Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday's Jive 03-31-17

Good afternoon, it's Friday, March 31st, 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 offers Sassy Songwriters, with three women performing stories of love, loss, joy and redemption. Saturday, its a night of jazz classics with the Connor Waage Quartet. It’s short and long-form comedy Sunday night with Cloud 9 & Friends Improv Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour hosts Snake Hill Blues. The late show features Beniz Tek of Radio Birdman sharing a bill with Dust Hat. Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam session is with Mike Coppola and Friends, and later they have the Demkovic CD Release Party. On Sunday it’s a Buzz Music Marathon for the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, starting at noon. Details @

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, they headline Shakedown playing the music of The Dead and Beyond, and much more, with a second stage of musicians in Lilly’s Pad. On Sunday they’ve got Periphery, The Contortionist, Norma Jean, and Infinity Shred. Details @

In Hartford tonight at Black-Eyed Sally’s it’s serious jazz and blues with Popa Chubby. On Saturday it’s the return of the popular Northeast Blues Harmonica Showcase. Details @

Tonight Manic Productions presents, at The Ballroom at The Outer Space, John K Samson & The Winter Wheat, appearing with The End of America. Meanwhile, moe appears at the College Street Music Hall. Details @

Refugee Palestinian Hip Hop Dance performers, The Shoruq Debka will be performing tonight at 7pm at The Artists Collective, on Albany Avenue in Hartford (doors open 5:45 p.m.) For information call (860)200-5396  

Here in town at Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, Philadelphia’s Tempesta di Mare perform their baroque chamber music concert, A Tale of Two Italian Cities, featuring pieces from Venice and Naples, tonight at Crowell Concert Hall. Senior Thesis Dance Concerts and Senior Music Recitals happen through the weekend. Details @

Hartofrd’s Bushnell Park Carousel opens its 2017 season this Saturday. Details@

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, enjoy pop and rock tonight with the Hollywood Allstars. On Sunday, it’s Live and Let Die: The Ultimate Tribute to Paul McCartney. Details @

And, here's our rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Saturday, CPTV hosts a screening of Newtown, a film about the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, at the Ring Family Performing Arts Hall on the Wesleyan campus. A moderated panel discussion follows the film. Details @

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of I Am Not Your Negro, a documentary about James Baldwin; and Kedi, a cat documentary filmed in Istanbul, through and beyond the weekend. You’re Killing Me Susana opens tonight, screening through Thursday. Also there are afternoon showings Saturday & Sunday of the animated feature, My Life as a Zucchini. They’re screening Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo on Sunday as part of their Film 101 series. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues showing La La Land, a contemporary movie musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Their annual April in Paris Festival opens Sunday, starting with the matinée screening of the 1928 film The Italian Straw Hat, and the evening film, Robert Bresson’s 1959 film, Pickpocket. 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 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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