Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday's Jive 03-10-17

Good evening, it's Friday, March 10th, 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, at The Buttonwood Tree
tonight, Hiroya Tsukamoto and Andrew Biagiarelli perform mesmerizing and eclectic acoustic music described as Cinematic Guitar Poetry. Saturday morning Annaita Ghandi’s Aligned with Source guided meditation takes place. The Eric Mintel Quartet returns for an encore performance of "EMQ Plays TV" – Saturday evening. Sunday, the NEAR and Far Storytellers, featuring an open mic opportunity for audience members during the first half of the show with headliners in the second half, begin at 2pm. Details @

Vinnie’s Jump & Jive, 424 Main St. in Middletown, has their 2nd Friday Swing & Blues Dance beginning at 7:30pm, with dance instruction kicking things off. Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour hosts Off The Trax, with a full lineup of artists later on, including the Duece Bug 'March Radness Tour' featuring Lingo and Grind Mode Cipher, Sky Swamp Orange, Eugene Gallagher and more. Saturday's weekly afternoon Jazz Jam Session features Gary Grippo & Friends; Manic Productions brings Chad Valley, Mission Zero, and Procedure Club to the stage later on. "The Sunday Buzz" is a St. Patrick’s Day Parade Edition with Jovial Crew and the sounds of 12 string guitars. Details @

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, it’s another Bright Night Glow Party with DJ’s Ragepak, D.Brown, and more; doors open at 9:30. Also, in Lilly’s Pad, AFTON presents Broken Insanity, The Blameless Project, Fading Not Receding and many more. On Saturday there’s a Spring Music Fest showcasing local performers. Sunday is The New Haven St Patty’s Parade Day featuring Just One More. Details @

In Hartford tonight at Black-Eyed Sally’s it's Americana with Jeff Przech (Per-check) & The Outfit. Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood play the blues Saturday night. Details @

Tonight, Manic Productions presents AJR and Hailey Knox at The Ballroom at The Outer Space, and Marc Maron: The Too Real Tour and Marina Franklin perform at College Street Music Hall. The Paper Kites and Ports of Spain appear on Sunday at The Ballroom at The Outer Space. Details @

At Cherry Street Station in Wallingford, Sperm Donor plays tonight at 8 with L.M.I. and Poor Lily. Details @ or find them on Facebook.

The Mac650 Gallery in Middletown hosts an opening reception on tonight at 7 for The Bookstore Project, featuring photography by Florin Ion Firimita. Details @

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, Parsonfield performs Americana and folk tonight. On Saturday it’s Live Wire, an AC/DC tribute band. There’s more folk and rock on Sunday with An Evening with Dawes. Details @

The 46th annual Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade happens this Saturday starting at 11 am. Details, including parade route, @

This weekend brings 2 opportunities to see Americana stars, Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem. Saturday they’ll be at Branford Folk at 8pm. Details @  Sunday, you can catch them at Bread Box Folk in Willimantic CT for a 4:00pm show. All proceeds from this show benefit Covenant Soup Kitchen. Details for this show @  

This weekend at the Russell Library brings the Friends of the Library book sale! Details @

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

On screen at Hartford’s Real Art Ways through next Thursday is the 2017 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature, I Am Not Your Negro, a film about James Baldwin. They’re screening the 1933 Marx Brothers classic, “Duck Soup,” on Sunday. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing tonight and Saturday “Jackie,” a biopic of Jackie Kennedy Onassis starring Natalie Portman. Their National Theatre Live series continues with Henrik Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” on Sunday. Opening Sunday is Bobby Sands: 66 Days about his non-violent resistance by hunger strike which took his life. 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 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 CafĂ© with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher presenting traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy CaffĂ© 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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