Anne’s Shore & More #52 – August 9 2012

Anne’s Shore & More #52 – August 9 2012


It’s hard to believe that summer is in its final month. Fortunately there is still plenty of live music to

see, both indoors and out. On Thursday night, the Village Jammers ( will be making their regular monthly appearance at Sneekers Cafe in Groton. Last month they played a very different show than they usually do, with chief songwriter and mandolin player Curtiss Thompson away on a family vacation. Jay Dempsey (“Shorty Kellums”) joined them on guitar, and we heard a radically different mix of tunes, with band members reliving their pasts and dragging out songs they used to play in former bands many years ago. This week they should be back to the usual lineup and material, unless they have any more surprises planned. The band is working on a new album, which was begun quite awhile ago and has been on hold until recently. It should hopefully be out sometime this year. The show starts at 7 pm and there is no cover.

On Friday night, Dogbite ( will be playing at Burke’s Tavern in Niantic. The band will do four sets beginning at 8 pm. It will be great to see these guys live again, after their bittersweet recent appearance at the Steve Kaika memorial benefit in June. The band has a huge repertoire of songs, both originals and covers, in many styles, playing what they call “rockabillybluescountrywesternfakejazzfolkmusicstandardsoriginalmaterial”. You are likely to hear songs sung in three different languages, and I just might show up to do a guest vocal. There is no cover at Burke’s Tavern.

Also on Friday night, there is a show at the Oasis Pub in New London with Ava Luna ( and Fake Babies (, from New Haven. Ava Luna, from New York, is on a summer tour that is taking them all the way to the west coast, Canada, and back east. Cover is $5.

Saturday is the Traditions Festival, now in its 6th year at the Hygienic Art Park in downtown New London. This year’s lineup is a great mix of local and not-so-local talent, with Kristin Hersh (formerly of Throwing Muses) headlining. Here are the performers and set times:

3:00pm            GraveRobbers (
4:00pm            Milksop:Unsung (
5:00 pm           Girls Guns and Glory (
6:30 pm           Chuck E. Costa (
8:00pm            Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent (
9:30 pm           Kristin Hersh (

Shows at the Art Park are all ages, and admission is by suggested donation.

Also on Saturday night, Defenders of Pluto ( will be playing at halftime of the Shoreline Roller Derby bout at Galaxy Roller Rink (210 Bridge Street) in Groton. This will be an exhibition bout between SLRD’s 2012 “Fresh Meat” team the Belladonnas and Providence Roller Derby’s Old Money Honeys. Fall From Below was originally scheduled to play halftime but had to cancel because of an injury. Defenders of Pluto is a young band who has been playing around the area for 6 years, originally as the Fatalists. Guitarist/vocalist Jesse Edwards is the son of local musician Craig Edwards, which should be enough to get you out to see Defenders of Pluto. They played at the Hygienic Rock Fix a few years ago and were really impressive. I think the band members were all in their mid teens at the time. They just released a brand new album called Defenders of Pluto, which is available as a download at CD copies will be available at the show.  Other things you should know: Doors open at 5 pm, first whistle is at 6 pm. Bring a chair. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, kids 10 and under are admitted free. For advance tickets, go to Early Bird pricing ends 48 hours before the event. Beer and other refreshments are sold at the Shoreline Roller Derby bouts (I’ve heard they have cupcakes!), and there will be other merch for sale also, so bring cash.

Here’s Dogbite from a recent show at Cafe Nine in New Haven performing one of my favorites, “Silver Moon”:



Wed 8/8/12     - Mike Landau, John Fries and the Heat at Mystic Art Cinemas in Mystic 7 pm

Thur 8/9/12    – Village Jammers at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- Atrina, Ferocious Fucking Teeth at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Ghost of  Chance, Yankee Bang Bang, Mootekis (Japan) at Elm Bar in New Haven

- Very Heavy Rainbow, Malcolm Tent, Milksop:Unsung at Two Boots in Bridgeport 8:30 pm NO COVER


Fri 8/10/12      – Pat Daddona, Trevor Giles at Captain’s Pizza in New London 5-7 pm NO COVER

- The Upstart Festival with the Jukebox Romantics, Far From Finished, the Independents, American Pinup, Lost In Society, Two Fisted Law, Cry Havoc, Pickpocket, New Red Scare, Measured In Grey at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London

- Ava Luna, Fake Babies at the Oasis Pub in New London 9:30 pm

- Dogbite at Burke’s Tavern in Niantic 8 pm-midnight NO COVER

- Les Sans Culotte, Shellye Valauskas Experience at Cafe Nine in New Haven 10 pm

- Sue Menhart, Nancy Parent, Sue Mead, Lisa Martin at the Vanilla Bean in Pomfret 7:30 pm (Songwriter Sessions)

- Ana Egge, Amy Black, Daphne Lee Martin at the Outer Space in Hamden 7 pm

- Bill Kirchen at Black Eyed Sally’s in Hartford 9 pm

- John Fries at the Maple Tree Cafe in Simsbury 8:30 pm


Sat 8/11/12      – Traditions festival with Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses), Girls Guns and Glory, Milksop:Unsung, Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent, Chuck E. Costa, GraveRobbers at Hygienic Art Park 3pm

- Nails Hide Metal, Instant Family at the Bank Street Cafe in New London

- Sue Menhart at the Mystic Boathouse in Mystic 8 pm

- Defenders of Pluto 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

- River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs, Otis and the Hurricanes at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- The New Dirty, Road Brothers, Rusty Things at Elm Bar in New Haven


Sun 8/12/12    – Tauk, Hot Chaos at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9pm


Mon 8/13/12   – Two Man Gentleman Band, the Mendition of Quay at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Wed 8/15/12   – Unpunked Series with Colin Cunningham, Kevin MF King, Live Mike at Cafe Nine in New Haven


Thur 8/16/12  – J.C. Hatfield at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER


- You Won’t, Plume Giant, Laurelin Kruse at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- The Lost Riots, Killer Kowalski, the Dipshits at Two Boots in Bridgeport


Fri 8/17/12      – The Rivergods, Jamie Barrett at Michael’s Dairy in New London 6:30-8:30 pm FREE

- Michael Bailey, Mike Ball, Pat Daddona at Parade Plaza in New London 11 am-1 pm

- Andrew Kerbs, Anodyne X, Mr. Slugg, Detour at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London 9:30 pm

- The Hulls, Defcon 5 at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Driftwood, the Proud Flesh, GraveRobbers at the Outer Space in 8 pm

- Girls Guns and Glory at the Hungry Tiger in Manchester


Sat 8/18/12      – Jim Carpenter & The Hoolios, Full Moon Jamboree at Hygienic Art Park 7pm

- Bedroom Rehab Corporation, Problem With Dragons, Flesh Hammer at 33 Golden Street in New London

- Catfish Phillips, Llama Tsunami at the High Noon Saloon in Norwich 8 pm

- Dirt Road Radio at Javapalooza in Middletown 7-9 pm

- Lost Generation, 76% Uncertain, C.I.A., Seizure, Skeletal Ambitions, Zombie Squad at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Fear the State at Elm Bar in New Haven

- Yarn at the Hungry Tiger in Manchester



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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