Anne’s Shore & More #38 – May 2 2012

Anne’s Shore & More #38 – May 2 2012


There’s no shortage of good music on the shoreline this weekend, and if you plan it just right you might be able to catch up to four shows on Friday night. Boston’s Girls Guns and Glory ( will return to the Side Pocket Cafe in Groton on Friday for the Blue Collar Happy Hour. The band’s most recent release, Sweet Nothings, is their fourth full-length album. These guys are getting more and more popular, and they’re definitely worth seeing. Roy Dunn MacLean opens the show at 7 pm, followed by Girls Guns and Glory at 8 pm. There is no cover.

Across the bridge in New London, there’s a cool show happening at the Garde Theater’s Oasis Room, where the Franklin Brothers Band ( will be playing in support of their 2011 album Lifeboat to Nowhere and Carl’s new solo album Been A While.  Carl and brother Jay will have an 11-piece band with 5-part harmonies and horns, and you can be sure these are some of the best musicians in the area. The two hour show starts at 8 pm, and general admission tickets are $25. I have a feeling this is one of those don’t miss shows, so I’m planning on being there.

There are also a couple of other shows happening on Friday night in New London. At 7 pm, Sam Perduta will be doing an acoustic set at the Telegraph, on Golden Street. Sam is in the Berlin/New Haven band Elison Jackson (, whose album Spectral Evidence was chosen as one of the Advocate’s Best Albums of 2011 by Connecticut Bands. This is a record store appearance, so the show is free and all ages.

Later that night, Sidewalk Dave ( will be playing at the Oasis Pub in New London. I don’t know if there are any other bands on the bill for this show. Cover at the Oasis is usually $5, and shows get started late, usually around 10:30.

On Saturday night, the Hoolios ( will be at Sneekers Cafe in Groton for the club’s Cinco de Mayo party. This is also a CD release show for the new Jim Carpenter and the Hoolios CD. According to Jim, it’s mostly a solo album, or at least it started out that way. Guests on the CD include Wayne Manca, Mike Derry, Bill Light, Sandy Allen, Marcy Kelly, Laura Light, Jake Carpenter, Daphne Lee Martin, the MacLean sisters, John Fries, Ben Parent, Hugh Birdsall, Rob Funk, Matt Nemeth, Dick Shook, Lou Bocciarelli, Corina Malbaurn, Mike Golembeski, and Patrick Perry. The album is called The Dream, and it is described simply as “an 11-song collection of folk and pop originals”. Jim Carpenter is one of the most talented songwriters and musicians in the area, and this is going to be a great album. I can’t wait to hear it. The show starts at 7 pm and there is no cover.

Finally, the above-mentioned Girls Guns and Glory will also be playing at Roots Music Hall in Hartford ( on Saturday night, along with a teenage Americana band from Chester, the Meadows Brothers (, and New London area locals Sue Mead and Vince Tuckwood ( Roots Music Hall is a new club recently opened by Fernando Pinto, who most recently ran the Tune Inn in New Haven. He’s doing some very diverse booking at the new place, and it’s great to see him back on the local music scene.

Check out the Day newspaper’s Song Spinner episode featuring Jim Carpenter talking about and performing “He Gave Her Roses”:

Here is a clip of the Franklin Brothers Band performing “New London Blues, from the 2011 Whalie Awards, filmed by Andrew Proctor:

Wed 5/2/12     – The Jay Dempsey Band at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly  NO COVER

- The Spinto Band at BAR in New Haven 9 pm NO COVER


Thur 5/3/12    – Vince Thompson and friends at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm

- Amerouche at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- Sean Kershaw at Cafe Nine in New Haven 10 pm

- Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly 8-10 pm NO COVER

- Mike Doughty at the Met in Pawtucket 9 pm


Fri 5/4/12        – Blue Collar Happy Hour with Girls Guns and Glory, Roy Dunn MacLean at the Side Pocket Cafe in Groton 7 pm NO COVER

- The Franklin Brothers Band at the Garde Arts Center Oasis Room 8 pm

- Sam Perduta at the Telegraph in New London 7-8:30 pm

- Sidewalk Dave at the Oasis Pub in New London

- Quilt, Cheerleader at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Shallow Ground, Progress, Living Lazer at Elm Bar in New Haven

- Eilen Jewell at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly 9 pm

- Eddie Seville and the Steel Rodeo, Tracy Walton at Roots Music Hall in Hartford


Sat 5/5/12        – The Hoolios at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7 pm (CD release show)

- Bedroom Rehab Corporation, Herff Jones, Art Of Kanly, Fish House, Anderson Family Picnic  at the German Club in Mystic 6:30 pm

- Broken, Bloodshot Hooligans at Elm Bar in New Haven

- King Sickabilly and his Full Moon Boys at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9pm

- Daphne Lee Martin, Sam Perduta at Green Well Organic Tea and Coffee in New Haven 6-9 pm

- Girls Guns and Glory, The Meadows Brothers, Sue Mead, Vince Tuckwood at Roots Music Hall in Hartford

- Sue Menhart Band at CC O’Brien’s in Pawcatuck 9:30 pm


Sun 5/6/12      – Local Band Review’s ADA Fundraiser at Illusions Dance Club in Wolcott  (all ages) with:

  • LBR's EPIC II ADA Fundraiser

    1-2 Graylight Campfire (Rock/Americana/Alt. Country)

  • 2-3 Mina (Classic Rock/Party Rock)
  • 3-4 Sue Menhart (Soul/R&B/Blues/Rock)
  • 4-5 Down Monday (Rock/Hard Rock/Alternative)
  • 5-6 Fret Notz (Violins like you’ve never heard)
  • 6-7 Almost Ancient (Beatles/Chicago/Classic Rock)
  • 7-8 Crosseyed Cat (Blues/Rock)
  • 8-9 Stark Raving Lulu (Part Punk, Part Rock)


Mon 5/7/12     – Horse Feathers, Brown Bird at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm



Tues 5/8/12     – Gospel Music, Ghost of a Chance, Speakeasy at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- Fifth Nation at Two Boots in Bridgeport NO COVER


Wed 5/9/12     – Mind Over Master, Super Bad at Cafe Nine in New Haven


Thur 5/10/12  – Village Jammers at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7 pm

- Seashell Radio, the Grimm Generation at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- John Fries & the Heat at Black Eyed Sally’s in Hartford 8 pm

- Marshall Crenshaw, the Bottle Rockets at the Iron Horse in Northampton 7 pm


Fri 5/11/12      – Blue Collar Happy Hour with the Colt Six, Roy Dunn MacLean at the Side Pocket Cafe in Groton 7 pm NO COVER

- The Lost Riots, Fatal Film, Bedroom Rehab Corporation at the Bank Street Cafe in New London 10pm

- The Mallett Brothers Band, Little Ugly at the Arch Street Tavern in Hartford 9 pm

- Sonic Supercharger 66, the Boardlords, Diztrict Allstars at Elm Bar in New Haven

- Mark Sultan, Jacque LeCoque, Dan Soto and the Duded Kings at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Sat 5/12/12      – John Fries & the Heat with guests Nancy Parent, Black Marmot, Daphne Lee

Martin, Kerry Pulaski, Doug Woolverton & Rich Lataille at the Rose Barn Theater at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford 8 pm (CD Release Show)

- The Suicide Dolls, Ghost Box Orchestra at the Oasis Pub in New London

- Sue Menhart at the Riverwalk in Mystic 8 pm

- The Arkhams, Creepin’ Cadavers, the Evil Streaks, Folk Y’all at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London 7:30 pm

- The Clams, Nasty Disaster at Elm Bar in New Haven

- Ceschi, Spoken Nerd, Beards at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Riverwalk, Team Genius at Two Boots in Bridgeport


Sun 5/13/12    – Sue Menhart Band at the Brooklyn Fairgrounds in Brooklyn, CT 2 pm (Eastern Regional Carnival for the Cure)


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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