Anne’s Shore & More #53 – August 15 2012

Anne’s Shore & More #53 – August 15 2012


There are some interesting and unusual shows coming up this weekend on the shoreline. You can start your Friday night with dessert and live music outdoors when the Rivergods ( play their annual summer show at Michael’s Dairy in New London. The extremely talented Jay Franklin of the Franklin Brothers Band ( will be sitting in with the Rivergods on keyboards for the evening. Members of the Franklin Brothers and the Rivergods played together as the “Frankengods” at Westerly Summer Pops earlier in the summer, and I hear it was amazing. (Check out the video posted below.)  Opening the show will be Jamie Barrett, formerly of Mystic. A peek at his Facebook page tells me that he is a Berklee-educated musician who is currently a music teacher in Franklin, MA. Michael’s Dairy ( is located at 629 Montauk Avenue in New London, and the music happens from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. It’s free, so bring the kids and have ice cream for dinner.

Later that night, there will be a Vaudeville show at 33 Golden Street with music from the Weird Beards ( I hear that Weird Beard Brian Skidmore has a brand new baritone ukulele, so you will definitely want to have a look at that. The crowd will also be entertained by burlesque performers Miss Wednesday and Kristan Minske, magician Sean Padrigh, and comedians Rob Santos and Samantha Gaus. As the Weird Beards have a sort of carnival atmosphere surrounding them, they should be the perfect band for a night like this. If you are looking for something different to do this weekend, look no farther. There will be two shows, at 9 pm and 11:30 pm. Admission is $7.

Down the street at the El ‘n’ Gee Club, there’s the Dog Days of Summer show, a four-band bill with  Anodyne X (, Mr. Slugg and DJ Rols (, Detour, and Andrew Kerbs. There will also be goth, industrial, and EBM music from DJ Atterlothe, who will be spinning in between sets. Anodyne X (Dorian James, Phil Barello, Scott Lana) have been playing as a band for about 2 years, doing the occasional show in New York City as well as the New London area. Mr. Slugg and DJ Rols are an Electronica duo from Providence, with guitar and bass, digital sequencing, and DJ. The show starts at 9:30 pm, and cover is $6.

On Saturday night, the Hygienic Art Park is the place to be from 7 to 11 pm for the Hoolios ( and Full Moon Jamboree.  If you’ve never seen the Hoolios, they are one of the best bands in the area, and Jim Carpenter is a first-rate storyteller. These guys never disappoint. Opening act Full Moon Jamboree is a local “supergroup” of sorts, bringing together Paul Brockett, Joey Royale, Dave Anderson, and Tim O’Connor. They play classic country and are quickly becoming the band to see. The Art Park is located at 79 Bank Street in New London, and it’s a wonderful place to hear live music. All ages are welcome, and admission is by suggested donation.

At 33 Golden Street on Saturday night, you can see Bedroom Rehab Corporation (, Problem with Dragons (, and Flesh Hammer ( Problem with Dragons is from Easthampton, MA, while the other two bands are well-known local acts. Bedroom Rehab Corporation, the “post-grunge doom” bass/drums duo of Adam Wujtewicz and Meghan Killimade, has been quite busy playing live shows recently. Flesh Hammer has been through a few lineup changes, but the band has been around since 1985, and frontman Laurin Killian always puts on a great show. Cover is $5 and the show starts at 10 pm.

Here are the “Frankengods” at Westerly Summer Pops in Wilcox Park. Video created by Mike Palazzolo:


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

- Raycurt Johnson, Michael Albaine at Captain’s Pizza in New London 7-9 pm

- 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 Weird Beards at 33 Golden Street in New London (Vaudeville show with burlesque, comedy, and magic) 9:00 and 11:30 pm

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

- Driftwood, the Proud Flesh, GraveRobbers at the Outer Space in Hamden 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


Sun 8/19/12    – JC Hatfield at the Winchester Cafe in Portland CT


Tues 8/21/12   – Madam Macadam at 33 Golden Street in New London 10 pm


Wed 8/22/12   – The Hoolios at America’s Wharf in Norwich 6-8 pm

- The Rivergods at Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme 6-9 pm

- Sarah and the Tall Boys, Joe Flood at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Thur 8/23/12  – SteveSongs (of PBS Kids) and Steve Elci and Friends, Hygienic Art Park 6pm

- Sandman and friends at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- Loves It, Brian Dolzani at Cafe Nine in New Haven

- Glitter Freeze, King Sexy, Ultrabunny at Two Boots in Bridgeport 9 pm NO COVER


Fri 8/24/12      – Dirt Road Radio at the Parade Plaza in New London 12:00 noon

- Incognito Sofa Love, the Weird Beards, the Hempsteadys, Street People at the Bank Street Cafe in New London 8 pm

- Soul Asylum at the Wolf Den in Uncasville 8 pm

- Debbie Davies at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Sat 8/25/12      – Missing Cat at 33 Golden in New London

- John Fries at Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock in New London 5 pm

- God’s Middle Finger, The Enemies, Smoke Signals, Living Americans, Gameday Regulars at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London 8 pm

- Sue Menhart at the Gazebo in Olde Mistick Village 2 pm

- Dirt Road Radio at Eli’s Steakhouse in Plainfield 8-11 pm

- Al Raebuck and friends at Cafe Nine in New Haven

- Frank Critelli Band, the Adults at the Outer Space in Hamden 8 pm

- Dylan Connor and the Epic Poets, the Benjamin Cartel, the Documents at Two Boots in Bridgeport 9:30 pm


Sun 8/26/12    – Portland Cello Project at Hygienic Art Park 6pm

- River City Rebels, the F.U.’s, Dead City Riot, Cry Havoc, Folk Y’All, RF30 at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London 6 pm

- The Clams at the Canoe Club in Middletown 6 pm

- Brian Olive, Jacques Le Coque, Dan Soto & the Duded Kings 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.

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