Friday, July 1, 2016

Friday's Jive 07-01-16

Good afternoon, it's Friday, July 1st, 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 Sunday at 7pm its another Great Make Believe Society Comedy Improv Show, comedy fit for the family. Details at

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday early 5pm set features The Tommys. Later Fernando Pinto Presents: Peter Asher & Albert Lee with Washboard Slim and the Bluelights opening. The Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppolla & Friends beginning at 4:30pm. Later, it’s the Jeffery Thunders free Punk Rock Grill & Spill July 4th Party! Featuring The Ratz, Flapjack Attack, and West Rockers. “The Sunday Buzz“ Matinee features The George Baker Band. Later, "C-Site Recordings Presents" Alto!, Worn Leather, and Roman Wolfe. Details at

Tonight, Manic Productions presents The Tallest Man On Earth and Lady Lamb at The College St Music Hall in New Haven. Details at

At New Haven's Toad’s Place this evening it's Hip Hop crew, "The Lox". Saturday, Toad’s presents Riders On The Storm, American Trash, Chasing Cooper, Double the Dial, Electric Lady Band, INK, Mount Pocono and more. Details at

This week brings more loud music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. Saturday night features Problem With Dragons. Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info.

In Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight EasyBaby takes the stage for a night of blues.  Eliot Lewis of Live From Daryl’s House and Hall & Oates brings his solo show to the stage Saturday night. Details at

The City of Middletown Fireworks Festival is Saturday, beginning at 5 p.m. Performing live on stage for the festival this year are the City's Music Ambassadors. Starting things off at 5 p.m. will be The Rust'd Keys featuring Music Ambassador Dave Downs. Next up at 6:15 p.m. will be Music Ambassador Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem. Then, at 7:30 p.m. the band is the Jay Hoggard Quartet featuring Music Ambassador Jay Hoggard. The Middletown Symphonic Band will be providing patriotic music from approximately 8:30 p.m. through the fireworks. Come early for a good seat to view the fireworks and enjoy the activities. Seating sites are along the riverfront in Harbor Park and in front of City Hall at 245 deKoven Drive, and there will be plenty of food vendors at both locations. For more information, please contact the Mayor's Office at 860.638.4801 or the City Arts Office at 860.638.4510.

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 2016 Sundance Short Films, as well as “The Fits”. Details at

Meanwhile, Trinity College's Cinestudio opens a run of Fireworks Wednesday, which is the US premiere of a 2006 film (just released in the States) by Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi. 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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