Anne’s Shore & More #65 – November 7 2012

Anne’s Shore & More #65 – November 7 2012


This weekend is an especially busy one, with a lot of shows happening on both Friday and Saturday nights. The Womack Family Band (, from Ohio, are back in the area for a series of shows, including an appearance in New London on Friday night at the El ‘n’ Gee Club. They will share the bill with the Weird Beards, Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent, and M.R. Poulopoulos ( The Womacks released a brand new album called “The Blue Room” on September 21, and they are finishing up a two-month tour in support of it. These four young musicians have a lot of fans in the New London area, and once you see them play you will know why. Their talent extends far beyond their years. In addition to the El ‘n’ Gee show, they also play at the Outer Space in Hamden next Tuesday and at Two Boots in Bridgeport next Thursday (see the calendar listing below). Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent ( will be performing in their last local show for awhile, as the band will take a break for the winter. M.R. Poulopoulos is a singer/songwriter from the Albany, NY area whose music can best be described as blues and country-influenced roots rock. He released an album called “Greenhorn” in 2011. The Weird Beards ( are one of New London’s most unusual bands, and they really should be seen live to be fully appreciated. This uke-punk tribe recently celebrated five years together, and their shows are crazy events complete with costume-wearing band members and fans alike. This is bound to be the don’t-miss show of the weekend. Doors open at 8 pm, music starts at 9, and the show is all ages.

There is also great double bill at Bank Street Cafe on Friday night, with both Chris MacKay and the Tone Shifters ( and Ken Atkins and the Honky Tonk Kind (  These bands share a couple of members. Sue MacKay has been playing accordion in the Honky Tonk Kind for more than fifteen years, and she joined the Tone Shifters soon after the band was formed three years ago. Ken Atkins also fills in on guitar with the Tone Shifters when their guitarist Steve Cleary has a schedule conflict with one of his other musical projects.  The Honky Tonk Kind recently returned from their annual trip to Austin, and judging from the photos and stories they have shared on Facebook, they had as good a time as ever. It has been awhile since either of them played in this area, and these two bands are a perfect match for each other. Cover is $5, and your first drink is free.

Coming up on Saturday night, a brand new Sinner’s Circle (#19) takes place at the new Bean and Leaf at 63 Bank Street (Harbor Towers) in New London. This singer-songwriter showcase began three and a half years ago ( and is still going strong. Songwriters perform in the round, with frequent collaboration on each other’s songs to make it even more interesting. This edition features Mike Scott (Dirt Road Radio, Hannah Fair (, Sandra Levine, and Bernadette Golden (Golden Ratio). Showtime is 7:30 pm, and there is no cover, but donation are accepted (usually for local charities). All ages are welcome.

At 33 Golden Street on Saturday night, there is a triple bill with Fatal Film, Modern Primates, and False Mermaid. Fatal Film ( is still going strong after 8 years, with energetic live shows and never a shortage of new material. Modern Primates ( have been around for a couple of years, but they have recently been playing more New London

shows. The band features current and former members of Flesh Hammer on guitars, with Can Kicker Daniel Spurr playing bass. False Mermaid ( is Liz Larson’s most recent musical project, and they have been together for over a year. Liz sings and plays guitar and bass, Luke plays drums, and MaryBeth Werkmeister plays guitar and bass and also does vocals. This looks like a great mix of established and up-and-coming local bands on the same bill. The show starts at 10 pm and cover is $5.

There will also be a special benefit show taking place on Saturday night at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly. The 5th Annual Phil Agins Berklee Scholarship Benefit will begin at 7 pm. Performers are the Ohio Freer Collective, Sit Kitty Sit, the Amples, and Cougar Kick. This event, organized by Paula Agins, has been held every year since Paula’s son and local musician Phil Agins passed away in 2008, and money raised will fund a scholarship to send a local high school musician to the Berklee School of Music summer program. Cover is $10, and music starts at 8 pm. You can also donate online at

Here is the Womack Family Band with “Fight For Something”:



Wed 11/7/12    – Sue Menhart at the Mystic Boathouse in Mystic 7-10 pm


- Low Cut Connie, Rusty Things at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- The Womack Family Band at the Met in Pawtucket 9 pm


Thu 11/8/12    – Village Jammers at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- Vince Thompson and friends at Steak Loft in Mystic 7-10 pm

- Adam Arcuragi & the Lupine Chorale Society, Spirit Family Reunion, the Proud Flesh at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Farmertan, Gene Gnomes, The Hulls at Two Boots in Bridgeport 9pm NO COVER


Fri 11/9/12      – The Womack Family Band, the Weird Beards, Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent, M.R. Poulopoulos at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London 7 pm

- Chris MacKay and the Tone Shifters, Ken Atkins & the Honky Tonk Kind at Bank Street Cafe in New London

- Incognito Sofa Love, Sit Kitty Sit at 33 Golden Street in New London 10 pm

- Sue Menhart Band at Burke’s Tavern in Niantic 8 pm-midnight

- Rosie Flores, Marti Brom at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Sat 11/10/12    – Sinner’s Circle with Mike Scott, Hannah Fair, Sandra Levine, and Bernadette Golden at Bean and Leaf in New London (new location on Bank Street at Harbor Towers) 7:30 pm

- Fatal Film, Modern Primates, False Mermaid at 33 Golden Street in New London 9 pm

- Corrosion of Conformity at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London 9 pm

- Gondoliers, Ferocious Fucking Teeth, Estrogen and Tonic at the Oasis Pub in New London 9 pm

- The Wild Rumpus at the Bank Street Cafe in New London 10 pm

- 5th Annual Phil Agins Benefit Concert with the Ohio Freer Collective Sit Kitty Sit, the Amples, Cougar Kick at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly 7 pm doors

- Dignan Porch, Eraas, Space Orphans at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Hooks & Sinkers, the Lost Riots, the Hulls at Chas’ Place in Meriden 9 pm

- Gung Wry, the Antics at Elm Bar in New Haven

- Lawrence Arabia, the Streams at the Space in Hamden 8 pm


Mon 11/12/12 – Dolfish, Winter White at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Tues 11/13/12 – The Womack Family Band, Daphne Lee Martin, Atlantic Flyway at the Outer Space in Hamden 7 pm NO COVER


Wed 11/14/12  – Johnson’s Crossroad, Goodnight Blue Moon at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Thu 11/15/12  – JC Hatfield at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- Hunter Valentine, Queen Caveat at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- The Womack Family Band, Daphne Lee Martin at Two Boots in Bridgeport 9pm NO COVER


Fri 11/16/12    - Sue Menhart Band at Stash’s Cafe in New London 5:30-8:30 pm

- The Steel Wheels, Winter White at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- David Dondero, Eurisko (acoustic), Frank Critelli at the Outer Space in Hamden  8 pm

Sat 11/17/12    - Wrist Like This!, Recur Occurrence, Powerblessings at 33 Golden Street in New London (Cassette release party)

- Uncle Flatty at Shortie’s Pub in Oakdale 9 pm

- Sarah Borges Band at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Party Horse, the New Dirty at Elm Bar in New Haven

- Bella Morte, the Lost Riots, the Theatre Zombies at Two Boots in Bridgeport 9 pm


Sun 11/18/12   – The Joe Krown Trio at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- Van Ghost at Stella Blues in New Haven

- String Fingers Band, Mother Banjo at the Outer Space in Hamden 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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