Anne’s Shore & More #109 – Sept 12 2013

Anne’s Shore & More #109 – Sept 12 2013


Anne Castellano

Anne Castellano

The local music scene takes a bit of a well-deserved break this weekend, but there are still a handful of shows happening. On Friday night, there’s a six-band punk show at the  El ‘n’ Gee in New London to celebrate Joaquin Gouin’s birthday. Sadplant (, Pickpocket (, Progress (, Some Kind of Nightmare (, These Furious Days (, and Irrelevancy (pages/Irrelevancy/244417278924485) will all be playing. Sadplant is one of the hardest working bands around, and this show will be a record release for their 8th album. Speaking of hardworking bands, Some Kind of Nightmare, from San Diego, began a year-long tour of the United States at the end of March, and they are just about at the halfway point. The band was formed seven years ago, and they even changed drummers about a month into the tour without missing a beat (pardon the pun). Pickpocket is from Meriden, and they will be making a rare live appearance, playing their first show in about 6 months. Set times are as follows: Irrelevancy 8:00-8:30, These Furious Days 8:45-9:15, Some Kind Of Nightmare 9:30-10:00, Progress 10:15-10:45, Pickpocket 11:00-11:30, Sadplant 11:45-12:15. It’s an all ages show, with a $5 cover for those 21 and over, and $8 for anyone under 21. According to the Facebook event, 100% of the cover will be going back to the club to help keep it open. Doors open at 7 pm.

Also on Friday night, Daphne Lee Martin ( and Thor Jensen ( will be appearing at Stone Fleet Tavern in New London. They’ll be playing originals, duets, and some covers. Daphne sounded great with her band at the I AM Festival, and this will be a chance to see her in a more intimate acoustic setting. Thor is an extremely talented musician whose guitar playing will amaze you. This Friday night acoustic series has become quite popular since its inception early this summer. The show starts at 7 pm and there is no cover.

On Saturday night, Dorian James and the Swans will playing at Galaxy Roller Rink in Groton,  doing the halftime show between bouts at the Shoreline Roller Derby doubleheader. Admission is $12 at the door (cash only), with children under 10 admitted free with a paying adult. The featured nonprofit will be Safe Futures ( There will be vendors, a bake sale (cupcakes!),  and a bar with beer, wine, and other adult beverages. Don’t forget to bring a chair! Doors open at 5, with the first bout starting at 6 pm. The band will play around 7 pm. (Oh, I should add that the event will have a dinosaur theme. So dress for the occasion, if you can figure out a way to do that.)

Also on Saturday night, there’s a big show at Cafe Nine in New Haven with the Downbeat 5 (, the Manchurians (, and Big Fat Combo ( The Downbeat 5 are a female-fronted garage band from Boston who released their first album over ten years ago. They have shared the stage with artists such as Holly Golightly, the Hoodoo Gurus, the Pretty Things, the Knitters, the Blasters, the Zombies, and more. The Manchurians, from Branford, released their most recent EP chock full of maximum r&b, “Big Rhythm”, in May. I bet you can pick up a copy at the show, and I recommend you do that. Big Fat Combo plays first, at 9:45, followed by the Manchurians at 10:45, then the Downbeat 5 at 11:45. Tickets are $6.

Here are the Downbeat 5 recorded live at SXSW in 2007:



Thur 9/12/13  – Village Jammers at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- Run Boy Run, Seth Adam Trio at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- The Hoolios at the Hungry Tiger in Manchester 8 pm

- D.O.A. at the Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge 8 pm

Fri 9/13/13      – Daphne Lee Martin and Thor Jensen at Stone Fleet Tavern in New London 7 pm NO COVER

- Sadplant, Pickpocket, Progress, Some Kind of Nightmare, These Furious Days, Irrelevancy at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London 7 pm

- Flowers & Kain, Catfish Phillips at 33 Golden Street in New London

- Sister Mary, Sue Mead at All Souls in New London 7:30 pm $10

- Uncle Flatty at the Stomping Ground in Putnam 8 pm

- Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, the Melodic, Frank Critelli at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- The Stepkids at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden 9 pm

Sat 9/14/13      - Dorian James & the Swans at Galaxy Roller Rink in Groton 7 pm (halftime at Shoreline Roller Derby bout)

- The Manchurians, the Downbeat 5, Big Fat Combo at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Milksop:Unsung at Stella Blues in New Haven

- John Fries Band at Black Eyed Sally’s in Hartford  9 pm

- Vudu Sister, Chris Nucci, the Lichter Brothers at Arch Street Tavern in Hartford 9 pm

- Pere Ubu at Brighton Music Hall in Boston 9 pm

- Classic Ruins, O Positive, the Dogmatics at T.T. the Bear’s Place in Cambridge 8 pm

Sun 9/15/13    – Total Bolsheviks, Balmy Wind, Wrist Like This at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London 8 pm

- Gary Puckett at the Wolf Den in Uncasville 7 pm

- Posture & the Grizzly, Graves, Sinforiano Diaz at Willimantic Record in Willimantic 6 pm


Tues 9/17/13   – Califone, Richard Buckner, the Backyard Committee at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- Arctic Monkeys at the Paradise in Boston 8 pm SOLD OUT

Wed 9/18/13   - The London Souls at the Wolf Den in Uncasville 8 pm

- Pete Anderson at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

Thur 9/19/13  – Farewood, Space Orphans at the Oasis Pub in New London

- James Maple, Milksop:Unsung at the Telegraph in New London

- JC Hatfield at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- Kings and Liars, Mind Over Master, Feed the Pigs at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- The Waterboys at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston

Fri 9/20/13      – Tom Hearn at Cafe Nine in New Haven 5-7:30 pm NO COVER

- Head With Wings, Violent Mae, Post Modern Panic, Isaac Young Quartet at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Shakedown, the Weird Beards at Toad’s Place in New Haven 8:30 pm

- The Mallett Brothers Band, Roosevelt Dime at Arch Street Tavern in Hartford 9 pm

- The Lost Riots, Malcolm Tent, Two Man Advantage, Croquettes at Two Boots in Bridgeport 9:30 pm

- The Waterboys at the Calvin Theater in Northampton 8 pm

Sat 9/21/13      – The Portland Cello Project w/ Jolie Holland at the Hygienic Art Park in New London 7 pm

- Sue Menhart Band at Olde Mistick Village in Mystic 4 pm (Garlic Festival)

- The Waterboys at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven

- Bedroom Rehab Corporation, Lost Riots, Nightbitch, Bloodshot  Hooligans, Project 7 at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford

(’s Grand Band Slam) 8 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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