Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday's Jive 05-19-17

Good afternoon, it's Friday, May 19th, 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 the 4-piece group Stanley Maxwell, offering jazz, funk, and rock. Saturday morning at 10:30 is the weekly Aligned with Source workshop. Saturday evening, it’s Phoebe Legere with her ensemble performing an Acadian-Cajun renaissance blend of sounds. Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday Weekly Wind Down Happy Hour features Calvin Decutlass and the Cut Loose Band Later the main event is a CD Release Show with Dutty Winehouse and a host of other performers. Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. The Living Deads and So Long Friendly take the Café Nine stage later at night. The Sunday Buzz Matinee features the songwriting/performing team of Eric Ambel & Joe Flood. Later Sunday hear Audy Shaur and S.G. Calson, brought to you by Manic Presents! Details @

The Suicidegirls: Blackheart Burlesque show is at the College Street Music Hall tonight. Details @

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, they celebrate Shakedown’s 30th anniversary with performers on two stages.  The Main Stage features Kazoo Crew Family Band, Klams Kasino, and Bangcreek Puppies. On the Lily Pad stage it’s No Mind, The Notch, The Remnants, and Tablature. Saturday’s bill includes Mandala, Norris Blue, Sammy Maximim, and more. Details @

In Hartford tonight at Black-Eyed Sally’s the jazz saxophone is featured with the Noah Preminger Quartet. Saturday night, it’s blues with the Chris Bergson Band from NY, celebrating a CD release show for the new album, Bitter Midnight. Details @

At The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden tonight Manic Presents: The Obsessed, Karma To Burn, Lo-Pan, and Curse The Son. On Sunday, it’s Com Truise, and Clark. They’ve also got Flogging Molly, The White Buffalo, and Dylan Walshe at The College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Details @

In Middletown, the Russell Library brings a Hip Hop Festival exploring the art forms behind this contemporary American music, including workshops on Tunrtablism, graffiti art, and rhyming. From 10:30a to noon, there’s an opening reception for Tony Donovan’s photography exhibit celebrating the annual Middletown Summer Hoopfest. They’re also offering a passport workshop where you can apply for or renew a Passport. Details @

The 10th annual Arts and Media Festival starts at 6pm this evening at Middlesex Community College in Middletown. Student film, video and new media projects will be showcased. Details @

Saturday in Wallingford, Cherry Street Station keeps the loud music going with another heavy bill featuring 4 bands, Deathcode, Diabolis, Matt Danger G, and Outside My Head. Details @

Blues Rocker Delbert McClinton plays Infinity Hall Hartford tonight. Meanwhile Infinity Hall Norfolk presents Samantha Fish tonight. Saturday it's an acoustic evening with Heather Nova and Mishka. Dana Merritt plays in the Sunday bistro session. Details @

Today at 6 ‘til midnight is the Biker’s Against Animal Cruelty’s 7th Annual WoofStock Concert to raise awareness and funds in the fight to end animal cruelty!  It’s at The Outer Space in Hamden.  The bands performing are Soldiers of Solace, Murray the Wheel, Savile Row, Social Convention and Hair of the Dog. They’ll also be collecting donations of pet food, cleaning products, blankets, toys, beds, leashes, collars, bowls and anything else that will make the life of a shelter pet better! Details @

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

Tonight Hartford’s Real Art Ways opens a run of Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent, a documentary of the rise and fall of America’s first celebrity chef. Also opening is Obit, a film that explores the world of obituary writers. Details & screening times at

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford continues a run of Get Out, Jordan Peele’s film about an interracial relationship.  There’s a Sunday screening of Song to Song, about aspiring singer/songwriters who fall in love. 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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