Friday, June 3, 2016

Friday's Jive 06-03-16

Good afternoon, it's Friday, June 3rd, 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.

In Middletown, at The Buttonwood Tree this evening The Grays perform their electric gypsy tribal jazz. Saturday morning, The Buttonwood offers a morning class of Transitional Tai Chi at 9:15 am followed by the Aligned with Source meditation at 10:30am. At 4pm this Saturday at The Buttonwood Tree, The International Beat Poetry Festival presents an open mic and features poets Yvon Cormier and Elizabeth Vickery Haight with live music accompaniment by Podunk Throwbacks. Saturday evening, jazz guitarist and composer Sinan Bakir returns with his new trio featuring George Mastrogiannis on drums and Silvain Castellano on bass. This Sunday evening brings The Great Make Believe Society's improvised comedy theater for a lively night of laughs. Details at

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday early 5pm set features Buzz Gordo’s Ski Lounge. Later, José Oyola & The Astronauts, Fernandito Ferrer, Darian Cunning, and Steve Rodgers are the featured acts. The 4:30 Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola & Friends and later in the evening, Café Nine presents a night of blues with Eliza Nealz and the Narcotics and Rocky Lawrence.  “The Sunday Buzz“ Matinee presented by Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 features The Del Rios, Tsunami of Sound and Ninth Wave. Sunday evening, Café Nine features a night of afrobeat, calypso and reggae fusion from Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality (Featuring Members Of Antibalas). The new trio, D.Y.C, featuring members of Deep Banana Blackout and Jen Durkin & The Business open that show. Details at

At Hartford's Black-Eyed Sally’s this evening, Eliza Neals & The Narcotics perform Detroit soul and blues rock. Saturday night, brings The Jay Willies Blues Band. Details at

Saturday at 8pm in Middletown, The Cypress Grill on South Main Street offers The Michael Cleary Band. Learn more by calling 860.346.3367.

Saturday night, Manic Productions presents Damien Jurado & The Heavy Light with opening act Ben Abraham at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Details at

At New Haven's Toad’s Place this evening YFN and LUCCI perform. Details at

Loud music is the feature at Cherry Street Station in Wallingford this weekend. Tonight’s bill features Slip and Fall for a night of Ska, Punk & Reggae. Saturday at 1pm it’s a metal matinee with Cyperna.  Sunday brings another early show when the hardcore metal band Ni-hil hits the stage to end their 2 month US tour. Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info.

The Art Guild of Middletown is pleased to announce its 13th Annual Juried Exhibit at Wesleyan University’s Zilkha Gallery June 3-12. There’s a gala opening reception and awards ceremony this evening from 7:00-9:00 p.m. to celebrate original artwork by Connecticut Artists juried by award-winning painter Bill Colrus. Gallery hours are from 1 to 7 p.m. on June 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12. Details at

The Godfrey Library in Middletown is inviting you to join them this Saturday at 9:30 am to discover resources that can help you locate your ancestors' graves and find the information contained on their gravestones and other cemetery records. Gene Gumbs, head of the Ed Laput CT Cemetery Project, will speak about that project and how it can help your research. Details at

Saturday Middletown's Russell Library invites you to come meet authors, buy their books and have them sign them for you at the First Annual Local Authors Fair! A wide variety of subjects and genres, both fiction and non-fiction, will be represented by over a dozen authors including Susan Allison, William Foster, Roy Lisker,  Beth Lapin, Jennifer Eifrig, WESU’s own Dr Helen Evrard and many more! Details at

Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
In Hartford at Real Art Ways there are many films appearing on the screen for the 1st time there beginning with today: Viva, Sunset Song, and Men and Chicken. Then on Saturday and Sunday RAW presents April and the Extraordinary World in the morning and Dough in the afternoon. Details at

At Trinity College’s Cinestudio, beginning tonight and continuing through next Friday, it's the 29th Annual LGBT Film Festival featuring 11 different films in 8 days. Details 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 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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