Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday's Jive 06-19-15

Good afternoon, it's Friday, June 19th, 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

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Now, here’s a rundown of some of what’s scheduled in the community this weekend.

Tonight, at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, it’s Joe Flood and Bill Gross, with Americana roots music, harmonica, and more. The Aligned with Source Workshop series continues Saturday morning, with this week’s theme being Define & Embrace Your True Self. Saturday evening it’s O.K. – Olivia King, a singer/songwriter and dancer with an R&B/NeoSoul sound. Food Not Bombs serves food outside The Buttonwood Tree every Sunday at about 1 p.m. Help prepare the meal at First Church on Court Street at 11:30. The Hearing Voices Network meets Monday mornings at 10:30. Visit

New Haven's Cafe Nine early set at 5 today features Shellye Valauskas & Dean Falcone. Later this evening it's Uncle Sonny and Circle//Circle headlining.  Saturday’s weekly afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends at 4:30. The Grand Band Slam Showcase from CT Now (formerly The Advocate) happens later at 9.  On Sunday at 2 Mega Ran takes the Café stage, with the Sunday Soul Service happening at 8. Visit

Hartford's Black-eyed Sally’s is bringing you a reggae funk dance experience with Spiritual Rez tonight. Saturday they host the 16th annual Black-eyed & Bluesfest starting at 4 in Bushnell Park, with music, craft beers, southern food, and more. Musical acts for the festival include Orb Mellon, Sugar Ray & the Bluetones,  Brandon Santini, The Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Balkun Brothers, and  Big Mean Sound Machine. Go to

Tonight Manic Productions brings to The Ballroom at The Outer Space tonight, HoneyHoney and Sonya Kitchell.  On Saturday, Mike Gordon comes to the College Street Music Hall, and on Sunday you can enjoy The Helio Sequence at The Ballroom at The Outer Space. Learn more at

And New Haven's Toad’s Place tonight headlines hometown loud rockers, Hatebreed, for a 20th anniversary show. On Saturday it’s The Kooks, Joywave, and Young Rising Sons. Go to

Connecticut Farmer’s Markets are opening across the state.  You can visit East Haddam every Wednesday from 4 to 7, Durham every Thursday from 3 to 6, Middletown North End Friday from 10 to 2, Higganum Village Friday from 3:30 to 6:30, Cromwell on Friday from 4 to 7, and Chester Sunday from 10 to 1.  Stay tuned to the Jive for updates on more openings, and visit

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, tonight they offer alternative Americana from The Honeycutters, with special guest Switch Factory.  The Al DiMeola Elegant Gypsy & More Electric Tour 2015 comes your way on Saturday with Latin jazz.  On Sunday, Infinity brings you Spiritual Medium Patti Sinclair at 3.  Details at

Middletown's Wesleyan Potters invites you to their first ever Chintz-Zee Patron Party at the studio on S. Main St. where you can find treasures, prototypes, and one-of-a-kind seconds plus refreshments and live music. Things get started at 6p. See the details at

Middletown's Scatz Restaurant and Lounge provides funk and R&B tonight with A Touch of Soul.  On Saturday, Meme Simpson and Yamanika bring you a Father’s Day Comedy Show. has details & that’s Scatz with a Z.

A fundraiser for the Middlesex Historical Society takes place this evening at 7 at the Inn at Middletown, featuring an illustrated lecture by Dione Longley and Buck Zaidel, co-authors of “Heroes for All Time:  Connecticut Civil War Soldiers Tell Their Stories.” Details at

You can hunt for butterflies this Saturday at Cedar Hill Cemetery with the Connecticut Butterfly Association. Details at

WESU DJ Karen Stein, host of WESU’s Imagine radio show airing on Thursdays, performs acoustic guitar every Saturday from 12:15 to 3 p.m. at the original Brewbaker’s on Main Street in Middletown.

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 comedy “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window & Disappeared” through Sunday. The Sundance Film Festival Award-winning shorts of 2015 and “When Marnie Was There,” an animated parable about friendship and emotional repair, open today and run through June 25. Visit

Trinity College’s Cinestudio begins showing “Juaja,” starring Viggo Mortensen in a drama about a Danish engineer who sets out to find this magical city in Argentina in the 1880’s.  It continues through June 25.  Sunday’s matinee is Julie Taymor’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  Details 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
 Ear-Candy with DJ Sick Nelden where you hear the newest in Indie Rock, through the lens of pop and the absurd. Then at 6, it's half an hour of Argus News Radio with Simon Korn providing campus and Middletown news. And on the 2nd and 4th Fridays it's Music, Eh?! with Annalee followed by half an hour of Counterspin.

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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