Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday's Jive 01-16-15

Good evening, it's Friday, January 16th, 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.

Cafe Nine in New Haven presents today at 5, the Weekly Wind-down Happy Hour featuring Victor Roland, followed by the 9 o'clock show with Ballroom Thieves, The Korey Brodsky Band, and Three In The Hand. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, with the 9 p.m. show later featuring Jet Fueled Horses and F. Sean Martin. On Sunday at 3 there’s Lys Guillorn’s Big Little Sunday Show, and the Original Sunday Night Jam at 8 features The Langley Project. Visit

At Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford it's a double bill tonight with The Neybas and Rizzo’s Dilemma, an improvisational rock band from Southern CT. On Saturday they’ve got Delta Generators, whose 2014 album “Get on the Horse” has been nominated for Blues Album of the Year by the Independent Music Awards. More information is at

In New Haven at Toad’s Place tonight, Riders On The Storm offer their Doors Tribute and headline a long bill of bands. Saturday’s early show at 7 is the Winter Rock Showcase featuring over 10 regional acts. Visit

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight beginning at 7 is Groovin’ for Girls:  A Benefit Concert for Girls Education in West Africa.  On Saturday they bring Elaine St. George Sings Steve Goodman to the stage, celebrating the music of the Chicago-born folk music singer/songwriter who brought us "The City of New Orleans".  Sunday at 1 p.m., Food Not Bombs serves food in front of The Buttonwood.  You are welcome to help prepare the vegetarian meal at 11:30 at First Church on Court Street.  Next Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets. Learn more at

In Hartford at Infinity Hall, the pop/rock sounds of Orleans can be heard at 8.  On Saturday there’s The Sounds of Frank – The ultimate musical tribute to Frank Sinatra, featuring John Cooper.  Sunday’s 7:30 show features Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam, and Meet-and-Greet packages are available. Go to

Tonight at Scatz Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, here in Middletown, you can catch Fade 2 Black. Saturday night Scatz presents the Laugh For Joy Comedy Reggae Tour. Visit and that’s Scatz with a “Z”.

The Charter Oak Center in Hartford presents “Read It And Sleep:  The Lorax,” at 7 p.m. tonight. Hot chocolate and snacks will be available as you listen to the Dr. Suess classic read by a guest reader.  The first 25 families take home a free copy of the book, and you can come in your pajamas. Visit

The Greater Middletown Chorale invites experienced singers to audition for the 2015 season. E-mail, or call Margie at 860-633-6198 for more information.

On Saturday there’s a “Journey Writer’s” workshop at Sweet Harmony Café in Middletown at 1 p.m.  Writers, playwrights, and other performers showcase their talents. Learn more at

Also on Saturday, the Mark Twain House presents a special workshop, “Hidden Potential: An Introduction to Found Poetry” with Lisa Mangini at 1 p.m.  Details at

You can still skate for free at the Winterfest Hartford rink in Bushnell Park through Feb. 1, 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 the run of “Antarctica:  A Year on Ice,” a documentary following the scientists, technicians and craftsmen who live year-round on the Antarctic continent, continues through the 22nd. Opening tonight is “The Overnighters,” an award-winning documentary about job seekers chasing the American Dream in the tiny oil boomtown of Williston, North Dakota. Visit

Cinestudio at Trinity College continues showing “Gone Girl,” starring Ben Affleck in David Fincher’s thriller about the unexplained disappearance of a man’s wife.  It runs through Saturday. On Sunday they open “Force Majeure,” a Swedish film about the impact of a terrifying avalanche on a vacationing family of four.
There's 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 6pm it’s
 Chocolate Cake with DJ Rob on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays of the month. An hour long musical sugar high. Power-pop plus Brit-pop and singer/songwriters from the 60's to today. Then at 6, following Chocolate Cake it's half an hour with Argus News Radio 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 straight through to 6:30.

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

And if you value WESU as a source for information and entertainment in your life, how about supporting the station with a donation? You can make that donation online at anytime. Thanks for listening!

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