Friday, January 6, 2017

01-06-16 Jive

Good evening, it's January 6th and 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 talk radio from NPR and Pacifica, as well as independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends our student and community volunteers bring you the best in free-form programming.

I'm Ben Michael, Thanks for joining us.  

Here's a brief rundown of some of what's happening in our area this week:

At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight,  at 8 pm,  the Hartford Story City troupe takes the stage. Annaita Gandhy’s Aligned With Source Workshop happens tomorrow/Saturday at 10:30 am. This week’s theme is: Opening Up to Divine Grace & Joy. The jazz/blues quartet Bop Tweed performs at The Buttonwood tomorrow/Saturday night at 8 pm. On Sunday at 3pm, John Basinger continues his ongoing of the Live performance of Milton’s Paradise Lost - Book 1. Details at

Right about now, down in New Haven, Café  Nines weekly 5pm early set today, features Lynn Malavolte & Dave Duffy. Later tonight, Psychoala, Strawberry Cheesesteak, Coastal Notion, and Flight of Silence take the stage.  Café Nine’s weekly Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam Session at 4pm, tomorrow, is with Mike Coppola and Friends this week. The Saturday night main event at Café Nine features The Proud Flesh, and Pat Stone sharing a bill with The Dirty Boots. The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 3 brings you Long Live the King! A tribute to Elvis. The Greg Sherrod Birthday Bash happening later at 8 pm.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight, Cold Shot, makes for a night of blues rock. Tomorrow/Saturday, night Cafe Nine presents The New York Blues & Jazz Society’s Best Artist winner, The Danny Draher Band, live on stage.

This Sunday, Manic Productions presents The Squirrel Nut Zippers, appearing with Davina and The Vagabonds at The Ballroom at The Outerspace in Hamden.

At Toad’s Place in New Haven, tonight (Friday), it’s Cosmic Dust Bunnies, with Lespecial, The Mushroom Cloud, and Black Data. There’s a Bright Night Glow Party tomorrow/Saturday.

At the Russell Library in Middletown this Saturday, UFC legend, Chris Lytle presents Lights Out On Bullying at 11 am. Free signed copies of his book, “Lights Out,” will be given to participants. Find details of these events and more at

Infinity Hall Hartford, presents progressive rock and Rush tribute band, Lotus Land, tonight (Friday). Tomorrow/ Saturday, the cast of Beatlemania takes the stage at 8 pm. Infinity Hall Norfolk presents The Will Evans Band with Special guests Whiskey Treaty Road Show feat Jeff Howard tonight (Friday). Saturday in Norfolk, Infinity presents Albert Lee with Atlas Grey.  Sunday Sessions! Live music in the Norfolk Bistro features Allysen Callery, this week.  Details at

For some loud rock music, you can head over to Cherry Street Station in Wallingford for a night of heavy Metal tonight/Friday for Everybody Hates Me. Tomorrow/Saturday night, Chalice takes the cherry Street stage to share a bill with One Part Human and Half  Dragon. Details at or find them on facebook.  

The Art Guild of Middletown hosts the Opening Reception for its fifth annual Exhibit of Artwork by Members tomorrow/Saturday, from 2-4 pm at the Portland Public Library. The exhibit runs through the month.

The City of Hartford’s seventh annual Winterfest continues through Sunday. Enjoy free ice skating at Bushnell Park. Go to for details of these activities and more.

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways has extended their run of two films, “The Eagle Huntress” through hnext Thursday Jan 12, Also showing through next Thursday at RAW is, Nocturnal Animals, Tom Fords haunting romantic thriller about a divorced couple discovering dark truths about each other and themselves. On screen this weekend only at Real Art Ways is the film, The Brand New Testament, which one critic described as "A cheerfully blasphemous movie and pointedly hopeful vision of what life might be with the right girl in charge." Learn more at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio is now showing “Loving,” based on the true story of the interracial couple who take their fight for legal marriage all the way to the Supreme Court. It runs through Saturday. On Sunday Cinestudio offers a run of “A Man Called Ove,” a bittersweet comedy from Sweden about a lonely retiree forced to adjust to his new noisy neighbors.   

Now here’s what’s on the air tonight on WESU Middletown:
Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 7pm, it'll be Al Robinson & Deni Youngwith Free Talk Radio.

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 Cocomotion the Music Mixologist provides a live mixshow done on the fly or freestyle, with no pre-planned mixes or blends - R&B, old school, hip hop, rap and house.

From 11:30pm until 3am Saturday we go into serious OVERDRIVE w/Clarence & Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

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 to 7am 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!

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.

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