Anne’s Shore & More #63 – October 24 2012

Anne’s Shore & More #63 – October 24 2012


This Friday night, don’t miss the CD Release concert for Nancy Parent’s ( long-awaited “Vision of Angels” album. It will take place at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation, located at 19 Jay Street in New London, as part of their Friday Night Folk series. The album, produced by Hugh Birdsall, has been in the works for the past year and a half. It is being released on Good Sponge Records. The title track came out as a single about a year ago (listen to it here:, and another track, “Memo”, was one of the standout cuts on last spring’s Good Sponge Sampler Vol. 1. Nancy has put together an amazing band with Hugh Birdsall (the Reducers, Dogbite) on guitars, Dana Takaki on violin, Rachael Aikens on vocals, Mike Palazzolo (the Rivergods, the Hoolios, Village Jammers) on electric bass, Ron Lewis (the Hoolios, John Fries & the Heat) on drums, Donna Piacenza on flute, Chris MacKay (Chris MacKay and the Tone Shifters) on vocals and Dan Spano (the Rivergods, Sue Menhart Band) on piano/keyboard. The band includes most of the musicians who performed on the album. As a vocalist, guitarist, and pedal steel player with the Rivergods for the past 14 years, Nancy has contributed many songs to the band’s extensive catalogue, but this is her first solo album. It features twelve of her own compositions. She has a beautiful voice and a great sense of melody, and the song lyrics reflect her interest in women’s rights, social justice, spiritual reckoning, and interpersonal relationships. Doors will open at 7 pm, and showtime is 7:30 pm. Hugh Birdsall’s band Dogbite will play the opening set of the evening from 7:30-8:30 pm. There is a $10 suggested donation, and wine and other refreshments will be available. Don’t forget to bring money for a copy of the CD! This show is scheduled to end at 10:30 pm, which is plenty early enough to get to another venue to see more live music afterward. Here are a couple of suggestions…

Later on Friday night, you might want to head over to New London’s Bank Street Cafe for the Weird Beards (, Estrogen & Tonic ( and/or maybe the Earwigs, and Modern Primates. Modern Primates ( are Sara Kraut on vocals, Bob Bourne (Flesh Hammer) on guitar, Pete Nowakowski (ex-Flesh Hammer) on guitar, Daniel Spurr (Can Kickers, Dan & Liz) on bass and vocals, and Peter Egner (ex-Amido Black) on drums.This band looks like an interesting combination of musicians, which makes them well worth checking out.  According to their Facebook page they have been around for two years, and their drummer is a  relatively new addition to the band.  The Earwigs are a version of Estrogen & Tonic with J. Curland filling in for Anne Marie on drums. The show flyer says “Estrogen & Tonic vs. the Earwigs”, so I’m thinking there might be a couple of different drummers in attendance that night. I guess you will have to be there to find out for sure. The Weird Beards haven’t been playing as many shows as they used to, and this freak-folk/uke punk band is always a lot of fun. Their last show at Bank Street Cafe was packed with fans and as crazy as ever, so this one is bound to be as well. Showtime is listed as 8:00 pm, and your $5 cover gets you a free drink. There will also be a special guest performance by magician Sean Padrigh.

Over at the Oasis Pub in New London, Math the Band ( will be returning to town on Friday night. They played here at the I AM Festival last month, and by the end of their set, every single string on the guitar was broken. The band has a new album, “Get Real”, coming out in about a month, which will be their tenth album since 2004. You can preorder it now at The band will be heading out on a 2-1/2 month U.S. tour in a couple of weeks in support of the new album. This electronic duo is based in Providence, and they are resident artists at AS220. These guys are a lot of fun to see, so check them out if you can. Cover at the Oasis is $5, and shows generally start late, although the Facebook event lists the start time as 9:30 pm.

Here are the Rivergods performing Nancy Parent’s “Sin Sick Soul” at the Rose Barn Theater:

Wed 10/24/12 – We Got Mouths, Geronimo, Totally Wrecked, Ovlov at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London 7 pm

- Frank Critelli, Mark Mirando at BEST Video in Hamden 7:30-9 pm


Thu 10/25/12  – Sandman and friends at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- The Arkhams, Tigress at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Fri 10/26/12    – Nancy Parent, Dogbite at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation in New London 7:30 pm (Nancy Parent CD Release show)

- Sue Menhart Band at Stash’s Cafe in New London 5:30-8:30 pm

- The Weird Beards, Estrogen & Tonic, Modern Primates, Sean Padrigh (magician) at the Bank Street Cafe in New London

- Math the Band at the Oasis Pub in New London

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

- Lamb Bombs, Bedroom Rehab Corporation at Javapalooza in Middletown 7-10:30 pm

- Spring Heeled Jack (acoustic), the Pietasters, the Pilfers, Hardcore Karaoke Pile-On Extravaganza!, Sgt. Scagnetti at Toad’s Place in New Haven

- Mon Monarch, Colin Meyer at Two Boots in Bridgeport


Sat 10/27/12    – The Hempsteadys, Vic Ruggiero at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London 9 pm

- Uncle Monk, Boxcar Lilies, Washboard Slim & the Bluelights, Amalgamated Muck at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center  in Old Saybrook 8 pm

- The Hulls, LA Trash, Pickpocket at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Sea of Bones, Neurospora, Tomb & Thirst, Space Orphans at Elm Bar in New Haven

- Blitzen Trapper at Arch Street Tavern in Hartford


Sun 10/28/12  – Municipal Waste, Napalm Death, Exhumed, Vektor at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London 7-11 pm

- Hot Chaos, Tigress, Hooks and Sinkers at Two Boots in Bridgeport 9:30 pm


Tues 10/30/12 – The David Mayfield Parade, Hoots & Hellmouth, Elison Jackson at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Wed 10/31/12 – Milksop:Unsung, Jacques Le Coque, Dr. Caterwaul with the Cygnet Sisters, Modern Merchant at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Thu 11/1/12    – Jim Carpenter and friends at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- Jonathan Edwards at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- 9th Wave, the Clams at Black Eyed Sally’s in Hartford 8 pm

- The Coffin Daggers, the North Shore Troubadours at Two Boots in Bridgeport NO COVER


Fri 11/2/12      – John Fries at Norwich Arts Center 8 pm

- The Manchurians, Anne Castellano and the Smoke,  Forgotten By Friday at Cafe Nine in New Haven 10 pm


Sat 11/3/12      – Karl Kelly Tribute and Benefit at the Rose Barn Theater at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford 1-5 pm

- The Stepkids, Incognito Sofa Love at the Oasis Pub in New London

- Fake Babies at Stella Blues in New Haven

- The Way Home, Jen Urban & The Box at Two Boots in Bridgeport 9pm NO COVER



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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