Friday, July 7, 2017

Friday's Jive 07-07-17

Good afternoon, it's Friday, July 7th, 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 hosts Indigo Soul and their R&B and light pop, along with Americana performed by Tiny Ocean. The Aligned with Source Workshop is on Saturday morning at 10:30 am, and jazz with the Castlefield Trio is on the bill for Saturday night. On Sunday, NEAR and Far Storytellers takes the stage at 7 pm. Details @

New Haven's Cafe Nine Friday Wind Down Happy Hour features Mr. Heartbreak, followed by the late show with Pink Navel, Old Self, Zak G, and Chef the Chef. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Gary Grippo & Friends, followed by a Record Release Show with Charlie Karp & The Name Droppers, appearing with Howard Jeffrey. Lea and Swamp Yankee. The Sunday Buzz Matinee features the Balkun Brothers, and they round out the weekend with Kelsey Waldon and Stefanie Harris Austin Sunday night. Details @

In Hartford Saturday night at Black-Eyed Sally’s it’s the Mighty Soul Drivers. Details @

At Toad’s Place in New Haven there’s a Fired Up Fridays Dance Party with TreFyah and Puzzo. A Summer Slamfest on Saturday brings you Crosby, Deathcode, Halcyon, and more. Details @

At Russell Library Saturday morning they start a six-week hands-on fiddling tutorial sponsored by the Connecticut Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Club. Registration and violin experience required.  Details @

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford hosts Part 1 of a New Roof Fundraiser, featuring Imperium Mortis, Risk All In Life, Garbage Barge, and more. On Saturday they bring you Maniacal Violator, Enemy of the Stage, Night Rite, and more. Details @

At Infinity Hall in Hartford, tonight it’s classic pop and rock with Badfinger’s “Straight Up” live and complete starring Joey Molland. And it’s blues and classic rock on Sunday with The Yardbirds. Amy Helm Plays infinity Norfolk tonight, Kasey Chambers is there Saturday night and Sunday David Cook is there with Kathryn Dean. Details @
The third annual Riverfront Food Truck Festival happens this weekend at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford. Enjoy food, music, people in crazy costumes and more through Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm. Also, Riverfront Fireworks are Saturday night when Simply Sing will perform danceable music, appearing with the 102nd Army Band. Details @

This Saturday, here in Middletown, Oddfellows Playhouse invites you to their Second Summer Fling - fun-raiser and FUND-raiser for Playhouse Programs. The Zydecats will bring their brand of zydeco music and dancing is all part of the music. There will be food from local restaurants and Special Guest - film director and OP Alum Keith Bearden. Plus surprise circus acts, a silent auction and a cash bar. All proceeds will go to support Playhouse programs and productions in the 2017-18 season. Details @

It’s Second Saturdays for Families at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, where families enter free and you can enjoy art, storytelling, galleries, music, and more. Details@

Connecticut’s Farmers Markets are opening. Enjoy home-grown goods and support local growers. Open now are: Cromwell, Fridays 4-7 pm; Durham, Thursdays 3-6 pm; Glastonbury, Wednesdays 4-7pm; Plainville Fridays 3-6 pm, and Berlin Saturdays, 9-1 pm. 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 “Monterey Pop,” a documentary celebrating the 50th anniversary of this iconic Summer of Love concert. Opening today are Logan: Noir continuing the Wolverine’s legacy; and Band Aid, a raw, real, and hilarious story of a couple who can’t stop fighting. All films run through July 13. Details & screening times at

Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford tonight opens “Norman,” starring Richard Gere as the ultimate New York schmoozer. 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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