Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday's Jive 05-12-17

Good afternoon, it's Friday, May 12th, 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.
The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight features jazz & blues w/vocalist Kosi on her Who I Am Tour featuring Eric Lee. Saturday morning at 10:30 is the weekly Aligned with Source workshop. Saturday evening, it’s Terza Classe offering the sounds of bluegrass and Americana through the lens of Naples, Italy. Sunday the NEAR and Far Storytellers entertain. The Gallery show is "Seeing the Unseen: Connecting to Creation" a display of Magic Realism by Phoebe Legere. Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features Mike Hatfield. Later, Goat Herder, Slip and Fall, and Productive Member perform. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is hosted by Gary Grippo & Friends and later at night, The Crown Street Orchestra and The Birdmen take the stage. Caroline Spence and Brian Dolzani play "The Sunday Buzz" Matinee from Cygnus Radio. Later, the refurbished Original Sunday Blues Jam Session welcomes the George Lesiw Band for some blues. Details @

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, it’s Ugly God with Nebu Kiniza and HG Locks. Saturday Live Dead ‘69 performs "Live Dead" in its entirety for the first time ever, featuring artists Tom Constanten (original Grateful Dead pianist), Mark Karan (Rat Dog, The Other Ones guitarist) and Slick Aguilar (Jefferson Starship, David Crosby lead guitarist). Details @

The ambassador of blues and soul, Slam Allen, is in Hartford tonight at Black-Eyed Sally’s. On Saturday, Professor Louie And The Crowmatix play a mix of rock n roll and blues. Sunday, the 14th is the Mother’s Day Gospel Brunch, featuring a full Southern Buffet & the Mary Taylor Gospel Revue. Details @

Saturday, Manic Productions presents LANY and Goody Grace at College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Also on Saturday, Manic Presents Meat Puppets and Mike Watt and The Jom & Terry show at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden. Details @

In Middletown, the Friends of the Russell Library Booksale continues Saturday in the Activity Room of the Library. Details @

If you’re looking for heavy duty rock and roll, tonight Cherry Street Station in Wallingford offers a line up featuring five heavy metal bands, Texas Death Match, I-within-I, Left Hand Backwards, Composing the Apocalypse, and Nuclear Unicorn. Details @

Saturday, at Infinity Hall Norfolk, D. A. Foster & the Shaboo All-Stars & Friends offer A Musical Extravaganza to Benefit Work for Vessels for Vets. Heavy metal guitar shredder Yngwie (pronounced Ing-vey) Malmsteen takes the stage Sunday night. Details @

Tonight at The Wood, on Main Street in South Windsor it’s Afrodelic Music by Chartwell Dutiro and Timbila. Doors open at 6:30pm. This is a CD release show by Timbila, and Zimbabwean mbira maestro Chartwell Dutiro. Details @

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues showing A Quiet Passion and Citizen Jane: Battle For The City through the weekend. Beginning tonight, RAW presents Risk, a character study of Julian Assange. And beginning Saturday is My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea. Details & screening times at

Tonight and tomorrow, Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford is showing 20th Century Women, an indie film telling a story about family, sexuality, and identity. Sunday there’s an encore presentation of the National Theater Live’s production of Obsession. They also begin a run of Frantz later in the day. 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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