Meet the Free Form Feast and Festival performers!

Meet the performers for our first Annual Free Form Feast and Festival, on 11/18 featuring more than one dozen acts and a buffet meal.  Click here to purchase tickets online!

Joe Flood
Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, storyteller, translator, historian… 
“WESU is part of a dying breed–quality, free form, local radio.” 
Joe Flood has performed, written, and recorded with many of the great names in American roots music, among them The Band, Blues Traveler, Dr. John, Bottle Rockets, Laura Cantrell, Eric Andersen, Happy and Artie Traum, Jim Weider, Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, Jono Manson, and the list goes on!  www.joefloodmusic.com
music sample  http://joeflood.bandcamp.com/track/wake-nicodemus  more at https://joeflood.bandcamp.com

Noah Baerman – MWM, jazz pianist, composer, educator and author, seeks musical fulfillment, personal growth and a good recipe for saag paneer.   “Having an eclectic and high quality radio station is one of the things that makes me brag to my out of town friends about how cool it is to live in Middletown, CT. The health of WESU is essential to maintaining the cherished vitality of our hip little city!”
Noah Baerman’s tenacity and his cutting edge yet soulful music have made him an inspiring figure to a growing legion of admirers. Over ten years after nearly walking away from the piano due to his struggles with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), an incurable connective tissue disorder with which he was born, Noah is playing and composing with more authority than ever. These challenges and his experiences as a foster parent have deepened his already fierce commitment to “message music.” http://www.noahjazz.com/
music sample https://soundcloud.com/resonant-motion/noah-baerman-time-is-now
More at: http://www.noahjazz.com/music.html

 

Frank Critelli – Frank Critelli writes songs. He dabbles in haiku and other short poetry. He also writes other things. Like postcards.

Sometimes he performs solo, sometimes he is accompanied by one or more musical co-conspirators or in conjunction with other songwriters. Over the years he’s played in streets and subways, barrooms and classrooms, coffeehouses and colleges, theaters, festivals, and (most recently) in his kitchen. http://www.frankcritelli.net
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onSoF9MQ1Ro
http://www.frankcritelli.net/discography.html

Old Lonesome Dave  
“It is important to support WESU.  Because all politics are local.  All music is local.  All art is local.  Local’s all we got.  WESU is local. I’m grateful to WESU, and I know lots of others who ought to be.”
In 2014, Mayor Dan Drew appointed Old Lonesome Dave, aka O.L.D., The Inaugural Musical Ambassador to the City of Middletown, CT.  A veteran educator and entertainer with more than fifty years performance experience, Old Lonesome Dave brings fun and laughter to hundreds of groups around New England performing in over 150 towns since 2010. http://www.jackandjillmusicfestival.com/

 

The Basukes The World’s only Ukulele Bassoon duo!
Together, Shona Kerr (bassoon) and Bill Rose (Uke/Vocals) offer a unique blend of an unlikely pairing of musical instruments to interpret and perform cover songs from various decades of top-40 music.
http://basukes.com/
Music video for Eleanor Rigby (cover) https://youtu.be/E7v_gN8HDUA

Dana Merritt Songwriter, Performer, Fingerstyle Guitarist.
“College radio is one of the ways musicians like myself can broadcast their art and reach more people.”

Acoustic guitarist and composer Dana Merritt is not your typical guitarist. She prides herself on being able to transcend what people typically think a guitar is used for. Her solo compositions paint vast soundscapes, most often utilizing obscure alternate tunings and unorthodox hand techniques. Dana is a truly unique performer who needs to be heard in order to be properly understood. https://www.facebook.com/DanaMerrittMusic/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqtE1awyEWs

Kelvin Young: Sound Practitioner and Holistic Stress Management Instructor.
Kelvin has studied sound healing with Master Sound Healers, Paul Hubbert of the Holographic Sound and Inner Balance and Satya Brat Jaiswal of the International Academy of Sound Healing.  Kelvin has presented around the country in diverse settings including Yoga retreats, studios, and festivals Festival, Alex Grey’s Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, colleges, prisons, addiction treatment centers, psychiatric inpatient units and mental health agencies.
http://sacredsoundenergyhealing.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWvGAxFgvJs

 

Robert Nasta composer, improviser, and performer and educator
“I think it is important to support WESU Because it is truly a community radio station.” 
Robert Nasta’s music has been featured on radio broadcasts, in dance performances, and he has performed his compositions as soloist at numerous venues. He has received grants from Meet the Composer, The New York Foundation for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, and Arts In Education. He has taught music at the middle school, high school and college levels, and has been a Lecturer in Music at Middlesex Community College, Middletown, CT. since 1999. Robert also serves as the musical director for Artists for World Peace.
www.Robertnasta.com www.Artistsforworldpeace.org
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8hR3J0ZuMs


Art Farm’s Allison McDermott &  Rob Grimm 
ARTFARM is a non-profit, professional theater organization, based in Middletown that promotes simple living, performance arts, and activism through its signature summer event, Shakespeare in the Grove as well as touring shows, teaching residencies, and a circus arts training program.  Tonight’s Art Farm’s performance features circus artists Allison McDermott and Rob Grimm.
http://www.allisonmcdermott.com 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwypBNbwYBo

Olivia Backal-Balik – Classical pianist
“WESU provides a legitimate avenue for community members and students of the University to communicate with others about what’s important to them. The second is that is provides an opportunity for students work with community members to work with each other. While college campuses tend to dominate cities or towns and drive out the local community, WESU is an honest example of how much good can come out of  working alongside different communities.”  Olivia Backal-Balik started piano at age 15, and her interest in and love for music has grown enormously ever since.  She has been active in orchestra and chamber music groups in both high school and at Wesleyan, and has also enjoyed attending the annual Apple Hill Chamber Music Workshop.  Olivia is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music with a Piano Performance concentration here at Wesleyan. Olivia is most proud of her WESU 88.1 program ‘Roll Over Beethoven,’ an hour long set, aired every other Saturday, dedicated to appreciating classical minority composers and their works.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzR4zY_8Whc

Gag Reflex  – Wesleyan’s oldest Improv Comedy group.
active in the Wesleyan Community, Gag Reflex is a comedy troupe that celebrates the long-form improvisational style of the Armando. The group is active on campus and has represented Wesleyan at the Big Apple Regional improv tournament.

Slavei is a group of vocalists devoted to bringing the beautiful and inspiring music of Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Caucasus Georgia to Wesleyan.
Check out this short video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2OowBc12Mc

Babe and Beth – Vice president and President of the WESU Board of Directors, in performance together! Both musicians in their own right, Babe and Beth will join forces for an intimate acoustic set.

 

3/30 SATURDAY: Zammuto (of The Books) RSVP NOW!

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Free for everyone! If you do not have a Wes ID, please RSVP here.

Zammuto is the new solo project from Nick Zammuto, a former member
of The Books—one of the most acclaimed and innovative groups of the
past decade. In Zammuto’s progressive new endeavor, “dexterous
musicianship and catchy pop writing are upgraded to hyper-reality,”
(Pitchfork) as he mixes digital rhythms with complex orchestration for
an emotionally intese music experience that blurs the line between man
and machine. 12 am

Snowblink is a Toronto based duo dubbed by the CBC
as “one of the most compelling new voices on the Canadian scene” for
their delicate, ethereal sound. 11 pm

The Japanese make paw-stomping space music. 10 pm

WHERE: Eclectic Haus, Wesleyan University, 200 High St. Middletown, CT

Facebook Event

THANK YOU to the Wesleyan Student Assembly Concert Committee, the Student Program Fund, and the Music & Public Life series for making this series possible!

TONIGHT: Get Psyched for The Stepkids/Sidewalk Dave/Featherwood Bee

 The Stepkids

Get psychedelically psyched, because tonight the first show in WESU’s Spring Concert series is going down in Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel. The show is free and open to the public.

If you can’t join us in the Chapel, located at 221 High Street in Middletown, CT, you can stream the show live beginning at 7:30.

Doors open at 7:30. Featherwood Bee will take the stage at 8:00, Sidewalk Dave will take over at 8:45 and the Stepkids will melt faces at 10:00.

Special thanks to the Wesleyan Concert Committee & TuneIn, a service which you can use to listen to the world’s radio including WESU. TuneIn is available as a app on all smartphones and tablets and online at TuneIn.com.

FRIDAY: The Stepkids/Sidewalk Dave/Featherwood Bee

We unveiled our Spring Concert Series on Monday. Now we’ve got some updates on the first of these shows that WESU will be presenting.

Our first concert will take place Friday February 22 in the Memorial Chapel at Wesleyan University, located at 221 High St in Middletown, CT. Doors will open at 7:30 PM and the show starts at 8:00 PM.

Set Times
8:00 Featherwood Bee
8:45 Sidewalk Dave
10:00 The Stepkids

The show is free and open to the public! Brought to you by WESU, The Wesleyan Concert Committee & TuneIn, a service which you can use to listen to the world’s radio including WESU. TuneIn is available as a app on all smartphones and tablets and online at TuneIn.com.

The Stepkids put on a very psychedelic live show complete with video projection. The band comes from Bridgeport, CT and is signed to the legendary Stones Throw (owned by Peanut Butter Wolf and home to Madlib and J Dilla (RIP)). They call their music “futuristic electro soul” and their guitarist was once in Alicia Keys‘ touring band. Their debut album, The Stepkids, was released in 2011 and they are set to release a new album, Troubador in 2013.

Sidewalk Dave is a WESU favorite and fellow CT native. Here’s an interview we did with him last November. He plays rock & roll and his last album, Hard on Romance came out last year. Sometimes he wears pants!

Featherwood Bee is a self-described psychedelic merman surf rockin’ band straight out of Middletown, CT.

Here’s the Facebook Event. Enjoy the concerts! WESU loves you.

The WESU Spring Concert Series

 
After the success of our Lecture Series last semester, we at WESU have organized a Spring Concert Series. This series will be free and open to the public. We hope that all our listeners both at Wesleyan and throughout the greater Middletown community will feel welcome to come and enjoy the music together. Here are brief descriptions of the concerts we have planned. More details will be posted soon so stay tuned!
February 22
The Stepkids
Sidewalk Dave
As seen in the video at the top, The Stepkids put on a very psychedelic live show complete with video projection. The band comes from Bridgeport, CT and is signed to the legendary Stones Throw (owned by Peanut Butter Wolf and home to Madlib and J Dilla (RIP)). They call their music “futuristic electro soul” and their guitarist was once in Alicia Keys‘ touring band. Their debut album, The Stepkids, was released in 2011 and they are set to release a new album, Troubador in 2013.
Sidewalk Dave is a WESU favorite and fellow CT native. Here’s an interview we did with him last November. He plays rock & roll and his last album, Hard on Romance came out last year.
March 30
Zammuto
Snowblink
Zammuto is the project of The Books‘ member Nick Zammuto. Like The Stepkids, Zammuto puts on a unique live show that includes video projection. Zammuto’s music is experimental electronic. His debut, Zammuto came out last year.
Snowblink describes themselves as “nondenominational devotional pop from California/Canada.” And their latest album, Inner Classics also came out last year.
April 12
Boldy James
Gifted Higgz 
We covered Boldy James‘ shows at CMJ here. He is an MC from Detroit, who has released two mixtapes, Trapper’s Alley: Pros & Cons in 2011 and Consignment: Favor for a Favor The Redi-Rock Mixtape last year. A collaboration with The Alchemist is due out later this year.
Gifted Higgz is a local Middletown MC. He released his latest track “Killa” in December.
The WESU Spring Concert Series is sponsored by WESU Middletown, the Wesleyan Concert Committee, and TuneIn, a service you can use to listen to WESU on your smartphonedongles.