Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday's Jive 04-18-14

Good evening, it's Friday, April 18th, 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 at The Buttonwood Tree on Main St. in Middletown, Warren Byrd is on piano beginning at 8pm. Saturday morning brings Tai Chi, Qui Gong (chi kung) and community yoga. On Saturday afternoon from 1 to 3, the Free Poets Collective hosts a lively presentation of music, poetry and an open mic at The Buttonwood Tree. This month features musician Don Lowe and poet Donna Marie Merritt, author of Her House And Other Poems and the Poetry for Tough Times series. On Saturday night at 8, Last Fair Deal, a three-piece vocal band, plays an eclectic mix of Americana Roots, Swing and Bluegrass. 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. Check their website at

Up in Hartford, at Blackeyed Sally’s, at 9 tonight, the Tom Sanders Band takes the Sally’s stage. Saturday at 9 brings JR Krauss & the Shakes. Details at

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, Friday’s Weekly Wind-Down Happy Hour at 5 is with Mark Daniel, followed at 8 by The Hempsteadys, with Murphy's Kids. Saturday’s afternoon Jam Session at 4 is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. That’s followed at 9 by Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs, with Proud Flesh and Milksop: Unsung. The original Sunday Night Jam Session at 8 features The Langley Project. has details.

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place tonight it's The Hold Steady, with Deer Tick. Then it’s Woofstock 2014, presented by Bikers Against Animal Cruelty. Saturday, it’s Mike Stud, with IamG and Jitta on the Track, followed at midnight by The Original Saturday Night College Dance Party. Sunday brings EOTO to Toad’s with live, improvised EDM and V1bes. Details at

Tonight there is a senior music recital by Michael Deck. Titled “"Fascinating Rhythm: Playing with Rhythmic Standards," an exploration of polyrhythmic and shifting pulse/feel perceptions in Ghanaian-drumming-ensemble and Western-rock-band contexts. That’s at 7 p.m. in Crowell Concert Hall. Also tonight, at 9, there’ll be a senior music recital by Daniel Light called "Resonance," an infusion of rock, pop, and jazz with folk music from various cultures. That’s in World Music Hall. Saturday’s senior music recital at 3pm in Crowell Concert Hall is Enobong Etteh's "Yawgnobonebu: A Sonic Spectacle" and then at 8pm, Julius Thor Bjornson and “Apropos Space”, an exploration of physical and temporal spaces in harmony, structure in Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel. For info about all recitals, you can call 860-685-3355, or email

Also here in Middletown, tonight at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, 139 Main St. Ext., you can catch vocalist Nekita Waller, and Sunday brings Ol’ School Soulful Sundays. Visit and, that’s scatz with a z.

This Saturday at 2PM, at The East Hampton Public Library, WESU's own J-Cherry and The Strawberries invite you for a funky tour of blues, rock, roots, and poetry. The East Hampton Library is located at 105 Main Street in East Hampton and the concert is free and open to the public. 860-267-6621

GuitartownCT presents an All Star Bluegrass Benefit Concert on Saturday, April 19, 7:00 PM, at Unitarian Hall, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, CT. This concert is to raise money directly for Tony Rice, until he can get back to playing guitar. Phil Rosenthal, Rob Ickes, Josh Williams, Tony Trischka, Jesse Brock, Luke Bulla, Chris Eldridge, Cody Kilby, Sam Grisman and Dominick Leslie are donating their time to perform. Information, directions and tickets at or 203-430-6020.

Here in Middletown, The Shaped Note Singers meet every Sunday at 4pm at MAC650 Gallery on Main St. and all are welcome to this singing activity organized by Neely Bruce. Call 860.343.3239 for details.
Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, the New York International Children's Film Festival Animated Shorts run through Sunday. It’s the largest festival of film for children and teens, and stands at the forefront of a movement to define new, more compelling film for kids. There are two programs: Kid Flix Mix, recommended for ages 4 to 8,  and Party Mix, recommended for ages 8 to 18.  Two films open tonight at Real Art Ways: the romantic drama Just a Sigh, and The Missing Picture — a documentary about a child who held onto life in Cambodia's killing fields. There is more at

Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, is showing The Wolf of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese featuring Leonardo diCaprio. Sunday Cinestudio is showing the documentary, Tim’s Vermeer, in which a handy guy with no painting experience tries to replicate one of the brilliant 17th–century Dutch artist’s works to prove he used gadgetry. Learn more 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 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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