Anne’s Shore & More #32 – March 21 2012

Anne’s Shore & More #32 – March 21 2012


There are some interesting shows coming up this weekend in the New London area. First of all, I’ve been looking forward to Friday night’s Blue Collar Happy Hour show ever since Ken Atkins told me he was going to play some new songs with his band that night. Not just any new songs, but some darker material, possibly even in minor keys. If you have ever heard any of my music you know that will be right up my alley, as I LOVE depressing songs in minor keys. Ken Atkins and the Honky Tonk Kind ( are spread out geographically these days, which makes getting together to practice a little difficult for them, but they had a rehearsal last week and I think they are going to pull this off. The new material will be played at the beginning of the night, so get there early. I should mention that their older songs are great too, so stay late! The band goes on at 8 pm, following an opening set by Roy Dunn MacLean at 7 pm. Blue Collar Happy Hour takes place every Friday night from 7 pm – midnight at the Side Pocket Cafe in Groton, and there is no cover.

Also on Friday night, Dogbite ( ) is playing a Hernando’s Hideaway show with the Ohio-Freer Collective  in New London. This show was originally scheduled to happen at the Tse Tse Gallery on State Street, but it’s been moved to the Riverview Playhouse (25 Riverview Ave., off Willetts Ave.) in New London. The show starts at 8 pm., and there will be food available. BYOB.

Earlier in the evening on Friday, young Mystic band Herff Jones ( will be doing an in-store show at the Telegraph record store ( in New London beginning at 6:00 pm. The band sounded great at the Hygienic Rock Fix in January and they were also featured on an episode of the Day newspaper’s Song Spinners series ( The Telegraph is located at 19 Golden Street in downtown New London.

On Saturday night, one of the area’s newest Americana bands, Dirt Road Radio (, will be doing a show at the Bean and Leaf coffee shop in New London. Local Brit Vince Tuckwood ( will be opening the show. Vince is a man of many talents. He often sits in on guitar with the Rivergods and he also happens to be the lead guitarist in my band the Smoke, but I’ve never seen him play a set of his own music, so I’m looking forward to it. He is also hosting a new acoustic open mic night on Wednesdays at the Blue Crab Steakhouse in Old Saybrook. Dirt Road Radio are guitarists Mike Scott, Dennis Walley, and violinist (fiddler?) Kelly Asciolla. I’ve seen them a couple of times and they keep getting better and better. They play folk/roots music with beautiful harmonies (all three sing), and they have released a song on the new Good Sponge Sampler Vol. 1 compilation called “The House” that you can listen to on their website (or go to Vince Tuckwood is also on the comp, with a song called “Side By Side”, recorded under the name Monkey68. (I’ll be writing a lot more about the Good Sponge Vol. 1 compilation and its CD release show in next week’s blog.) The Bean and Leaf show is from 7:30-9:30 pm on Saturday. There is no cover.

Here’s a video of Ken Atkins & the Honky Tonk Kind performing at the Hygienic Art Park in 2010:




Wed 3/21/12   – Pocket Vinyl at Bean and Leaf in New London 7 pm

- Jenny Owen Youngs, Aunt Martha, Gregory and the Hawk at BAR in New Haven 9pm

- Dirty Sanchez at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Thur 3/22/12  – Sandman and friends at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7 pm

- Vince Thompson and friends at Steak Loft in Mystic 7 pm


Fri 3/23/12      – Blue Collar Happy Hour with Ken Atkins & the Honky Tonk Kind, Roy Dunn MacLean at the Side Pocket Cafe in Groton 7 pm NO COVER

- Dogbite, the Ohio-Freer Collective at Riverview Playhouse, 25 Riverview Avenue (off Willetts Ave.) in New London 8-11 pm

- Herff Jones at the Telegraph in New London 6 pm

- Sue Menhart at the Bulkeley House in New London 5-7 pm Happy Hour

- Duke Robillard Band, Paul Gabriel at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Stark Raving Lulu, the Benders at Elm Bar in New Haven (Benefit for Rose Hope Animal Rescue)

- She Eats Planets at Stella Blues in New Haven

- The Slackers, the Pomps, Shots Fired at the Space in Hamden 7 pm


Sat 3/24/12      – Dirt Road Radio, Vince Tuckwood at Bean & Leaf in New London 7:30-9:30 pm

- Paper Hill Casket Company, Singing Bridges, the Grimm Generation at Elm Bar in New Haven

- Cletis and the Tings, Pruf, 2nd Floor at Two Boots in Bridgeport 10 pm NO COVER


Sun 3/25/12    – Roots Music Stomp with Craig “Honeyboy” Edwards and friends at 33 Golden Street in New London 7 pm

- Joe Krown Trio at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

Mon 3/26/12   – Polica, Fake Babies at the Outer Space in Hamden 7 pm


Tues 3/27/12   – Twerps, Estrogen Highs, Pools are Nice at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Wed 3/28/12   – Bare Wires, Magnetix at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Spectre Folk, Electric Jellyfish, Myty Konkeror at BAR in New Haven 9 pm NO COVER

- Band of Skulls, We Are Augustines at the Met in Pawtucket 8 pm


Thur 3/29/12  – Vince Thompson and friends at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7 pm

- Sue Menhart, Jim Weider (the Band, Levon Helm)at Olde Mystic Village Art Cinemas in Mystic 8 pm

- John Fries & the Heat at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly 8 pm NO COVER

- Skinny Jim and the Number 9 Blacktops, the Hulls at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9:30 pm

- Yarn at the Hungry Tiger in Manchester


Fri 3/30/12      – Blue Collar Happy Hour with the Hoolios, Roy Dunn MacLean at the Side Pocket Cafe in Groton 7 pm NO COVER

- Hind Legs, Instant Family, Dayne Duranti at 33 Golden Street in New London 9:30 pm

- Goodnight Blue Moon, Great Elk at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Reptilian Race, Madam Trashy, Bangladeafy at Elm Bar in New Haven


Sat 3/31/12      – Good Sponge sampler CD release party with the Rivergods, Monkey68, Dogbite, Dirt Road Radio, Anne Castellano & the Smoke, Amalgamated Muck, Chris MacKay and the Tone Shifters, Nancy Parent, Kevin Salley, Lauren Agnelli & Dave Rave, John Fries & the Heat,  the Franklin Brothers, the Sue Menhart Band at the Rose Barn Theater at the O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford 7:30 pm

- Sidewalk Dave at the Telegraph in New London 6-9 pm

- The Ramoones, Flesh Hammer, the Enemies, D.O.T. at the Bank Street Cafe in New London

- The Lost Riots at the Oasis Pub in New London

- Andrew W.K. at the Wolf Den in Uncasville 8 pm

- Eurisko, Space Orphans, Atrina at Elm Bar in New Haven

- Stephen Brodsky, Italian Horn, Snake Oil at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- SWAN Day 2012 with Sue Menhart, Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent, Ada Pasternak, Addie Brownlee, Annie Fitzgerald, Canyon, Jennifer Hill & Company, Sarah Lemieux, She Eats Planets, Stark                                           Raving Lulu, the Dirty Gems, the Grimm Generation at the Dirt Salon in Hartford 6 pm

- The Sweetback Sisters at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly 9 pm


Sun 4/1/12      - Roots Music Stomp with Craig “Honeyboy” Edwards and friends at 33 Golden Street in New London 7 pm

- Alcest, Vaura at Lily’s Pad (Toad’s Place Upstairs) in New Haven 7 pm


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 has been performing as a solo artist since 2007 but is currently rehearsing with her new band  Anne Castellano and the Smoke.

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 original music as her “day job” schedule permits.

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2 Responsesto “Anne’s Shore & More #32 – March 21 2012”

  1. Vince Tuckwood says:

    Thanks, Anne – see, I do read sometimes!!!