Friday, August 5, 2016

Friday's Jive 08-05-16

Good afternoon, it's Friday, August 5th, 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
they bring you the Norm Gage/Kenny Reed Quintet, with Kenny Reed on trumpet and Norman Gage on saxophone providing swinging jazz. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop is at Middletown’s Harbor Park at 10:30 am, with the theme of “Willingness.”  Saturday night, it’s Story City, a troupe of storytellers who – using techniques from NPR’s The Moth series – will entertain you with this week’s theme, “Heat.” On Sunday, enjoy comedy with the Great Make  Believe Society Improv Show. Details at

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday early set at 5 features Victor Roland. Later tonight, Go Kat Go presents Rockaway Bitch, and Blaire Alise & the Bombshells. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola and Friends, and on Saturday you can catch The New Dirty and Ian Biggs. Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 present "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee with the Greg Sherrod Band, followed by Christina Harris and Ponybird later on Sunday evening. Details at

At New Haven's Toad’s Place this evening you can catch a night of heavy metal featuring Carcass, Crowbar, Ghoul, and Night Demon. Details at

Hartford's Black-Eyed Sally’s headliner tonight, up from New Orleans, is Jason Ricci & The Bad Kind, with art blues, crack rock funk, and more. On Saturday, you can hear blues with Glastonbury’s Jake Kulak & The Lowdown. Details at

Manic Productions presents on Sunday, Boris and Earth at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Details at

Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents City of Iron, Goblet, Cazador, Godeater, and Subutai tonight. On Saturday, they’ve got the Punx and Drunx say Oi Fest! starting at 5pm. Details at Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902. 

The fifth annual Middletown Music Festival produced by WESU’s J Cherry is this weekend at Middlesex Community College.  Enjoy music, craft beers, local vendors, hula hoops and more starting at 6 pm today, then from 10 am to 10 pm on Saturday, and Sunday from 10 am to 7:30 pm.  Details at

WESU is a proud supporter of the 11th Annual Grace Taste of The Caribbean & Jerk Festival,  a free family celebration of Caribbean Culture at Hartford’s Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. This year's event takes place Saturday, from 1-11:00 pm. (Rain Date- Sunday). Music Headliners this year are: Grammy Nominated reggae singer, Luciano from Jamaica; Barbadian saxophonist Elan Trotman, Saga Dee from Trinidad, Gospel sensation J. CEE, Los Calientes and more.... The event also features an annual Carnival Parade, an Open Mic at the Children's Village & lots of Caribbean food. Details at or find the event on Facebook.

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. Also continuing is “The Innocents,” a French film about a physician called to handle a surprising crisis in a Benedictine convent after World War II. Sunday afternoon they're showing The Music of Strangers: Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. Details on this and other films are at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio opens a Wim Wenders’ series, starting with “Wings of Desire” on tonight, “Until the End of the World” on Saturday, and “Buena Vista Social Club” on Sunday.  There’s also a Sunday matinee screening in their Globe On Screen series of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.” 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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