Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight it’s Rohn Lawrence and Friends play jazz, funk, and R&B. Friday evening the B-Stars and Big Fat Combo take the stage. The B-Stars are a San Francisco-based country combo playing honky tonk and hillbilly hits.
Saturday, at 4:30 it’s Café Nine’s weekly Afternoon Jazz Jam with this week’s host, Mike Coppola. Later onm Saturday night Café Nine presents Patrick Sweany; Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons; and the Danglers. Sunday, it’s the Sunday-After-Supper Jam, with host Kevin Saint James and the Legendary Café Nine All-Stars. Information at www.CafeNine.com .
Also down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, tonight brings a mixtape release show: NEW ENGLISH PRESENTS: CT ON DECK – SMOKING ACES, hosted by the CT Battle League featuring Jitta On The Track, Danimal Lector with DJ Semi, M.A.R., Scot Double and more. Tomorrow/Friday at 8 p.m., the Cosmic Dust Bunnies Headline a show at Toad’s with Seed, The Alchemystics, and Vasudo opening the show and Deph (spinning between sets). Sunday at 9 p.m. brings the annual Toad’s place Labor Day Funkfest featuring Rearview, Fear The State, D.K.B., and Greg Sherrod. Canned food donations will be collected. More information at www.toadsplace.com .
This weekend The Matabassett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown presents live music Friday Night with The David Davis Project. Saturday afternoon Tony Gabrielle performs from 3-7pm and The ICE-9 Trio takes the stage from 7-10pm. Sunday Brian McDonald performs at The Canoe Club followed by the soul and RnB group, Mass-Conn-Fusion. For info and reservations call 860-347-9999 or visit their website at www.mattabesettcanoeclub.com
The Russell Knitters meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Russell Library on Saturday in Middletown. The Russell Knitters are an enthusiastic group of knitters who are willing to share ideas and expertise. No registration is required. Bring your knitting projects! www.russelllibrary.org
Fall is in the air, which means it’s time for New England Agricultural fair season. Opening Friday evening and running through Monday, the Haddam Neck Fair offers live music, a carnival midway, concessions, a petting zoo, food, agricultural and craft exhibits, a circus, children’s contests and the ever-popular horse-, truck-, and tractor pulls! There is live music on band stand each night, Friday features the local talent of Rock Landing and Organized Chaos. Saturday features The Monthei Brothers Band and The McLovins. Sunday brings a great musical lineup starting at 1pm featuring Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters, String Theorie,Heirlooms, and Shakedown. Go to www.haddamneckfair.com for more info
It’s also farmers’ market season and here are a few in our area:
The Durham Farmers’ Market is open every Thursday on the Town Green on Main St, from 3 to 6:30 pm, through September. The longstanding Middletown Farmers’ market at the South Green is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 am to 1 pm through October. The Middletown North End Farmers Market is open 10 am to 2 pm every Friday and is located at the corner of Liberty and Main Streets in Middletown.
For the latest in Middletown arts and entertainment anytime you’re not hearing it on our Jive, go to arts2GO.org – the City’s website for what’s going on in Middletown.
Now here’s a quick rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in central CT this weekend:
Starting Friday and running through next Thursday at Real Art Ways, the film “Elena,” winner of a special jury prize at Cannes, offers a modern twist on the classic noir thriller. Tickets, info and times at www.realartways.org
Through Saturday at Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema, You can catch director Ridley Scott’s futuristic film“Prometheus”. Sunday begins showings of “Safety Not Guaranteed,” winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Best Dramatic Screenplay Award. Tickets and times at www.cinestudio.org
Now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU-FM.