Anne’s Shore & More #20 – Dec 28 2011

Anne’s Shore & More #20 – Dec 28 2011


The final weekend of 2011 looks a little quiet, but there are several interesting shows worth checking out. On Thursday night, Vince Thompson and friends ( will be at Sneekers Cafe in Groton as part of the club’s Thursday night Roots/Americana music series. I am almost embarrassed that it took me so long to finally get to one of Vince’s shows, but having seen him play that one time, I am really going to try to get to this one. Vince plays with a varied lineup of talented bandmates, and for this show he will have Andy Solberg on guitar and vocals, Brian Rizzuto on upright bass and vocals, and Vinny Pagano on drums. Andy Solberg was in the band at the Side Pocket Cafe show in November, and his playing was really wonderful. The songs were great and the band had an intensity that made it hard to leave after one set (I was making the rounds that night…) The Sneekers Cafe show starts at 7 pm and there is no cover. This is a nice comfortable place to see a band, and the food comes highly recommended.

My pick for Friday night is a 3-band pop show at Cafe Nine with the Tyler Trudeau Attempt (, the Field Recordings ( ), from the New Haven area, and the Inclined Plane (, from Hartford . It’s been a long time since I had a chance to see the Tyler Trudeau Attempt, so I am considering a road trip to New Haven that night. Now that former New Haven area resident Tyler Trudeau/Brian LaRue is living in Brooklyn, NY, he isn’t in the area nearly as often as he used to be. It’s good to see that the band is still playing out occasionally. They put out  5-song EP way back in 2007 called In My Despair, I Took Up Painting, and you can listen it to it here: They also recorded a really good full-length album after that but have not found a label to release it on yet. Hopefully someday soon?  Tyler has a great catalog of clever, melodic, not-quite-happy, often self-deprecating songs. My favorite, “We’re an Un-American Band”, is guaranteed to get stuck in your head for days, if not weeks. In fact, I’m going to go listen to it now.

The big New Year’s Eve show in the New London area will be at the El ‘n’ Gee Club. In fact, there will be TWO shows at the Gee: a matinee at 3 pm and the big show at 6pm. Cover is $5 for the matinee,  and that will get you reduced admission to the second show. The bands for the matinee will be Gate 38, Dead City Riot, God’s Middle Finger (GMF), and one more TBA.  Beginning at 6 pm, Leftover Crack, the Hempsteadys, Al Borland, Midnight Saints, Cry Havoc, and Westside Infection will be playing on the main stage. Folk Y’All, the Weird Beards, and Mark Leonard will be doing acoustic sets on the small stage in between the other acts. Admission for those over age 21 is $12, with under 21 paying $15. If you go to the earlier show you only pay $10 to get in to the later show. If this weren’t enough, the Midnight Saints and Allin Booking will also be raffling guitars, keyboard, skate decks, and other items to benefit a great cause, the New London High School Music program.

Here’s Vince Thompson performing one of his songs solo at the Sinner’s Circle in August 2010:



And here is the official music video for the single “These Are Dark Times” by the Tyler Trudeau Attempt:





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- Vince Thompson and friends at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10:30pm

- Desert Rain Trio, Acoustic Surf Tones, Echo Uganda at St. Paul’s Church in Willimantic 7pm (Benefit for Windham Harm Reduction)

- 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, Nightbitch 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, the Inclined Plane at  Cafe Nine in New Haven 9pm

- Red Blade, VRSA, Death Prayers 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    – GMF, Gate 38 and Dead City Riot, 1 more TBA at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London 3pm

- Leftover Crack, the Hempsteadys, Al Borland, Midnight Saints, Cry Havoc, Westside Infection, Folk Y’All, the Weird Beards, Mark Leonard at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London 5pm


Mon 1/2/12     – Harris Brothers Band at Cafe Nine in New Haven 7-9pm


Tues 1/3/12     – Joe Flood at Cafe Nine in New Haven 7pm

- Baby G at Cafe Nine in New Haven 10pm

- Jay Prince, DBTME at Elm Bar in New Haven (Singer Songwriter Series)


Wed 1/4/12     - Dive, Nothing, Pools are Nice at BAR in New Haven 9pm NO COVER


Thur 1/5/12    – Jim Carpenter and friends at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7pm

- Celebrated Tigers at Cafe Nine in New Haven

- John Fries and the Heat at the Whiskey Republic in Providence 9pm


Fri 1/6/12        – Blue Collar Happy Hour with the Hoolios at the Side Pocket Cafe in Groton 7-11pm NO  COVER

- Kid Django, the Snails , Steady Habits, Shots Fired at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9pm


- The Theater Zombies, Young Adult Fiction at Elm Bar in New Haven


Sat 1/7/12        – The Iguanas, Joe Flood at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9pm

- The Midnightmares, L.A. Trash at Elm Bar in New Haven

- Eleanor Friedberger (of the Fiery Furnaces), John Wesley Harding at the Outer Space in Hamden 7pm



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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