Friday, September 4, 2015

Friday's Jive 09-04-15

Good afternoon, it's Friday, September 4th, 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.

Hartford's Blackeyed Sally’s tonight has the blues with Kosher Kid & The Amplifires. On Saturday it’s modern jazz, with the Grammy-nominated Brian Charette Trio. Visit

New Haven's Café Nine early show today features an Artist in Residence Opening Reception with The Tommy’s, to open “First Three Songs,” an exhibit of the concert photography of Audra Napolitano.  At 9 they headline The Birdmen. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session at 4:30 is with Mike Coppola and Friends, followed at 9 by City Streets Country Roads, All Riot, and King Bongo. Visit

Happening right now at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown the singer/songwriter and psychologist Steve Pracinos w/the Dr. Steve Band is performing for a live cd recording. Saturday night's music features gypsy flamenco swing from the trio Ameranouche. And on Sunday The Great Make Believe Improv Show with comedy fit for the family performs at 7. And while their website is down for redesign, please call the Buttonwood at 860-347-4957 for details.
New Haven's Toad’s Place has Badfish, with a Tribute to Sublime, and more tonight. On Sunday, Earl Sweatshirt presents the 2015 tour “Ready to Leave Now,” with Remy Banks and more. Visit

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, it's blues, jump, rock ‘n’ roll, and more by Roomful of Blues tonight at 8. Go to to see their full lineup.

You can tango every Friday at First Church on Court Street in Middletown, starting at 4 p.m. and going until 10. Details at

Here in CT as the summer winds down and kids head back to school, we enter agricultural fair season bringing carnival midways with rides and games, agricultural displays, and contests, as well as truck and tractor pulls, animal shows, vendors and more. This weekend it's the 104th Haddam Neck Fair. There’ll be live musical entertainment offered throughout the Fair from Friday through Monday. Highlights include, on Saturday Daphne Lee MartinPonybirdHanging HillsMountain Movers, and West End Blend. Sunday’s lineup spotlights bluegrass with Stacy Phillips and Paul Howard, Last Fair Deal, and Goodnight Blue Moon. Visit Also happening this Labor Day weekend is the Woodstock Fair.

Support Connecticut’s Farmer’s Markets while benefiting from the healthy food. Middletown’s long-running market on the South Green on Tuesdays and Thursdays continues through October. Middletown’s North End market is on Friday from 10 to 2, outside It’s Only Natural groceries store on Main St. Durham’s market is on Thursdays from 3 to 6. There’s one in Higganum Village on Friday from 3:30 to 6:30, and in Cromwell on Friday from 4 to 7. The East Haddam Farmer’s market happens every Wednesday from 4 to 7. The Chester market is open on Sundays from 10 to 1.  Down on the shore, The Clinton market happens on Thursdays from 4 to 7 and in Old Saybrook markets are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There’s also a market at 53 Broadway in New Haven every Friday from 10 to 2.  Visit for details.

The Middletown Commission on the Arts is seeking nominations for the City's first Poet Laureate. The deadline for submission is Friday, Sept. 18 and the guidelines and application are available online via or by stopping by the City Arts Office in Room B11 of the Municipal Bldg./City Hall at 245 deKoven Drive.

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

Tonight Hartford's Real Art Ways opens two features, “Call Me Lucky,” Bobcat Goldthwait’s film about comedian Barry Crimmins’ use of comedy to transform rage from childhood abuse plus “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney’s laser-sharp and balanced assessment of the Apple mogul. Both run through the weekend. Visit

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing “Amy,” the documentary about Amy Winehouse that exposes how her fame was prized over her fragile mental health. It runs through Saturday. On Sunday they open “A Little Chaos,” starring Kate Winslet as an unconventional landscape gardener at King Louis XIV’s Versailles.
Full details at

Middletown’s first ever Mayoral Film Series continues this Saturday at Wesleyan’s Center for Film Studies, with a screening of “The Usual Suspects” at 7:30.  The series features classic gangster movies.  Proceeds benefit The Buttonwood Tree. Details 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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