Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday's Jive 02-24-17

Good evening, it's Friday, February 24th, 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 going on in the community this weekend.
In Middletown, The Buttonwood Tree
tonight at 8 presents acoustic music with Connecticut based artists Dana Merritt (singer-guitarist) and Glenn Roth (acoustic guitarist). Saturday morning Anniata Ghandy’s Aligned with Source guided meditation is at 10am.  Luke Hendon's Wandering with Silk & Steel brings gypsy jazz Saturday evening. Sunday, John Basinger continues to recite from memory, Book II of John Milton's epic story of the Garden of Eden, Paradise Lost. Rick Silberberg’s "A Re -Visible Man" gallery show runs through February 26. Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine features Tuesday Saints for this evening's 5pm early set. Later it's Proud Flesh, Birthrates, Vireo, and Greg Moran. Saturday night, Fernando Pinto Presents Monsterland, Savak, and Creature Did.  "The Sunday Buzz " Matinee from Cygnus Radio, features The Carleans and The Wyrd Brothers. Sunday night, Café Nine presents: Sex Beat w/ Kid Congo Powers, a new DJ series featuring the best in 60’s soul, Garage, and 70’s glam. Details @

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, Shakedown plays the music of the Grateful Dead And Beyond. Kazoo Crew Family Band, Jeff Summa & the Roasters and Brian Skidmore share the bill. Doors open at 8pm. Details @

In Hartford tonight Black-Eyed Sally’s features The Professors of Sweet Sweet Music (POSSM), an Americana style band out of Hartford CT. On Saturday, The Beehive Queen of Rock and Roll, Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, returns. Details @

Saturday Manic Productions presents Young The Giant on their Home of the Strange Tour, and Lewis Del Mar at the College Street Music Hall. Details @

Cherry Street Station in Wallingford offers the punk band The Hulls tonight @ 9, alongside King Sexy and Zombii. The Shape, Deafmute, and VRSA make for a night of Heavy metal Saturday. Details @ or find them on Facebook.

At Wesleyan University, the Center for the Arts tonight presents the Muhal Richard Abrams Quintet in Crowell Concert Hall. Sunday, hear Charlie Suriyakham in his series Clarinet Passion at the Russell House. Details @

Sunday, The Greater Middletown Concert Association presents the acclaimed Boston based big band ensemble, Swing Legacy, on stage at The Performing Arts Center at Middletown High School. Details @

Infinity Hall, Hartford tonight presents bluegrass and country with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder. Saturday they have Who’s Next. And on Sunday you can catch the Gin Blossoms. Details @

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

On screen at Hartford’s Real Art Ways this weekend and beyond are the Oscar Nominated Animated and Live Action Shorts of 2017 and Nominee for Best Animated Feature Film, The Red Turtle. Also The Eagle Huntress is showing Saturday and Sunday. There’s more in their cinema - details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is screening through Saturday, Loving, the true story of the Lovings - a Virginia couple who were arrested in 1967 for the crime of ‘miscegenation’. Sunday afternoon features I, Claude Monet on the life of the great artist. Later Sunday and continuing through Wednesday, they feature Moonlight, a telling story of navigating life as a young black child, teenager and man. Details and screening times at 

Saturday afternoon at 12:30 The Russell Library in Middletown presents a screening of Selma, the 2014 film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis. Details @

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 6:30pm, it'll be Wild Wild Live! with Michelle & Alex and that Wesleyan music scene.

6:30 to 7 is the Middletown Youth Radio Project, featuring the thoughts, voices, creativity and talent of the kids in the WESU neighborhood.

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 2am Saturday we go into serious OVERDRIVE w/Clarence & Shantay Scott - offering Urban Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Traditional gospel music.

From 2 until 4am 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.

The Hour of Slack from The Church of the SubGenius Radio Ministry covers the hour from 4 to 5am with a compendium of the best and newest from all SubGenius radio & stage shows, bands, ranters, media barrage collage artists, plus the weirdest of the indie audio underground.

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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