Friday, August 7, 2015

Friday's Jive 08-07-15

Good afternoon, it's Friday, August 7th, 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.

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Saturday at 8, Kate Callahan performs with Donna Gentile. Visit

In Hartford, Monday Night Jazz in Bushnell Park winds up its 48th annual season beginning at 6pm, with Middletown's Jocelyn Pleasant's Medusa opening for headliner Mimi Jones. Learn more at

Also, at Blackeyed Sally’s in Hartford, tonight it’s Albert Castiglia and on Saturday, Shokazoba performs. Visit

At Toad’s Place New Haven tonight you'll find the OMG Music Fest, featuring Dylan Holland, Jonah Marais, the Nick Tangorra Band, Reed Deming, and Gavin Becker. Saturday at Toad’s, it’s the Bright Night: Electro-Glow Party, with DJs spinning in two rooms, including ATAU, DJ Deafstar, DJ K4DI, Jigsaw, JORCE, Justin Vade, Mex-Em, Oracle, Schoddy, Steve Lynch, v1bes, Wired-Up, and Wtchcrft. More at

At New Haven's Café Nine, you can catch Cygnus Radio Happy Hour going on right now, with Lines West followed at 9 by Javier & Los DishDogs, with Zombii, Thrust, and Mind Over Master. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Gary Grippo & Friends, followed at 9 by the Lipgloss Crisis Summer Burlesque Cabaret. Sunday’s Soul Service is at 8 p.m. Find details at

Manic Productions brings Saintseneca, Zanders, and Orders to The Space in Hamden tonight. Visit  

At Hartford's Infinity Hall, Ricki Lee Jones performs tonight. Saturday brings Little Texas and on Sunday catch Albert Lee featuring Cindy Cashdollar with special guest Atlas Gray. Visit

On Saturday and Sunday, starting at 1 p.m., Middlesex Community College hosts an expanded Middletown Music Festival, celebrating local musicians. This year the festival includes 13 bands: Jennifer Hill, gigglejuice, JCherry & The Strawberries, Someone You Can Xray, Joey Batts & Them, SuperTrance, Straddle, Daddy Kalimur, Randomizer, The Terry Rand Band, Hannah’s Field, The Balkun Brothers, and The Michael Cleary Band, along with six acoustic acts: Robert C. Fullerton, Julia Autumn Ford, Erica Lynn, Joe Paresi, Rust’d Keys and Seat Of Our Pants. The festival also includes local artisans and food vendors, along with yoga, belly dancing, hula hooping, outdoor games and dancing. This family festival is open to everyone and the suggested donation of $10 includes entry in a drawing for music CDs, vendor gifts and other items. In the event of rain, the festival will take place inside MxCC’s Chapman Hall. Festival info is available at and at

Enjoy healthy food and while you’re at it, support CT's farmer's 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. The oldest market in the state, established in 1643, runs through Oct. 31 at the Old State House in Hartford. Learn more at And tune in 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 tonight with the Turkish film “K & Ali,” about a friendship between an aging collector and his doorman, an unusual exploration of class and privilege in modern Istanbul. See the full schedule at

Also in Hartford at Real Art Ways, “Tangerine” opens tonight for a weeklong run. It was shot on an iPhone 5 for practically no money. Also opening tonight for a weekling run is “Court,” winner of top prizes at the Venice and Mumbai film festivals. It’s described as a quietly devastating, absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice, and venal politics in contemporary India. Visit

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford begins a weekling run of “Far from the Madding Crowd” tonight. Learn more 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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