Thursday, June 21, 2012

Friday Jive

Good evening, it's Friday June 22nd. 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. Thanks for making WESU your listener supported source for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs and free-form community radio. I'm J-Cherry producer and host of VOICE of the CITY airing on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8PM Showcasing live and local music, arts, and culture. Thanks for tuning in.

Tonight down in New Haven at Toad’s Place it's Hip Hop Emcee Action Bronson will be headlining a show featuring local Hip Hop acts Duece Bug, Phenom and Rowdy City at 8pm.  Saturday night Fuel, VENREZ, Bad Axis and Progmatic make for a night of loud Rock at Toads. More online at

Also down in New Haven tonight,at Café Nine. TACO HUT MUSIC Presents • The Proud Flesh, Speakeasy, Heads With Wings, and White Walls. Café nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by Gary Grippo and Friends this week. Saturday Night brings the Idiot Village Rock Lottery; Musicians thrown together by fate and given two weeks to get their act together and perform live. More online at

At  Black Eyed Sally’s in Hartford tonight. Guitarist Joe Moss and Band perform Saturday night, McDonald Teague Band perform their blues infused rock show.

Here in Middletown Friday night, Vinnies Jump and Jive presents their monthly swing and blues Dance.   More online at

Tonight at the Buttonwood tree here in Middletown, Joe Flood will be performing with Joe Fonda on Upright bass and Scott Kessel, drumship enterprise!  Don’t miss this combination of creative musicians. Saturday night from 8-10pm jazz musician Dan Arcamone who has just released a new album, will be playing a mix from all three of his albums and jazz standards.   Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood Tree every Sunday. All are welcome to enjoy the meal help prepare the feast at First Church on Court Street in Middletown at 11:30 am. Later on at 7:30 at the Buttonwood Sunday evening, “Coming to the mic” is an open mic that will be filmed in its entirety to be aired on Comcast TV. It’s Produced and hosted by Ty Mapp,  More information about all Buttonwood. events at or 860.347.4957

Tonight night at Higher Grounds Coffee House at 70 Main Street East Hampton it's their weekly open mic show starts at 8PM. Saturday it's live local music at higher grounds.

Here’s a quick rundown of cinema off the beaten path herein central CT this week. Cine Studio the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, continues a run of “The Pirates, Band of Misfits” from the Animators who created  Wallace & Gromit,  for a  new stop-motion animated movie set in the rollicking pirate realm. Show schedules and descriptions can be found online at

Tonight Real Art Ways opens a run of, First Position, which follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet for a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted young ballet stars of tomorrow. Friday Nigt Real Art Ways is offering another opportunity to see the new Bob Marley documentary, “Marley”. More online at

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.

Now stay tuned.  Here's what's playing on WESU tonight and tomorrow.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:00pm it’s
 The Brittle Diameter
 w/Josh Sharp -
A varied blend of brand new and time honored independent music, presented in a mixtape aesthetic.  Continuity and cohesion are the watchwords here.

From 6:00 to 6:30pm
it’s Free Speech Radio News from The Pacifica Network - An independently produced half hour daily national and international radio news program focusing on peace and social justice issues in the US and around the world. FSRN is collectively run by its workers and reporters.

At 6:30, until 8pm we have the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee - Informing listeners about local and global issues with health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips, featuring a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues.

Next up until 10pm, we take it
 From the Otherside with
Rok-A-Dee - The Voice of Hartford, featuring local artists from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Spotlighting Caribbean R & B, Soca and international music.

From 10 until Midnight, take in
 the sounds of Rumba en el Patio
with Michael
- Classic Salsa for the dancers, Afro-Latin Big Band for the discerning ear. Join us as we adventure through the history of Musica Latina!

At Midnight until 1:30am Saturday it’s
N.E. Tempo with
DJ Berk
- Serious turntablism - Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.

At 1:30am we go
In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with
Dope Dave
until 3am - Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.

At 3, to 4am it's the Bassment Beats with DJ Lokash – the Real Hip-Hop is over here.

Then, we bring you
 Sing Out!
from 4 to 5am, on a mission to preserve and support the cultural diversity and heritage of all traditional and contemporary folk musics, and to encourage making folk music a part of our everyday lives.

And we bring in the daylight from 5:00 to 6:00am with the
BBC World News
- a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation

And staying on the other side of the big pond, from 6:00 to 7:00am it’s
 the Celtic Café
 - Traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffe Italia from 7:00 to 8:00am
with Francesco Fiumara
 - A weekly roundup of news, music and memories from Italy.

That’s all for today’s Jive At Five, tune in each and every weekday at 4:55 pm to hear about what’s going on in the community and on the air right here at 88.1 FM WESU, a community service of Wesleyan University since 1939.

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