Thursday, November 8, 2012


Live with BenTopher, The Sticks Improv, CherrySparks, and the 'Street Report' with Dr. Freddy H. Carroll.

BenTopher at WESU

The Sicks at WESU

VOICE of the CITY airs Tuesdays nights from 8-9 PM on WESU 88.1FM Middletown 

WESU 88.1FM Middletown
Live and local... this ain't no commercial. 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

VOICE of the CITY! Live with Dr. Freddy H. Carroll and the 'Street Report'

When radio meets video, the word on the street is... What is art? Dr. Freddy H. Carroll, and J-Cherry, live at WESU 88.1FM Middletown last Tuesday. Filmmed and produced by, Darrell Lukas, filmmaker and artist.

J-Cherry and Dr. Freddy H. Carroll

 Click here to see the video segment on Middletown Patch

VOICE of the CITY airs Tuesday nights from 8-9PM on WESU 88.1FM Middletown

Live and Local... this ain't no commercial radio!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

VOICE of the CITY! Live with LUCK-E 13, and the colorful Dr. Freddy H. Carroll

VOICE of the CITY broadcasting live on WESU 88.1FM
Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8PM

Dr. Freddy H. Carroll interviews J-Cherry about her voting experience on Primary Day, and being on the Collin McEnroe Show. LUCK-E 13 gets down in the studio with soulful original music. The fantastic Mr. Sparks keeps the show moving.

 Live and local... This ain't no commercial radio! 

Dr. Freddy H. Carroll

To listen to the show recorded LIVE click HERE! 


LUCK-E 13 with Mr. Sparks
LUCK-E  13 upright bass

Erica Lynn Hulme,

VOICE of the CITY! Live with local filmmaker, Marty Lang

J-Cherry interviews local filmmaker Marty Lang about his new film, "Rising Star', which opened in July at the Connecticut Science Center to a sold out show! Also on the show, Dr. Freddy H. Carroll with the Middletown Street Report. CherrySparks playing live, and spinning Two Virgins, and gigglejucie too.

Marty Lang, Filmmaker

VOICE of the CITY airing on WESU 88.1FM
 Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8PM
Live and local... this ain't no commercial radio! 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

VOICE of the CITY live with David G. Smith, and The Street Report with Dr. Freddy H. Carroll

I met David at, Anything Goes Open Mic, at the Buttonwood Tree, last year. David was stopping by on his way to the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. I am so glad he did!  He stopped by again this year and we had a great time on the air, and at open mic! David's music is full of life, revealing truth with soul. He is a poetic songwriter that get's down and dirty with a roots rock flavor.  To listen to the podcast click here. 

David G. Smith

"I am a singer/songwriter specializing in Acoustic, Folk + Americana music. I dig for bits of truth, mold them into no BS lyrics, and deliver them with a voice and music that ranges from dirt funk to intimate." David G. Smith

Mr. Sparks and Mrs. Smith

Get the lowdown downtown with Dr. Freddy H. Carroll

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Two Virgins

Live this Sunday August 12 @The Middletown Music Festival! 
 Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Rd, Middletown, CT
Live and local... this is great music! 
festival runs from 4-9pm 

Two Virgins is no ordinary original pop group. Bandleaders Tom Wrann and Tom Mooney are lifetime music men, now in their fifties, who have together written in their career around five hundred songs. They have performed in many, many rock, punk, folk, Americana and gospel groups over the years, both in NYC and CT, gracing the stages of such legendary venues as CBGBs during its heyday, as well as The Apollo Theatre. Bassist Jim Wrann, Tom’s brother, is also a lifetime musician, having a huge songbook of his original compositions as well. Lead guitarist Michael Arafeh (aka Bumpy Chimes), is also a lifetime musician, as well as a well-known record producer with hundreds of credits to his name. Michael also owns of one of CT’s premiere recording studios - The Coffeehouse, in Middletown. Acoustic guitarist and keyboardist Tom Phelps is also a life-long musician, another gifted songwriter with an impressive songbook, and is also the band “heart-throb”. Although these five musicians have recorded and collaborated together in various projects many times before, Two Virgin’s sixteen-song debut self-titled album, released last year on the Coffeehouse Records imprint, is a significant accomplishment for the group. The group has begun a raw and electrified live performance phase to support the album - with a collection of forty or so original songs both from the album as well as from the catalog which they will be touring on. Don’t miss them!

Meet the Strawberries! Middletown Music Festival! Sunday August 12, from 4-9 PM. Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT.

The Strawberries are a band of multi-talented musicians and poets that formed three years ago. Inspired by a night of music under the full moon during a summertime festival, J-Cherry and the Strawberries came to be. What's unique about the Strawberries,  is that they are a traveling variety show. They come together as a band with J-Cherry and play original songs written by Cherry and Sparks. The Strawberries also bring their own songs and poetry to the group,  making an eclectic arrangement of music and poetry. 

Tim Sparks, Bandmaster/singer/songwriter/guitar/mouth harp. Mr. Sparks brought his first guitar with money he saved as a young teen. He's been writing and playing music ever since. A multi-talented artist, Sparks writes music from the heart that touches social issues, and the cycles of life. His latest CD. 'Color Outside The Lines', was recorded at Coffeehouse Recording Studio.

Tim Sparks

Tim Sparks live at, VOICE of the CITY, Spring 2010, The Buttonwood Tree.

"Sparks began his set by testing out a yet-to-be-recorded tune, then moved into the songs from "Color Outside The Lines," an album he describes as a reflection on the journey of life.  With soul-searching music that paid homage to his daughter ("Avery") and the roots of our country, Sparks' interesting and heartfelt folksy stories and strong and steady guitar work captivated the house." David Gellar, Middletown Patch

Steve Far

Steve Far, singer/songwriter/bass. Ordained with a semi-hollow body Guild guitar twice as old as himself, Steve mixes everything from jazz to garage rock, but uses changes in time and rhythm to separate himself from any one specific genre. Under this guise, Steve explores his own journey through time with a conversational lyrical style. To listen to Steve's music click here

Phill Bullaro

the elusive cyberman...

Phill Bullaro, drummer/synth/eclectic instruments. Phill is a multi-talented visual artist and musician. He likes to explore the far out regions of sculpture, visual arts, and music. A skilled drummer, music maker, and poet. Phill will take you on wild space jams, and have you land outside the moon. 

Space Monster! 
Phill on upright bass, and Michael Arafeh on electric guitar

Sympetalous, the bard... 

A mild mannered reporter for The Subterranean Homesick News
hears the Call o' Fate and suddenly awakes some velvet morning
when he's straight then starts to sway and write this way
for no apparent planetary reason save the subtle motion
of a Deep Blue Moon and the Red Dwarf Stars

Illusory Time comes and goes all the while our Whirling Earth
performs One full ellipsis around our Sacred Sun and soon
bright pulsing words from the Pipes of Pan arise and soar
as they hang a bit about a pointed space filled with heat
and light and pairs of eager ears open wide to vivid minds
some even willin to shoot the rapids and then float
the calms of this Stream o' Con Ki-O-tay

Rich Hatfield
Guitar man extraordinaire  

J-Cherry and the Strawberries

Monday, July 23, 2012

Middletown Music Festival, August 12 from 4-9PM at Middlesex Community College

The first annual Middletown Music Festival to be held on Sunday, August 12, from 4-9pm at Middlesex Community College. Presented by J-Cherry Presents, in association with Middlesex Community College, The Buttonwood Tree, and WESU 88.1FM. The show will start with an open mic hosted by J-Cherry. If you’re a local musician, poet, or comedian, and would like to perform in the open mic, arrive early. Limited space is available. This is a rain or shine event. If the sun shines, bring a picnic or delight in delicious food from the Tibetan Kitchen, and enjoy the grove at Middlesex Community College. If it rains, join us in the state of the art multipurpose room in Chapman Hall. Middletown is an eclectic city with a vibrant arts culture. Attracting artists of every type for across the state, and is the perfect location to host some of the finest local artist for an annual music festival.

Mr. Anderson performing at the Buttonwood Tree

This year’s lineup includes, the multi-talented Mr. Anderson, who plays a variety of unique instruments some of which he makes himself. 

Sympetalous performing at the Buttonwood Tree

Sympetalous, a local bard will be reciting his unique blend of jazzy poetry throughout the evening. “Sympetalous? Means my petals are fused sort of like a Morning Glory of Heavenly Blue.” 

Gigglejuice, plays a fusion of rock, reggae, jazz and psychedelic jams. Gigglejuice will have your feet tapping, and your body dancing! 

Two Virgins

The energetic and rocking, Two Virgins, with over four hundred original songs, “Tom & Tom are lifetime songwriters and performers who, under the guise of Two Virgins, present an eclectic blend of Americana, 'Power Folk', R&B, Soul, and Punk Rock music.”

J-Cherry and the Strawberries

J-Cherry and the Strawberries, is a mixture of improvisation, poetry, Americana, folk and roots rock. Here’s what critics have to say about J-Cherry and the Strawberries, “J-Cherry and the Strawberries took to the stage and played to a house that overflowed the music room and spilled out into the library. A local artist with a passion for music, lead singer J-Cherry, a.k.a. Jennifer Shafer Wood, plays her own soulful style of blues, poetry, and funk surrounded by an ethereal musical background.” Middletown Patch.

When you support the local music scene, you support a vital part of the community. Local music brings people together in public places and stimulates interaction and local commerce, on a social and business level. With a hard economy people are not able to afford concert tickets to big name acts these days, or even movie tickets. There’s no need to have to pay a fortune for good music and entertainment when we’re surrounded by it in our communities! That doesn’t mean local music should be free and that is why we request a suggested donation of $10. Live and local… this is great music!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

VOICE of the CITY! Live with writer and director Al Signore, and producer David Gere, with cast and crew members of the new film, 'Sensory Perception', A Pale Nail Production.

When passion, vision, and creativity fuse with determination, amazing things happen in the community! Local film makers Al Signore, and David Gere, talk with J-Cherry about their new film, 'Sensory Perception' to be released later this fall. 'Sensory Perception' was written and produced in Connecticut. Due to a technical glitch, (the host not starting the record button!) only a portion of the show was recorded. We look forward to having, Al and David, with cast and crew of, 'Sensory Perception', back on the air when the film is released, and the host promises to record it all!

VOICE of the CITY airs on WESU 88.1FM Tuesday nights from 6;30 to 8PM.
Live and local... this ain't no commercial radio

Visit 'Sensory Perception', online: CLICK HERE

Kris Keyes, David Gere, Al Signore 

David Gere, and actress Sarah J Cayer

Tommy Dreamer and David Gere

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

VOICE of the CITY! Friday July 27th, from 8-11PM.The Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main Street, Middletown.

On Friday July 27th, at The Buttonwood Tree, downtown Middletown, from 8-11PM, J-Cherry Presents: VOICE of the CITY! Tickets are $10.00. Tune into to WESU 88.1FM for VOICE of the CITY on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8PM for chance to win free tickets.

VOICE of the CITY, is a variety show from the heart of the community with performers of every style and sound, living, working, and creating in the city of Middletown, and the surrounding area. It’s poetry, dance, song, comedy, and bits of wisdom. Where the community is the theater.

Once a very popular form of entertainment in the United States back in the early part of the 20th century, vaudeville whose origins are obscure is connected to the French term voix de ville. Translated into English means, “voice of the city”. Vaudeville is a variety show featuring the many voices in the city. 

J-Cherry and the Strawberries

VOICE of the CITY airs on WESU 88.1FM Middletown  Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8PM

Monday, July 16, 2012

VOICE of the CITY! Live with Michael 99% Harris and Justin Good, talk with J-Cherry about Sound Shares, a new way of doing money

Money. What is it? Where did it come from, why do we need it? Can we live without it? Money is a means of trade. Since the earliest of human times, people have used money to trade. Before there was a currency, people traded goods or services at the time of trade. As time went on it got harder to lug around your goods, or complete a service at times of transaction, or trading. So people used currency. Coins were the first form of currency for western civilization, gold or silver. Native Americans used rare shells. In our modern time we use fiat money.

The government via the Federal Reserve determines fiat money’s value. We used to have commodity-based money. Commodity money used to be backed by the gold standard. In the 1930's it was illegal to own gold except for jewelry, because more money needed to be used, then was available, and the government made you sell them your gold. Because there wasn't enough gold to make enough dollars, which the government needed. The way the government fixed this problem was to create fiat money. A dollar today is worth, well, a dollar. But WHAT is a dollar really worth today? Honestly, a dollar today is already a dollar in debt! There is nothing to back up a dollar but debt. This is the fiat system of money, a system that allows a few to hoard all the resources in the world.

What if we made a new way to trade? There are people doing just that! Welcome the Community Exchange System. “With the impending implosion of the usury-based, global money system, now is the time to seek a new way of 'doing' money, one not based on debt and controlled by a global monetary elite that seems happy about destroying our planet in the pursuit of profit. Conventional money is created as debt by private financial institutions for their own profit-making purposes, not as a public service. This is the root cause of the economic, social and environmental problems that beset us. The amount of debt determines the quantity of money, which has nothing to do with the amount of money we need to live decent lives. CES money is 'created' by its users so it can never be in short supply. So long as you can offer something of value you can have from the community goods and services of like value. Join the growing community who have discovered a new way of 'doing' money, a healthy money that will create a healthy society.”

VOICE of the CITY 
airs on WESU 88.1 FM Middletown 
Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8PM 

Monday, July 2, 2012

VOICE of the CITY, live with Dmitri D'Alessandro on 6/12

J-Cherry talks with Dmitri D'Alessandro, artist and owner, Middletown Framing, about Middletown's North End Gallery Walk, happening every third Wednesday through the summer...

"The north end is the art district of Middletown." Dmitri D'Alessandro

Dmitri D'Alessandro, artist and owner, Middletown Framing

Visit Middletown Framing on Line, click here! 

Rusa D'Alessandro, artist and owner, Middletown Framing

VOICE of the CITY airs on WESU 88.1FM
Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 pm

Always playing great local music. Music by Hannah's Field, DaDon,
Tim Sparks, Two Virgins, and J-Cherry.

Live and local... this ain't no commercial radio! 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

VOICE of the CITY live with Jen Taylor and the Alien Folk Music Band

Alien Folk Music Band at WESU 88.1FM

J-Cherry interviews Jen Taylor and her, Alien Folk Music Band. Members of the band include, Jen Taylor (ukulele, guitar), Justin Vood Good (guitar), Hans Lohse (accordian, percussion), Chris Devlin brown (bass), Jon Morse (drums). Like Alien Folk Music on Face Book here.  

Alien Folk Music Band at WESU 88.1FM

Aside from being a talented musician, Jen Taylor is a multi talented artist, singer/ songwriter, media activist, yoga teacher, and philosopher. She and her partner in life and music, Justin Good, are Co Executive Directors for The Sanctuary at Shepardfields in East Haddam. "The Sanctuary offers a place dedicated to the hope for a truly diverse community of communities which is safe for individuals of all religions, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, etc. The Sanctuary nurtures community development by hosting meetings and community-based events for various local networks where people can come to hone spiritual skills through participation in dialogue, meditative practice, creative exploration and interaction." The Sanctuary at Shepardfield  

Jen Taylor and the Alien Folk Music Band, recorded live at WESU 88.1FM. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE SHOW

VOICE of the CITY broadcasts the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday on WESU 88.1FM form 6:30 to 8PM
Live and local, this ain't no commercial radio! 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

VOICE of the CITY live with Sympetalous,J-Cherry, and poetry by the late David Sparks, followed by SuperTrance

Live and local... this ain't no commercial radio!

To listen to the show that was recorded live at WESU 88.1FM:  CLICK HERE

WESU 88.1FM 
VOICE of the CITY 
airs on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday from 6:30 to 8PM
Showcasing live and local, arts and culture.