Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday's Jive 08-04-17

Good afternoon, it's Friday,August 4th, 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.
At the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown tonight Story City Troupe brings you storytellers. On Saturday morning it’s the Aligned With Source Workshop, and the evening brings you alternative and folk with Driving Route 9, appearing along with The Terri and Rob Duo. On Sunday at 7 pm it’s comedy with Cloud 9 Improv &  Friends. Details @

In New Haven at Café Nine, tonights Happy Hour is with Frank Critelli, followed by the night show headlining The Lively, and Zero Years. Saturday’s Jazz Jam Session is with Mike Coppola and Friends. The late show’s got an all-star band performing Cars Candy-O. The Sunday Buzz Matinee brings you Michael Hunton and Brad Byrd, and they round out the weekend with the blues guitar legend Junior Watson, appearing with Dean Shot & The Solid Senders on Sunday night. Details @

Tonight in Hartford at Black-Eyed Sally’s it’s blues, jazz, rock and swing with the Ric Mysterie Band. Saturday’s headliner is Diane Blue & Friends. Details @

At the Mattabesett Canoe Club in Middletown tonight at 8pm they’re featuring the band EasyBaby. Details @

Cherry St. Station in Wallingford holds a CD release party  tonight for The Shape’s latest production, “The World Away.” It’s a devil music shindig on Saturday with music by NightBitch. The Sunday punk matinee starts at 5 pm with Cry Havoc, The Lost Riots, Marko and the Bruisers, and more. Details @

Infinity Hall in Hartford brings blues and rock tonight with The Magpie Salute, featuring Rich Robinson and members of the Black Crowes. If you’re a fan of Tool, you can catch the tribute band Schism on Saturday. Details @
WESU’s own J Cherry invites you to the annual Middletown Music Festival this weekend starting at 6 pm today and going through Sunday at 7 pm on the grounds of Middlesex Community College in Middletown. Enjoy the music of local and regional performers, a vendor village, beer tasting, bagpipes and more. Details @

The annual Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival happens this Saturday at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford starting at 1 pm. Enjoy costumes, dance, and music, authentic Caribbean cuisine, cool island beverages, children’s activities, food and more. Details @

The Middletown Recreation Division sponsors a nature walk on Saturday at 10 am on the Mattabesset River Trail. E-mail or call 860-262-2788 for registration and details.

Manic Presents Tower of Power, appearing with Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez at the College Street Music Hall tonight. At The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden tonight, they bring you Slaughter Beach, Dog, Shannen Moser, and Short Month. They’re back at College Street on Saturday with Michelle Branch and Haerts. On Sunday they return to The Ballroom with Rozwell Kid, Chris Farren, Great Grandpa, and Fightsong. Details @

Connecticut’s Farmers Markets are open. Enjoy home-grown goods and support local growers. Open now are: Middletown’s North End Farmers Market on Friday’s from 10am to 2pm, as well as Middletown’s long running market on the South Green on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 1pm. Cromwell’s market is on Fridays 4-7 pm; Durham, Thursdays 3-6 pm; and Glastonbury, Wednesdays 4-7pm, Plainville Fridays 3-6 pm, and Berlin Saturdays, 9-1 pm. Details @

And, here's our rundown of cinema, off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:
Tonight, Hartford’s Real Art Ways opens Pop Aye, a Thai movie about the reunion of a Bangkok architect and elephant. Also, the matinee showing is Beatriz At Dinner, a film starring John Lithgow and Selma Hayek who collide in this dark comedy. Both run through Aug. 10. Details & screening times at

Tonight, Trinity College’s Cinestudio in Hartford opens Il Boom, an HD restoration of a 1963 Vittorio De Sica surreal comedy about Italy’s post-WWII economic boom. It continues through Aug. 9. Details and screening times at 

Middletown Youth Services and Wesleyan University invite you to view The Princess Bride this Saturday at 7 pm, the final film in the  Films on Foss series. The location is Foss Hill on the Wesleyan campus, of course. 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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