Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday's Jive 01-31-14

Good evening, it's Friday, January 31st, 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 Wesleyan University Center for the Arts presents the New England premiere of The Assembly’s production "HOME/SICK" at the CFA Theater.  The Assembly is a Brooklyn-based ensemble theater project of multi-disciplinary performance artists. "HOME/SICK", explores the political history of how a handful of student activist leaders, disgusted by the Vietnam War and the U.S. government’s repression of those seeking equality domestically, seized control of the Students for a Democratic Society movement in 1969. On Saturday night at 8, the Ignacio Berroa Trio performs latin jazz in Crowell Concert Hall with a pre-concert talk set for 7:15p. Visit for details

Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul provide a night of rocking Celtic-filled music at Infinity Hall in Norfolk tonight.  Saturday night NRBQ returns.

Tonight, here in Middletown you can catch the Nu Groove band at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge on Main Street Ext. has more info. That's Scatz with a "z"!

Also in Middletown at The Buttonwood Tree, tonight Donna Martin and Gail Wade join forces for a night of songwriting, guitar playing and harmonies as they weave their way through their combined catalogs of folk, country, bluegrass and beyond. Saturday morning kicks off with Qigong, Tai Chi and a self empowerment workshop. You can catch the internationally acclaimed Laszlo Gardony Jazz Trio Saturday night at The Buttonwood beginning at 8p. On Sundays beginning at 1p, Food Not Bombs serves food outside and they invite all to partake. You are also invited to help prepare the meal beforehand at 11 am at First Church Congregational on Court Street. This Sunday evening brings the return to The Buttonwood Tree of the improv-comedy troupe, The Great Make Believe Society, at 7pm.

Dave Downs croons in the morning on the 1st Sundays of the month at BrewBakers, 169 Main St. in Middletown beginning around 10 am. Call 860.852.0034 for info.

In New Haven tonight at Café Nine, Drink Deeply presents: a night of metal and loud rock with Intercourse, Grizzlor, Death Church, and Reptilian Race. Cafe Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by Mike Coppola and Friends this week. Saturday night Café Nine hosts a record Release Show for Moving Brooklyn featuring Breakthrough Frequencies and Pat Mitchell. Sunday evening brings the Blues Boot Camp with Greg Sherrod. Check in at

Also in New Haven tonight, Shakedown returns to the Toads Place Stage.  Eggy and Leaf Jumpers open that show. has more.

In Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s tonight, Shaka & the Soul Shakers take the stage for a night of authentic Bluesiana Swamp Soul. Saturday night Easy Baby plays electric post-war blues at Sally’s . Go to

Tonight, The Arch Street Tavern in Hartford presents: CT Indie punk rockers, Dangerous Animals. Saturday night brings conscious hip hop of the Political Animals. More at

Now here's a rundown of some off the beaten path cinema in Hartford:

This weekend, Real Art Ways begins their series of Oscar nominate short films. Visit their website at

At Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema, is showing “12 years a Slave”, based on the memoirs of Solomon Northup, who was born a free man in the North, only to be sold into slavery when he visited Washington, D.C. where he lived in bondage for another 12 years. Sunday, Cinestudio begins a run of Generation War, part 2. 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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