Friday, August 29, 2014

08-29-14 Jive

Good evening! It’s Friday, August 29th, and this is the Jive at Five, our community calendar and rundown of nighttime 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 weeknights and weekends. I'm Ben Michael.

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s going on in our area this week:

Tonight the Buttonwood Tree reopens after being closed for renovations and invites you to join  Enzo Boscarino at 7pm for VIVA ITALY:  A narrative and music Musical Tour of Italy’s regions. A portion of the proceeds from this event will support WESU 75th anniversary capital campaign.   Saturday at 10:30 a.m. the Aligned with Source workshop continues, featuring spiritual and holistic healer Annaita Gandhi.  The topic is “Living in the Light.” On the stage Saturday at 7, a variety of artists will present “Gilbert and Sullivan Highlights.

Also tonight here in Middletown,  Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge presents the R&B group ADL performing at 8:30. Tomorrow/Saturday, the Scatz Comedy Show starts at 8. That’s scatz with a z.

Every Friday, at 9 p.m., Dave Downs hosts a weekly open mic here in Middletown at The Nest, located at 129 Church Street. Songwriters are invited to participate.  Info at 860.788.2736.

Tonight at Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, they’ve got the Brandt Taylor Band, playing blues with elements of funk, soul, old school country, and rock. Tomorrow/ Saturday, Brooklyn’s Trinity takes the stage at 4 with her All Ages Show, followed at 9 by Tommy Whalen & the Ragged Edge, playing blues, rock, soul, and funk.

Manic Productions presents LVL UP, Krill, and others will be at The Space in Hamden for a 7 p.m. show on tonight.

Down at New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight’s entertainment begins at 5 with Irish folk artist Sean Conlon. Later at 9omFive Stories Falling, Moving Brooklyn, and Chaser Eight share a bill at Café Nine.  Saturday afternoon Café Nine’s weekly jazz jam session will be hosted by Billy Cofrances. Tomorrow night at 9pm you can catch Elison Jackson, Kindred Queer, and Analog Sunset.  On Sunday at 4, there’s a bluegrass jam with Stacy Phillips, and the Café Nine original Sunday Night Jam features The Cobalt Rhythm Kings this week.

Infinity Hall’s new Hartford venue is now open. Tonight you can catch southern rockers, The Outlaws, and Tomorrow/Saturday night, you can catch Aztec Two Step. for information

 At Toad’s Place, in New Haven you can Celebrate Labor Day on Sunday at 7:30 with their annual Labor Day Funkfest, featuring 6 Train Soldier, Hearts & Thieves, Chew, and the Dave Kardis Band.

Along with the end of summer, CT offers many agricultural fairs across the state.  This weekend brings the Haddam Neck Fair to the Haddam Neck Fairgrounds. With Traditional agricultural exhibits & contests, Tractor, Truck, and draft animal pullinng cxompetitions,  a carnival midway, fair court and more, this fair kicks off Friday evening and is open through Monday.  Musical entertainment for this year includes, reunions of 2 local rock bands, “The Bus” and “Fountain head”, plus Good Night Blue Moon, Shakedown, Mark Mercier and friends, and Aztec Two Step. Details at

Through September 14, you can catch, “Woody Sez”,  a stage show, about the life, times and music of the legendary American folk musician, Woody Guthrie at Theater works in Hartford. /

Connecticut’s summer farmer’s markets are in full bloom, and are located: in Middletown on Tuesdays; in East Haddam and Old Saybrook on Wednesdays; in Clinton, Durham, and Middletown on Thursdays; in Higganum and Middletown on Fridays; in Ivoryton on Saturdays, and in Chester on Sundays. fills in the details.

Now, Here’s a rundown of  cinema off the beaten path here in central CT:

Tonight, Real Art Ways in Hartford, starts a run of “Frank,” a comedy about a young wannabe musician who joins an eccentric pop band, which continues through Sunday.  Also on the screen at Real Art Ways this weekend is “Jealousy,” a French drama about how a man’s life changes when he decides to leave his wife and daughter.

tonight, Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, opens a run of “Begin Again,” starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in a drama about New York musicians trying to reconcile integrity and success.

Now, Here’s a rundown of tonight’s programming on WESU Middletown.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:30pm it’s Chocolate Cake with DJ Rob bringing you an hour long musical sugar high with 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 of children’s storytelling on Story land.

At 7 make way for 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 10:30pm, we take it From the Otherside with Rok-A-Dee for  Caribbean R & B, Soca and international music from the hit makers alongside talent from our region.

Then at 10:30pm 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 4am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

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

from 6:00 to 7:00am on Saturdays it’sthe Celtic Café with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

Followed by Caffé Italia from 7:00 to 8:00am with Francesco Fiumara, for a weekly roundup of news, music and memories from Italy.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five, if you didn’t get a chance to write down some of the information mentioned in our community calendar, the script is published online

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