Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday's Jive 02-05-16

Good evening, it's Friday, February 5th 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 Middletown's The Buttonwood Tree Uri Shaham & the Mark Kaplan Quartet perform tonight. Saturday Morning, the Aligned with Source guided meditation workshop is from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Saturday night, the Free at Last Players perform songs, poems, and skits in a show they're calling The Players of Oz’: The Story of Dorothy. On Sunday you can join in with the comedy antics of the Great Make Believe Improv Show. Visit

At New Haven's Café Nine Sean Conlon performs in the Friday Wind Down Happy Hour at 5pm. Later this evening, Manic Productions partners with Cafe Nine to present The Peach Kings, Monogold, and Dr. Martino. Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam session is with Mike Coppola and friends at 4:30pm. Later you can catch The Proud Flesh, Rob Carlson & Benefit Street and Xavier Serrano. Sunday afternoon at Café Nine, you can catch Off The Trax. Details at

Meanwhile tonight at New Haven's Toad’s Place, you can catch an electro-glow party on the main floor while Afton presents 10 bands on the lily pad stage.   Saturday at Toads has the Saturday night college dance party.  Sunday night Lotus takes the stage – El Ten Eleven opens the show. Learn the details at

Here in Middletown tonight, The Bus returns to the Cypress Grill on South Main St for a night of good tunes and good times.

And at Hartford's Black-eyed Sally’s tonight it's Vintage Soul vs. Future Soul: The Mary Jane Jones and Broca’s Area team up to bring you an exciting night of jazz, funk, soul, and hip-hop. Saturday night brings Bad News Barnes from NYC for a blues/roots show. Visit

At The Side Door Jazz Club at The Old Lyme Inn, 85 Lyme St, they are featuring the Lionel Loueke Trio tonight and the Mark Whitfield Family Band Saturday night. Visit for their full schedule.

Tonight, Manic Productions presents Vektor with Eight Bells and Warm at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Saturday evening, you can catch Palehound, Violent Mae, Quiet Giant and Ruby Nightingale at the Space. Visit

For the next four Saturday's at Middletown's Russell Library, you can participate in T'ai Chi, this week's class is on Balance. Also this Saturday, it's Take Your Child to the Library Day with crafts, stories and a surprise gift from the Poet Laureate of Middletown. The library's schedule is found at

Tonight Wesleyan University Center for the Arts features the concert debut of Syrian vocalist/songwriter, Gaida at 8:00pm in Crowell Concert Hall. The CFA schedule is at

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

At Hartford's Real Art Ways, 2016's Oscar Nominated Animated and Live Action Shorts are being projected on screen this weekend and beyond. Learn more at

Meanwhile tonight and tomorrow, Trinity College’s Cinestudio is showing The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino's new film about eight miscreants holed up in a Wyoming cabin waiting out a blizzard and starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Samuel L. Jackson. On Sunday, Suffragette featuring Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter begins it's run. 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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