Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday's Jive 01-27-17

Good evening, it's Friday, January 27th, 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 pm it’s “JAZZ: The Music of Our Lifetime!" featuring The Carl Bartlett, Jr. Duet. The evening features music and an audience Q&A with saxophonist Carl Bartlett, Jr. Annaita Gandhy’s Aligned With Source Workshop is Saturday at 10:30 am. Saturday night Moto comes in for an evening of Soca music from Trinidad, traditional roots reggae and creative interpretations of rock, R&B and soul music with elements of jazz, salsa and afrobeat. Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine features Lonesome Billy Calash for this evening’s 5pm early set, followed later by Go Kat Go! Birthday Bash with The Memphis Morticians and Slip and Fall for a night of ska-punk, and psychobilly. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is hosted by The George Baker Band. Later you can catch The Plimsouls Re-Souled featuring members of The Plimsouls, The Woggles and The Forty Fives! Dust Hat opens that show. The Sunday Buzz Matinee features Washboard Slim And The Bluelights and later Sunday night there’s an open mic with Ashley Hamel. Details @

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight Shakedown returns to play The Dead And Beyond. Relative Souls, and Spigs & Friends are also on the bill. Saturday night, it’s a College Dance Party. Details @

Premier Concerts And Manic Productions Present Rhett Miller (of Old 97's) with American Elm at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Details @

In Hartford tonight Black-Eyed Sally’s presents The Neybas with their jam band sound and Saturday night The Johnny Winter All Star Band is there. Details @

Oddfellows Playhouse Teen Rep Company presents a production of Shakespeare’s final play “The Tempest”, with some new twists, tonight at 7pm and Saturday at 2. Details @

Tonight Cherry Street Station in Wallingford presents punk, pub rock, rock n roll with The Ratz. Saturday night, Enemy of Reason brings Heavy Metal. Details @ or find them on Facebook.

Tonight at 9pm, Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts reemerges from winter break with a free performance of Hidden Volumes, a performance by Associate Professor of Music Paula Matthusen and Visiting Scholar in Music Terri Hron explore and remember space through magnetic, transferred traces. Looping backwards and forwards, distorting time, they improvise on a series of recordings originally made in a dark Roman aqueduct. It all takes place in Olin Library. Sunday at 3pm at the Russell House, there’s a concert by singer-songwriter Jess Best performing her original soul and jazz compositions. She will be accompanied by Connor Schultze on bass and Paul Bloom on piano. Details @

Sunday night brings the return of “Wax”, a monthly party at Firehouse 12 in New Haven celebrating 45 rpm records and vintage fashion and dance culture. The event happens from 9- midnight with a retro outfit contest and Wax Resident DJ's NEB and Dooley-O plus special guest DJ Boogie Blind of the Legendary award winning "Executioners" DJ crew. Details @ 

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 Sunday. Also Neruda, a lavishly-mounted reimagining of the Nobel Prize-winning poet’s pursuit into political exile, starring Gael García Bernal continues its run through the weekend. Opening tonight and continuing beyond the weekend is Things To Come starring Isabelle Huppert Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing tonight and tomorrow, the Academy Award nominated Arrival, which stars Amy Adams as a linguist called in by the gov’t. to help communicate with some unexpected extraterrestrial visitors. Tonight at 10pm they present, for their Friday night moonlight movies series, a special screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s classic animated film, Princess Mononoke. Sunday, Cinestudio begins a run of what is being dubbed as “The year’s most devastating – and necessary – documentary” Fuocomarre (Fire At Sea) offering a glimpse into the dangerous sea crossing of refugees from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Also on Sunday afternoon they are screening The Birth of A Nation written and directed by Nate Parker and this one-time showing is presented by Trinity College’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. 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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