Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday's Jive 03-28-14

Good evening, it's Friday, March 28th, 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.

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, tonight you can catch the country sounds of the Charlie Allen Band. Saturday night Mark Mercier & the Big Yams make for an evening of swampy New Orleans funk and soul. is your source.

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine this early evening beginning at 5 you can hear Mountains of the Moon. After that the Nine is closed for a private party.  Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam session will be hosted by Billy Cofrances this week. Saturday, you can catch a free show featuring Ceschi, Louis Logic. Gregory Pepper and his problems, Ecid, DJ Mo Niklz and more. Sunday brings a Bluegrass Jam with Stacey Phillips at 4 followed by the The Sunday Night Jam with the Cobalt Rhythm Kings. Visit

Tonight Manic Productions Presents Little Daylight, Terraplane Sun, and Flagship at the Space in Hamden on. Check their full listings at

Going on right now until 6:30 pm at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown there is a Closing Reception for the “Through Her Eyes” Collective Women’s Art Show. Later tonight Singer Songwriter, Kerri Powers celebrates the release of her new CD beginning at 8.
 Saturday morning at the Buttonwood there'll be quigong (Chi Kung), tai chi, community yoga, and more. Saturday afternoon at 1pm, the Free Poets Collective presents the International Arts project, “Woman Scream” which has its origins in the Dominican Republic and is part of that country’s celebration for National Woman Month. Saturday evening at 8 p.m. The Buttonwood presents a night of jazz with Jen Allen and her ensemble. 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. Find more at

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place tonight Shakedown plays the Grateful Dead and beyond. Sunday night, Dance Hall Reggae sensation, Mr. Vegas bring his new tour to the Toad’s main stage. Visit

Going on now through Saturday Wesleyan University Center For the Arts presents: The 28th conference of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States.
There are also several opportunities to experience Wesleyan Senior Arts Thesis shows and performances this week. You can find details for all of these events online at

On Sunday at 7 pm, MAC650 Gallery, 650 Main St. in Middletown, presents Sean Sondereggor's Warrior Circle as a part of their new Music Series. Visit for details.

And, this weekend brings WESU's Annual Spring Record Fair and Sale -  featuring record stores and vendors from across the region selling new and used Records, CDs, apparel, and other cool stuff.  Plus the Whey Station food truck will be parked outside selling their gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. The event is free and open to the public, so come on out and check out the thousands of items for sale. Don't miss the WESU Spring Record Fair and Sale at Wesleyan's Beckham Hall, 45 Wyllys Ave, Middletown - this Sunday from 11am - 4pm. Details online at 

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:  This week, Real Art Ways in Hartford, continues their run of “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me”, a documentary using rare archival footage and cinema verite to chronicle the life of the 87-year-old Broadway legend.  Tonight there is a screening of Maiden Trip, telling the story of a 14 year old girl who sails around the world alone.  This weekend Real Art Way’s begins a run of New York International Children's Film Festival Animated Shorts. Check out the full line-up at

Tonight and tomorrow Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, continues a run of American Hustle. On Sunday, Cinestudio begins their April in Paris film fest running for a full week. Visit for the complete schedule.

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 to 6:30pm, pick up Blackout with dj smoothchilD. Upon waking up, dj smoothchilD and dj ROCK find out they are lost. Having no idea where they are, they must explore, listening to music, speeches, poetry, and anything else they can find to figure out where they are and how to get home. The first person to call in and guess the correct mystery location win's a prize (of the dj's choosing).

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.

At 10pm its Bassment Beats with DJ Lokash - Celebrating its 10th year of bringing you the latest in aboveground & underground hip-hop mixed live. At 10:30 DJ Lokash switches it up for his New World Show with the best in Global Bass mixed live.

At 11pm we switch formats again to bring you 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.

At Midnight until 2am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

Then at 2am 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.

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 the Anthony Braxton Quartet, 8 Standards (Wesleyan) 2001, featuring Anthony Braxton, Kevin O'Neil, Andy Eulau, and Kevin Norton. The selection is Nuages and it's out on Barking Hoop Records.

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

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