Saturday, February 7, 2015

Friday's Jive 02-06-15

Good evening, it's Friday, February 6th, 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 here in Middletown, at 7 you can catch Royal Guru Master Yastaban and the Royal Yastaband, with special guest Dr. Apes. The weekly  Aligned with Source workshop series with Annaita Gandhy continues this Saturday at 10:30am. This week’s theme is Laughter In Your Life.  At 1 it's the Free Poet’s Collective, followed at 8 with traditional acoustic bluegrass featuring Charter Oak Bluegrass. Food Not Bombs serves food outside The Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 p.m. Consider helping prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30am. Sunday night the Great Make Believe Improv Show starts at 7 p.m. Monday morning at 10:30 the Hearing Voices Network meets. Visit

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts offers tonight and Saturday night at 8, Montreal’s Companie Marie Chouinard performing two new dance works in the CFA Theater.  On Sunday at 3, finger guitarist Stephen Bennett presents original compositions of the Beatles, Ennio Morricone, and Elmer Bernstein in The Russell House. Details at

Tonight MC, Edmund, Jedd and Saxophonist Chip Fenney will be joined by Six Train Soldier and other talented musicians for a benefit at Lyman Hall High School, 70 Pond Hill Road, Wallingford in a Benefit Concert for Fisher House CT and Soldiers' Angels beginning at 7:00 PM. Contact Lisa Catherine for more information at 203-213-8355 or

Paul Bozzi, Eric Kuhn and Michael Cleary are reuniting as The Bus for a few select dates in 2015. The next performance will be at The Cypress Restaurant in Middletown on Saturday at 8:00pm. The Bus performed at festivals and clubs in the late 80s until 1991. They play a variety of rock music which includes their own originals as well as the Talking Heads, Hendrix, Dylan, Dead, Steely Dan, Cream, The Rolling Stones and, you get the idea.

Tonight, Toad’s Place in New Haven’s featured artist is Kap Slap at 9, but they also bring you Cosmic Dust Bunnies and others for a show at 8. On Sunday at 9, Simon Posford presents Shpongletron 3.1, with Phutureprimitive. has the complete line-up.

In New Haven tonight, at Cafe Nine, the early show at 5pm features Buzz Gordo’s Ski Lodge, followed at 9 by a lineup featuring Intercourse, Empty Vessels, Kings and Liars, and Sperm Donor. Saturday afternoon’s Jazz Jam session is with Mike Coppola and Friends, and at 9 you can catch The Hempsteadys, The Screw-Ups, Head with Wings, and Wasted Days. Sunday night’s Original Jam is with the George Baker Band. Visit

Saturday’s performers at The Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden include Nick Thune, Ben Kronberg, and Kate Berlant presented by Manic Productions. On Sunday at 3 they will present a Hundred Waters Listening Party at The Outer Space. Learn more at

In Hartford tonight at Blackeyed Sally's it's 7 Below bringing you A Phish Tribute. The American roots band Eight to the Bar takes the stage on Saturday at 9. Visit for more.

Infinity Hall Hartford presents a night of funk and R&B tonight with Robert Randolph and the Family Band. On Saturday, old school funk and jazz sax man Maceo Parker (of the JBs and P-Funk) takes the Infinity Hall stage with  special guest Gedeon Luke & the People. This Sunday it’s the Bob Marley Birthday Bash featuring Anita Antoinette, Jesse Royal and more. Visit

This Saturday at 10 a.m. you can bring your kids to make special Valentine’s Day cards at Hartford Prints, located at 42 ½ Pratt St.  Glitter, glue, and paper are supplied.  More at

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
At Real Art Ways in Hartford, they continue their run of the 2015 Oscar Shorts, offering you three sets to choose from including Animated, and Live Action, which run through February 22nd, and two Documentary series which run through the end of this week. Their Speak Up series of live storytelling happens this Saturday at 8, under the theme of “Office Space.”  Full details at

Tonight and tomorrow afternoon and night, Trinity College’s Cinestudio features “Top Five,” written, directed by, and starring Chris Rock, about a comedic actor who wants to make a serious film but ends up disappointing his fans. On Sunday they bring back “Ida,” a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Film, about a Polish novice in a nunnery who discovers her family is Jewish, and takes a trip with her aunt to discover the truth about her parents. 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 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

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