Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday's Jive 06-16-17

Good afternoon, it's Friday, June 16th, 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 originals and more with Stephilia’s Stone, appearing with singer/songwriter Mary Bragg. The Aligned with Source Workshop and Meditation is Saturday morning @ 10:30, and in the evening it’s a farewell gig with the jazz pianist Uri Shaham and his trio before he returns to Israel. Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday monthly Women in Music Happy Hour features Kath Bloom, Terri Lynn, and Flo Ness. Later Manic Presents Charly Bliss, Hellrazor, and more for the evening’s main event. Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with Tony Dioguardi & Friends. Whiskey Kill and Bronson Rock take the Café Nine stage Saturday night. The Sunday Buzz Matinee features Ponybird and Rob Carlson, along with Benefit Street. Sunday evening they finish out the weekend featuring Parker Gispert and Laundry Day. Details @

At Toad’s Place in New Haven tonight, they headline The Naked and Famous, appearing with Furbs. Saturday’s early show is the Upnext Day Party with Ayo & Teo, followed by the late show featuring Erotic City, a Prince tribute band. Details @

In Hartford tonight at Black-Eyed Sally’s they’re featuring guitarist Daniel Salazar with his cross-boundaries compositions. On Saturday, Sally’s invites you to the 18th annual Black-eyed & Blues Festival in Bushnell Park from 2 to 11 pm where you can enjoy the Danny Draher Band, Grason Hugh & the Moon Hawks, Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood, and more. Details @

At The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden for the weekend, Manic Productions presents Moon Hooch and Honeycomb tonight, and Sorority Noise, Forth Wanderers, The Obsessives, and Shannen Moser on Saturday. Then it’s St. Paul & The Broken Bones, appearing with Shovels & Rope, on Sunday at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Details @

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford brings you Owl Maker, Left Hand Backwards, the DOOD, and Ditch Wizard tonight. On Saturday it’s Corpse Light, VRSA, and Undercliff. Details @

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, this Saturday there’s a CD release party with blues artists the Balkun Brothers appearing with Consider the Source and Jake Kulak & The Lowdown. On Sunday it’s Bruce in the USA with the world's #1 Bruce Springsteen tribute band. Details @
The Cedar Hill Cemetery hosts a Butterfly Hunt this Saturday at 10 am in Hartford, co-sponsored by the Connecticut Butterfly Association. Wear long pants, hiking shoes, and bug repellent. Details @
Connecticut’s Farmers Markets are opening the 2017 season. Enjoy home-grown goods and support local growers. Open now are: Cromwell, Fridays 4-7 pm; Durham, Thursdays 3-6 pm; and Glastonbury, Wednesdays 4-7pm. More to come as the season unfolds. Details @

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

Hartford’s Real Art Ways continues the run of Their Finest, a WWII comedy about British pride and pluck. Tonight they open a restoration version celebrating the 50th anniversary of Monterey Pop, along with Chuck, about resilience in the boxing world, and I, Daniel Blake, about the search for compassion after disability strikes. Details & screening times at

Following their annual summer break, Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford reopens today with Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story, a documentary of the storyboard artist Harold Michelson and his family. On Sunday they screen Michelangelo Love and Death in their Exhibition on Screen series, which gives a fresh look at this legendary artist. Details and screening times at 

Free Movies in the Parks returns this Friday with a screening of “Trolls” in Riverside Park in Hartford. The movie starts at sunset. Details @
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 7pm, it'll be Free Talk Radio with Deni and Al Robinson addressing news, politics, entertainment & weather and featuring listeners’ call-ins.

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 Commotion 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 theBBC World News - a daily News roundup from the British Broadcasting Corporation, and Pacifica

And staying on the other side of the big pond, from 6 to 7am it’sthe 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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