Anne’s Shore & More #70 – December 13 2012

Anne’s Shore & More #70 – December 13 2012

The upcoming weekend is a bit on the quiet side, with the holidays fast approaching, but there are still a few shows happening. On Thursday night, the Village Jammers ( will make their regular second-Thursday-of-the-month appearance at Sneekers Cafe in Groton. In addition to the great bluegrass/country/folk music they play, these guys always entertain with their between-songs stage banter. The band has been playing together for more than 30 years, and they have recently been working on finishing (finally!) their second album. Hopefully we’ll get to hear it soon. The show starts around 7 pm and there is no cover. While you are at Sneekers, be sure to try the “Nikki Nog”. It’s good!

On Friday night, Dogbite ( will return to the Bank Street Cafe in New London after a too-long absence from that venue. It’s an early show, starting at 6:30 or 7 pm and ending around 9 or 9:30 pm, and there is no cover. They will play two sets. It’s hard for me to believe it’s been so long, but this band has been around for nearly 10 years. They have been working on new material, both originals and covers, and  they may even be trying out some new songs at this show. Dogbite released their first album, “Ruff Mix”, in 2004, and their second, “Joyride” came out in 2009. Here’s hoping they will come out with a third soon.

Coming up on Saturday night, John Fries ( and his band (Corina Malbaurn and Mike Crivellone) return to the Commoner in New London. These guys have a busy winter schedule in preparation for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis at the end of January. If you haven’t picked up a copy of “U.S. 50″, you should do that, and it will help the band get to Memphis. The show starts at 9 pm and there is no cover. The restaurant is located at 36 Bank Street (the former Bank Street Roadhouse).

Also on Saturday night, the Hempsteadys will be at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London as the hosts of a four-band show along with Kid Django, the Snails, and Matt MacLeod. The three out-of-town bands are touring together as the Version City Party, and this will be the tour kickoff show for this reggae, rocksteady, and ska party from NYC. Matt MacLeod, who is the vocalist and keyboard player of Pennsylvania based reggae band the Heavy Beat (, will open the show with the Snails as his backing band. Next, the Snails ( will play a set with Matt on bass. The Snails, from Philadelphia, play an eclectic blend of Jamaican music with American soul and 50′s rock and roll. Kid Django ( is up next. Kid Django is a renowned musician, producer, record label owner, and owner of the Version City recording studio in New York. His career spans nearly 30 years and he is internationally known and respected for his influence on Jamaican music and related genres. New London’s own  Hempsteadys ( will be closing the show. This is vocalist and frontman Isaac Bulger’s last show as a full-fledged Hempsteady, as he leaves the band to make some life moves. And it looks like they are releasing a brand new 3-song EP, as of 12/12/12. You can listen and download it (name your price) at The show starts at 9 pm. Admission is $5 for over 21, $10 for under 21. With a college ID, it’s $5 for under 21 or your first PBR free for over 21.

Here are the Hempsteadys at New London’s I AM Festival in 2010:


Wed 12/12/12 – Vandaveer, Kindred Queer at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


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

- Them Damn Hamiltons, Lys Guillorn at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- Lamb Bombs, Wrist Like This, Sonic Supercharger 66 at Two Boots inBridgeport 8:30 pm NO COVER


Fri 12/14/12    – Dogbite at the Bank Street Cafe in New London 6:30-9:00 pm NO COVER

- Lenny Lashley, Riki Rocksteady, the Abductors at 33 Golden Street in New London 9 pm

- Bill Kirchen, the Forgotten Ones at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Sat 12/15/12    – John Fries at the Commoner in New London 9 pm

- Sue Menhart at the Mystic Boathouse in Mystic 8-11 pm

- The Hempsteadys, Kid Django, the Snails, Matt MacLeod at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London 7 pm

- North Shore Troubadours, the Clams at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Red Blade, Space Orphans at Elm Bar in New Haven

- Yarn at the Hungry Tiger in Manchester


Tues 12/18/12 – Sub Verso, Pools are Nice, Milksop:Unsung at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm NO COVER


Wed 12/19/12 – Ports of Spain, Wess Meets West, Ovlov, Head With Wings at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Thu 12/20/12 - JC Hatfield Band at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER


Fri 12/21/12    – Sue Menhart Band at Stash’s Cafe in New London 5:30-8:30 pm

- The Weird Beards, Matzah Cigar, Burnouts from Outer Space at the Bank Street Cafe in New London 9 pm

- The Cro-Mags, the Business, Broken Heroes, Rude Awakening at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London 7 pm

- John Fries, the MacLeans at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly 8 pm


Sat 12/22/12    – Sue Menhart Band at the Bulkeley House in New London 9 pm

- Llama Tsunami, Short Handed Goal, Defenders of Pluto, Smokebomb Mondays, Too Square at the Waterford VFW 6 pm ALL AGES (Toys For Tots Benefit)

- Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, the Mighty Soul Drivers at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Lasher, the Clearer, Vipers Bugloss 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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One Responseto “Anne’s Shore & More #70 – December 13 2012”

  1. Anne says:

    Oops, just found out that there is a $6 cover at the Commoner for the John Fries show on Saturday. That includes a free draft.