Friday, July 15, 2016

07-15-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Friday, July 15th and this is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers talk radio programs from NPR and Pacifica as well as independent and local sources. Weeknights and weekends we bring you the best in free-form community programming. 

I’m Ben Michael. Thanks for joining us!

Here in Middletown, at the Buttonwood Tree tonight (Friday), you can catch some jazz with The Sean Clapis Trio.  On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop theme, this week, is Willingness.  Saturday night, Mary Ellen Lonergan brings her jazz vocals to the Buttonwood stage.  The July art exhibit is “Faces, Places and Things” by Middletown artist Tom Humphreys.

The Greater Hartford Jazz Festival marks its 25th year this week, returning to Bushnell Park tonight (Friday) with performances by The Bronx Conexión, Jonathan Butler, and Gerald Albright. Saturday’s artists include Jeff Bradshaw, Marcus Anderson, and more, and they finish out Sunday with Marcus Young, Carl Allen & The Art of Elvin, and the Hartford Legacy Jazz Orchestra.  Full details at

Tonight, down in New Haven at Café Nine, you can catch an early set right now, featuring Lynn Malavolte & Friends. Milton takes the stage at 7. They’ll finish out the night with a third show on the Café 9 stage, featuring We Can All Be Sorry and Spillway. Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends, this week. Richie Ramone takes the Cafe Nine main stage later at 8pm Sat night.   The Sunday Buzz Matinee features The Naomi Star, followed by an evening show featuring Ourselves, Alone, and Spokecard.

Up in Hartford Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight, The Marks Brothers Band offer dance-able and inspired rock-n-roll. Tomorrow (Saturday), Texas song man Darrell Nulisch takes the Café Nine stage.

Tomorrow (Saturday) Manic Productions presents they bring Miracle Legion and Winterpills to The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.

Tonight in New Haven Toad’s Place presents Shakedown, playing “The Dead and beyond”, The Kazoo Crew Family Band, and more. On Saturday, it’s Big Jim’s Birthday Bash, with a whole list of performers including The Craft Band, Indoor Living, Karmic Justice, Reality Bomb, the Siksay Band, Tetra and more!  Check the website for details at

You can research your Civil War ancestors on line tomorrow Saturday with the Internet Geneology Research Group, meeting at 9:30 at the Godfrey Memorial Library on Newfield St. in Middletown.  Preregistration is requested.  Details at

Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets are going into full gear now. Here in Middletown you can you can support local famers and get nutritious home-grown goods on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the long running market at the South Green on Old Church Street from 8am-1pm.  On Fridays, The Middletown North End farmers market happens on Main Street outside Its Only Natural Market. For times and dates, as well as info on the many more in our area you can visit

Now here's a rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues their run of “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble,” through Sunday. Tonight (Friday) they open “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” a combination road comedy/coming-of-age film about a foster child being raised in the New Zealand countryside. Also opening on tonight at RAW is: “My Love Don’t Cross That River,” a Korean film about the twilight days of a centenarian couple and the love they shared for a lifetime. It runs through the weekend. 

Now on Screen at Trinity College’s Cinestudio the new French Film, "PARIS 05:59 (THEO AND HUGO DANS LE MÊME BATEAU)"   where a couple falls in love at first sight at a party and spend the night together in Paris. On Friday they open “Sing Street,” an Irish film about the ups and downs of a group of young musicians hoping to be heard.  It runs through the weekend. Details at 
Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:

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 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!

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.

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