Friday’s Jive 8-10-12

Good afternoon, it’s Friday, August 10th, 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 at 8 at The Buttonwood Tree the soulful sounds of the young jazz group Mad Satta will be heard. Trumpeter and vocalist Ricky Alfonso and his group will return to The Buttonwood Tree for another night of powerful and swinging jazz music on Saturday night. A perennial in the Hartford music scene, Ricky’s group showcases tight, joyful and uplifting jazz music. Food Not Bombs shares food beginning about 1 pm in front of The Buttonwood Tree every Sunday. All are welcome and also invited to help prepare 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

On the river in Middletown at the Mattebesett Canoe Club on Sunday night it’s

Becky Chace, a singer who critics call, a “…steamy cauldron of music, purveying the sort of countrified roots/folk rock that hits with a gritty, earthy edge.” For more information visit the

Down in New Haven at Toads Place tonight jam out with the Reggae/Jam Fest 2012, including performances by Father Time, Full Spectrum and more.  Saturday night Toads hosts Summer Glow with speakers booming out electro, dubstep and house music all night long. More can be found online at

Also down in New Haven tonight at Café Nine, see Jazz Haven at 8, followed by Les Sans Culotte; w/the Shelly Valauskas Experience at 10. • Café Nine’s Saturday afternoon Jazz Jam will be hosted by Gary Grippo and Friends. Saturday Night, River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs; w/ Otis and the Hurricanes take the stage, and Sunday at 9 Tauk delivers a unique blend of funk, jazz, pop and rock with a fresh, experimental spirit. More can be found online at

Saturday in New Haven on the Green they are having the New Haven Jazz Festival from 4:30 to 9 pm. It’s free and bring a chair or blanket for comfort. Get the rundown at

And this weekend beginning tonight and going through Sunday they are holding the Litchfield Jazz Festival on the Goshen Fairgrounds in Goshen of course. Visit for all the details and the complete lineup.

Tonight in Hartford at Blackeyed Sally’s Grammy-nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen will take the stage, followed by Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts Saturday at 9. More can be found at

Happening in Collinsville at Bridge St. Live! 41 Bridge St. tonight @ 8pm is the musical artistry of Chris Smither. Having distilled his own signature sound of blues and folk for over 40 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. A profound songwriter, Chris continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers with this 14th record of his lengthy career. Chris’ twelfth studio record, released just two months ago, is his first recording to feature all Smither-penned, original songs. Saturday @ 8pm it’s the Best of Boston Comedy Festival hosted by Jim McCue – A mixture of witty “A-list material” and his ability to work off-script has earned Jim McCue the title “Boston’s King of Crowd Work!” Jim blends thought-provoking material and uncanny improv skills with a style that encourages audience participation – no two shows are ever the same! On the show with Jim is Joey Carroll.
Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group appear this weekend at the Warner Theater in Torrington on Sunday at 7pm.

On Sunday it’s the First Annual Middletown Music Festival. Put on by J-Cherry Presents in association with The Buttonwood Tree and WESU. To be held at Middlesex Community College rain or shine! Featuring Open Mic with J-Cherry, Mr. Anderson, Two Virgins, Gigglejuice, J-Cherry and the Strawberries. Food and vendors, and lots of fun! Live and local… this is great music! For more information visit

It is 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 in central CT this week:
Until next Tuesday, Cinestudio, Trinity College’s cinema in Hartford, will be presenting a digitally restored version of Jean Renoir’s 1937 film, Grand Illusion. Show schedules and descriptions can be found online at

Tonight through next Wednesday, Real Art Ways in Hartford will be viewing of Trishna, a modern take on the classic novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Tonight, Real Art Ways will continue with The Queen of Versailles, an epic documentary following billionaires Jackie and David and their rags to riches story. 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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