Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday's Jive 08-16-13

Good afternoon, it's Friday, August 16thand 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, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends. I'm Stephan Allison, host of River Valley Rhythms heard Thursdays at 4 pm here at WESU. Thanks for tuning in.

For the latest in local arts and entertainment anytime you're not hearing it on our Jive, go to – the City’s website for what’s going on and what’s to do with a highlight on the arts in Middletown. That's

Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s scheduled in the community this weekend.

Here in Middletown from 10 am – 2 pm weekdays in August, The Buttonwood Tree offers free Arts and Crafts activities for kids & adults. Every Monday at 8pm J-Cherry presents the Anything Goes open mic. Saturday evening beginning at 8pm, Christa Joy & The World Cup Rodeo perform at The Buttonwood Tree with an evening of folk and country. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside The Buttonwood Tree while Rumpus allows you to express your musical self indoors. You're invited to help prepare the vegetarian meal at 11:30 a.m. at the First Church on Court Street. Sunday afternoon at 4pm brings the Poetry Potluck to The Buttonwood Tree, providing and opportunity for people who enjoy poetry to get together to share and discuss their favorite works. More can be found online at about all these events.

In New Haven tonight at Cafe Nine, Dave Milone and Jeremy Sage share an early bill from 5-7pm followed by guitarist, songwriter, singer, and one-man cheering section for the blues, Duke Robillard. Paul Gabriel opens that show.  Saturday’s Afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by Tony Dioguardi and Friends this week. Saturday night you can catch Hate Breed guitarist, F. Sean Martin at Café Nine with Benn Grim opening. You can access for details on these events and more.

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford tonight The Blu Union trio featuring Felicia's Vibe, takes the stage. Saturday brings an evening of R&B and Swing with The Mystic Horns. You can go to for more information.

Down in New Haven at Toad's Place tonight, Shakedown plays "The Dead and Beyond" on the main stage with Downstairs Sally and Rhythmic Circus opening the show.  Arch-nemesis hits the Lily Pad stage tonight. Saturday night, Manic Productions Presents Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band with The Low Anthem and You Won’t opening the show.  More can be found at

The Mattabessett Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown has live entertainment most nights. Tuesdays feature Acoustic Solo Music  and there's a weekly Irish music session on Wednesdays. Thursday, there’s a new Jazz Series. Friday brings live Blues to The Canoe Club. Sunday, vocalist Nekita Waller performs at the Canoe Club.  Details can be found at

On Saturday from 1pm - 9pm The Trinbago American Cultural Explorers present the 2nd Annual Middletown Trinidad-Style Caribbean Festival at Harbor Park. Admission is free with musical entertainment by Patch, Baba Shanta, Randy Isaac, and Benji, & hosted by Naomi Rogers. There will be Caribbean and American food available, as well as other vendors. For info you can contact: Michael Charles, 860.818.0678 or visit

This Saturday also brings the the 2nd Annual West Side Reggae Festival to Ives Concert Park in Danbury featuring the legendary Reggae artists Beres Hammond & Maxi Priest. Doors open at 4pm show time is 5. Tickets at e - t – i -,

Farmers' markets abound in the area. In Middletown, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. there's a market on the South Green, and another in Middletown's North End at the corner of Main & Liberty on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In Durham, the farmers' market is on Thursdays, on the town green. In Cromwell, on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m., the farmers' market is at Covenant Village. In Higganum there’s a Market on Fridays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m on the town green. In East Haddam, there's a farmers' market from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at the town grange on Town Street. Learn about farmers' markets all over the state by going to

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut: At Real Art Ways in Hartford, Blackfish, the story of the performing killer whale that killed several people, has been extended through the weekend. Opening tonight is The Act of Killing, produced by Werner Herzog & Errol Morris. Tonight and Saturday late night RAW is showing Wet Hot American Summer..  This weekend Real Art Ways also continues runs of "Crystal Fairy" and The New York International Children's Film Festival: Party Mix. You can access  for more information.

Tonight, Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, continues through next Tuesday their run of the 2013 remake of The Great Gatsby. You can find show times and info at

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:00pm it’s
 Chocolate Cake with DJ Rob. An hour long musical sugar high. Power-pop plus Brit-pop and singer/songwriters from the 60's to today.

From 6:00 to 6:30pm 
it’s Free Speech Radio News - Your daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

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, including local artists from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He also features upcoming artists performing 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 2am Saturday we go 
In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with 
Dope Dave - Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.

At 2, to 3am it's the Bassment Beats – the Real Hip-Hop is over here.

The next hour 'til 4am it's Maximum Rock & Roll Radio - A weekly radio show featuring the best international DIY punk, garage rock and hardcore from the astounding, ever-growing Maximum Rock n roll radio record collection.

+Sing Out! Radio Magazine with Tom Druckenmiller comes on at 4 until 5am with a weekly, hour-long “magazine format” program, featuring interviews in addition to “live” and recorded traditional folk musics.

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
 with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffé Italia from 7:00 to 8:00am 
with Francesco Fiumara, the former host of WESU's own WESParla 
 - 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.

The Music behind today’s Jive At Five is from Kevin Norton’s Metaphor Quartet, a CD entitled Not Only In That Golden Tree . . . featuring (the late) Wilber Morris, Masahiko Kono, Hitomi Tono’Oka and Kevin Norton, the selection “not drunk, but stunned” and it’s out on clean feed records.

The written form for what you've heard on today’s jive is online at 

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