Anne’s Shore & More #112 – Oct 4 2013

Anne’s Shore & More #112 – Oct 4 2013


Anne Castellano

Anne Castellano

There’s no shortage of shows on Saturday night in downtown New London. The good news  is that they are all happening within a couple of blocks of each other, so you could probably get to all of them. Come downtown early, because New London’s record store, the Telegraph (, will be celebrating its third anniversary with a party beginning at 4:30 pm. There will be special giveaways, new t-shirts and tote-bags, new and used vinyl and CDs for sale, and most important, live music. Blues/rock diva Sue Menhart ( will start things off at 4:30 with an acoustic set. Next up at 5 pm are the Root Farmers, featuring local fiddler/multi-instrumentalist Craig Edwards ( along with Brian Slattery. Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes (, from Providence, will perform at 6 pm. The trio played the Newport Folk Festival this year, and they also appeared at the Telegraph during the recent I AM Festival. Next up is New London’s Street People ( at 7 pm. Slander (, a new-ish 5-piece post-punk band from Mystic, will close out the evening with a set at 8 pm. Members of Slander were previously in bands such as Low-Beam, Incessant Pop Group, Sodium Lights, and 17 Relics. The Telegraph is located at 19 Golden Street. Shows at the Telegraph are free, all ages, and BYOB.

After the show at the Telegraph, head over to the Oasis Pub (16 Bank Street) for a combination music show/political meet-and-greet. New London City Council candidate Laura Natusch will be there to meet residents and raise awareness of the upcoming municipal election. You can also register to vote if you haven’t done that yet. The Weird Beards ( will be providing the musical entertainment in their usual unique and crazy style. The Weird Beards have carved a solid niche for themselves in the local music scene, and have been one of the area’s most consistent live bands for years. The show is from 8-11 pm, and there is no cover.

The El ‘n’ Gee, located at 36 Golden Street in downtown New London, has a big show taking place on Saturday night. The show is a benefit to cover legal fees for local band Folk Y’all (, who were recently arrested and detained for several days while on tour in Missouri (details can be found on on the band’s Facebook page). There will also be a food drive, so bring a non-perishable item to donate to All Souls Church and receive a free mint-tea vodka shot. The bands will include Boston folk-punk quartet Civil Warblers (, New London hardcore band Dead City Riot (, Liz Larson Spurr’s current musical project False Mermaid (, New London’s longest-running punk band Flesh Hammer (, and the American Infidels, who are playing another reunion show. Also playing will be Modern Primates (, a female-fronted punk band with current and former members of the Can Kickers and Flesh Hammer. In addition, there will be sets from Mark Leonard (Solo Acoustic), Andy Skamandy (Solo Acoustic), Hate The World, and  New Haven’s Goat Herder (

Doors open at 7, and bands start at 8. This is an all ages show, and cover is $5.

As if those weren’t enough choices for one evening, 33 Golden Street has an Oi band show on Saturday night, with Hartford band the Abductors (, Providence punks Usual Suspects (, and Combate 49 (, from New Jersey. Music starts at 9 pm and there is a $5 cover charge.

Here are the Weird Beards with their music video for “Creampuff Powder Man”:



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

- John Fries Band at the Boathouse in Mystic 8 pm

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

- Tracy Walton, Brian Larney Band, Robbie Vozza, Buck McGrane at Two Boots in Bridgeport 8 pm NO COVER


Fri 10/4/13      – Bright Red Reason (MA), Anxiety Effect, Cynic Kids (MA), That’s Life at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London 7 pm  ALL AGES $5

- Mark Mulcahy, the Streams at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm FREE

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

- John Fries Band at the Brazen Hen in Westerly 9 pm

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


Sat 10/5/13      – Sue Menhart (4:30), The Root Farmers (Craig Edwards & Brian Slattery) 5pm, Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes (6pm), Street People  (7 pm), Slander (8pm) at the Telegraph in New London 5 pm (Telegraph’s 3rd Anniversary Party)


- The Weird Beards at the Oasis Pub in New London 8-11 pm

- Civil Warblers, Dead City Riot, False Mermaid, Flesh Hammer, The American Infidels, Modern Primates, Mark Leonard (Solo Acoustic), Andy Skamandy (Solo Acoustic), Hate The World, Goat Herder at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London (Benefit/food drive) 8 pm ALL AGES $5

- The Abductors, Usual Suspects, Combate 49 at 33 Golden Street in New London 9 pm

- Murdervan, Orb Mellon at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- 100 Watt Suns at Jonathan Edwards Winery in Stonington 12:00 noon (Harvest Festival)

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


Sun 10/6/13    – John Fries Band at Jonathan Edwards Winery in Stonington 12:00 noon (Harvest Festival)


Tues 10/8/13   – The Womack Family Band at the Outer Space in Hamden


Wed 10/9/13   – Syd Straw, the Shellye Valauskas Experience (duo) at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


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

-  Frank Solivan and the Dirty Kitchen, the String Fingers Band at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- The Womack Family Band at Hanafin’s Pub in Glastonbury


Fri 10/11/13    – The Womack Family Band at the Telegraph in New London

- Bedroom Rehab Corporation, Problem With Dragons, Moon Tooth at the Oasis Pub in New London 10 pm

- Quasi, the Mountain Movers at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Sat 10/12/13    – Slander, Stuck on Planet Earth, Fatal Film at the Oasis Pub in New London 9 pm

- Hi!, the Lost Riots, the Lonesome While at Willimantic Records in Willimantic 7 pm

- Paper Hill Casket Company, Post Modern Panic, Hannah Fair at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- John Fries Band at ING Hartford Marathon, Bushnell Park, in Hartford 11 am

- The Zambonis, the Stents, Tim from Those Melvin at Two Boots in  Bridgeport 9:30 pm


Sun 10/13/13  – Jennifer Lowe and the Firefly Band at Spring Street Studio and Gallery in Chester 4-6 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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