00 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 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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