Wednesday, July 5, 2017

07-05-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday July 5th. 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 radio from NPR and Pacifica, as well as independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends our student and community volunteers bring you the best in free-form 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! Thanx for joining us!
Here's a rundown of what's going down in our area this week.

Thursday at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown it’s Bob Gotta’s long running Acoustic Open Mic. You can enjoy R&B and light pop on Friday with Indigo Soul, along with Americana performed by Tiny Ocean. The Aligned with Source Workshop is on Saturday morning at 10:30 am, and jazz with the Castlefield Trio is on the bill for Saturday night. On Sunday, NEAR and Far Storytellers takes the stage at 7 pm. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30.

In New Haven at CafĂ© Nine tonight/Wednesday, they headline Hi-definition and Cesar Comache, appearing with Paranormal Adam. On Thursday it’s The Joiner Inners, The Right Offs, and Zero Years. Friday’s Wind Down Happy Hour features Mr. Heartbreak, followed by the late show with Pink Navel, Old Self, Zak G, and Chef the Chef. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends, followed by a Record Release Show with Charlie Karp & The Name Droppers, appearing with Howard Jeffrey. Lea and Swamp Yankee. The Sunday Buzz Matinee features the Balkun Brothers, and they round out the weekend with Kelsey Waldon and Stefanie Harris Austin Sunday night.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, it's the Wednesday weekly Community Blues Jam  hosted by Mark Nomad tonight. Comstock Station makes for a night of Rock & Roll. On Saturday, the Mighty Soul Drivers brings take the stage.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, Later in the week there’s a Fired Up Fridays Dance Party with TreFyah and Puzzo. A Summer Slamfest on Saturday brings you Crosby, Deathcode, Halcyon, and more.

Riverfront Recapture in Hartford offers free yoga every Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Thursday Nights on the Plaza offer free music and more.

At Russell Library this week, they’re screening “Lion” this evening/Wednesday in their And The Oscar Goes To. . . series. On Saturday morning they start a six-week hands-on fiddling tutorial sponsored by the Connecticut Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Club. Registration and violin experience required.  Full details of these activities and more at

Tonight/Wednesday, Manic Presents brings Co/ntry, If Jesus Had Machine Guns, and RYXNO to Bar in New Haven.

Mindfulness After Work happens every Wednesday at the Hartford Mindfulness Center starting at 6:15. Register at

In Hartford, there’s free music at noon every Wednesday on Constitution Plaza, provided this week by Red No. 5. You can enjoy more on Friday with the Pratt Street Music Series, featuring The Balkun Brothers this week.

The Center for the Arts at Wesleyan Brings jazz vocalist Alicia Olatuja to Crowell Concert Hall in Middletown this Thursday at 7:30 pm.  

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford brings you Pinto Graham, LMI, and Joe Division on Thursday. On Friday it’s Part 1 of a New Roof Fundraiser, featuring Imperium Mortis, Risk All In Life, Garbage Barge, and more. On Saturday they bring you Maniacal Violator, Enemy of the Stage, Night Rite, and more.

The third annual Riverfront Food Truck Festival happens this weekend at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford. Enjoy food, music, people in crazy costumes and more this Thursday through Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm. Details at

The Sounds of Summer free concert series is back at the Great River Park in East Hartford starting this Thursday at 6 pm. This week’s featured performer is Under Mountain Crossing, bringing you bluegrass and rock ‘n’ roll. Details at

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can enjoy classic pop and rock on Friday with Badfinger’s “Straight Up” live and complete starring Joey Molland. And it’s blues and classic rock on Sunday with The Yardbirds. Amy Helm Plays infinity Norfolk Friday night, Kasey Chambers is there Saturday night and Sunday David Cook plays infinity Norfolk with Kathryn Dean. Details at

This Saturday, here in Middletown, Oddfellows playhouse invites you to their Second Summer Fling - fun-raiser and FUND-raiser for Playhouse Programs! Zydecats will bring their brand of zydeco music and there will be lots of room to dance. Plus there will be food from local restaurants and Special Guest - film director and OP Alum Keith Bearden. Plus surprise circus acts, a silent auction and a cash bar. All proceeds will go to support Playhouse programs and productions in the 2017-18 season.

It’s Second Saturdays for Families this weekend at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, where families enter free and you can enjoy art, storytelling, galleries, music, and more. Details at

Riverfront Fireworks are back this year in Hartford on Saturday night at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Simply Sing will perform danceable music, appearing with the 102D Army Band.

Connecticut’s Farmers Markets are opening the 2017 season again. Enjoy home-grown goods and support local growers. Open now are: Cromwell, Fridays 4-7 pm; Durham, Thursdays 3-6 pm; and Glastonbury, Wednesdays 4-7pm, Plainville Fridays 3-6 pm, and Berlin Saturdays, 9-1 pm. Info at

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of “Dawson City: Frozen Time,” rare silent films from the early 20th century about a Canadian Gold Rush town. Also continuing is “Monterey Pop,” a documentary celebrating the 50th anniversary of this iconic Summer of Love concert, as well as “The Wedding Plan,” about an Orthodox Jewish woman looking for a marriage partner. All run through Thursday. Details & screening times for weekend offerings at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues the run of “Moka,” a psychological thriller, through Thursday. On Friday they open “Norman,” starring Richard Gere as the ultimate New York schmoozer.

Now here's what's on the air tonight, on WESU:
Right after The Jive at Five stay tuned for an hour of Latin music from the 80's, 90's and early 2000's, starring Isabel.
6-6:30pm it's Your Mind Matters with Helen Evrard MD. We explore the brain conditions known as mental illness from a holistic viewpoint with guests who study them, treat them, or are affected by them.

And from 6:30-8pm, stay tuned for Fusion Radio with James Fusion. The original ... and still the best damn Techno mix on radio!

Starting at 8 and running until 9:30pm, it's The Warehouse with Mike Nyce. The best of underground house music, mixed live for your listening pleasure.

From 9:30-11pm, it's  The Vault with DJ Anton Banks. Presenting listeners with the latest in hard techno, minimal, tech-house, and leftfield mixed live.

From 11 to 4am it's Studio 54, starring Franco, playing all of those disco hits from the 1970's!
The BBC World News comes on board at 4am followed at 5 with Morning Edition from NPR.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. Tune in to WESU 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.

Thanx for listening! Now stay tuned for The Latin Music Hour!

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