Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday's Jive 06-23-17

Good afternoon, it's Friday, June 23rd, 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 Akron-based Gage Brothers. The Aligned with Source Workshop and Meditation is Saturday morning @ 10:30, and in the evening jazz pianist and composer Ben Rosenblum performs with his trio. There’s a Closing Reception on Sunday for Maria Louise to celebrate her exhibition, From Bud to Bloom. Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday’s Wind Down Happy Hour features Buzz Gordo. The night’s main event features Danny Pease and the Regulators, Dutty Windhouse, Sky Swamp Orange, and The Screw-Ups. Saturday’s afternoon Jazz Jam Session is with the George Baker Band. At night Sidestep Complex, Drop Kick Pop, and Sarah Golley take the stage. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you The Hickups and Tuesday Saints, and they finish out the weekend with a Manic Presents late show featuring The Toasters, and Slip and Fall. Details @

At Toad’s Place in New Haven Saturday they headline Shakedown, playing the music of The Grateful Dead and Beyond, Great Blue, O’K and the Night Crew, and Klams Kasino. Details @

In Hartford tonight at Black-Eyed Sally’s it’s a New England Blues Blast with Neal & the Vipers, appearing with Carl Ricci & 706 Union Ave. Saturday’s event is The Ze-Conn, with Brian MacDonald and an All-Star Band celebrating the music of Warren Zevon. Details @

At The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden tonight, Manic Productions presents The Sea The Sea, and Kacy & Clayton. Details @

At the Russell Library in Middletown there’s Yoga in the Courtyard on Saturday at 11 am. Details @

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford hosts a Fundraiser Show for Crossing the Rubicon Bus tonight. On Saturday it’s the All Day Summer Punk on the outdoor stage.. Details @

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, you can indulge in folk, rock, and funk tonight with the Adam Ezra Group, appearing with special guest Atlas Gray. On Saturday they bring you Tusk – the Ultimate Tribute to Fleetwood Mac. Details @
The Greater Hartford Latino Fest happens this Saturday from noon to 9 pm at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Enjoy music, vendors and more in this multicultural celebration. Details @

The 3rd annual “Blackbird” Benefit Concert is this Saturday at 6 pm at Middlesex Community College in Middletown. This year an all-star band performs The Beatles’ “Abbey Road.” Proceeds benefit the Stephanie Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund. 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 opens a run of Dawson City: Frozen Time, featuring rare silent films from the early 20th century found in a Canadian Gold Rush town. Also opening is Radio Dreams, about a Farsi-language radio station in San Francisco, and in the afternoons The Lost City of Z, about Brisish explorer Percy Fawcett. All films run beyond the weekend. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford opens a run of A Woman’s Life, based on Guy de Maupaussant’s novel of a young girl’s journey from the convent to aging motherhood. They screen National Theatre Live’s new production of “Salome” Sunday. 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 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 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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