Friday, September 2, 2016

Friday's Jive 09-02-16

Good afternoon, it's Friday, September 2nd, 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
G2 (G Squared) from across the river in Portland offer bluegrass and folk. On Saturday morning Annaita Ghandy’s Aligned with Source workshop is at Middletown’s Harbor Park at 10:30 am. Then at 2 pm there’s Kerouac Café, a Free Poets Collective celebrating the legacy of the Beat Generation of poets. Details at

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday early set at 5 features the Blasphemy Boys, with Matt Wixson’s Flying Circus, PUS, and The Abductors on board for the Friday night late show. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola and Friends, followed by Sarah Golley, Smillz, and more for the evening show. On Sunday, Cygnus Radio & Cafe 9 present "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee with The Ebin-Rose Trio and Tommy Cosmo & Bobo. Manic Productions and Premier Concerts bring you The Helium Brothers and Frank Critelli later Sunday night. Details at

At New Haven's Toad’s Place tonight they headline Basement, appearing with Hotelier and OVLOV. Details at

At Hartford's Black-Eyed Sally’s tonight you can hear blues standards and originals by the Salty Dog Blues Band. On Saturday, singer/songwriter Lazer Lloyd takes the stage to bring you blues/rock. Details at

Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents Pus, The Abductors, Blastmat, Bragging Rights, and Horns of Ormus Saturday. Details at Cherry Street Station on Facebook or call (203) 265-2902. 

On Saturday, Manic Productions presents Willie Nelson & Family at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Details at

The Connecticut Historical Society brings you a free “Growing Up With Grandparents” workshop this Saturday at 10 am in Hartford.  Design garden pots and pick seeds to plant together.  Details at

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 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

With the end of summer on the horizon, Connecticut’s Agricultural fair season is in full swing! This Labor Day weekend brings The 105th Haddam Neck Fair, opening tonight and continuing through Monday, offering agricultural displays and competitions, plus stock and modified truck and tractor pulls, a carnival midway, live music, and much more. Music performers include, Basically Blues and Rock Landing tonight. Saturday’s lineup includes Alpaca Gnomes, Chaser Eight, Run Jenny, Phono synthesis and more. Sunday’s featured music includes The Balkan Brothers, Fountainhead, Someone You Can X-ray, Parson Field, and Belle of the Fall.  CT Old Time Fiddlers also take the stage Sunday. Details at

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

Opening today at Hartford's Real Art Ways is “My King (Mon Roi)”, a film about a woman who examines a turbulent relationship after a skiing accident. They also bring back a run of “Life, Animated,” a true story about a family who discover that Disney animated films will help them communicate with their troubled son. In addition, beginning a 3 night showing tonight is Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, a documentary on the New Haven born and Hartford raised creator/writer/producer of hit 1970s comedies including All In the Family and The Jeffersons. Details and screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio tonight and Saturday offers “Captain Fantastic,” starring Viggo Mortenson as a parent bringing up six kids off the grid in an Oregon forest. Sunday opens the run of ‘Heironymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil,” a Dutch film that explores the depth of this artist’s legacy as they celebrate the 500th anniversary of his death. Details and screening times at 

The Hartford Free Summer Movies series brings you the Academy Award-nominated “The Martian,” starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain, this evening at Riverfront 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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