Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday's Jive 01-17-14

Good evening, it's Friday, January 17th, and 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.

Tonight in New Haven, at Café Nine, you can catch a Record Release Show for Goodnight Blue Moon with special guests “Oh Cassius” and  “Milksop: Unsung”. Cafe Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by the George Baker Band. Saturday night there’s a St. Patricks Day Parade Fundraiser at Café Nine with Jovial Crew and Ample. Sunday afternoon at 4pm Drink Deeply presents: Saxtet & Andrew Beals to be followed by The Original Sunday Night Jam with The Langley Brothers Band. Check for more details.

In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight, Shawn Holt & The Teardrops take the stage for a night of authentic blues. Shawn Holt is the son of legendary blues legend Magic Slim, a chip off the old block, fronting his dad's band. CT blues group Bad Rooster takes the Sally’s Stage Saturday night. Visit

Here in Middletown at The Buttonwood Tree tonight, Firecracker – Nathan Day & JD Williams – present a night of Americana and folk music. Saturday morning kicks off with Qigong (chee-gung), Tai Chi and a self-empowerment workshop. Saturday night Charter Oak Bluegrass returns to The Buttonwood. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood at 1 pm, all are welcome. You are also invited to help prepare the meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. You can find out more about these events at

Tonight Manic Productions Presents presents a bill headlined by Saint Seneca at The Space in Hamden. LVL UP, I Kill Giants, Circle//Circle, & For Everest open that show. has their complete schedule.

Down in New Haven at Toad’s Place tonight, blues rock legend Johnny Winter returns.  Murray The Wheel and JW Jones open that show.  Sunday brings the Toad’s Place Annual MLK Funkfest…in Lilly’s Pad featuring the Dave Kardas Band, Greg Sherrod, High Gear, 6 Train Soldier, and T.E.A.P. has add'l. info.

Saturday night Real Art Ways presents “Speak Up”, an evening of true stories centered on a common theme, told by storytellers chosen for their skill and expertise. All stories are 5-10 minutes long. The storytellers include: Chris Hall, Andrew Mayo, Matthew Dicks, Christina O'Sullivan, Jennifer Stanish, Cara Paiuk, Nathaniel Bates, John Leahy. More online at

Tracy Walton and Eddie Seville make their way back to Infinity Hall in Norfolk for their rescheduled date tonight.  Saturday night country rocker Junior Brown takes the Hall's stage.  Sunday night at 7:30pm, singer & songwriter Robert Earl Keen returns to Infinity Hall! Their website is

Alice in Wonderland goes to the Circus in Circophony's Circus in Wonderland at Oddfellows Playhouse this weekend in a fast-paced, all ages 45 minute show presented by the talented teen performers of Circophony under the direction of Dic Wheeler.  Performances are tonight at 7:30 pm & Saturday at 2 pm & 7:30 pm. has details.

Tonight, Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge on Main Street Ext. presents Jocelyn Pleasant with Corey Hutchins. That's "Scatz" with a "Z". For more information, check out their website at

In Hartford Saturday, The Arch Street Tavern presents: a Pleasuredome Party featuring  Shag Frenzy, Post-Modern Panic, Garage Flower, and Jennifer Hill. More info at

Now here's a rundown of some cinema you can catch off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

Tonight Real Art Ways in Hartford opens a run of the new documentary,  More Than Honey, an informative, and suitably contemplative study of the bee world and the bee-population crisis. Learn more at

At the Trinity College cinema, Cinestudio in Hartford, this weekend you can experience the film, The Great Beauty, which has been both hugely popular and sharply dividing audiences with its overarching question, "Is Italy in Decline?" Sunday, Cinestudio begins a run of the 1986 critically acclaimed French film, Mauvais Sang, in which small-time crook Denis Lavant gets pulled into a superheist to break into a high tech lab to steal the cure to a fatal disease that strikes people who “make love but do not love.” More can be found at

2014 marks 75 years of alternative music, public affairs, and community service for WESU. Look for information on special programming and events online at We also hope you'll vote for WESU as the Best College radio station in the CT area through CTNow / Hartford Advocate Best of Hartford Readers Poll. Look for our DJs in the Best Radio show category too!   You can find a link to the poll on our website or at . The polls are only open through February 5th, so please help us out and spread the word! Thanks!


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.

Coming in at 6:30 it's a half-hour with the Middletown Youth Radio Project - A weekly radio program featuring the thoughts, voices, creativity and talent of the
kids in the WESU neighborhood.

At 7 until 8:30pm 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, 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 Midnight until 2am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott - taking the word of God and mixing it with the music of God then shifting it into overdrive! Praising God with the best Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music on the planet!

At 2 to 2:30am it's Bassment Beats with DJ Lokash - Celebrating its 10th year of bringing you the latest in aboveground & underground hip-hop mixed live.

Then at 2:30 until 3am catch the New World Show from Pacifica - The best in Global Bass mixed live. Baila coño!

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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