Friday, January 2, 2015

First 2015 Jive for Friday

Good evening, it's Friday, January 2nd, 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.

In New Haven, Cafe Nine presents an early show today at 5pm with Solin, followed by a 9 p.m. show with Entierro, Space Orphans, and LaTunda. Saturday, Café Nine’s afternoon Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 will be hosted by Mike Coppola and Friends.  Later at 9 p.m. Café Nine presents Sarcasmo, Old Self, Jules Baxter, Tommy V., Benn Grim, and Apollo Suns. On Sunday night their Blues Boot Camp will be hosted by Greg Sherrod. Check for more.

Up in Hartford tonight at 8:30, they bring you The Rib Rockers with Special Guests, presenting classic rock and soul. On Saturday at 9 there’s the Mighty Soul Drivers River City Slim’s B-Day bash. Visit

Down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, this evening they offer Bright Night 9: Electric Glow Party, with a host of acts to enjoy. Saturday, they bring Soulive and Remember September to their stage. has more.

Tonight Infinity Hall Hartford presents Ted Vigil “Celebrating the Music of John Denver.” On Saturday you can hear singer/songwriter Javier Colon, Connecticut’s own winner of NBC’s “The Voice.” Special Guests Matt Cusson & Jeff Howard will also be featured. Visit

There’s a Downton Abbey preview party tonight at 7, sponsored by the Wesleyan Center for the Arts at the CFA Hall on The Wesleyan Campus.  Seating is limited and registration is required.  More at

The Holiday Light Fantasia remains open through the week at Goodwin Park in Hartford.  It’s a two-mile drive-through a wonderland of holiday scenes and animations. Visit

You can also skate for free at the Winterfest Hartford rink in Bushnell Park all week long, thanks to the City of Hartford and The iQuilt Partnership.  Free skate rentals are available. Visit

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

At Real Art Ways in Hartford tonight “The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness,” a rare look inside the Japanese animation Studio Ghibli with Director Hayao Miyazaki opens.  It runs through the weekend.  Also running through the weekend is “Antarctica:  A Year on Ice,” a documentary following the scientists, technicians and craftsmen who live year-round on the Antarctic continent. Visit

Cinestudio at Trinity College is closed for the holidays, and will reopen on January 8th. See their schedule at

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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