Friday, January 8, 2016

Friday's Jive 01-08-16

Good evening, it's Friday, January 8th, 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.

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

Here in Middletown, tonight, The Buttonwood Tree presents the quartet Windborne, offering close harmony singing and spirited banjo picking mixed with polyphonic vocal music from Eastern Europe, Corsica, Basque Country and more. Saturday mornings, the Aligned with Source guided meditation workshop happens from 10:30-noon. Later on Saturday, it's An Afternoon Of Poetry And Song by author John Surowiecki and son. Saturday night Seat of Our Pants offers contemporary, acoustic folk. See their full schedule at

Andy Chatfield will be playing drums with the band Stanley Maxwell as the band celebrates their 15th anniversary at The Main Pub in Manchester this Saturday with three one hour sets starting at 9:30pm.

New Haven's Café Nine once again has their weekly 5pm early show, today featuring Stefanie Harris Austin and Calvin Decutlass. Later, Manic Productions Presents Downtown Boys, Guerilla Toss, Maricamerica, and Jose Oyola (solo). The Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam session is with Gary Grippo and Friends at 4:30. Later Saturday night Girls, Guns, And Glory and The Hickups offer a night of contemporary Americana.  Sunday afternoon at Café Nine, The Buttondowns take the stage for a 3pm show and the Greg Sherrod Band hits the stage at 8pm. Visit

Manic Productions presents a night of serious heavy metal with Venom Inc, Necrophagia, and Nightbitch at The Ballroom at The Outer Space tonight. Learn more at

TONIGHT Infinity Hall Norfolk presents The Slambovian Circus of Dreams. At Infinity Hall Hartford tonight it's Funk sax man Maceo Parker of James Brown and P Funk Lineage. Saturday night at Infinity Hartford you can catch Howie Day w/ special guest Brian Jarvis. On Sunday it’s the Young Studs of Comedy at Infinity Norfolk. Details at

Tonight you can catch Winter Wonderband 2016 featuring Something Simple, A Day Less, ATWA, Lawnchair Pilots, Monopole, Montgomery Parkway, The Not Mikes, and Woodstock Band at New Haven's Toad’s Place.  Saturday there’s a Bright Night: Electro-Glow Party featuring a dozen DJs. Visit them at

Tonight, also in New Haven, The Elm City Noise Festival and DrinkDeeply present Pedestrian Deposit + Phemale + Sickness + Cerise Montclair + Nephew at Lyric Hall Theater on Whalley Ave. Find more info on
Facebook, search Elm City Noise Festival.

And again in New Haven tonight, The LDPP Winter Concert series at Pacific Standard Tavern features The Grays with special guests Dapperascal & Mark Pires. Visit them at 

There’s an exhibit of paintings by WESU DJ, Bill Revill, the host of Acoustic Blender, at the Cora J. Belden Library in Rocky Hill this month with an opening reception on Saturday from 2 - 3:30.  

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Hartford's Real Art Ways continues their run of: Janis: Little Girl Blue in which Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg delves into the life of late rock legend Janis Joplin. Opening tonight is Su Rynard’s documentary, The Messenger which explores our connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. Visit

Trinity College’s Cinestudio has emerged from their annual winter hiatus with a run of Macbeth! They begin a run of Trumbo on Sunday afternoon, there's more 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 - and considering the time of year, Winter break at Wesleyan - it's best to check the WESU website for an up-to-date schedule.

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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