Anne’s Shore & More #103 – Aug 1 2013

Anne’s Shore & More #103 – Aug 1 2013



Anne Castellano

Anne Castellano

Most of the local shows seem to be happening on Saturday night this week, but there are still a couple of options for Friday. First of all, the Hoolios (, one of the area’s best bands, will be doing a show at Priam Vineyards in Colchester. I have heard that these vineyard shows are a lot of fun – great music, wine, and a beautiful setting. What’s not to like? Tickets are $16 at the door, and food, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Picnics are welcome but no outside beverages are permitted (bags will be checked, so don’t say we didn’t warn you…) The vineyard’s website pictures a band playing under a tent, so it looks like the show will be rain or shine. Music starts at 6 pm and continues until 8:30 pm. I have to work, so tell the band I said hi.

Also on Friday night, the John Fries Band (, one of the busiest bands in the area, will be playing at the Black Sheep in Niantic. I’m not sure if they will have keyboards or percussion at this show, but Corina, Mike, and (of course) John will be bringing it either way. The show starts at 9 pm.

On Saturday night, there’s a don’t-miss show at the Hygienic Art Park in New London, with Hurray For the Riff Raff, Jim and Jake Carpenter, and Frank Fairfield. Hurray For the Riff Raff ( is singer/songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra, a 25 year old from the Bronx who has settled in New Orleans. She released two albums of folk and country songs before she and her longtime fiddle player, Yosi Perlstein, teamed up with a honky-tonk band called the Tumbleweeds, who became their touring band. They then toured the U.S. for two years and released their most recent album called “Look Out Mama” in 2012.  The band plays bluesy folk/rock fused with Americana, pop, and soul. They played the Newport Folk Festival and are also playing several other dates in the area. I have listened to a couple of songs by Hurray For the Riff Raff and I think I am hooked. Watch the video I posted below, and be there on Saturday night.  I’m strongly recommending that you bring some extra cash for CDs. Openers will be Jim and Jake Carpenter and Frank Fairfield. Jim Carpenter is the leader/songwriter/guitarist of the Hoolios, and Jake is his extremely talented son. The Carpenters (sorry, couldn’t resist…) recently did a Live Lunch Break show that is archived at (scroll down to the “local video” section on the website). I’m still waiting for Jake to release some recordings (and I’m bugging him about that at every opportunity), but until then, live is the only way to listen to his music. He often sits in with the Hoolios on acoustic guitar and vocals for a few songs at their gigs. Expect a mix of great songs from both father and son at this event. Also on the bill will be Frank Fairfield (, a young old-time musician from California who plays fiddle, guitar, and banjo. He is touring the country and is doing several shows with Hurray For the Riff Raff (including the Newport Folk Festival). The show runs from 7-11 pm. Admission is by suggested donation at the door. Beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks will be sold, and all ages are welcome.

Also on Saturday night, there will be a three band bill at 33 Golden Street in New London, right around the corner from the Hygienic Art Park. Chris MacKay and the Tone Shifters, Blonde Furniture, and Kala Farnham will all be playing. Pianist/singer/songwriter Kala Farnham ( will open the show at 9:30, followed by Blonde Furniture ( at 10:30, and Chris MacKay and the Tone Shifters ( will be the last band at 11:30 pm. Blonde Furniture is the East Coast band of Bill Dumas, and they are now playing as a six-piece, with guitars, mandolin, accordion, bass, and percussion. The band did a set at the Hygienic Art Park during this year’s Sailfest celebration. Chris MacKay and the Tone Shifters also played Sailfest, doing a fine set of honky-tonk on the Custom House Pier in front of an appreciative crowd.  Chris and Sue MacKay also play in Blonde Furniture. Cover is $5.

Here is Hurray For the Riff Raff with “Look Out Mama”:



Thur 8/1/13    – Live Lunch Break with the Sue Menhart Band at the Hygienic Art Park in New London 12:00 noon NO COVER

- Amy LaVere, Sean Spellman, Daphne Lee Martin at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- Spectral Fangs, Straight to VHS at Elm Bar in New Haven 9 pm


Fri 8/2/13        - John Fries Band at the Black Sheep in Niantic 9 pm

- The Hoolios at Priam Vineyards in Colchester 6 pm

- Hurray For the Riff Raff, Frank Fairfield, Goodnight Blue Moon at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Socially Starved, 9th Wave, Commercial Interruption at Two Boots in Bridgeport 7:30 pm NO COVER


Sat 8/3/13        - Hurray for the Riff Raff, Frank Fairfield, Jim & Jake Carpenter at the Hygienic Art Park in New London 7-11 pm

- Chris MacKay and the Tone Shifters (11:30), Blonde Furniture (10:30), Kala Farnham (9:30) at 33 Golden Street in New London 9:30 pm

- Sue Menhart at the Olde Mistick Village Gazebo in Mystic 2-4 pm

- Vince Thompson and friends at Stonington Vineyards in Stonington 3-7 pm NO COVER

- The Stepkids, Mister F, the Weird Beards at the High Noon Saloon in Norwich 8 pm

- Jennifer Hill & Co., Farewood, Becky Kessler (solo) at Two Boots in Bridgeport 9 pm NO COVER


Sun 8/4/13      – Dogbite at Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock in New London 2-4 pm

- The Weird Beards at 33 Golden Street in New London 9 pm

- Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus at the Hygienic Art Park in New London 7-9 pm

- Tsunami of Sound, Tarantinos NYC at Cafe Nine in New Haven 3 pm

- The Clams at Anna Liffey’s in New Haven 9:45 pm (A Dark Room Film Festival 8 pm)


Mon 8/5/13     – Judson Claiborne, Buck McGrane at the Outer Space in Hamden 8 pm


Tues 8/6/13     – Kath Bloom, the Mountain Movers, Jason Prince at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Wed 8/7/13     – Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express, the Old Ceremony at Cafe Ninin New Haven 8 pm

- Christine Ohlman at Westerly Beach in Westerly 6-8 pm


Thur 8/8/13    – Live Lunch Break with Incognito Sofa Love at the Hygienic Art Park in New London 12:00 noon NO COVER

- The Hoolios at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm

- Holly Williams at the Wolf Den in Uncasville 8 pm

- The Please Please Me, Brandon Patton, Todd Kramer at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- Jennifer Lowe at the Spring Street Studio and Gallery in Chester 7-9 pm $10

- The Drama State, Kamikaze Fighter Pilots at Two Boots in Bridgeport NO COVER


Fri 8/9/13        – Matt Gouette at Stone Fleet Tavern in New London 7 -10 pm NO COVER

- Live Lunch Break with Emily Danger at the Telegraph in New London 12:00 pm

- Jay Dempsey Band at Washington Park in Groton 6:30-9:00 pm

- The Hoolios at Acoustic Brew in Voluntown 8 pm

- Tom Hearn at Cafe Nine in New Haven 5-7:30 pm NO COVER

- Eddie Clendening and the Blue Ribbon Boys, the Barley Hoppers at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Emily Danger at Bijou Theater in Bridgeport 7 pm $15


Sat 8/10/13      – Anderson Family Picnic at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly 8 pm

- The Lost Riots, the Recordettes, Light Bulb Alley, the Gene Gnomes at Anna Liffey’s in New Haven 8 pm

- Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons, the Proud Flesh, Elison Jackson, Amanda Bloom at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm (Benefit for Dave Lamb of Brown Bird)


Sun 8/11/13     – The Weird Beards at 33 Golden Street in New London 9 pm

- Mike Scott at Captain’s Pizza in New London 5:30-7:30 pm NO COVER

- C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band at the Hygienic Art Park in New London 7-9 pm



Anne Castellano is a New London, CT songwriter and guitarist who fronts her own original band, Anne Castellano and the Smoke. She has also played in several other bands over the years (the Uninformed, the Skin Walkers, and the Cavities) and spent several years performing as a solo artist.

In 2010 she released a full-length self-produced CD entitled “What’s Been Going On”. Anne also collaborated with Hugh Birdsall (Dogbite, the Reducers) on an EP called “In the Dark”, released in 2012 under the name SheSaidHeSaid. She is a 30-year veteran of college radio, and is currently doing the Deranged Radio Show on alternate Tuesday evenings from 6-9 pm 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. She began putting together her weekly concert calendar in 2005, 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 music as her “day job” schedule permits.


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