Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday's Jive 01-15-16

Good evening, it's Friday, January 15th 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.

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

New Haven's Café Nine tonight presents a triple bill with Phonosynthesis, Chica Non Grata, and Nick Dimaria Wire. The weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends at 4:30. Later The Nine presents a 2016 St. Patrick' s Day Parade Fundraising concert with Jovial Crew and Buzz Gordo's Ski Lodge. Sunday Night Off the Trax plays Classic Rock at the Nine. Visit

Also in New Haven, at Toad’s Place, this evening you can catch Riders on the Storm, the Electric Lady band, and more. Saturday at Toads is a big night with 2 birthday bashes. Opus’s annual Blizzard B-Day bash features Dead by Wednesday (with special guests), Crossing Rubicon, Garbage Barge, Nassau Chainsaw and more. On the Lily Pad stage, they will be celebrating Mike Z’s birthday with Crosby, Heavy Breath, Shadow Kingdom, Vengence and more. Sunday brings Toad’s Annual MLK Music fest. This years’ lineup includes Sister Funk, L Breeze, T.W.O., and Cluster Funk. Check

Tonight Hartford's Black-Eyed Sally's has Eliza Neals & The Narcotics from Detroit making for a night of soul and blues.  Pink Talking Fish plays their mix of music by The Talking Heads, Pink Floyd, and Phish Saturday night. Learn more at

Here in Middletown at The Buttonwood Tree tonight, Chat Noir plays music from a variety of European traditions. They focus on the music of Django Reinhardt but branch out to include classic folk tunes from the Italian, French, and Russian traditions. Saturday mornings, the Aligned with Source guided meditation workshop happens from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Saturday night Story City Troupe, storytellers based in the Hartford area, stop at The Buttonwood Tree. This evening their topic will be "Sports". Visit

Tonight, the Michael Cleary Band will be at The Celtic Cavern in Middletown to present their new album, Uplift

Sunday, a Concert in the Gallery at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery at 1 Spring St, Chester Center features bluesman Ramblin’ Dan Stevens and Clayton Allen from 4pm to 6pm. Learn more at

Infinity Hall Hartford presents Jane Monheit tonight and Micky Dolentz of The Monkees is on stage Saturday night.

Down in New Haven tonight, Pink Talking Fish are Dead take the stage at Pacific Standard Tavern on Crown St as part of the LDDP Winter Concert Series. For this event, the band will add the music of the Grateful Dead to their usual fusion of Talking Heads, Pink Floyd, and Phish.

The Bernie Sanders Presidential campaign Middletown chapter invites you to a Democratic debate watching party at Taino Smokehouse on South Main St in Middletown during Sunday's Democratic debate from 9 - 11pm. For details you can go to the  "Events" page and search for the 06457 zip code.

The Branford Folk Music Society is presenting the Mariachi band Fiesta del Norte Saturday night at the Branford Folk Coffeehouse, 1st Congregational Church, 1009 Main St. Call 203.488.7715 for information or visit

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

At Hartford's Real Art Ways, the run of Janis: Little Girl Blue - about the life of the late rock legend Janis Joplin, continues through Jan 21. Mustang, a film about five free-spirited sisters in rural Turkey also continues through the 21st. You can catch Moonwalkers for one showing only on Saturday at 1pm. It's a film based on the theory that the moonwalk of Apollo 11 was a studio creation. Find more online at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing Bridge of Spies tonight and Saturday. This film is the result of a collaboration by Steven Spielberg with the Coen brothers starring Tom Hanks in a 1950's spy thriller. Beginning Sunday and continuing through Jan. 20 Cinestudio is showing Ingrid Bergman In Her Own Words, celebrating the actress in this new documentary from Sweden.

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

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