Friday 08-24-12 Jive

Good afternoon, it’s Friday, August 24th, 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.

For the latest in local arts and entertainment anytime you’re not hearing it on our Jive, go to – the City’s website for what’s going on and what’s to do with a highlight on the arts in Middletown. That’s

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area:

Tonight, down in New Haven, at Toad’s Place the ‘Summer Slam Fest II’ comes to the stage, including performances by Chaos Theory, The Ultra Violets, and more. And more can be found at

Also down in New Haven tonight at the Cafe Nine stage, it’s Blues @ 9 presenting talented blues guitarist Debbie Davies • Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by the George Baker Experience. Saturday Night folk-pop and alt/rock group Al Raebuck and Friends will be performing live and Sunday night Manic Productions Presents: Brian Olive w/ Jacques Le Coque; Dan Soto & The Duded Kings. More online at

The Middletown Commission on the Arts presents its annual Summer Sounds concert series on the City’s South Green (Union Park) on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer. Information about the final two upcoming concerts can be found at

Friday night, 4core brings modern, forward-thinking jazz music with a blend of original compositions and jazz standards to The Buttonwood Tree.
Saturday night at The Buttonwood Tree, The Nutmeg Ramblers will bring their program of acoustic music that is sure to please. Food Not Bombs shares food starting around 1 pm in front of The Buttonwood Tree every Sunday. All are welcome and invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. More information about all Buttonwood events can be found at www.buttonwood.orgor by calling 860.347.4957

In Hartford, at Black-eyed Sally’s tonight the Michael Packer Blues Band will take the stage, followed by the Mighty Soul Drivers on Saturday night.

Tonight in Hartford brings the Annual Ray Gonzales Latin Jazz and Salsa music festival to Buckley High School. The event starts at 6pm. For info call 860-836-2029

The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate, 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown is hosting their tenth annual Open Air Market and Festival on Sunday. The Festival will be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. rain or shine. The event is free. The historic Mansion will transform its 700 foot vista into a marketplace and festival where a variety of vendors will gather to sell their Connecticut-grown or made products. There is more online at

Also on Sunday, Nouveau Crooner, Dave Downs, will perform popular American songs from the 30’s & 40’s, the 50’s & 60’s, and into the new millennium, beginning at 10:00 a.m., at BrewBakers, 169 Main Street, Middletown. Downs will also offer original selections from his upcoming album, The Leatherman.

And, John Basinger will perform sections from Paradise Lost beginning at 2 pm on Sunday at The Buttonwood Tree. John Milton’s epic poem comes to life when John offers his perspective and unique understanding. Books are available to follow along. Visit to learn more of this unusual and rare offering.

It’s farmers’ market season and here are a few in our area:
The Durham Farmers’ Market is open every Thursday on the Town Green on Main St,  from 3 to 6:30 pm, through September. The longstanding Middletown Farmers’ market at the South Green is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 am to 1 pm through October. The Middletown North End Farmers Market is open 10 am to 2 pm every Friday and is located at the corner of Liberty and Main Streets in Middletown.

Now here’s a quick rundown of cinema off the beaten path here in central CT this weekend:

Tonight, and continuing through Tuesday, Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford, presents a new work by American director Wes Anderson entitled, ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ which took the opening slot at the Cannes Film Festival. Show schedules and descriptions can be found online at

Beginning tonight and running through next Thursday, Real Art Ways in Hartford will be presenting ‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry’ – a gripping documentary following the trials and tribulations of China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Tickets, times, and more online at

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming on WESU.

Right after the Jive At Five from 5:05 to 6:00pm it’s
 The Brittle Diameter
 w/Josh Sharp – 
A varied blend of brand new and time honored independent music, presented in a mixtape aesthetic.  Continuity and cohesion are the watchwords here.

From 6:00 to 6:30pm 
it’s Free Speech Radio News from The Pacifica Network – An independently produced half hour daily national and international radio news program focusing on peace and social justice issues in the US and around the world. FSRN is collectively run by its workers and reporters.

At 6:30, until 8pm we have the Universal Sound Wave with Sistah Tee – Informing listeners about local and global issues with health, nutrition, and stress reduction tips, featuring a wide range of music including African, reggae, gospel, R&B, Latin, and blues.

Next up until 10pm, we take it
 From the Otherside with 
Rok-A-Dee – The Voice of Hartford, featuring local artists from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Spotlighting Caribbean R & B, Soca and international music.

From 10 until Midnight, take in
 the sounds of Rumba en el Patio 
with Michael
- Classic Salsa for the dancers, Afro-Latin Big Band for the discerning ear. Join us as we adventure through the history of Musica Latina!

At Midnight until 1:30am Saturday it’s 
N.E. Tempo with 
DJ Berk
- Serious turntablism – Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.

At 1:30am we go 
In the Master Bedroom, Under the Bed with 
Dope Dave 
until 3am – Celebrating conscious hip-hop and its offshoots & influences. Acrobatic emcees and down-tempo poets mix it up over varied oceans of sound.

At 3, to 4am it’s the Bassment Beats with DJ Lokash – the Real Hip-Hop is over here.

Then, we bring you
 Sing Out! 
from 4 to 5am, on a mission to preserve and support the cultural diversity and heritage of all traditional and contemporary folk musics, and to encourage making folk music a part of our everyday lives.

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 6:00 to 7:00am it’s
 the Celtic Café
 – Traditional and contemporary music with a Celtic connection.

And now that the coffee’s hot enjoy Caffe Italia from 7:00 to 8:00am 
with Francesco Fiumara
 – A weekly roundup of news, music and memories from Italy.

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 from Kevin Norton’s Metaphor Quartet, a CD entitled Not Only In That Golden Tree . . . featuring (the late) Wilber Morris, Masahiko Kono, Hitomi Tono’Oka and Kevin Norton, the selection “not drunk, but stunned” and it’s out on clean feed records.

If you didn’t get a chance to write down some information for an event mentioned in our jive at five –we’ve published the script for today’s jive online at 
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