Friday July 20 Jive

Good afternoon, it’s Friday, July 20th, 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 Café Nine see Nona Hendrix, of the funk/glam/rock group ‘Labelle’. Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by the George Baker Experience. Saturday Night those rock and roll cats from the Cape, The Spampinato Brothers, w/ Big Fat Combo, will be performing live. More can be found online at

Tonight at Tools Bar and Grill, in New Britain, the Latin Quarter Jazz Collective take the stage, followed by the D. Smith Blues Band on Saturday night. More can be found at

In Hartford tonight at Black Eyed Sally’s, storyteller and deep roots guitarist known as ‘The Sauce Boss” will take the stage, followed by the Randy Oxford Band on Saturday night. For more information, you can check out

Also here in Middletown Mondays through Thursdays through August, from 10am-noon, Stacey Sroka leads The Buttonwood Tree’s Open Arts & Crafts program. Everyone is welcome! Tonight, California performers Mark Lemaire and Twilight bring their ‘beautiful two-part harmonies and virtuoso guitar’ to The Buttonwood Tree. Saturday at The Buttonwood Tree there’s a double bill starting off with ‘contemporary jazz guitar innovators’ Sheryl Bailey and Vic Juris, followed by a little Rock n’ Roll with Ray Mason. Show begins at 8:00 pm.

Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of The Buttonwood Tree every Sunday. All are welcome and invited to help prepare vegetarian food at the First Church at 190 Court Street at 11:30 am. More information about all Buttonwood events can be found at or by calling 860.347.4957

The Hamden Arts Commission continues its 2012 Summer Concert Series with Southside Johnny & The Asbury Dukes tonight at 7:30 pm at the Town Center Park at Meadowbrook, Hamden.

This week brings the return of the Gathering of the Vibes to Seaside Park in Bridgeport. Running through Sunday, this music festival features dozens of national and international performers. Highlights include Steel Pulse, Primus, Phil Lesh & Friends, Bob Weir & Bruce Hornsby With Special Guest Branford Marsalis,  The Mickey Hart Band, George Porter Jr, The Greyboy Allstars, Zappa Plays Zappa, The Stepkids, The Mclovins, Mates Of State, Deep Banana Blackout, Soulive And Lettuce, plus much much more with Master Of Ceremonies Wavy Gravy! Details can be found at

The Greater Hartford Festival Of Jazz kicks off now and continues through Sunday at Bushnell Park in Hartford.  Gates Open at 5pm and the music starts at 7pm after opening ceremony. Sunday’s line up starts at 3p.m. with Destiny Africa Children’s Choir followed by Dana Lauren, and Afro-Semitic Experience, and closes with a 7:30 performance from The Hartford Symphony Orchestra performing a tribute to the music of “Cannonball” Adderley featuring Erica von Kleist. More online at

Saturday mornings at 11, The Russell Knitters meet and work at The Russell Library here in Middletown. All are welcome to share their expertise and experience. More can be found online at

Finally, in Middletown, on a social justice note, on Saturday at 1 pm, Encuentro will meet on Middletown’s South Green. Encuentro  (en-kwen-tro) is a gathering of individuals who are struggling for housing, education, health, freedom, justice, a voice, space to exist, peace, respect, community and dignity, and for humanity to counter the current tendency to prioritize big business over the general welfare. For more information, call 860-342-1070.

 And it’s the season for farmers’ markets 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 now 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 week.

Running through next Tuesday, Cinestudio, the Trinity College cinema in Hartford will present 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

Today through next Tuesday, Real Art Ways in Hartford will be showing ‘Polisse’, a film that follows the daily lives of a tight-knit team of men and women working for the Child Proctection Unit of the Parisian police force. Tickets, times, and more can be found 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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