Anne’s Shore & More #57 – September 12 2012

Anne’s Shore & More #57 – September 12 2012


It’s a relatively quiet week in the New London area, which is to be expected after the excitement of last Saturday’s I AM Festival. But there are still a handful of shows, beginning on Thursday night when the Village Jammers ( play the weekly Americana show at Sneekers Cafe in Groton from 7 to 10 pm. This Westerly, RI band has been playing together for more than thirty years, and they released a fine CD called “Til it Happens to You” in 2003.  These guys are longtime friends and they have fun playing together. They are a lot of fun to see, too. Great music and no cover.

Coming up on Friday night, Sue Menhart ( will be playing solo acoustic for Happy Hour at the Bulkeley House in New London. The show starts at 5 pm. Sue usually brings a guest guitar, and any number of local players might show up to sit in. Sue is a hard-working musician with a great voice and lots of energy. (In addition, Sue always spells “Bulkeley House” correctly.) Besides solo acoustic shows, she also has a busy schedule of  full band shows with her “Million Man Band”. Sue has released 3 CDs, two with the band and another (“Forever”) as a solo artist. If you see her, ask her how that tell-all memoir is coming along…

Also on Friday night, you can see Mr.Kaleidoscope’s Bag Of Circus Tricks, a Musical Performance by Brian Lee Skidmore at Hernando’s Hideaway in New London. Hernando’s Hideaway, AKA the Riverview Playhouse, offers a “speak-easy type atmosphere” in a private home for an intimate musical experience. It is suggested that guests bring a non-perishable food item which will be donated to the local food bank. The show is from 8-11 pm. Brian, who is also one of the Weird Beards (, will be playing solo, but several local musicians are expected to make appearances throughout the evening.

At the Oasis Pub in New London, there’s a 3-band show on Saturday night with Street People, A Honey Wagon, and Instant Family. Street People (  played at the Telegraph as part of the I AM Festival last Saturday, and they packed the place. This band is a great melodic combination of music scene veterans, with the ubiquitous Matt Potter (Fatal Film, Wrist Like This) on guitar, Jared Horner (Electric Noise Act) on bass and vocals, Sebastian Coppotelli (Fatal Film, Royale Brothers) on bass, and Jordan Harrelson (the Hempsteadys) on drums. They recently released their first album, called “Dreams”. A Honey Wagon ( is one of those bands that disappears from the scene just long enough for people to wonder if they are still around, then they re-emerge and start playing shows again. Band members are Terry Flynn on guitar and vocals, Chris Moore on bass, and Jay Curland on drums. Their debut album on Rodeo Clown Records (what an awesome name!) is called “How Come Every Time We Get Kentucky Fried Chicken It’s Raining Outside?”. With respect to Instant Family (, I have never seen them play, and I don’t recognize any of the band members (but maybe I should) from the photos on their Facebook page. I guess you’ll have to see for yourself what they are all about. Shows at the Oasis start late, and cover is usually $5.

Here’s the Sue Menhart Band performing “Why You Love Me”:

Wed 9/12/12   - The Woggles, the Radiation at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Thu 9/13/12 - Village Jammers at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- Pete Anderson Band at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- LaLa Land, more TBA at Two Boots in Bridgeport 8:30 pm NO COVER


Fri 9/14/12- Sue Menhart at the Bulkeley House in New London 5 pm


- Brian Skidmore at Hernando’s Hideaway (25 Riverview Ave.)  Changed to BANK STREET CAFE in New London 8-11 pm

- The Mallett Brothers Band at Arch Street Tavern in Hartford

- Modern Merchant, Ports of Spain, Jesse Stanford at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Sat 9/15/12- 2nd Annual Down By the Riverside Festival at Riverside Park in New London with:

11:00 Christian Brunelle

11:45 Bruce McDermott

12:30 Sue Mead/Carl Suiter/Cathy Yuhas

2:15 Hugh Birdsall

3:00 Trevor Giles

3:45 Ohio-Freer Collective

4:30 I Love Diane

- Street People, A Honey Wagon, Instant Family at the Oasis Pub in New London

- Sadplant, the Theater Zombies, Modern Primates at the Bank Street Cafe in New London 9 pm

- Perhaps, Wess Meets West, Breakthrough Frequencies at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- Paper Hill Casket Company, Jose Oyola at Elm Bar in New Haven

- Uncle Flatty at the Stomping Ground in Putnam 8-11 pm

- Steve Forbert, Becky Kessler at Arch Street Tavern in Hartford 7 pm


Mon 9/17/12- The Lost Riots at the Outer Space in Hamden 9 pm

- Bedroom Rehab Corporation, The Delibrates, Ants In The Cellar at the Apartment in Providence 9 pm (This show will be broadcast live on


 Tues 9/18/12 – Milksop:Unsung at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Thur 9/20/12  – JC Hatfield at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- Raymond Raposa (Castanets), Alameda, the Mountain Movers at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Ceschi Ramos, Fake Babies, Klokwize, Mandrake Mechanism at Two Boots in Bridgeport 9 pm NO COVER


Fri 9/21/12      –  Anne Castellano & the Smoke, Dogbite, Nancy Parent w/ Hugh Birdsall and Dana Takaki at 33 Golden Street in New London 9:30 pm

- Frank Critelli, Daphne Lee Martin, Jim Carpenter at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown 8-10 pm

- The Mallett Brothers Band at Stella Blues in New Haven


Sat 9/22/12      – “Rave On: A Tribute to the Reducers Vol. 1” CD release show at the Rose Barn Theater at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford with Heap, the Dogmatics, the Manchurians, Paul Brockett Roadshow, the Rivergods (w/Dave Rave and Lauren Agnelli), the Clothespins, Matt Gouette, Jes Farnsworth (of the Backstabbers), Missy Roback, Blonde Furniture 7 pm

- Hannah Fair, Dan Soto, GraveRobbers, Elison Jackson at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8:30 pm

- The Clams, the Radiation at Elm Bar in New Haven



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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