Monday, July 3, 2017

Monday 07-03- Jive

Good evening, it's Monday July 3rd. 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 Ben Michael. Thanks for joining us. Hope you’ve been enjoying some summer fun with the heat finally kicking in and the fourth of July on the horizon.

Here's a rundown of what's going down in our area this week.

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown hosts its Night Open Mic and Moments of Gratitude tonight. On Thursday it’s Bob Gotta’s Acoustic Open Mic, the oldest in the state! 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 in on the bill Saturday night. On Sunday, NEAR and Far Storytellers takes the stage at 7 pm. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday morning at 10:30.

In New Haven at CafĂ© Nine, tonight it’s an Independence Day Blues Blast & BBQ with the George Baker Band and the Kevin St. James Jazz Trio. On Wednesday they headline Hidefinition 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 Jazz Mondays today with the Sam Landsman Group. on Tuesday Michael Palin’s Other Orchestra works out new material. Wednesday’s Community Blues Jam hosts Mark Nomad this week. Enjoy Power rock & Roll on Friday with Comstock Station. On Saturday, the Mighty Soul Drivers brings soul to the stage.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, it’s the usual Night of Smooth Jazz with Rohn Lawrence & Friends tonight. 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 a free fitness class at Mortenson Plaza in Hartford every Tuesday at 6 pm. There’s also free yoga every Wednesday at 6 p.m. Bring your own mat. Then there’s Thursday Nights on the Plaza, with free music and more, all on the Plaza.

At Russell Library this week, they’re screening “Lion” on 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

On 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. Details at

This Saturday, herein 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 food from local restaurants, Special Guest - film director and OP Alum Keith Bearden, and surprise circus acts, a silent auction with unique items, and a cash bar will set up to support this important community organization.
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.

In Middletown, the Russell Library continues its Summer Film Series, And the Oscar Goes To. . ., on Wednesday with two screenings of “Lion.”

Now here's what's on the air tonight, on WESU:

Right after the Jive, stay tuned for Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry, for an hour of straight jazz and classic bop.

From 6-6:30 pm it’s The Big Controversy with Eric Kuhn, an amusing review of political events and public affairs from local to national.

At 6:30 stay tuned for, 75% Folk with Michael Benson, offering contemporary folk along with a mix of blues, jazz, world music, movie soundtracks, and more.

From 8-9:30 it’s the Rumpus Room with Lord Lewis for 90 minutes of funk and soul.

Cruiser’s Radio Program with Jack Sullivan runs from 9:30 to midnight, when Hits of the 60’s and 70’s with Jimmy Z takes over.

From 1:30-2:30 am it’s The Future of What with Portia Sabin about music and the recording industry for insiders, outsiders, and outliers.

Maximum Rock & Roll Radio comes your way from 2:30-3:30 am, with punk, rock, and hardcore from the Maximum record collection, followed by Fun with DJ Otto Nation from 3:30-4 am.

At 5 am stay tuned for NPR’s Morning Edition.

At 9 am on weekdays join us for Rising up with Sonali from Pacifica
followed by NPR’s 1A with Joshua Johnson.

At 11 am (Monday Through Thursday) WESU is proud to presents Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod from Pacifica, and every weekday at noon it’s Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. Tune in to WESU each and every weekday at 4:55 pm 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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