Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday's Jive 01-20-17

Good evening, it's Friday, January 20th, 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 at 8 The Free At Last Players present a new show: The Evolution of Trump? Can the Free At Last Players show our new President the light? Saturday at 10:30 am is Annaita Gandhy’s Aligned With Source Workshop. Saturday night at 8 pm, Warren Byrd’s Byrdspeak Sessions with Special Guest Mixashawn present “Refresh MLK” bringing The Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King into high focus. Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine features Tuesday Saints for this evening's 5pm early set. Later at 9:30 the main event features Sidestep Complex, Sky Swamp Orange, Drop Kick Pop, and Eugene Gallagher. Saturday’s weekly Jazz Jam Session is hosted by  Tony DioGuardi and Friends. Saturday night there’s an event called NHV Plays Leonard Cohen, where a collection of New Haven's musical talents pay tribute to the late, legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen. The Sunday Buzz Matinee at 4 brings the Sez Zion Jazz Band for a smooth blend of Jazz and R+B. Details @

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight it's the Dean Ween Group. The Mike Dillon Band opens that show. Saturday night, Toad’s presents a 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Doors album, Riders on the Storm, featuring 10 bands on 2 stages. Details @

In Hartford tonight at Black-Eyed Sally’s, 7 Below recreates the Phish concert experience. Saturday, The Alchemists make for a night of positive hip hop, reggae, dub, and soul. Details @ 

Tonight, Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents Mystic Seahorse and Crazy Havoc for a night of Punk Rock. Details @ or find them on Facebook.

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways has extended their run of The Eagle Huntress, through Jan. 26th. Tonight begins a run of Neruda, a lavishly-mounted reimagining of the Nobel Prize-winning poet’s pursuit into political exile, and notably marks his reunion with No star Gael García Bernal. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio continues a run of a 4K restoration of the 1968 classic, The Lion in Winter, starring Katharine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole. Sunday, there are 2 showings of Bolshoi Ballet: Sleeping Beauty (Live) at 12:55 and 4pm. And Sunday evening begins a run of The Eagle Huntress. Details and screening times at 

If you are looking for more information on the arts in Middletown, please visit the City's Facebook page at

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 to 7pm, it'll be Al Robinson & Deni Young with 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.

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

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