Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday's Jive 04-14-17

Good afternoon, it's Friday, April 14th, 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.

At The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown the son-father jazz duo of Khalif and Charles Neville (of the legendary Neville Brothers) return to perform tonight. Saturday at 10:30am is an Aligned with Source workshop hosted by Annaita Gandhy. Then in the evening, its acoustic folk pop with the Kennedys. On Sunday at 7pm there is a piano concert by Steinway pianist Ann Sweeten. Details @

At MAC650 Gallery, 650 Main St. in Middletown, Time out of Time, new music works by Luke Martin, Morgan Evans-Weiler & Jordan Dykstra will be presented live at 8pm on Saturday. Details @

Also in Middletown, tonight, there’s a Friday Swing & Blues Dance at Vinnie’s, 424 Main St., hosted by JC Noble. It begins at 7:30. Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features Lonesome Billy Calash at 5 PM. The night’s main event features Ransom Pier, Pat Stone & The Dirty Boots, plus Drew Angus. Saturday's weekly afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. Later, Jerkagram shares a bill with Landing Ourselves, Alone, and Stefan Christensen & Friends. "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee from Cygnus Radio presents Eddie Seville this week. Sunday night brings The Refurbished Original Sunday Blues Jam Session with the George Lesiw Band and Mark Zaretsky. Details @

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, they headline Yale’s Ante-Fling 2017 featuring Hop Along presented by WYBC, with musical guests Varsity, Forth Wanderers and others. Details @

In Hartford tonight at Black-Eyed Sally’s get down with Eggy w/ Cousin Earth.  Saturday, the Dan Brother Band from NYC plays blues, funk and soul. Sunday features an Easter Jazz Brunch featuring an a la carte menu, live entertainment, Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas. Details @ 

Manic Productions Presents Frankie Ballard and Levi Hummon tonight at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Details @

Here in town at Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, senior theater thesis productions run through the weekend. The Wesleyan Alternative Theater Collective, Hermeneutics presents Aporia! A Tale of Rhetoric and Philosophy tonight and tomorrow night at 7pm and again on Sunday at 2. It takes place in the Malcolm X House basement, 345 High St. Details @ and

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of Frantz through the 20th. And tonight begins a run of Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, an educational journey into the Beatles' creative process, playing through the 20th. Also showing is Kedi, on Saturday & Sunday. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing Hidden Figures tonight and twice on Saturday. There is an encore screening of NT Live: Twelfth Night Sunday at 1pm. Also on Sunday The Salesman, Best Foreign Language Picture at the Oscars, starts a run that continues through the 19th. 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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