Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday 5-26-17 Jive

Good evening, it's Friday May 25th. This is the Jive at Five, our daily community calendar and rundown of nighttime programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown. By day, WESU offers talk radio from NPR and Pacifica, as well as independent and local public affairs sources. Weeknights and weekends our student and community volunteers bring you the best in free-form programming.
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Now, here's a rundown of what's going down in our area this week.
Tonight at the Buttonwood Tree, here in Middletown, Chat Noir performs traditional folk and Gypsy Jazz. On Saturday mornings at the Buttonwood you can catch the weekly “Aligned With Source” workshops. The Music Duo Patrick & Kate perform alt pop on the Buttonwood stage Saturday night.  John Basinger performs Book 5 of Paradise Lost (from memory) on Sunday at 3 pm.
Also happening tonight in Middletown, The Greater Middletown Concert Association presents Puccini’s “Tosca” at 7:30 in the Performing Arts Center at  Middletown High School. Details at

Right about now, in New Haven at Café Nine, you can catch The Dont’s, Kamryn, and Donna Santala sharing the happy hour stage. Later tonight, Café Nine’s main event features Savage World, Polluter, and Lift. Saturday’s weekly afternoon Jazz Jam Session at The Nine is with the George Baker Band, this week. Saturday night, Kings and Liars, Model Decoy, and Chuggernaut take the Café Nine stage. The Sunday Buzz Memorial Day BBQ at 2 pm. Sunday evening, The Nine brings you Olive Tiger, Tiny Diamond, and Cat Has Claws.

Up in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s, tonight. West Hartford’s own GRaviToNik takes the stage. Grayson Hugh & The Moon Hawks on make for a night of soul Tomorrow/Saturday night at Sally’s. At the same time, The University of St. Joseph & Black-eyed Sally’s presents: The Legends Live! On Saturday night as well.  This concert features the music of sons & daughters of music legends: BB King, Ray Charles & Greg Allman when Claudette KING, Sheila Raye CHARLES, Michael Allman & Jeff Pitchell take the stage, The University of St. Joseph’s Hoffman Auditorium for details

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, there’s a Throwback Dance Party with DJ action.

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can enjoy jazz and jazz fusion tonight (Fri) with Kevin Eubanks. They bring Joe Cocker’s band back with Cocker Rocks on Saturday at 8 pm. Details at
At the Russell Library this tomorrow/Saturday morning, you can enjoy a workshop on nature writing and a book signing with Katherine Hauswirth, author of “The Book of Noticing: Collections and Connections on the Trail.” There’s Yoga in the Courtyard at 11 a.m.

This evening Manic Presents brings Animal Collective and Circuit des Yeux at the College Street Music Hall.

Tomorrow/Saturday night in Wallingford, Cherry Street station features a night of loud rock and heavy metal with Our Own Destruction, Crypitus, An Auction in Braille and more! Saturday night Green Jelly takes the Cherry Street stage with Gwell-O, Over the Line, and She Walks without Legs.
Sunday at 3pm, Real Art Ways in Hartford presents the fourth installment of Spectacle a gathering of intergenerational musical improvisers with a mix of groupings small and large and, likely, a small orchestra rounding out the afternoon. The event is curated by Joe Morris and Stephen Haynes with participation by William Parker, Hamid Drake, Mixashawn, Daniel Carter, Fay Victor, Jerome Deupree, Sarah Hughes and many more!

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

Through next Thursday, Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues their run of “Obit,” a film that explores the world of obituary writers. Tonight, Real Art Ways opens a run of the Italian film “Like Crazy,” about friendship and madness in a psychiatric clinic.  Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is now showing “Glory,” a Bulgarian comedy about national discord. It runs through Saturday. They screen National Theatre Live’s production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” for a Sunday matinee, and open “Panique,” the restoration of a 1947 classic about intrigue in Nazi-occupied France.  Details and screening times at

Now, here's what's on the air tonight, on WESU:

Right after the Jive At Five, from 5:05 to 6:30pm, stay tuned for some free form fun with DJ Ari!

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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 Congrats to all of the students graduating this weekend! Have a happy and Safe Holiday weekend. 

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