Thursday, July 6, 2017

Thursday's Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday July 6th. 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 JCherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY,Tuesday from 8-9PM, Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture.

Tonight 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.

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

In New Haven at CafĂ© Nine tonight 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, 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, 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

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.

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:

Now here's what's on the air tonight. Right after The Jive at Five stick around for Homegrown with Rob DeRosa featuring Connecticut Connected music presented for a global audience.  

from 6:30-8pm Imagine with Karen Stein offering peace through music from around the workld and around the block!

At 8pm its time for Evening Jazz with Bill Denert "Hearing is the best experience". Until 10pm, Bill presents a broad range of swing, bebop and avante garde Jazz with a sprinkling of new releases. 

From 10-11pm From the Archives with Sundermunich presents a mostly random selection of records from the studio and not-so-random from my personal archives.

At 11 going until midnight, David Whitehouse fills in for the Feminist Bloc w 

And from Midnight-4am its Franco’s Studio 54 Disco Mix with 4 hours of disco and dance music from 70s and 80s.  

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 Homegrown with Rob DeRosa. 

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