Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday's Jive 08-12-16

Good afternoon, it's Friday, August 12th, 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
catch Lines West, a post-American, indie/pop band. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop is at Middletown’s Harbor Park at 10:30 am.  Saturday night, Phil E Brown and the Top Notch Ensemble take the stage, with jazz, R & B, standards, Gospel, reggae, and more. Details at

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday early set at 5 features the Bronson Rock Band. The later main event features The Jigsaw Seen, The 3 Pack, and Happy Ending. Their weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends. Saturday night it's The Crown Street Orchestra. Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 present "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee with The Shari Puorto Band, followed by Black Space Odyssey, Hidefinition, and others later on Sunday evening. Details at

At New Haven's Toad’s Place Saturday, you can catch Shakedown playing the music of The Grateful Dead and beyond. Off the Dome and Voodoo open that show. Details at

Hartford's Black-Eyed Sally’s headliner tonight is the funk/jam band Phonosynthesis.  On Saturday, the Mighty Soul Drivers bring you the classic Soul sounds of Memphis. Details at

Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents the Virus of Ideals EP Release event with Shallow Ground, Thunderforge, and Within the Abyss. On Saturday, Posidemic ‘Ntertainment Presents “Marrissa’s Birthday Bash.” Details at Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902. 

Local, regional and national bluegrass acts convene on the Hebron Fairgrounds for the 20th Anniversary Podunk Bluegrass Festival this weekend. The festival features 2 stages and 39 regional and national acts including Bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Alison Brown, Claire Lynch, and many more. There areplenty of activities for the whole family. Details at

Middletown's Wesleyan Potters - 350 South Main St., has a new gallery show, featuring the hand built ceramic art of Hayne Bayless alongside the thrown work of Sam Taylor on display through September 16th. Both artists offer unique functional pottery meant to be used and enjoyed. Details at

Wadsworth Atheneum offers Second Saturdays for Families this week, with free admission for all, and programs including art, story-telling, and music. Details at 

The 54th annual West Indian Independence Celebration happens this Saturday at Bushnell Park.  Enjoy food, vendors, a parade, a free concert, and more. Details at

Connecticut’s Farmers' Markets are in full gear now. Here in Middletown 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 takes place 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. Tonight they open “The Kind Words,” an Israeli comedy following Jewish siblings on a road trip to learn about their real father. Details at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues its Wim Wenders film series, screening “Buena Vista Social Club” tonight, “Wings of Desire” on Saturday, and a Director’s Cut version of “Until the End of the World” on Sunday. Details at

The Hartford Free Summer Movies series offers “Bee Movie” this Friday in Riverside park. 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 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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