Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday's Jive 01-22-16

Good evening, it's Friday, January 22nd 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.

At New Haven's Café Nine this Friday's weekly 5pm set is with Frank Critelli. Later tonight Goat Herder, Toranavox, and VRSA make for a night of loud rock and roll. Saturday morning Café Nine hosts the School Of Rock Madison Showcase. Their weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam session is with George Baker and friends at 4:30. Saturday night you can catch the Shellye Valauskas Experience, Field Day, and The Hickups. Sunday afternoon, Last Minet and Telegram Scam take the stage for a 4pm show and Drag Bingo With Dixie Normous appears at 8pm. Visit 

At Hartford's Black-eyed Sally’s tonight the Charlie Allen Band plays country. Saturday night brings Big Mean Sound Machine fusing afrobeat, garage rock, funk, and dub rhythms. The details are at

Saturday night Manic Productions presents Ratatat and Hot Sugar at The College St Music Hall in New Haven. Manic is back at The Space in Hamden on Sunday with Torres, Zanders, and Reduction. Learn more at

Back here in Middletown tonight, The Buttonwood Tree brings an evening of creative music and experimental jazz with three groups:  Jump Italiano, Matlock & Rhodes Duo and Zachary Rowden. Saturday mornings, the Aligned with Source guided meditation workshop takes place from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Saturday night The DeChamplains, longtime fixtures on the CT jazz scene, present a special Tribute to Duke Ellington and celebrate the release of their new CD. Visit

Tonight at Infinity Hall Hartford, they’ve got Riders on The Storm. Saturday night you can catch Cracker unplugged. Details at

Tonight New Haven's Toad’s Place has Big Jim’s Winter Bash featuring The Craft Band, Ice Flowers, Mama Kettle, Midnight Fusion, Murray the Wheel, Prospect 27, Reality Bomb, Seventh Sign, Siksay Band, Soldiers of Solace, and the Touro Blues Band. Saturday there’s a Bright Night: Electro-Glow Party featuring Electronic music DJs. Details at

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

At Hartford's Real Art Ways, Mustang, a film about five free-spirited sisters in rural Turkey continues its run. Tonight through next Thursday brings an opportunity to see Boy and The World, nominated for Best Animated Feature – 2016 Academy Awards. And In Jackson Heights, directed by documentary legend Fredrick Wiseman, begins a run on Saturday. Visit

Tonight and tomorrow at Trinity College’s Cinestudio their showing the latest James Bond film, Spectre, starring Daniel Craig. There's a Sunday matinee of the Bolshoi Ballet's take on The Taming of the Shrew. Visit

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 to be safe, it's best to check the WESU website for the 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 and the others Reggae Dancehall, R&B, and new artiste.    
Then from 10 to 11pm it's People, Places and Things with jackalope. Each week brings a new theme, each theme brings an exciting smorgasbord of songs relating to it.

That's followed until Midnight by Easy List-ening with DJ Rebag whose lists, particularly at their most strange and offbeat, can be some of the best ways to organize countless songs. He tackles something new each week.

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 the title track from Talking Drums' Some Day Catch Some Day Down, re-issued and re-mastered as a cd on the innova label in 2011. The original vinyl was released in 1987.

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

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