Friday, August 26, 2016

8-26-16 Jive

Good evening, it's Friday, August 26th. 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 a diverse lineup of talk radio from NPR and Pacifica as well as independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends we bring you the best in free-form community programming.

 I’m Ben Michael. Thanks for joining us!

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, tonight, you can catch Zydelicious, for a night of high energy Zydeco music. Tomorrow/Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop happens at Harborpark this Saturday at 10:30 am. On Saturday night, the Buttonwood brings you The Painters, with jazz, rock, classical, funk, and more. The August art exhibit features works by Sicilian native Sal Italia.  Full details at

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, on Friday, you can hear all your favorite rock and roll at The 60’s Explosion Show. On Saturday Blue Devil Bluez takes the stage to bring you dance blues, Motown, funk and more.

Right about now, down in New Haven at Café Nine, DW Ditty is taking the stage. Later tonight Yarn and Wise Old Moon on play the late show at Café Nine. The Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band, tomorrow. Tomorrow night The Lost Riots, Two-Fisted Law, Pus, and The Cuts take the stage. Sunday, Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 present "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee with Johnny Nicholas & Hell Bent. Group Chat and Underwear come along later Sunday night to round out your weekend.

Saturday Manic Productions presents The Claypool Lennon Delirium, and Jjuujjuu at the College Street Music Hall.  On Sunday, Manic productions presents legendary stoner rockers, The Melvins, appearing with Helms Alee, at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.

Tomorrow/Saturday, Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents The Falling Further Fest 2016, hosted by Mike DeLucia. the lineup includes Casting Shadows, Absence of Despair, and Whiskey and the Martyr. You can find Cherry Street Station on Facebook, or call (203) 265-2902 for info.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight, they bring you Reggae Riddims Live featuring Mr. Vegas, Khato, and Ayo Jay. On Saturday, it’s another Original Saturday Night College Dance Party.

There’s an educational mushroom walk tomorrow/Saturday at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford from 10 am – noon.

The Hartt School Community Division is hosting a Dance Open House tomorrow/Saturday from 10 am – noon with free sample classes for kids 3 to 14 years of age.  Details at

The annual Wadsworth Mansion Open Air Market and Festival happens this Sunday starting at 10 am at the Mansion in Middletown.  Enjoy local vendors, food, music and more.  Historical tours will be given throughout the day.  The Middletown Symphonic Band performs at 10, followed by Jazz Affair at noon, with Legacy Coverage closing out in the afternoon. Shuttle service parking is available.  Full details at

Firehouse 12 in New Haven presents their monthly DJ-curated event, WAX, this Sunday at 9 pm.  It’s an all-45 record party featuring Middletown’s own “DJ NEB” alongside Dooley-O on the turntables.  Details at

With the end of summer on the horizon, Connecticut’s Agricultural fair season has already begun! This weekend brings the Chester Fair (to Chester CT), opening tonight night and continuing through Sunday, offering, agricultural displays and competitions, plus truck, tractor, and animal pulls, a carnival midway, live music, and much more. Headline performers include, UHF, Goodnight Blue Moon, GALVANIZED JAZZ BAND,  ALL FUNKED UP, Chester Fife and Drum Corps, and BRAIDEN SUNSHINE (as heard on The Voice)  

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 in our area you can visit

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

Tonight, Hartford’s Real Art Ways kicks off a run of  Nuts!,” a Sundance Award-winning documentary about an eccentric genius who build an empire during Depression-era America. Tonight Real Art ways also begins a run of Summertime, which follows Carole and Delphine as they fall in love against the backdrop of early feminist activism in 1971 France. Showing Saturday and Sunday at Real Art Ways is,  Men Go Battle, which recreates Kentucky in 1861 to tell the story of two brothers (Morton and Maloney) whose strained relationship splinters amidst the encroaching chaos of the Civil War. 

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio opens a new 4K restoration of “Howards End,” a saga of class relations in Edwardian England. There’s a matinee screening Sunday in their Globe On Screen series of Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice.” Details and screening times at 

Tonight, The Hartford Free Summer Movies series offers “Big” starring Tom Hanks, Friday night at Riverside Park. Details at www.riverfront/org

Now here's what's on the air tonight on WESU:

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05-6 pm, stay tuned for 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 its all about lovers Rock, RnB, and Dancehall reggae plus Soca and other caribben sounds from the hit makers alongside artists from our region.

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.

The written form for what you've heard on today’s jive is online at

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