Monday July 16th Jive

Good evening, it’s Monday, July 16th. This is the Jive at Five, WESU’s Daily community calendar and run down of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. I’m Miranda Quast, Thanks for making WESU your listener supported source for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs and free-form community radio.
Here in Middletown Mondays through Thursdays  from 10am-noon through during July and August, Stacey Stroka leads The Buttonwood Tree’s Open Arts & Crafts program. Everyone is welcome! Every Monday night, J-CHERRY hosts the ANYTHING GOES!” OPEN MIC AT THE BUTTONWOOD TREE.  Signups begin at7:30pm. Performances start at 8:00pm.
Wednesday night will be the first Middletown Gallery Walk, which will continue every third Wednesday of the month from now until October from 5:00-8:00 pm.
Friday night, California performers Mark Lemaire and Twilight bring their ‘beautiful two-part harmonies and virtuoso guitar’ to the Buttonwood Tree.
Saturday at the Buttonwood Tree is a double bill starting off with ‘contemporary jazz guitar innovators’ Sheryl Bailey and Vic Juris, followed by a little Rock n’ Roll with Ray Mason. Show begins at 8:00 pm.
Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday. All are welcome and invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.
More information about all Buttonwood events at or 860.347.4957

Tonight and every Monday night down in New Haven, Rohn Lawrence and Friends make smooth jazz on the lily pad stage. Wednesday is always the weekly dubstep dance party, and Thursday Harlem rapper Cam’ron will take the Toad’s Place Main stage in honor of Dj Craig G’s birthday.   Friday brings ‘Opuspalooza 2012’ a metal and hardcore summer fest. Saturday night Toads host and event called “Top of the World: Electro Glow Party” More online at

Also down in New Haven tonight from 7-10 pm, Fistful of Jokes Presents: A Benefit for Bonnie L. Taylor, followed by an acoustic open mic with Miss Kriss. Tuesday Night Café nine presents nuclear indie group ‘Girl in a Coma’ along with Black Box Revelation and You Scream I Scream.Wednesday night Fake Babies; Ports of Spain; Elison Jackson; Kindred Queer; and Jose Oyola take the Café Nine stage starting at 8 pm. Thursday Blues @9 brings the John D’Amato band to the stage, and Friday Night will see Nona Hendrix, of the funk/glam/rock group ‘Labelle’ • Café nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by the George Baker Experience this week. Saturday Night the ‘rock and roll cats from the cape’ The Spampinato Brothers; w/ Big Fat Combo will be performing live. More online at

The Middletown Commission on the Arts presents their annual Summer Sounds concert series on the City’s South Green (Union Park) on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer. Tomorrow night features Loren Evarts Jazz Group. More information at

In New Britain tomorrow night, MATT ZEINER & FRIENDS play Jazz from 8:30-Midnight at Tools Bard and Grill. On Friday the Latin Quarter Jazz Collective take the stage, followed by the D. Smith Blues Band on Saturday night. More online at

The Hartford Jazz Society brings live jazz every Monday night to Bushnell Park followed by a jam session at Blackeyed Sallys. Starts at 6 pm.

On Tuesday nights in Hartford, you can catch  Mike Palin’s “Other orchestra” an 18 piece big band live on stage at Black-eyed Sally’s.  Every Wednesday night Sally’s hosts one of the longest running open blues jams in New England! On Friday night storyteller and deep roots guitarist known as ‘The Sauce Boss” will take the stage at Sally’s, followed by the Randy Oxford Band on Saturday night.
The Hamden Arts Commission continues its 2012 Summer Concert Series with Southside Johnny & Asbury Jukes this Friday at 7:30 pm in the Town Center Park at Meadowbrook, Hamden

Also this Friday in Collinsville, ct BROTHER JOSCEPHUS BRINGS THE LOVE REVIVAL BACK TO BRIDGE STREET. Show starts at 8 pm.

Here in Middletown,   the Mattabesett Canoe Club at Harbor Park presents Thursday Night “Jazz on the River “  from 6:00 – 10:00 pm. For info and Reservations call  860-347-9999

This week brings the return of the Gathering of the Vibes to Seaside Park in Bridgeport, CT. Kicking off Thursday and running through Sunday, this music festoval features dozens of national and international performers. highlights include STEEL PULSE, PRIMUS, PHIL LESH & FRIENDS, BOB WEIR & BRUCE HORNSBY WITH SPECIAL GUEST BRANFORD MARSALIS, MICKEY HART BAND, GEORGE PORTER JR, THE GREYBOY ALLSTARS, ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA, THE STEPKIDS, THE MCLOVINS, MATES OF STATE, DEEP BANANA BLACKOUT, SOULIVE AND LETTUCE, plus much much more with MASTER OF CEREMONIES WAVY GRAVY! details online at

Saturday morning at 11, The Russell Knitters meet and work at The Russell Library here in Middletown. All are welcome to share their expertise and experience. More online at
 ‘Tis the season for farmers’ markets and here’s 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 now open 10 am to 2 pm every Friday and is located at the corner of Liberty and Main Streets in Middletown.
That’s it for our community calendar. For the latest in local arts and entertainment beyond the Jive At Five, you can visit – the City of Middletown’s new website for anyone interested in what’s going on in Middletown. You can access for updated information.

Here’s a quick rundown of cinema off the beaten path herein central CT this week.

Tonight and Tomorrow,  Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford,  will be showing the 1958 French film ‘Bonjour Tristesse.’ Opening Wednesday and running through Next Tuesday, Cinestudio, presents a new work by American director Wes Anderson entitled, ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ which took the opening slot at the Cannes Film Festival. Show schedules and descriptions can be found online at

This Friday through next Tuesday, Real Art Ways in Hartfordwill be showing ‘Polisse’, a film that follows the daily lives of a tight knit team of men and women working for the Child Proctection Unit of the Parisian police force. Tickets, times, and more online at 
Now stay tuned.  Here’s what’s playing on WESU tonight:  as we kick off our Summer Program guide.
Right after the Jive at Five, stay tuned for an hour of straight up Jazz on Afternoon Jazz with Charles Henry during our weekday commercial free musical drive time programming.

At 6pm we bring you 30 minutes of alternative news reporting from the Pacifica Network on Free Speech Radio News.

6:30 Aaron Berger host of the Thursday night free form music program, ”The Art Project”  fills in for Johnny Analog’s Lif is a Kiler.  

at 8:00 Lord Lewis presents:  the Rumpus Room for 90 minutes of scorching vintage and contemporary heavy funk, soul, club jazz, reggae, ska, afro and Latin dance floor grooves.

At 9:30 Tom Gatzen presents a 2 hr weekly dose of loud and heavy music on Aaargh!!
From 11:30 – 12:30 Anvil Isle presents a musical monsoon of alternative rock, blues, dream, funk, hard rock, indie, punk, reggae, surf, and world music inviting you to bury your feet in the sand and hear the waves come crashing through your speakers.
From 12:30-3:00 Psychedelic Rick presents the late night Summer Concert Series featuring live concerts in their full glory. For tonight’s concert, Rick presents: Parliament Funkadelic  Live at Howard Theater at Howard University: Washington, DC. Nov 1 1978.
From 3-4am Maximum Rock and Roll Radio features an hour of international loud rock and punk.
The BBC World News Service kicks on at 4AM and we begin tomorrow’s broadcast at 5am with Morning Edition from NPR.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five, if you didn’t get a chance to write down some of the information mentioned in our community calendar, the script is published online at, and if you know of any events that you’d like to have announced on the Jive, send them to

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