Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday's Jive 07-17-15

Good afternoon, it's Friday, July 17th, 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, at Toad’s Place tonight they headline Shakedown, with The Dead & Beyond, Just Wingin’ It, and Leaf Jumpers. Saturday, they’ve got another Bright Night: Electro Glow Party, with DJ’s spinning in two rooms. Visit

At New Haven's Café Nine tonight, it’s The 3 Pack, and Big Fat Combo. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session features Tony Dioguardi & Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by Grammy Award-winner Redd Volkaert with Robbie Fulks. On Sunday, the Soul Service begins at 8. Visit

Hartford's Blackeyed Sally’s tonight has the Alchemystics bringing you their modern-day roots mix.  On Saturday, Brian Macdonald brings his Street Life Rock ‘n’ Soul Revue to the stage. See

In Middletown at The Buttonwood Tree tonight at 8, it’s an Evening of Songwriting featuring Carrie Johnson, Libby Johnson, and Julia Russo.  La Hot Jazz takes The Buttonwood stage on Saturday at 8.  The photography exhibit of works by Jennifer Misseri continues through the month. Visit

Visit the Russell Library's website,, for information on summer events, children’s activities, and more.

Check out what the City Arts Office and the Middletown Commission on the Arts have for their Tuesdays Summer Sounds at Harbor Park lineup at

Manic Productions brings more concerts to area venues this weekend: tonight they headline Elle King at The Space in Hamden. On Saturday, it’s Elvis Depressedly and more, also at the Space. Visit

Artfarm celebrates its tenth season of professional outdoor Shakespeare in Middletown with their Shakespeare in the Grove production of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", performed this weekend in the Cedar Grove of the Middlesex Community College. Pre-show music begins at 6p with Rani Arbo tonight, Kritza Moon Saturday, and Andrew Biagiarelli on Sunday. Performances are held rain or shine, with an indoor venue on campus should the weather prove unaccommodating.  Visit for full details.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, they have Draw the Line, the Aerosmith Tribute Band tonight.  On Saturday they bring you George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic.  They top off the weekend with a Jazz Festival Brunch on Sunday, featuring Kim Scott. Look at

The 24th Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz happens this tonight through Sunday in Bushnell Park. Tonight’s performers are Tony Succar, and Mondy Alexander and the Harlem Kingston Express. Saturday’s music includes the Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Eric Lione, Side Street, and others. Sunday it’s dixieland jazz, Kim Scott, Airmen of Note, and more. View the full schedule at

Tonight, a special Music in the Garden performance at Leif Nilsson's Studio in Chester at 1 Spring St. will feature original songs combining country, folk, western swing, and rock'n'roll by The Weedhawks. Call 860.526.2077 for all the details.

Supporting Connecticut’s Farmer’s Markets and enjoying healthy food are your rewards when you visit local markets. The East Haddam Farmer’s Market happens every Wednesday from 4 to 7, Durham’s is on Thursdays from 3 to 6. The Clinton market is every Thursday from 4 to 7. Middletown’s North End farmers market is on Friday from 10 to 2. There’s one in Higganum Village on Friday from 3:30 to 6:30, and in Cromwell on Friday from 4 to 7. On the shore, in Old Saybrook, markets are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Chester market is open on Sundays from 10 to 1. Middletown’s long-running market on the South Green runs Tuesdays and Thursdays through October. Stay tuned to the Jive for updates on more openings, and visit for details.

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

The Hartford Public Library continues its Global Lens Film Series this Saturday at 1pm with a screening of “From Two Worlds as a Keepsake,” about a child custody battle between divorced Armenian parents in Soviet Azerbaijan. Visit

Hartford's Real Art Ways continues “The Overnight,” a comedy about a couple who move from Seattle to East LA.  The weekend offerings include “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” a Swedish comedy-drama about a kaleidoscopic tour of the human condition, Daytime showings include the comedy, “The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared,” and “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll,” a documentary about musicians crafting their own rock & roll music during the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970’s. Visit

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio opens “Ex Machina,” a film that explores the consciousness of a computer. The Sunday matinee offering is National Theatre Live: Everyman, a new production of a 14th century Medieval drama. Visit

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

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05-6:30pm, it'll be Covering the Beatles - Take a ride forward and backward on a "Magical Mystery Tour." An exploration of covers of Beatles songs by new artists and early rock and roll tunes covered by the Beatles.            

From 6:30-7pm its Radio Curious from Pacifica.

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 different genres like Reggae Dancehall, R&B, and new artiste.    
Then from 10pm - midnight, 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 soundscapes.

At Midnight until 3am Saturday we go into OVERDRIVE w/Clarence Scott & Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

3-3:30 am will be Bassment Beats with DJ LOKASH from Pacifica - The best in underground & above ground hip-hop mixed by DJ LOKASH.

From 3:30-4 am is a New World Show with DJ LOKASH from Pacifica, exploring contemporary sounds in global bass redefining the term "world music." curated & mixed by DJ LOKASH

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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