Anne’s Shore & More #50 – July 25 2012

Anne’s Shore & More #50 – July 25 2012


Wow, it’s a really busy weekend for music on the shoreline. As a matter of fact, there are shows happening for most of the day on Friday. First up, you can see Sue Menhart ( and Nancy Parent ( performing outdoors on the Parade Plaza in New London beginning at noon. I saw these two ladies perform together at the Commoner during the most recent Hoot for Hunger and they sounded fabulous. Great songwriting and harmonies.

Down the street at Captain’s Pizza on Bank Street, Pat Daddona ( plays her regular Friday Happy Hour slot from 5 to 7 pm with guests Lauren Agnelli and friends ( There will be half price appetizers and drinks, there’s no cover charge, and the pizza is really good, too. Lauren is a grammy-nominated musician who plays in  roots/folk band Amalgamated Muck and also collaborates with Dave Rave. She has also made some musical appearances with Nancy Parent of late.

Later that night, a little farther down on Bank Street, the Sue Menhart Band will be playing at the Commoner (formerly the Bank Street Roadhouse). This is a relatively new restaurant and bar that seems to be doing quite well. Whenever I go there to see a band, there’s a good crowd, both having dinner and enjoying the musicians. Sue and her band will get started around 9:30 pm on Friday. The Commoner has Cottrell Brewery’s Perry’s Revenge Ale on tap, and it’s yummy, but beware. It has 8% ABV and packs a punch. Don’t ask me how I know this.

A couple of blocks away on Golden Street, Full Moon Jamboree will be doing a show at 33 Golden Street. The band is a quartet consisting of Paul Brockett on guitar and vocals, Dave Anderson on bass, Tim O’Connor on drums, and Joey Royale on vocals and guitar. They play classic country, and with all of them having a great love of the music, they do it well. This will be their second show at 33 (probably their second show ever), and here’s hoping they play even longer than they did at the last one. These are great songs, and it’s really fun to hear them performed live, especially the less-common ones. I found myself singing along to most of the set, and everyone definitely wanted to hear more when they were finished. 33 is becoming a favorite club to hang out in. It is a comfortable room and owners Gene and Jeff have excellent taste in music. Start time is 10 pm, and it’s free. This will be fun.

The Oasis Pub also has a show on Friday night, with Fatal Film ( and brand-new Mystic band Slander. Fatal Film is always worth seeing. Somehow they always tell the audience they are drunk, didn’t practice, etc. but then they always manage to amaze. I’m still not sure how they do it. I think part of it comes from being around for a long time and playing together so much that they have just gotten really good. Their combination of energy and excellent songwriting always makes for a great show, visually and musically. They have also brought in a lot of out-of-town and touring bands for gigs in New London, which is really important in a such a small town. Slander is a new band making their debut at this show. The band consists of “current and former members of Herff Jones, LowBeam, Anderson Family Picnic, White Woods and more”. The show is listed as starting at 10, but probably won’t start that early. Cover is $5.

On Saturday night, the Suicide Dolls ( and Burnouts From Outer Space ( perform at 33 Golden Street. The Suicide Dolls are still getting a lot of media attention and great reviews on their album Prayers in Parking Lots. They have also recorded a song for the upcoming American Laundromat Records Repo Man soundtrack tribute CD. Others on the CD include Black Francis, Mike Watt, Matthew Sweet, and Amanda Palmer. The CD is available for preorder now at the following link: (Each of the preorder bundles comes with a pine tree air freshener!) Burnouts From Outer Space are playing out more often due to the improved health of frontman Bobby Crash. We keep hearing of recording sessions, so maybe they will be releasing a CD soon. (Note: Thick Voltage was also listed as playing, but they are no longer on the bill.) The show starts at 10 pm and cover is $5.

Here is Local Band Review’s video of the Suicide Dolls performing at the Whalie Awards in May:

Wed 7/25/12   – Vince Thompson and friends at Sunset Ribs in Waterford 7-11 pm

- Ada Pasternak at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- Pat Dalton and friends at Cafe Nine in New Haven 10 pm


Thur 7/26/12  – Sandman and friends at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- Steve Broderick & Shamrock Eyes at Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington 7-9:30 pm

- J. Kutchma at Elm Bar in New Haven


Fri 7/27/12      – Sue Menhart, Nancy Parent at Parade Plaza in New London 12:00 noon

- Sue Menhart Band at the Commoner in New London 9:30 pm

- Full Moon Jamboree at 33 Golden Street in New London  10 pm

- Pat Daddona, Lauren Agnelli and friends at Captain’s Pizza in New London 5-7 pm NO COVER

- Fatal Film, Slander at the Oasis Pub in New London

- The Rivergods at Mystic Arts Center (9 Water St.) 8-10:30 pm (fundraiser for Mystic Arts Center) tickets $79

- John Fries and the Heat at Burke’s Tavern in Niantic 8 pm

- David Cassidy at the Wolf Den in Uncasville 8 pm

- The Defibulators, Miss Tess and the Talkbacks at the Outer Space in Hamden 10 pm

- Matt Rae Trio, 9th Wave, Commercial Interruption, the Weird Beards at Two Boots in Bridgeport

- The Lost Riots, Defcon 5, The Dipshits, Empty Vessels at Park City Palace in Bridgeport


Sat 7/28/12      - The Suicide Dolls, Burnouts from Outer Space, at 33 Golden Street in New London

- Capital Radio,  Cry Havoc, Red Line Rebels, Empty Vessels at the Bank Street Cafe in New London 10 pm

- Sue Menhart at the Old Mistick Village Gazebo in Mystic 2 pm

- Missing Cat at Galaxy Roller Rink in Groton (halftime at Shoreline Roller Derby bout) all ages, doors 6 pm, bout 7 pm, tix $10 advance, $12 door

- Dennis DeYoung at the Wolf Den in Uncasville 8 pm

- The Beta Phase, Nick DiMaria at Elm Bar in New Haven

- Rew Starr, Band-Droidz, Aotearoa at Two Boots in Bridgeport 9:30 pm


Sun 7/29/12    – Sierra Hull & Highway 111 at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Mon 7/30/12   – Milksop:Unsung at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Tues 7/31/12   – Lee Ranaldo Band, 200 Years at the Hygienic Art Park in New London 7-10 pm

- Ceschi, Dark Time Sunshine, Crushcon 7 at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Wed 8/1/12     – Wilco at the Bushnell Theater in Hartford 8 pm


Thur 8/2/12    – Jim Carpenter and friends at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- Paul Brockett Roadshow, the Full Moon Jamboree at the Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington 7-9:30 pm

- Dave Hogan and guests, American Schoolyard at Cafe Nine in New Haven 5-7:30 pm

- Blue Pontiac at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- If Not For Dreaming, One Rainy Day, Farewood at Two Boots in Bridgeport 8:30 pm NO COVER


Fri 8/3/12        – Sue Menhart Band at Burke’s Tavern in Niantic 8 pm

- Dirt Road Radio at the Canoe Club in Middletown 7-10 pm

- Tyvek, the Frustrations, Wet Hair, Estrogen Highs at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Sat 8/4/12        – Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez, Karl Kelly at the Hygienic Art Park in New London 7 pm

- Sue Menhart, Nancy Parent at the Commoner in New London 7 pm

- Cry Havoc, Idiot Excuse at Elm Bar in New Haven

- Youth of Today, the Reformed, Code Orange Kids, the Lost Riots at the Heirloom Arts Theatre in Danbury 6 pm

- Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers at Two Boots in Bridgeport 9:30 pm NO COVER


Sun 8/5/12      – Llama Tsunami, Short Handed Goal, Survey Says, Defenders of Pluto, the Pants, Fish House at the German Club in Mystic 6 pm

- The Clams at the Canoe Club in Middletown 6 pm

- Chain and the Gang at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 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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