Anne’s Shore & More #54 – August 22 2012

Anne’s Shore & More #54 – August 22 2012


The shows start on Wednesday this week, and they continue all through the weekend. On Wednesday night there are three outdoor shows in the area, and the weather should be perfect. First of all, Jim Carpenter & the Hoolios ( are playing the Rock The Docks concert series at America’s Wharf in Norwich from 6 to 8 pm. This show was rescheduled from an earlier date due to the threat of severe thunderstorms, You can see an artist’s representation in the photo above.

Also on Wednesday night, the Rivergods ( will be playing on the lawn at Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme. They will have special guests Jay Franklin (of the Franklin Brothers Band)  and Mike Scott (of Dirt Road Radio) with them for an all-star lineup. Jay has been sitting in on keyboards when Dan Spano has been unable to be there, and Mike Scott has been doing the same on bass when Mike Palazzolo has a conflicting gig. Fun idea for a drinking game: take a drink every time Ben calls Jay “Carl” (his brother’s name) by mistake. You’ll get hammered. But you probably shouldn’t play drinking games at the library. The show is from 6 to 9 pm.

A third recommendation for Wednesday night is a show by Vince Thompson and friends ( at Sunset Ribs in Waterford. Vince will have Andy Solberg on bass, Lou Bocciarelli on upright bass, and Bart Lingley on drums. They will play from 7 to 11 pm on the deck, overlooking the Niantic River.

There’s another outdoor show early on Friday, when Dirt Road Radio ( plays at the Parade Plaza in New London at noon. They will have the entire band at this show: Dennis Walley, Mike Scott, Kelly Asciolla, Ben Parent, and Nick Toscano. I had a chance to preview a song from their upcoming album the other night, and if the whole album sounds that good, it’s really going to get some attention. In addition to the music, the New London Field of Greens Farmer’s Market ( will be taking place from 10 to 2 on the Plaza.

On Friday night, head inside for a few hours to see Incognito Sofa Love, the Weird Beards, the Hempsteadys, and Street People at the Bank Street Cafe in New London. These are some of New London’s biggest-drawing bands, and it should be a great show. Incognito Sofa Love ( was a favorite in the area for years, until they split up and half the band moved to the west coast. It was a happy occasion when they announced the reunion of the original members and then played at the 2012 Whalie Awards. The Weird Beards ( are true originals, and their live show is always worth seeing. You really never know what will happen at a Weird Beards performance. The Hempsteadys ( don’t do a lot of shows (I imagine it must be hard to get a large band like that together often enough), but the ones they do play are usually huge. (To give you an idea, there are already 153 people “attending” their Facebook event.) This one will be Adam’s last show with the band, as he is moving to Los Angeles. The Hempsteadys are about as local as a band gets for me, as they got their start at the house across the street and continue to rehearse there.  The fourth band is Street People, one of Matt Potter’s newest projects. I have so far managed to miss all their shows for various reasons, and after picking up a limited-edition CD demo after a recent show, I am really hoping to finally see them. The show will also include a special fundraiser for Scares That Care (, which is an organization of horror fans that raises money for sick children. Cover is $5 and your first drink is free. That’s a good deal, and it’s even better with four excellent bands playing.

One final show I want to mention will be on Saturday night, when John Fries ( will be at Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock in New London. John will have his new band with Corina Malbaurn on bass, Mike Crivellone on drums, and Matt Zeiner on keyboards. This is a wonderful place to see live music in a relaxed outdoor setting on the water. The seafood is highly recommended by those who eat that sort of food (says the vegetarian), and they have ice cream as well. The show starts at 5 pm, and the band will play until 8 pm. Don’t forget to BYOB.

Here is Incognito Sofa Love performing “All Wrong” at their reunion show at 33 Golden Street:



Wed 8/22/12   – Vince Thompson and friends at Sunset Ribs in Waterford 7 pm

- 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

- Pat Daddona, Bruce McDermott at Captain’s Pizza in New London 5-7 pm NO COVER

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

- The Hoolios at Priam Vineyards in Colchester 6 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 *CANCELLED*

- 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

- Vince Thompson and friends, Sarah and the Tall Boys, Planet Zydeco at Bishop’s Farm in Exeter RI (199 Austin Farm Rd.) 2-9:30 pm

- Dylan Connor and the Epic Poets, the New Dirty, 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


Tues 8/28/12   – Milksop:Unsung at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Wed 8/29/12   – Home Body, A Honey Wagon, Liz Larson at 134 Ledyard Street in New London 7 pm (house show)

- Sue Menhart, Nancy Parent at Sneekers in Groton 7 pm

- The Black Swans at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Thu 8/30/12    – The Hoolios at Steak Loft in Mystic 7 pm

- The Black Swans at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Greg Burroughs, Swordmasters of Ginaz at Elm Bar in New Haven

- Lys Guillorn, the Grimm Generation, the Danbury Lie at Two Boots in Bridgeport 8:30 pm NO COVER

- Little Barrie at O’Brien’s in Allston MA 8 pm


Fri 8/31/12      – Folk Y’All at the High Noon Saloon in Norwich 8 pm

- The Hoolios at Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington 7 pm

- The B-Stars, Big Fat Combo at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- Tsunami of Sound, more TBA at Two Boots in Bridgeport 9:30 pm

- Built to Spill at the Met in Pawtucket 9 pm


Sat 9/1/12        – The Rivergods, Dirt Road Radio at Burke’s Tavern in Niantic 8 pm NO COVER

- Patrick Sweaney, Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons, the Danglers at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Kath Bloom, Vipers Bugloss, Home Body at Elm Bar in New Haven

- 9th Wave, the Clams at Olde School Bistro in New Haven NO COVER

- The Mallett Brothers Band at Acoustic Cafe in Bridgeport


Sun 9/2/12      – The Rivergods (acoustic trio) at Jonathan Edwards Winery in North Stonington 4-7 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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