Anne’s Shore & More #41 – May 23 2012

Anne’s Shore & More #41 – May 23 2012

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE WEEK

There are so many shows happening in New London this weekend, especially on Saturday, that I need to try to keep my comments brief! First of all, I’m sad to say that the Side Pocket Cafe in Groton will be closing at the end of the month, leaving the Blue Collar Happy Hour in search of a new home. Henry Reed, music lover and club owner, has hosted the BCHH shows here since October. It’s been a friendly, comfortable, and fun place to spend Friday evenings, and the local Americana crowd will miss the place terribly. I’ve seen some amazing shows there and shared in some great conversation as well. The JC Hatfield Band (http://www.jchatfield.com/) will be playing this Friday at 8 pm for the last show at the Side Pocket. You will hear about future Blue Collar Happy Hour shows here in my blog as soon as a new location is announced, and I’m sure we’ll see Henry at the shows as well. Thank you for the music, Henry!

The music starts early on Saturday in New London. There’s even a show in the *gasp* MORNING, when Hugh Birdsall (http://www.thereducers.com/, http://www.myspace.com/dogbitegrrr) and his sister Carol play at Fiddleheads Food Co-op beginning at 11 am. Carol plays fiddle (or maybe I should call it violin?), and they will be doing standards and originals.

From 1:30-4:00 pm, Steve Elci and Friends (http://www.steveelciandfriends.com/fr_home.cfm) will be having a CD Release party for their new album Crayons in a Box at the Waterford Public Library Children’s Services. There will be fun activities for the kids, and t-shirts and CDs will be available. This is kids’ music that parents will also enjoy. The CD has received great reviews, and if you can’t wait until Saturday, you can purchase a copy now at the Children’s Museum of Southeastern CT (in Niantic).

There will be time for a quick nap (you’ve already seen two shows and it’s only 4:00!) and a bite to eat before the big show of the weekend: the 2012 Whalie Awards! This is New London’s version of the Grammy Awards, and it’s a huge glamorous celebration of local music and musicians. The event takes place at the Hygienic Art Park (79-83 Bank Street), and there will be 35 awards given out this year.  In addition, there will be a red carpet with paparazzi, musical performances, guest presenters, and a few surprises as well. The performers will be: Camacho, Daphne Lee Martin & Raise The Rent, Erik Lamb, Herff Jones, Pocket Vinyl, Poe Swayzie, Skobie Won, The Suicide Dolls, and the Weird Beards. This event is a major fundraiser for the I AM Festival, which will be held on September 8 this year, and it is also the kickoff for the summer season of shows at the Art Park. Many of the awards are “People’s Choice” awards, which means that YOU can vote, up until midnight on Friday. All of the voting information including rules and the complete list of nominees is on the WailingCity (www.wailingcity.com) website at http://www.wailingcity.com/vote. WailingCity has also been publishing daily interviews with Whalie Award nominees on their site. I’m proud to say that I have been nominated for a Whalie for Best Solo Singer Songwriter (along with a lot of other talented people), and the single that Hugh Birdsall and I wrote and recorded together, “Every Time You Cry” was nominated for Best Collaboration. Your host for the gala will be Sean Murray, and the show starts at 7 pm. You will of course want to get there early for the pre-show red carpet, which begins at 6 pm. All ages are welcome. Suggested donation is $10, with all proceeds going toward the I AM Festival. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Wear something fabulous.

There are also two post-Whalies shows in town, each about a half-block away from the Art Park and around the corner from each other. John Fries and the Heat (www.johnfriesmusic.com) will be playing at the Commoner on Bank Street, beginning at 11 pm. They had a great CD release show at the Rose Barn Theater a couple of weeks ago, and the album is doing well. Over at 33 Golden Street, the Thor Jensen Group (http://www.reverbnation.com/thorjensen) will be doing a show. Thor has recently returned to the area for an extended stay after relocating to the west coast a few years ago. His band has some shows booked, Incognito Sofa Love is back together, and I hear he’s also giving guitar lessons.

Here’s a video of “Red Light”  from the recent Incognito Sofa Love reunion show at 33 Golden Street, filmed by Andrew Proctor:

 

CONCERT CALENDAR     

Wed 5/23/12   - Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express, the Paul Collins Beat at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Aficionado at BAR in New Haven 9 pm NO COVER

- Thor Jensen at Perks & Corks in Westerly 9 pm

 

Thur 5/24/12  - Sandman and friends at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7 pm

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

 

Fri 5/25/12      – Blue Collar Happy Hour with the JC Hatfield Band at the Side Pocket Cafe in Groton 7 pm NO COVER

- Nails Hide Metal, the Grimm Generation at the Bank Street Cafe in New London

- Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent at the Oasis Pub in New London

- Terence Simian and the Zydeco Experience at the Hygienic Art Park in New London 6 pm

- Amalgamated Muck at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown

- Francine Reed at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- The Hoolios, Dogbite at Cafe Nine in New Haven  9:45 pm

- Emile Rivera (Italy), Rope at Elm Bar in New Haven

 

Sat 5/26/12      – Hugh and Carol Birdsall at Fiddleheads in New London 11 am-12 pm

- Steve Elci and friends at the Waterford Public Library Children’s Services 1:30 pm (CD release)

- Whalie Awards at the Hygienic Art Park in New London with performances by: Camacho, Daphne Lee Martin & Raise The Rent, Erik Lamb, Herff Jones, Pocket Vinyl, Poe Swayzie, Skobie Won, The Suicide Dolls, The Weird Beards  6 pm

- John Fries and the Heat at the Commoner in New London 11 pm

- The Thor Jensen Group at 33 Golden Street in New London

- Riki Rocksteady & the Arraignments, Pickpocket, Mark Leonard, Guno Leeflang at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London

- The Theatre Zombies, Get the Fear at the Bank Street Cafe in New London

- Killer Kowalski, She Eats Planets, the Lost Riots at Elm Bar in New Haven

- Death Prayers, Eyes of the Dead, Left in Ruins at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

 

Sun 5/27/12    – Paul Flaherty, Randall Colbourne, Mike Roberson at Willimantic Records in Willimantic 2 pm

- The Clams at the Canoe Club in Middletown (80 Harbor Drive) 5 pm

 

Tues 5/29/12   - River Whyless, Dan Greene at Elm Bar in New Haven NO COVER

- Moody & Zaretsky at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9:30 pm

 

Wed 5/30/12   – Nancy Parent and Sue Menhart at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm

 

Thur 5/31/12  – Vince Thompson and friends at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7 pm

- John Fries & the Heat at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly 8 pm

- Fatal Film, Wrist Like This at Elm Bar in New Haven

- The Shoutbacks at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

 

Fri 6/1/12        – Hoot For Hunger at the Commoner in New London to benefit New

London Community Meal Center with: Hugh Birdsall, Noah Feldman, Ned Ruete, Charlie Reyburn, Sue Menhart, Dirt Road Radio, Sue Mead, Golden Ratio, Woody, Gaetano Patala, The Crew 8:30 pm

- Psychocharger 66, District All-Starz, Malcolm Tent at Two Boots in Bridgeport 10 pm

 

Sat 6/2/12        – Paul Brockett Roadshow, John Fries & the Heat, the Hoolios, Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent at Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock in New London 1-8 pm

- John Fries & the Heat at the Jonathan Edwards Winery Spring Festival in North Stonington 12 -6 pm

- Christine Ohlman at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly 9 pm

- Marissa Nadler at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Clearlight Industries, De Omega, Thrill House at Elm Bar in New Haven

- 1974, the Bittersweet Vine at Two Boots in Bridgeport 10 pm

 

Sun 6/3/12      – Gone For Good at Galaxy Roller Rink in Groton (halftime at Shoreline Roller Derby Bout)  7pm, doors 6pm, $10 advance, $12 at door

- The Hoolios at the Jonathan Edwards Winery Spring Festival in North Stonington 12-6 pm

 

Tues 6/5/12     – Fallopian Two at Cafe Nine in New Haven 7 pm

- Joe Flood at Cafe Nine in New Haven 7 pm

- Casey Gorman, Mike Brandon at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

 

Wed 6/6/12     – Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy, Slackeye Slim, Filthy Still at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

 

Thur 6/7/12    – Jim Carpenter and friends at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm

- Chris Berardo and the Desperados, Al Raebuck at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Basement Batman at Elm Bar in New Haven

- The Lost Riots, the Novels, the Tyler Trudeau Attempt at the Outer Space in Hamden

 

Fri 6/8/12        – Sue Menhart Band at Burke’s Tavern in Niantic 8 pm

- The McLovins at the High Noon Saloon in Norwich

- Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford

 

Sat 6/9/12        – Sue Menhart Band at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 8 pm

- Uncle Flatty, Dirt Road Radio at Pub 32 in Storrs  9 pm

- Sidewalk Dave, the Grimm Generation, Farewood, Bedroom Rehab Corporation at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Nasty Disaster, Treebeard at Elm Bar in New Haven

 

Sun 6/10/12    – Magnetopalooza with the Rivergods, Dogbite, and the RMMS Chorus at the Hygienic Art Park in New London (fundraiser for the arts at RMMS) 3-6 pm

- The Steel Wheels at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 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.

Subscribe to Anne’s Weekly Concert updates via email by contacting her at morbidprincessmusic@yahoo.com

Listen to her music at http://www.reverbnation.com/annecastellano

Anne on LBR: http://www.localbandreview.com/author/anne-c/

 

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