Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday's Jive 07-22-16

Good afternoon, it's Friday, July 22nd, 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
Eric Kuhn, Noah Baerman, and Dave Kopperman bring a night of solo sets of mostly original songs, along with a few collaborative jams and quite possibly a stump speech by Eric for his presidential campaign.  On Saturday mornings Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop begins at 10:30 am in Harbor Park. Saturday night’s performance by the Alex Snydman Trio has been cancelled. The July art exhibit is “Faces, Places and Things” by Middletown artist Tom Humphreys. Details at

The Middletown-based theater company ARTFARM presents their second (and final) week of Carlo Goldoni's Comedia Classic, “The Servant of 2 Masters.” at Middlesex Community College, tonight through Sunday., A live music act is featured at 6pm, before the nightly 7 pm performance.  Tonight Nancy Tucker brings the music, Saturday's featured musical guest is Anitra Brooks. And, Sunday Kate Callahan is on before the final performance of The Servant of Two Masters. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnics are encouraged. Details at

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday early set at 5 features Gary Heriot & Mike Damico. Later Manic Productions presents Alex Calder, Freak Heat Wave, and Furnsss. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with The George Baker Band. Sat night brings the Lipgloss Crisis Summer Burlesque Cabaret to the stage, featuring Dot Mitzvah, Vivienne LaFlamme, Fruitonthebottom, and Adam Parisi.  Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 present "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee featuring Bronson Rock Banc and La Tunda to finish out their weekend. Details at

Manic Productions and Premier Concerts present Slightly Stoopid, SOJA, Zion I, The Grouch and Eligh at the Simsbury Meadows. Details at

At New Haven's Toad’s Place this evening Cardi B performs. On Saturday, the “Ran Off on the Plug Tour” with Plies stops by Toads. Details at

This weekend brings more loud music to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford. Tonight Jimmy Junk Bird and the Stiffs are releasing their first full length album. Kali Ma, Composing The Apocalypse, Our Own Destruction, and Kaos Reign share the bill. Saturday’s lineup, starting at 2 pm, features ten bands, including She Walks Without Legs, Fear The Masses, The Aberration, Stone Thrower and more. Sunday at 5 Cherry Street presents Shallow Ground, Epicenter, Thrashole 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 Cousin Earth, a progressive rock ukulele band from Brooklyn. The Franklin Brothers take the stage Saturday night. Details at

There’s Music Among the Memorials this Friday in Hartford, with free music at the Cedar Hill Cemetery.  This week’s artists are The Professors of Sweet Music, featuring covers from Johnny Cash to The Grateful Dead. Details at 

Bovano Cheshire is partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to host an open-air artisan fest at Bartlem Park in Cheshire this Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from 10 to 4. Enjoy offerings from more than eighty local artisans and gourmet specialty food vendors, as well as the music of Greg Sherrod.  Admission is free, and a silent auction benefits Make-A-Wish. Details at

Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford offers free Jazz on the Lawn this Sunday at 4 pm, featuring Conga Boop, an Afro-Cuban group playing originals along with the standards. Kid-friendly activities are also offered. Details at

Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets are in full gear now. Here in Middletown you can you can support local farmers 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 markets 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 Hunt for the Wilderpeople, a combination road comedy/coming-of-age film about a foster child being raised in the New Zealand countryside. Opening tonight is Tickled, a documentary on an under-the-radar industry serving those with a fetish for tickling. Saturday and Sunday afternoons they offer The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. Details at

Meanwhile tonight, Trinity College's Cinestudio opens a run of Sunset Song, an adaptation of the Scottish classic novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon about a young woman in Scotland dreaming to escape her tyrannical father. Details at

The free Movies in Riverside Park series in Hartford continues, with this week’s screening of “The Martian” starring Matt Damon happening today beginning at sunset. 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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