Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday's Jive 08-08-14

Good afternoon, it's Friday, August 8th, 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 at 8, Isra-Alien performs high-energy Balkan, Israeli, Russian guitar music, finding the deep ties that bind rock and jazz. Saturday afternoon at 1 brings a Chinese painting class to The Buttonwood Tree. Then at 8 on Saturday, Seattle folk singer and songwriter Naomi Wachira sings about the tension of being an African living in America. See their complete lineup at

At Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford tonight, it's Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts. Saturday, Cynthia Fabian and Co. perform roots music and torch songs. Visit

Down in New Haven, at Café Nine, tonight's entertainment begins at 5 with the weekly wind-down happy hour with Sean Bowen, followed at 9 by Funk and Soul Night, with The Greg Sherrod Band and The Langley Project. Saturday’s afternoon jazz jam session is with Gary Grippo and Friends, followed at 9 by Big Lazy and The Claudettes. Sunday at 8, the original Sunday Night Jam is with the George Baker Band. See more at

The Friends of the Russell Library’s book sale continues through Saturday. Visit them at

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place tonight, it’s an evening of comedy with Boston-based stand up comic Dan Boulger making his Toad's Place debut. Saturday night brings the Bright Night 3 Electro Glow Party to the Toad’s stage, featuring EDM/DnB/Trap/Trance/and House music. has more.

On Friday, at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge in Middletown, Michael Augeri and Friends perform. Saturday brings the Rahsaan Langley Project. Visit That’s scatz with a z.

The 3rd Annual Middletown Music Festival is this Sunday, from 12-8PM!  The festival will take place in the Cedar Grove at Middlesex Community College. Brought to you by J-Cherry Presents, with support from The Middletown Commission on the Arts, and Middlesex Community College, the annual festival is a celebration of local music.  In case of rain the festival will be held indoors at Chapman Hall. This year’s lineup includes the 2014 winner of The Best Jam Band 2014 CT Music Awards, The Michael Cleary Band; grammy nominated artist, Lauren Agnelli & Ravens in The Woods; Gigglejuice, J-Cherry & The Strawberries, HannaH's Field, and Randomizer! With special guests, The Alex Trouern-Trend, Jennifer Dauphinais, The MayFlys, Ebin-Rose Trio, more! There will be vendors, crafters, local artisans, food, face painting, dancing and hula hooping! This year we are also celebrating two big birthdays, WESU 88.1FM turns 75, and the Buttonwood Tree turns 25!! has your details.

This weekend brings the Podunk Bluegrass festival as well. The annual bluegrass festival continues in Hebron CT through Saturday. This year's line up includes nearly 2 dozen local, regional and national bluegrass acts. Visit

This weekend also brings the "Vision & Grit" music festival to the Brookwood Olney farm in Griswold, bringing together award-winning bands, artists, and food vendors from all over New England. The lineup includes Relative Souls, José Oyola & The Astronauts, Balkun Brothers, Daphne Lee Martin, Isaac Young Quartet, Post Modern Panic, Elison Jackson, Dirty Sanchez, Farewood, Jennifer Hill and Co. and many more! has the details.

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 track in Central Connecticut:

Opening tonight at Real Art Ways in Hartford is the documentary Gore Vidal: United States of America, in which the controversial and brilliant late writer recalls his remarkable life as America's most outspoken intellectual.
Also opening tonight, in an exclusive East Coast premiere, is Breathing Earth exploring the works of Japanese kinetic sculptor Susumu Shingu, who works with wind. Visit for complete listings.

Meanwhile tonight Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, begins a run of The Immigrant, a reminder that New York City has long been a beacon for immigrants that impassively turns its back on anyone not lucky or scrappy enough to get by. Check in for 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 6:30pm 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 Earth Out Loud/Youth Radio- which digs into learning about our habitat! For more info on this lively youth project visit

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 10:30pm, 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.

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

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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