Anne’s Shore & More #101 – July 18 2013

Anne’s Shore & More #101 – July 18 2013


You might think this would be a slow weekend for shows, since last weekend was Sailfest, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Once again, there is a LOT going on. On Friday night, Brian Skidmore of the Weird Beards ( has a rare solo show at the Washington Street Coffee House in New London. Brian used to play solo all the time before the Weird Beards were formed, and it’s hard to remember those days, since the band hasb been a big part of the local scene for so long. Washington Street Coffee House is in the space that used to be Bean and Leaf, and Brian will play from 6 to 7 pm. There is no cover.

Also on Friday night, the John Fries Band ( will be at Hot Rod’s Cafe in New London. John is one of the best guitar players in town. and his excellent band just headlined Sailfest last Saturday, playing the sets before and after the fireworks (Fireworks? What fireworks? Well, that’s another story…). Any band would be happy to have Corina Malbaurn on bass and Mike Crivellone on drums, and they have great chemistry on stage as well. For all you carnivores, Hot Rod’s is supposed to have great wings. For the vegetarians, it looks like they have a nice selection of appetizers and also some salads. The show starts at 9 pm and there is no cover.

At the Oasis Pub on Friday, Daphne Lee Martin ( will be doing a show with Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside ( The four-piece band from Portland, Oregon has a new album called “Untamed Beast”, which is the follow-up to their 2011 release “Dirty Radio”. They have appeared on Letterman as well as performing at Bonnaroo and the Newport Folk Festival, and Sallie Ford has been described as “a cross between Ella Fitzgerald and Tom Waits”. New London’s own Daphne Lee Martin is well known in the area (and also out-of town), and she is working on her new album “Frost”, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Moxie”. The show starts at 9 pm and tickets are $10.

Summer is outdoor concert season, and there’s a good one on Saturday night at the Hygienic Art Park, with the Rivergods, the Proud Flesh, and the Ivory Bills. They are calling it an “Amer-rock-ana” show, a mix of rock and Americana, which just happen to be two of my favorite genres. First up will be the Ivory Bills (, from New Haven. This is James Velvet’s three-piece rock band, formed five years ago. (He also has an acoustic band, the Lonesome Sparrows, and also played in the now-defunct Mockingbirds for twelve years. I am thinking he may be a bird lover and we should have a chat.) Following the Ivory Bills will be another New Haven band, the Proud Flesh ( This five-piece indie/folk/bluegrass band has instrumentation that includes banjo,mandolin, lap steel, and accordian, and they recently released “Home”, their second full-length album. New London alt-country/Americana band the Rivergods ( has been one of the area’s best bands since they started playing together in 1997. There have been a few lineup changes, but they have always had a great live show and have released three full-length studio albums. The most recent, “Signs”, came out in 2011. The only problem with seeing the Rivergods live? They have so many good songs that there is never enough time for them all, even when they do multiple sets (not a bad situation for a band to be in). The Rivergods play the last set of the night. The show starts at 7 pm and is open to all ages. Beer, wine, and other refreshments will be sold. Ticket price is not listed, but recent shows at the Art Park have had a $10 suggested donation.

Also on Saturday night, Matzah Cigar, On a Piranha, and Monkey68 will be playing at 33 Golden Street. Monkey68 ( is the recording project of Vince Tuckwood, and if you are used to seeing him play solo acoustic, this will be quite a bit different. (Monkey68 is also a band, but their Sailfest set was unfortunately cancelled by rain last Saturday.) For this show, Vince will perform solo with electric guitar and complete backing tracks. He also says he will be playing at least five new songs. Matzah Cigar is a self-described art-rock trio with influences that include jazz, classical, and a wide variety of rock styles. These guys are young and extremely talented. They released an album called “Imaginary Friends” in June, which is available for download from their Bandcamp site ( Guitarist Max Kelly also plays with Burnouts From Outer Space and Josi Davis, while drummer Ben LaRose is one of the drummers for the Suicide Dolls. I don’t know much about On a Piranha (, but they are a fairly new local trio and have their first EP available as a free download from their ReverbNation page ( Monkey68 opens the show at 10 pm, followed by On a Piranha at 11:15, and finally Matzah Cigar at midnight. Cover charge is $5.

Here are the Rivergods with “When Times Were Good”:


Thur 7/18/13  – The New Country Rehab, the Silks at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- The Meadows Brothers at the Spring Street Studio and Gallery in Chester 7-9 pm $10

- The Directionals (Milwaukee), High Bluff, Stephen Chopek at Two  Boots in Bridgeport 8:30 pm NO COVER


Fri 7/19/13      – Brian Skidmore at Washington Street Coffee House in New London 6-7 pm

- Daphne Lee Martin, Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside at the Oasis Pub in New London 9 pm

- John Fries Band at Hot Rod’s Cafe in New London 9 pm

- Hellbent & Heartbreakin (Preston Frantz, Ken Atkins, Paul Brockett, Tom Trombley) at Steak Loft in Mystic

- Vince Thompson and friends at the Winchester Cafe in Portland CT 8 pm

- The Tragically Said, Reptilian Race, Shaun Bowen at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- Chris MacKay and the Tone Shifters at Acoustic Brew in Voluntown 8 pm


Sat 7/20/13      - The Rivergods, the Proud Flesh, the Ivory Bills at the Hygienic Art Park in New London 7 pm

- Matzah Cigar, On a Piranha, Monkey68 at 33 Golden Street in New London 10 pm

- Suiciety, the Enemies, American’t, Catholic Guilt at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London 8 pm

- Pewt’r, Tarp at Willimantic Records in Willimantic

- Pete Donnelly and the Wise Easy, Death Vessel at Cafe Nine in New  Haven 9 pm

- Zoo Front, the Sawtelles, Al Howard at Neverending Books in New Haven 7:30 pm

- Peppy Castro (of The Blues Magoos), Brute Force (solo) at Two Boots in Bridgeport 9 pm


Sun 7/21/13    – I Draw Slow, Betse Ellis at Anna Liffey’s in New Haven 8 pm

- The Lemonheads at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden 9 pm


Mon 7/22/13   – If Jesus Had Machine Guns at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Tues 7/23/13   – The Young Dubliners, Steve Broderick, the Alehounds at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Wed 7/24/13   – Davey and the Chains, This Frontier Needs Heroes at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Slander, True Blues at BAR in New Haven 9 pm NO COVER


Thur 7/25/13  – Sandman and Mike at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- Night Moves, Big Tusk, Olive Tiger at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- If Birds Could Fly, Girls Guns and Glory at Anna Liffey’s in New Haven 8 pm

- Renay Grant Eaton, Fe Fi Fo, Les Racquet at Two Boots in Bridgeport 8:30 pm NO COVER


Fri 7/26/13      – Davey & the Chains at the Oasis Pub in New London 9 pm

- John Fries Band at Burke’s Tavern in Niantic 8:30 pm

- M.T. Bearington, Ponybird, Violent Mae at Cafe Nine at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm (Benefit for Mike Weed)

- The 509ers, Lasher at Anna Liffey’s in New Haven 8 pm

- Chris MacKay and the Tone Shifters at the Malted Barley in Westerly 9 pm


Sat 7/27/13      – Paul Brockett Roadshow at Galaxy Roller Rink in Groton 7-7:30 pm (Halftime between Shoreline Roller Derby bouts) $10 advance/$12 door

- John Fries Band at the Harp & Hound in Mystic 9 pm

- Elison Jackson, Lake Superior, Kindred Queer at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Sun 7/28/13    – Michale Graves at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London

- Chris Hicks, Chris Berardo and the DesBerardos at Cafe Nine in New Haven 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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