Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thursdays Jive

Good evening, it's Thursday September 14th. 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.

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

The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown brings invites you to Step into the Vortex in the evening with AnnMarie. On Friday, Suzanne Sheridan performs alongside Bob Cooper and Colin Healy at The Buttonwood. On Saturday morning it’s the Aligned With Source Workshop. Saturday Evening The Buttonwood presents the Ann Sweeten Steinway Piano Concert. The Hearing Voices network meets on Monday mornings at 10:30.

In New Haven at CafĂ© Nine tonight/Thursday is Dead Weight Burden, Banzai Giant, The Refectory and Hard Luxury. Friday is Off the Trax, and then later in the evening, its PARANORMAL ADAM, IAMVARCITY, POSITIVE ID, the BROLIC SCHOLARS and finally SNOTTAYNOSE. Saturday's Jazz Jam Session is hosted by Tony Dioguardi & Friends. Later that night, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys take the stage, followed by The Clams. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you Washboard Slim and the Bluelights, along with Phil Rosenthal. The George Lesiw Band plays later that night.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s,tonight at 8 pm, hear Sally’s in-house band The Po Boys, take the stage. This Friday, its SCOTT SHARRARD & THE BRICKYARD BAND. Saturday sees blues guitarist Chris Ruest with special guest and piano legend Gene Taylor. This Sunday, Sally's hosts a music community benefit, hosted by Shaka & The Soul Shakers and friends. The Balkun Brothers are hustling back from Nashville to join in with their support.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven on Thursday, Zoey Dollaz takes the stage, and Friday brings at Toad’s Place The Bright Night Glow Party.

At Russell Library this week, Thursday night, The veterans writing group invites you to their “We Were There: Writing Your Military Experiences” workshop at 6:30 pm.

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

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford On Friday, its Pat Stone & The Dirty Boots, Wolf Harbor, Kyle Trocolla and The Strangers, and Snuffbox. Saturday's theme is punk, and brings you artists Battalion of Saints, Nobodys, The CrypticsThe Minutes, Ugly and CRY HAVOC! On Sunday, get your metal fix with Castle.

At Infinity Hall Thursday night, you can catch Donna The Buffalo. Friday at Infinity Hartford its Soul Sound Review. Saturday brings Alternate Routes w/s/g Gracie Day and The Knight. Infinity Norfolk presents  Rik Emmett of Triumph - Acoustic Duo Performance with Dave Dunlop Friday and Jane Monheit Saturday night.

This Saturday September 16th, Music Unlimited CT presents One day, One Stage, Unlimited Artists, in the back yard of the West Indian social club of Hartford (3340 main st HTfd) featuring Soca and reggae music. Headline artists include BUNGI GARLIN, RICKY T, ELEPHANT MAN & FAY-ANN, Plus Steel Bands, DJs and more.  Gates open at 12noon.  860-916-1154 for ticket information.

This Sunday J & J Productions, The Mezzo Grille, AT&T, WESU Radio and The City of Middletown invite you to The 3rd Annual Jack n' Jill Music Festival & Fund Raiser for New Horizons.   Kicking off at noon, Jack n' Jill is a 10-hour Celebration of music, diversity, generosity and fun, featuring an eclectic assemblage of music from  Pop to Latin American Folk, Blues, Jazz, Rock, Acoustic Psychedelia, Old Timey, and more. Plus special guests, raffle prizes, music trivia and more. 860-301-1284          For over 30 years New Horizons Domestic Violence Services has aided victims of domestic violence in Middlesex County to learn more about this non-profit agency. 

Connecticut’s Farmers Markets are still going strong. Enjoy home-grown goods and support local growers. Middletown’s long running market on the South Green is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 1pm and Middletown’s North End Farmers Market is on Friday’s from 10am to 2pm. Cromwell’s market is on Fridays 4-7 pm; Durham is Thursdays 3-6 pm; and Glastonbury’s market happens Wednesdays 4-7pm, find more at

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways MARJORIE PRIME is on screen through Sunday and   THE TRIP TO SPAIN, which offers a view into the rich culinary history of Spain is on screen through Thursday. MAY IT LAST: A PORTRAIT OF THE AVETT BROTHERS plays tonight. The Films Columbus and Swim Team open on Friday at Real Art Ways. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford tonight, it’s the Falsettos, and Friday is Baby Driver and The Breakfast Club. On Sunday, at Cinestudio. You can see Al Gore's new film "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," following up on his earlier book-cum-movie "An Inconvenient Truth." Check the website for full schedule and screening times.

Here's the rundown of our New Monday night line-up as we kick off the first week of our new Fall Program season here at WESU! 

Homegrown with Rob DeRosa
Homegrown is the award winning (Best Radio Program 2016 Hartford Magazine/CT NOW) Connecticut Connected Music Show-playing Connecticut connected artists of multiple genres. Often treating the listeners to pre-release material and in studio interviews with artists, the show also provides information about live shows in the area.

Imagine with Karen Stein
Peace through music! Listen to the best music from around the world and around the block!

Evening Jazz with Bill Denert
A broad range of swing, be bop and avante garde with a sprinkling of new releases. "Hearing is the best experience"

Crispix with Chris
From indie rock to folk to electronic and more, Chris picks whatever he's feeling this week to share with you.

The American Empire with Yours Truly, Tootse Mutant
An exploration of the influence of American cultural imperialism on foreign music, such as Korean Hip-Hop, Japanese Jazz, and Peruvian Punk and so much more.

Jazzalicious Definition with DJ Stocks'n'Socks and MC McGee
Jazzalicious travels through the history of jazz by highlighting a different artist, sub-genre, or time period each week.

(1, 3, 5) The Audible Underground with DJ Joshinvents
Come explore a variety of underground music by independent or relatively unknown artists from many genres, while occasionally discussing current events neglected by mainstream media!

(2, 4) Fake News with DJ Alias and DJ Nick at Night
An irreverent take on political punditry, provided by two guys who love the sound of their own voices.

The Sonic Hour with DJ Jackson
Focus on indie rock, prog pop, power pop, indie pop, etc. Shows will compare music from a previous generation with their contemporaries.

Otto Nation 

At 45am We bring you the BBC World Report and we kick of weekdays with Morning Edition from NPR From 59am.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five. Thanks for joining us and Stay tuned for a stiff does of Homegrown with Rob DeRosa, up next.

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