Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday's Jive 07-24-15

Good afternoon, it's Friday, July 24th, 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.

Blackbird - a benefit concert for the Stephanie Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund takes place Saturday evening featuring an "all-star band" performing The Beatles' "White Album" (1968) in its entirety at Wesleyan University's Crowell Concert Hall, in Middletown. For details & information on a pre-show dinner, visit

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight, New York singer/songwriter Kate Mills debuts at 8.  Music is the Healing Force of the Universe III happens Saturday night, with special guest David LeClerc and more. The photography exhibit of works by Jennifer Misseri continues through the month. Visit

New Haven's Toad’s Place brings in Konshens tonight.  On Saturday you can catch Spring Heeled Jack USA, along with Mephiskapheles and Party Bois. Visit

Elsewhere in New Haven, at Café Nine right now, Friday’s Happy Hour features The Imaginary Pickups, followed by The Cosmic Jibaros, I Anbassa, and Fernandito Ferrer at 9. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session features the George Baker Band, with Samantha Crain, Kath Bloom, and Canyon coming your way later at 9.  Sunday’s 8 p.m. show headlines Tommy Stinson, along with Simon Doom. Go to

Hartford's Blackeyed Sally’s features Texas guitar master Lance Lopez, with special guests tonight.  Cynthia Fabian & Co. headlines the Saturday night show. Check

Manic Productions brings more concerts to area venues this weekend - It’s Neon Trees, Fictionist, and Ian Biggs on Saturday at the College Street Music Hall and on Sunday, they bring  Marriages, Creepoid, and Birth of Flower to The Space in Hamden. 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, running this evening through Sunday in the Cedar Grove of Middlesex Community College. Performances are held rain or shine. has full details including times.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can catch Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Lovin’ Spoonful tonight. Grammy Award winner Aaron Neville is there Saturday at 8.  On Sunday, it’s Arrival from Sweden – The Music of Abba, featuring some of the original members of that hit group. Visit

The Middletown Stage Company performs “Fame, the Musical,” tonight and Saturday at the erforming Arts Center at Middletown High School.  For information and tickets visit

Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford brings you Music Among the Memorials this Friday at 5, featuring the Celtic and American folk music of Greg Wilfrid & Jeff DesRosier.  Details at

Support Connecticut’s Farmer’s Markets and enjoy healthy food by visiting local outdoor 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 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 Parks Free Movies After Dark series continues this Friday with a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in Riverside Park. Visit

Today, Hartford's Real Art Ways opens “Cartel Land,” a riveting look at two vigilante groups battling the Mexican drug cartels in early showings.  Also opening is “Wild Tales,” a Spanish comedy/mystery about the thin line between civilization and barbarism. Both films continue beyond the weekend. For specific times and more visit

Trinity College’s Cinestudio tonight opens a showing of “The Farewell Party,” an Israeli comedy about nursing home residents in Jerusalem inventing new ways to die with dignity. It runs through the weekend. Check their lineup at


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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