Anne’s Shore & More #111 – Sept 27 2013

Anne’s Shore & More #111 – Sept 27 2013


Anne Castellano

Anne Castellano

There’s a lot happening on Friday night on the shoreline. Girls Guns and Glory ( will be playing at the Rose Barn Theater at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, with the John Fries Band ( playing the opening slot. Girls Guns and Glory don’t play in this area as often as they used to, and this is a wonderful venue to see them in. The band is a favorite at the Rose Barn, and their most recent show in April with the Hoolios was a huge success. The John Fries band recently had another lineup change, with new drummer Hillyn Natter joining bassist Corina Malbaurn to create an all-female rhythm section. I’ve heard that Hillyn is an excellent drummer, and we already know how good Corina and John are. Admission is usually around $10, with all ages welcome. Beer and wine will be sold, and if previous events are any indication, there will also be free pretzels. The show starts at 7 pm.

Also on Friday night, it’s time for another Hoot For Hunger at Dickson’s Tavern in New London. The show will start at 6:30 pm, and there will be twelve musical acts on the bill. Each will play for about fifteen minutes, beginning with Arlene Wow! and ending with Vox Nova, a new jazz band featuring Lorain Ohio and Craig Johnson, who will play at 9:45 pm. Other performers of note will include Hugh Birdsall and Jim Fitzgerald (, Vince Tuckwood (, and Dennis Walley ( See below for the full list of artists and set times. There is no cover charge, but donations will be collected for the New London Community Meal Center.

If you are near Mohegan Sun, be sure to check out the show at the Lansdowne Pub on Friday night with 100 Watt Suns ( This band has been through a couple of name changes recently (Chester Main, Steve Broderick and Shamrock Eyes), so hopefully they will stick with this one for awhile so we can keep track of where they are playing. Members are Steve Broderick, Dan Watson, Bill Light (of the Hoolios), Don Culp, and Marty Maroney. 100 Watt Suns were featured performers last week for the Day’s Live Lunch Break Series at the Hygienic Art Park.

According to the club’s website, which hasn’t been updated recently, cover charge “varies”. Music starts at 10, and this is a 21+ show. (If you check out the menu, you’ll see that you can get fries topped with cheese, chili, or “mushy peas”. Or you can just get a side order of “mushy peas”. Uh, no thanks…)

Sue Menhart ( and her “Million Man Band” will also be playing on Friday night. They will be at Burke’s Tavern in Niantic for a show that starts at 8 pm. This band now includes a horn section (sax, trumpet, and trombone), which increases the size of this band to as many as eight members at any given gig. They play raucous blues-based rock, and Sue has a killer voice. There is no cover.

Saturday night is not quite as busy, but there is one show happening in New London. The El ‘n’ Gee Club has a 21+ show taking place on the bar stage with six bands playing:  Flesh Hammer (, Horns of Ormus (, Drunk Robb and the Shots (, Big Mark T and the Doublebarrels (, Adam Rainstopper, and Dorian James and The Swans. Doors open at 7:30 and music starts by 8:30. Cover is $5. If you haven’t heard, the Gee is closing at the end of October.

Also on Saturday night, the first-ever  Elm City Garage/Punk Fest (which began on Thursday at Anna Liffey’s) continues at Elm Bar in New Haven, with four bands, including New Haven punk band the Lost Riots ( The Lost Riots were named Best Punk Band in the recent 2013 CT Music Awards. They are joined by one of New London’s best bands, Fatal Film (, along with Northampton’s Grammerhorn Wren ( and Brooklyn garage/pop band the Recordettes ( DJ Tony Lofi spins underground punk and garage as well. The event was put together by Die Hipster! Records.

Here are the 100 Watt Suns with “You Can’t Hide”:


Thur 9/26/13  – Sandman and Mike w/ Kenneth Serio at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- Vince Thompson and friends at Steak Loft in Mystic 7-10 pm NO COVER

- The BoDeans at the Kate in Old Saybrook 7:30 pm

- Goat of Arms, Florida=Death, Sports Fortress, Spreaders at Willimantic Records in Willimantic 7 pm

- The Hulls, Murdervan, Straight to VHS at Anna Liffey’s in New Haven (Elm City Garage/Punk Fest night 1) 9 pm

- Bill Kirchen at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Fri 9/27/13       – Hoot for Hunger at Dickson’s Tavern in New London

6:30 pm 6:45 Arlene Wow!

7:00 The Crew

7:15 Jim and Hugh from Dogbite

7:28 Woody

7:41 Pat Daddona

7:55 Kay and Bill Pere

8:08 Harper and Owens

8:20 Baird Welch-Collins

8:33 Ed Ekendu

8:45 Patrick Kirker

9:00 Bruce McDermott

9:15 Vince Tuckwood

9:30 Dennis Walley

9:45 “Vox Nova” Lorain, Scott, & Craig

- Girls Guns and Glory, John Fries Band at the Rose Barn Theater at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford 7 pm

- Empty Vessels, Clamfight, Thee Nosebleeds, the Cryptics at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London 8 pm

- Anderson Family Picnic, Straight To VHS, Sam n Andy at the Germa Club in Mystic 6 pm ALL AGES

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

- 100 Watt Suns at the Lansdowne Pub (Mohegan Sun) in Uncasville 10 pm

- Lauren Agnelli at the Donald Oat Theater in Norwich 7:30 pm

- Scott H. Biram, Black Pistol Fire, Dave Hill at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- The Clams, Commercial Interruption, Socially Starved, Aotearoa at Two Boots in Bridgeport 8 pm


Sat 9/28/13      – Flesh Hammer, Horns of Ormus, Drunk Robb and the Shots, Big Mark T and the Doublebarrels, Adam Rainstopper, Dorian James and The Swans at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London 8 pm 21+ $5

- John Fries w/ Corina at the Daniel Packer Inne in Mystic 9:30 pm

- Vince Thompson and friends at Dock & Dine in Old Saybrook 8 pm

- Soul Asylum at the Wolf Den in Uncasville 8 pm

- The Lost Riots, Fatal Film, Grammerhorn Wren, the Recordettes at

Elm Bar in New Haven 9 pm  (Elm City Garage/Punk Fest night 2)

- String Band. Mountains of the Moon, Knot the Band at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- The Feelies at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden 9 pm

- Blitzen Trapper, PHOX at Arch Street Tavern in Hartford 9 pm


Sun 9/29/13    – Alcoholicaust, ORCumentary, Dirty Kid Discount, Days N Daze, Al Pist at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London 7 pm

- Said the Whale at Arch Street Tavern in Hartford 8 pm

- Richard Thompson at the Calvin Theater in Northampton 8 pm


Mon 9/30/13   – The Neanderthals, the Outta Sites at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Tues 10/1/13   – The Toasters, the Hempsteadys, the Excitement Gang at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Wed 10/2/13   - Raya Brass Band, Milksop:Unsung at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8pm

Thur 10/3/13  - The Hoolios (acoustic) at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- Mary Gauthier, Scott Nolan at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Fri 10/4/13      – Mark Mulcahy, the Streams at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Monkish, Slim Francis, Feed the Pigs, Javier y Los Dishdogs, Sonic Supercharger 66 at Two Boots in Bridgeport 9 pm NO COVER

- Josi Davis at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly 8 pm $25


Sat 10/5/13      – The Weird Beards at the Oasis Pub in New London 8-11 pm

- Seth Adam, Elle Sera, the Backyard Committee, Frank Critelli at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden 7 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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