Anne’s Shore & More #36 – April 18 2012

Anne’s Shore & More #36 – April 18 2012



The good news is that there are a lot of good shows to choose from on Friday night. You can probably even go to more than one, but chances are you’re going to wish you were at all of them. (If you find a way to do that, let me know!) First of all, Ken Atkins and the Honky Tonk Kind (sorry, not Chris MacKay and the Tone Shifters – my bad…) ( are playing at the Blue Collar Happy Hour show at the Side Pocket Cafe in Groton.  I really enjoyed their last show there, and it was great to actually see Ken playing a Les Paul after breaking a string on his trusty Telecaster. The new songs were really good, and I especially liked “Teardrops Fall” (I’m pretty sure that’s the title). Love that minor key Honky Tonk! Roy Dunn MacLean opens the show at 7 pm, and the Honky Tonk Kind play at 8 pm. There is no cover, and the kitchen is open.

Across town at Sneekers Cafe in Groton, the Rivergods ( will be playing on the big moose stage. The band has some new songs, including my favorite, “The Curse”, which they played at the recent Good Sponge Sampler CD Release show (see the video below). The show starts at 8 pm, the band plays until 11:30, and there is no cover. Sneekers has earned a reputation for great food. The Rivergods will also be playing next Saturday April 28 at the Daffodil Festival in Meriden. They have the 5:45 pm time slot on the Bandshell Stage, right before headliners Barefoot Truth. More about the Daffodil Festival next week.

On Friday in New London, the Weird Beards will be playing an album release show at the Oasis Pub. The album is called  A.D.E.D. ( It’s also the Weird Beards’ 5th anniversary, and if that isn’t enough, it’s also 4/20. The Beards suggest that you wear your best plaid and get weird. They will debut the album and show their new music video “Cream Puff Powder Man”, which was directed by Andrew Proctor. It’s not clear from the Facebook event ( whether  the album will be for sale at the show. You can “like” the band’s Facebook page ( for updates. Admission is $5 and the start time is listed at 9 pm, but I’d bet they go on a bit later than that.

Around the corner at 33 Golden Street, Fatal Film (, Estrogen and Tonic (, and Fox Run ( will be playing. Fatal Film and Estrogen and Tonic are two of the New London bands that have been around the longest. Estrogen and Tonic has actually been playing for over 15 years! And I remember one of Fatal Film’s early shows, when they played a show at the Bulkeley House during Hygienic weekend as a two-piece (guitar and drums). Their first album, Video Bowling, came out in 2005. In contrast, Fox Run has only been around since November 2011. Speaking of newcomers, 33 Golden Street is a fairly new club that has quickly earned a reputation as a great place to see a show. Owners Gene and Jeff have done a nice job creating a very comfortable atmosphere here. Cover is $5 and the show starts around 10 pm.

The Sue Menhart Band ( will be playing at Burke’s Tavern in Niantic on Friday night. They were crowd favorites at the Good Sponge CD release, and Sue also played a well-received solo set at the SWAN Day festival in Hartford earlier in the evening. The show starts at 8 pm and there is no cover. No word yet whether they’ve managed to clone Dan Spano, who plays keyboards for both the Rivergods and the Sue Menhart Band.

Here are the Rivergods performing “The Curse” at the Rose Barn Theater on March 31:




Wed 4/18/12   – Sandman at Perks & Corks in Westerly 9-midnight

- Mice Parade, Modern Merchant at BAR in New Haven 9 pm

- Girls Guns and Glory at the Half Door in Hartford 9:30 pm


Thur 4/19/12  – JC Hatfield at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7 pm

- Christopher Paul Stelling, Jose Oyola, Doc Baker’s Traveling Musicological Extravaganza at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Fri 4/20/12      – The Rivergods at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 8 pm NO COVER

- Blue Collar Happy Hour with Chris MacKay and the Tone Shifters, Roy Dunn MacLean at the Side Pocket Cafe in Groton 7 pm NO COVER

- Fox Run, Fatal Film, Estrogen and Tonic at 33 Golden Street in New London  10 pm

- The Weird Beards at the Oasis Pub in New London (album release show)

- Instant Family at the Bank Street Cafe in New London

- Sue Menhart Band at Burke’s Tavern in Niantic 8 pm

- The Minor Arcana, The Cavemen Go, West Rockers at Elm Bar in New Haven

- The New Lows at Cafe Nine in New Haven

- The Gamma Rays at Ernie T’s Wee Friendly Pub in Wyoming RI 8:30pm

- 9th Wave, Tarantinos NYC, Zen Dudes and the Universe at Two Boots in Bridgeport 9:30 pm

- The Felice Brothers at the Met in Pawtucket 9 pm


Sat 4/21/12      – King Sickabilly and his Full Moon Boys, Danny Kay and the Nightlifers at 33 Golden Street in New London

- Record Store Day at the Telegraph in New London with Fake Babies, The Field Recordings, False Mermaid, Grave Robbers, Madam Macadam, Sunset Hotel and Camacho & Poe Swayzie 10 am-10 pm

- Wrist Like This, Powerblessings, the Wailing Ultimates at the Oasis Pub in New London

- Augustana at the Wolf Den in Uncasville 8 pm

- Record Store Day at Willimantic Records in Willmantic with:

  •                                    10am: Eric Shevchenko
  •                                     2pm: Laura Lacy
  •                                     3pm: Done at Five
  •                                     4pm: The Meteorological Society
  •                                     5pm: George Hakkila
  •                                     6pm: Hanging Hills
  •                                     7pm: Night of the Rabbit

- Blastmat, Two Fisted Law at Elm Bar in New Haven

- Samantha Fish, Eran Troy Danner at the Roots Music Hall in Hartford

- Lucero at the Met in Pawtucket


Sun 4/22/12    - Roots Music Stomp with Craig “Honeyboy” Edwards, Dan Stevens, and guests at 33 Golden Street in New London 7 pm

- Bedroom Rehab Corporation at Galaxy Roller Rink in Groton (halftime at Shoreline Roller Derby bout) 7 pm


Mon 4/23/12   – Estrogen Highs, Mutant Genes, the Black Noise Scam at Intercambio in New Haven 7:30 pm

- Sister Crayon at the Outer Space in Hamden 7 pm

- Hope for Agoldensummer, Margene Without Borders at Two Boots in Bridgeport


Tues 4/24/12   – Waylon Speed, Lowell Thompson at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- The Twilight Broadcasters at Two Boots in Bridgeport NO COVER


Wed 4/25/12   - Sarah & the Tall Boys, the Bandidos at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Moon Hooch, the Appledaughters at BAR in New Haven  9 pm NO COVER


Thur 4/26/12  – Sandman and friends at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7 pm

- Paper Hill Casket Company, the Raven and the Wool at Cafe Nine in New Haven 10 pm

- Ceschi Ramos, Bleubird at Elm Bar in New Haven


Fri 4/27/12      – DeRobert and the Half-Truths, Magic in Threes at the Oasis Pub in New London

- Sue Menhart at Chamard Vineyards in Clinton 5:30pm

- Amalgamated Muck at the Kate in Old Saybrook 8-11 pm

- The Furiousity, the Theater Zombies, Rezin at Elm Bar in New Haven

- The Clams, North Shore Troubadours, 9th Wave, the Aquatudes at BAR in New Haven 6 pm

- Dysrhythmia, Ipsissimus, Cold Snap at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Hilton Valentine and Skiffledog, Washboard Slim and the Blue Lights at Roots Music Hall in Hartford 9 pm


Sat 4/28/12      – Daffodil Festival at Hubbard Park in Meriden

Jeff Crooms Welcome Stage

  •                                                                10:00-10:30         The Forresters
  •                                                                 11:00-11:45         The Tropical Hotdog Band
  •                                                                 12:15-1:00            Anne Castellano and the Smoke
  •                                                                 1:30-2:15              Bop Tweedie & the Days
  •                                                                 2:45-3:30              The Appledaughters
  •                                                                 4:00-4:45              Farewood
  •                                                                 5:15-6:00              The Guru
  •                                                                 6:30-7:15              M.T. Bearington
  •                                                                 7:45-9:00              Mates of State


Bandshell Stage

  •                                                                 12:45-1:30            The Ivory Bills
  •                                                                 2:00-2:45              Jennifer Hill & Co.
  •                                                                 3:15-4:00              Crosseyed Cat
  •                                                                 4:30-5:15              The Manchurians
  •                                                                 5:45-6:30              The Rivergods
  •                                                                 7:15-8:45              Barefoot Truth


Food Tent Stage

  •                                                                 10:30-11:30         Chico & Friends
  •                                                                 12:00-1:00            Frank Critelli
  •                                                                 1:30-2:00              Christopher Arnott & His Ukulele
  •                                                                 2:30-3:30              Mark Mirando
  •                                                                 4:00-5:00              River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs
  •                                                                 5:30-6:30              The Swingaholics
  •                                                                 7:00-8:00              String Theorie

- Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook 8 pm

- Hymen Holocaust, Drug Shock at Elm Bar in New Haven

- The Art Adams Band, Four Barrel Bill, Daphne Lee Martin at the Roots Music Hall in Hartford

- Lower Dens, Violens at the Outer Space in Hamden 9 pm

- Sarah and the Tall Boys at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly 9 pm

- Black Mountain Symphony at Two Boots in Bridgeport


Sunday 4/29/12 –  Daffodil Festival at Hubbard Park in Meriden

Jeff Crooms Welcome Stage

  •                                                               10:00-10:30         Burrito Betty
  •                                                                 11:00-11:45         Dagwood
  •                                                                 12:15-1:00            Sidewalk Dave
  •                                                                 1:30-2:15              The Grimm Generation
  •                                                                 2:45-3:30              The Big Fat Combo
  •                                                                 4:00-4:45              The D. Smith Blues Band


Bandshell Stage

  •                                                                12:00-12:45         691
  •                                                                 1:15-2:00              Bird ‘n Boys w/Ellen Sackman
  •                                                                 2:30-3:15              Boxxcutter
  •                                                                 3:45-4:30              Riverstreet & Friends


Food Tent Stage

  •                                                               10:00-11:00         Chuck E. Costa
  •                                                                 11:30-12:30         Amalgamated Muck
  •                                                                 1:00-2:00              Grayson Hugh
  •                                                                 2:30-3:30              The Pedro Valentin Orchestra
  •                                                                 4:00-5:00              Kelley & Sean


- Sue Menhart Band at Olde Mystic Village in Mystic 8:30am (Mystic March for Babies)

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

- Rachel Sage, Gregory Douglass at Cafe Nine in New Haven 7 pm

- Acid Mothers Temple, Phantom Family Halo at the Space in Hamden 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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