Anne’s Shore & More #19 – Dec 21 2011

Anne’s Shore & More #19 – Dec 21 2011


It’s a bit quiet for live shows this week, which isn’t a big surprise considering that Saturday night is Christmas Eve. But there are some shows going on earlier in the week, with Thursday looking like the busiest night. There will be a punk show at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London, featuring the reunited band the Enemies doing their first show in many years.  Also on the bill are Flesh Hammer ( (these guys have been around since 1985, believe it or not. Almost 27 years!), Found Dead in Trunk, and G.M.F.  This is an all-ages show, with no cover for those 21 and over, and $3 admission for under 21. Start time is 8 pm.

Thor Jensen (  and friends (Dave Anderson on bass, Mike Winslow on drums, and Jed Johnson on keys) will be doing a show on Thursday night at New London’s newest live music venue, 33 Golden Street. I can’t wait to check the place out, but that will have to wait a little while longer because I’m unfortunately not able to make it there on Thursday. There’s no doubt that it will be a great club for shows, since one of the owners is Gene Barousse, formerly of the Bank Street Cafe, Stash’s, and the El ‘n’ Gee. It’s exciting to have a new place in town and I bet there will be some great happenings there. Thor is only visiting the area and will be returning to the west coast at some point, so this might be your last chance to catch him for a long time. He’s an accomplished guitarist and he has some of the most talented musicians in town playing with him, so it’s bound to be a good show.

Also on Thursday night, Sandman ( and friends will be doing their regular 4th Thursday of the month gig at Sneekers Cafe in Groton. This is a free show and it starts at 8 pm. I’m not sure who he will have playing with him, but Sandy is a great songwriter with a beautiful singing voice. He sat in on lead guitar with the Rivergods last Saturday at their holiday show, which was a really nice surprise. It’s always a pleasure to hear him play the guitar or mandolin.

Speaking of talented guitarists, John Fries ( will be playing with his band the Heat at Burke’s Tavern in Niantic on Friday night at 8pm. These guys recently opened for Robert Cray at the Garde Theater in New London and they have been in the studio recording their debut album. This is their first annual holiday show and should be a great way to relax amid the stress of shopping and cooking.

Here’s some video of Thor and friends from their show last Saturday at the Oasis Pub:




Wed 12/21/11  – Village Jammers at Steak Loft in Mystic 7pm

- Wess Meets West, True Apothecary, A Paper Tugboat at BAR in New Haven 9pm NO COVER

- Kyle Flynn, Ryan Roger at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9pm


Thur 12/22/11- The Enemies, Flesh Hammer, Found Dead In Trunk, G.M.F. at the El ‘n’  Gee in New London 8pm

- Thor Jensen and friends at 33 Golden Street in New London

- Sandman and friends at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 8pm

- 9th Wave, the Clams at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9pm

- Mill Valley Taters, Sonic Supercharger 66 at Two Boots in Bridgeport 9pm NO COVER


Fri 12/23/11    – John Fries & the Heat at Burke’s Tavern in Niantic 8pm

- Ronnie Spector at the Wolf Den in Uncasville 8pm

- The Donovan Brothers at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9pm

- The Broadcast Hearts, Ghost of Chance at Elm Bar in New Haven

- Grover Dill, the Tired and True, Fourth and Goal, Hate Your Guts, Wolves at Bay at Daniel Street in Milford 8pm


Sat 12/24/11    – Death Church, Neurospora at Elm Bar in New Haven


Mon 12/26/11 – The Wildweeds at the Iron Horse in Northampton (tickets $49.50)


Tues 12/27/11 – Milksop:Unsung at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9pm

- The Wildweeds at the Iron Horse in Northampton (tickets $49.50)


Wed 12/28/11  – Sarah Lou Richards, Mike Clifford at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8pm

- Birdhand, Ovlov, the Joiner Inners at BAR in New Haven 9pm NO COVER


Thur 12/29/11- Daphne Lee Martin, Sandman, and Mike Poulopoulos at Perks & Corks in Westerly 8-11pm

-  La Tunda, Damn Broads at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9pm

- Sun Dagger at Elm Bar in New Haven

- The Grimm Generation, the Interstellar Elevators at Two Boots in Bridgeport 9pm NO COVER

- Tony Jones & the Cretin 3, Fall & Bounce at Mardi Gras in Cranston, RI 8:30pm


Fri 12/30/11    – The Tyler Trudeau Attempt, The Field Recordings, Inclined Plane at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9pm

- Red Blade, VRSA at Elm Bar in New Haven

- The Felice Brothers. the Robots, the Alternate Routes at Daniel Street in Milford 9pm

- Commander Cody at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly 9pm


Sat 12/31/11    – Leftover Crack, the Hempsteadys, Flesh Hammer, Midnight Saints, Cry Havoc, Westside Infection, Folk Y’All, the Weird Beards at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London 5pm



Anne Castellano is a New London songwriter and musician who has played in several bands over the years (the Uninformed, the Skin Walkers, and the Cavities). She is currently performing as a solo artist but is planning on putting a band together very soon. In 2010 she released a full-length self-produced CD entitled “What’s Been Going On” on the New London-based Cosmodemonic Telegraph label. She is a 30-year veteran of college radio, and is currently doing the Deranged Radio Show on alternate Tuesday evenings from 6-9pm at WCNI 90.9 FM in New London. She grew up in New Fairfield, CT in a musical family, with a father who played guitar and listened to country artists such as Hank Williams and Patsy Cline, and a mother who loved Elvis Presley. Involvement in band and chorus in high school led to membership in the UCONN Marching Band and a two-week tour of Europe performing with the band in the early 1980s. Anne moved to New London in 1987 because of the vibrant local music scene there. In 2005 she began putting together a concert calendar to get the word out about all the local band shows that were taking place in the area. She enjoys books, animals, hiking, and the beach, and sees as much live music as her “day job” schedule permits.

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