Friday, September 26, 2014

Fridays Jive 09-26-14

Good afternoon, it's Friday, September 26th, 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.

Wesleyan’s 38th annual Navaratri Festival tonight features a Vocal Music of South India performance at 8 in Crowell Concert Hall.  The Indian dance film “The Unseen Sequence” will be shown Saturday at 3:30 and will be followed by a post-screening discussion. Grammy-award-winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt performs Saturday night on the Mohan Veena with keyboard virtuoso Sathya at Crowell Hall. The Festival concludes with the New England premiere of the dance work "Rasamanjari", a celebration of the classical dance language of India, at 3pm on Sunday. You can find all of the details of this year's festival by calling 860-685-3355 or by visiting 

Tonight in New Haven, at Café Nine at 9 blues sax man, Eddie Shaw & the Wolfgang, take the stage with Rocky Lawrence opening. Saturday afternoon’s weekly jazz jam session is with the George Baker Band at 4:30 and that’s followed by a 9pm triple bill featuring The Royal Swindle, Wasted Days, and The Screw-Ups.  On Sunday at 4pm Stacy Phillips leads a Bluegrass Jam, and later on Sunday night at 8pm The Morris Trent Band leads the Original Sunday Night Jam.

Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford has, tonight at 9, the blues sounds of Greg Piccolo. There’s more blues on Saturday at 9, with Bob Margolis Blues Band & Friends. Visit  

Manic Productions presents tonight, at The Space in Hamden, a triple bill featuring Betty Who, Paperwhite, and Ian Briggs. Saturday, also at The Space, they’ve got Touché Amoré, The Saddest Landscape, Native Wildlife, and Deep Trouble. Visit for information.

Saturday Infinity Hall Hartford brings Kashmir, a Led Zeppilin Tribute Band, at 8.  On Sunday, Manhattan Transfer performs at 7:30. Visit for information

Bridge Street Live, 41 Bridge Street in Collinsville offers comedy and music. Visit or call (860)693-9762.

Tonight at The Buttonwood Tree back in Middletown, the Kennedy’s take the stage, for a night of folk rock. Saturday morning at 10:30 the Aligned with Source workshop theme is “Being Your Best.” Later at 8pm, Joe Flood presents a music show he calls “Busker Stories, Blues, Brassens . . . and Beyond.” Erik Person’s photography exhibit, “Quintessential New England:  A Day in the Life,” continues through the month. Visit

The 95th annual Durham Fair, Connecticut’s largest agricultural fair offers animals, craft exhibits, a demolition derby, food and more through Sunday.  Tonight’s entertainment headliner is Tower of Power at 7, with Montgomery Gentry on Saturday, also at 7.  They finish up on Sunday with Jo Dee Messina at 1.  Details at

Every Friday, at 9 p.m., Dave Downs hosts a weekly open mic and invites songwriters to perform at The Nest, located at 129 Church Street, Middletown. Info at 860.788.2736.

At Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge in Middletown, vibraphonist, composer, and Wesleyan professor of music, Jay Hoggard, hosts a jazz series featuring his quartet on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Visit

Friends of the Wesleyan Library Fall Book Sale happens this Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm in the Lobby of Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street, here in Middletown. They have over 3,000 academic and popular books for sale. Email for more information. 

The Pipes in the Valley Celtic Music Festival happens this Saturday starting at 11 at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford.  There you can enjoy bagpipes, fiddling, rock bands, food, and more. Visit

The Hartford HodgePodge street fair and festival continues through October 18 every Saturday from 11 to 4 at State House Square. Visit

At the Russell Library in Middletown, jazz pianist Noah Baerman will present a discussion and performance, “Resonant Motion – Jazz Interpretations of Stevie Wonder,” this Saturday at 2:00. Visit

Connecticut’s summer farmer’s markets are winding down and some have closed for the season but several are offering fall harvests. Check for the latest details.

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

At Real Art Ways in Hartford, tonight they open weekend runs of “The One I Love,” about a couple on a weekend romantic getaway that turns surreal and “Take Me to the River,” a celebration of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians making a historic new album. Tonight there’s a post-screening live performance by soul artist Betty Harris and Connecticut’s own Mighty Soul Drivers. On Saturday at 8 they’ve got Speak Up, a live story telling event with this month’s theme of Shoulda Coulda Woulda, along with live music.  Sunday’s matinee event, in partnership with the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, brings you “Ivory Tower,” an exploration of the American higher education system at the breaking point. Visit

At Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford tonight and continuing through Saturday, the feature is “A Most Wanted Man,” a spy drama starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in his last screen performance.  On Sunday they open “Frank,” about a group of performers who take to the Irish countryside to perform and record their creations. Visit

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6pm 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 it's a half-hour with (1,3,5) Argus News Radio on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays of the month with campus and Middletown news, from our microphones to your ears and on the 2nd and 4th Fridays it's Ear-Candy with DJ Sick Nelden
where you hear the newest in Indie Rock, through the lens of pop and the absurd.
Then from 6:30 to 7pm listen to 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.

Then at 10pm 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 3am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE with Clarence Scott and Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

At 3, it's Bassment Beats with DJ LOKASH, celebrating its 10th year of bringing you the latest in aboveground & underground hip-hop mixed live; followed by his New World Show, with the best in Global Bass mixed live til 4. Baila coño!

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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