Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday's Jive 07-08-16

Good afternoon, it's Friday, July 8th, 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 tonight
the Ebin-Rose Trio takes the stage along with songwriter Frank Critelli. On Saturday night, it’s the Laszlo Gardony-Marco Pignataro Duo with piano/saxophone favorites.  On Sunday there’s a reception at 5 to open the Buttonwood’s July art exhibit “Faces, Places and Things” by Middletown artist Tom Humphreys. The exhibit is on view throughout the month. Details at

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday early 7pm set features Rob Carlson & Benefit Street, along with Kate Callahan; the late show at 9 has Treadwell and Terra Luna. Saturday’s Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends, followed by the evening show with The Soaks, The Excitement Gang, The Screw-Ups, and Cometa. The Sunday Buzz Matinee features Lys Guillorn, Shellye Valauskas and Experience, later, the evening show has Valient Thorr, Back Wizard, and Warm. Details at

Saturday, Manic Productions presents Never Shout Never, Hundred Handed, Me Like Bees, Kalimur, and Sarah Barrios at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. 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 weekend brings more loud music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. On Saturday, it’s Caught in a Trap, The Breaking Sounds, The Muggs, M-13, At Wits End, and more. Find Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902 for info.

In Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight's headliner is Brother Joscephus & The Love Revolution, with New Orleans funk, soul, and rock, along with feel-good gospel music. On Saturday Bad News Barnes takes the stage with blues offerings. Details at

The Wesleyan Center for the Arts presents on Sunday in Crowell Concert Hall, This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part IX. Details at

Connecticut’s Farmers Markets are in full swing now! 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, are at

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

Tonight Hartford's Real Art Ways opens “Therapy for a Vampire,” a lite tale of romance, psychobabble, vanity, and the pursuit of plasma set in 1932 Vienna. It runs through the weekend. Also, “The Fits,” a film about a Cincinnati girl who joins a dance team that encounters problems with fits of shaking that they ultimately incorporate into their work, continues through Sunday. And the run of “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble,” has been extended through July 14th. Details at

Meanwhile tonight, Trinity College's Cinestudio opens a run of “A Bigger Splash,” an Italian psychological thriller about the intrigue that results when an injured rock star meets her former manager on a volcanic island. 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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