Friday, December 18, 2015

Friday's Jive 12-18-15

Good evening, it's Friday, December 18th, 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.

Our Fall 2015 community pledge drive is so close to coming to a grand conclusion. Your procrastination has run its course. It's now time to step forward. Let's enter the new year saying we've completed our final resolution of 2015. Please donate online at 

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

New Haven's Café Nine weekly Wind-down Happy Hour at 5 today features Snake Hill Blues. That’s followed at 9 by Jesse Malin, Dead Heavens and Don DiLego. Saturday’s Jazz Jam session is with Tony Dioguardi and Friends at 4:30, followed at 9 by The Hempsteadys, Rusty Things, and The Screw-Ups. The Sunday Matinee at 3:30 features The Chryslers, followed at 8 by a holiday edition of Drag Queen Bingo with Robin Banks. Visit

Manic Productions brings a couple of shows to area venues this weekend: Knuckle Puck, with Seaway, Light Years, and Salitter are at The Space in Hamden tonight; and Silverstein and Senses Fail, with Hundredth and Capsize, are at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven on Saturday. Go to

Tonight Hartford's Black-eyed Sally’s features the XY Eli Band with special guest, the Peter Greenfogel Jazz Quartet: billed as some blues, some jazz and some dancing funk. Saturday, The Primate Fiasco, a project based out of Northampton MA, combines old timey Dixie Jazz with modern groove/funk/improv music. Visit

Back in Middletown at The Buttonwood Tree tonight the Coconuts, New England's Legendary Comedy Rock Band, will command the space. Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon, it’s the Aligned with Source guided meditation workshop. Later at 8pm, Joe Fonda on bass performs with, from Italy, Carlo Morena on piano and from Chile, Felix Lecaros Herrera on drums. All the details are at

At Infinity Hall Hartford tonight you can catch Kashmir - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute Band. Details at

Remember your library when looking for something to do. In Middletown visit to find out what the Russell Library has to offer.

New Haven's Toad’s Place, tonight and Saturday, presents Kung Fu and Friends, the fifth annual Toys for Tots spectacular. Visit

Middletown’s Holiday on Main Street 2015 activities come to and end Saturday. Complete details and added activities are published online at

Saturday there will be a Democratic Debate watch party from 8:30 to 11 PM at Taino Smokehouse in Middletown. For info check and
search "06457" under the "events" link.

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

Hartford's Real Art Ways tonight begins showing The Winding Stream, a documentary about the legendary Carter Family and Appalachian music. Also tonight only, there will be a Q & A with the director at 7 pm. On Sunday, a showing of the film will be followed by a bluegrass jam at 1:15 pm. Real Art Ways will also show Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict beginning this early evening and continuing through next Thursday. Saturday and Sunday they also will have matinee showings of Iron Giant, the remastered version of the 1999 classic animation, featuring two all new scenes and a special video intro from director Brad Bird. More info at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio tonight and Saturday will screen the audio-visual tour-de-force Baraka, a film whose creator travelled six continents to capture human and natural life. On Sunday, they present the Bolshoi Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker, followed by a run of America's most cherished holiday film, It's a Wonderful Life, directed by Frank Capra. More information and showtimes at

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


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

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05-6 pm, it'll be Wild Wild Live with Ethan and Rachel. A sneak peek into the magical live music scene of Wes. Tune in for in-station sets from campus bands and recordings of up-and-coming artists' campus shows.

From 6 to 6:30pm it's Progress for the Planet w/Eric Hagen. Environmental news with a pro-green stance, including some environmentalist music from a variety of genres.
From 6:30-7pm it's 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 - offering listeners a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues. Plus health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips.

Next up until 10pm, we take it From the Otherside with Rok-A-Dee where 60% of the show is love songs of different genre. The other 40% is Reggae Dancehall, R&B, and new artiste.   
Then from 10pm - midnight, we go In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with
Dope Dave
– where downtempo
poets and acrobatic emcees weave lyricism through various soundscapes.

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

And then, from 3 until 5am you are taken to Wonderland with DJ Cheshire Cat, who has
a song in his heart, a chemical imbalance in his head and a musical library at his fingers. From krautrock to post-rock, grunge to garage, novelty to New Romantic, punk to prog, Wonderland has a place for it.

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, serving up a slice of Italy every Saturday morning. You don't have to speak Italian to taste it: just relax, listen, and enjoy!

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 Noah Baerman's Ripples featuring Noah Baerman, Kenny Barron, Jimmy Green and many others – and the selection is Ripples-for Margie. Find out more at

The written form for what you've heard on today’s jive is online at

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