Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday's Jive 06-24-16

Good afternoon, it's Friday, June 24th, 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 it’s Medusa, a Hartford-based jazz quartet playing standards, R&B, and original compositions. Saturday morning there’s transitional Tai Chi class, and on Saturday night it’s a record release show for singer/songwriter Allysen Callery, with special guests Lys Guillorn, Paul Belbusti & American Elm. Throughout June you can experience the photography of Curt Tota’s exhibit “Joy”. Details at

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday early 5pm set features Ed Peccerillo’s Flamenco, followed by Dangerous Animals, Lea, Off Days, and The Right Offs. Saturday’s Jam Session is with the George Baker Band, followed by the evening show with Savak, Hamish Kilgour, and Spectral Fangs. The Sunday Buzz Matinee features Kath Bloom and Linda Draper, with the evening show bringing you Western Estates, Zulynette Morales, White Savages, and Zak G. Details at

Tonight, Manic Productions presents Rodrigo y Gabriela and Ryan Sheridan at the College Street Music Hall. Details at

At New Haven's Toad’s Place this evening it's the One Love, One Life Tour with Beres Hammond.  On Saturday it’s another Bright Night Glow Party with a variety of performers. Details at

This week brings more loud music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. Tonight it's Necroptic Engorgement, Physics of Demise, and more. On Saturday it’s the Cry Havoc! 10 Year Anniversary Show. Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info.

In Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight it's Roots of Creation, with reggae pop and electronic improvisation. On Saturday the Eric Ducoff Band takes the stage with vintage blues and more. Details at

The fourth annual Dance for Peace performance, a signature event of the non-profit Artists for World Peace, takes place this Saturday at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook. An opening reception and performance by Melissa Craig starts at 7, followed by performances by acclaimed dancers and dance companies. will perform. Details at

Connecticut’s Farmers Markets are back at it! Here’s a rundown of some of the many places where you can support local farmers and get nutritious home-grown goods too:  On Mondays, check out New Britain; Tuesdays, it’s the Middletown South Green; Wednesdays, visit East Haddam; Thursdays, check out Durham or Middletown South Green; Fridays, we’ve got Cromwell, Higganum Village, Middletown North End, Plainville and Farmington; on Saturdays, there’s Meriden, Wallingford, Glastonbury, Berlin, Bristol and Newington. There’s even one on Sundays in Chester.  Details, including times and dates, as well as info on many more markets, at

Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Tonight Hartford's Real Art Ways opens “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble,” about a group of international musicians performing at various locations across the globe.  Also opening is the 2015 Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan,” a Sri Lankan film about refugees who flee their homeland only to encounter more violence in the streets of Paris. Both run through the weekend. Details at

Meanwhile tonight, Trinity College's Cinestudio opens a run of “Cinema Paradiso,” a restored version of the 1989 Italian film about a director’s journey back to his childhood of watching movies in the hometown movie theater! 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 Chris for some live studio treats and other sonic events.

From 6 to 7pm, Audio Autonomy explores a  new topic and with a different host each week - covering  a mix of culture, politics, music and the arts - brought to you by Wesleyan students from the "Radio Production and the Politics of Independent Media" course.

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 11:30pm it's Strickly Off the Head where DJ Commotion the Music Mixologist blends R&B, old school, hip hop, rap and house.

From 11:30pm 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 CafĂ©
 with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy CaffĂ© 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!

After that from 8-10am you can catch Weekend Edition, Saturday from NPR.

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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