Anne’s Shore & More #113 – Oct 11 2013

Anne’s Shore & More #113 – Oct 11 2013


Anne Castellano

Anne Castellano

It’s shaping up to be an excellent weekend of live music in New London, and there are multiple good shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Your choices on Thursday are at completely opposite ends of the musical spectrum. The first option is to go see long-established roots/bluegrass band Village Jammers (, who will be making their regular second Thursday of the month appearance at Sneekers Cafe in Groton. Curtiss Thompson writes great songs, and the Jammers are accomplished players. Sometimes brother Vince Thompson sits in for a few also. The band usually gets started a little after 7 pm and plays until 10. There is no cover.

If you like it loud, you might head over to the El ‘n’ Gee Club in New London, where Japanese punk band Ultra Bidé ( will be in town for a show with local punks Flesh Hammer ( Ultra Bidé has been around since 1978, and they have a new album out on Alternative Tentacles called “DNA vs. DNA-c”. They played the first show of their month-long U.S./Canada tour on Tuesday in Brooklyn.  According to their Facebook page, the band consists of two bassists and a drummer, no guitars. Flesh Hammer is the “new” band on the bill, having formed in 1985, only 28 years ago. All the Japanese punk bands I have seen have been amazing, so you probably should go to this show. The show is all ages and it starts at 9 pm. Admission is $8.

On Friday night, there’s a free show at the Telegraph record store (19 Golden Street in New London) with talented Americana quartet the Womack Family Band ( The Womacks are from Norwalk, Ohio but they have become  regulars here in the Whaling City. Only two of them are blood relatives (Haley Heyman and brother Noah Heyman), but the band members grew up within ten miles of each other and they all share a home. (That must make it easy to get everyone together for practice.) They are young, but don’t let that fool you. This is an amazing band, and they play over 150 shows a year. All ages are welcome, and you can BYOB. The show is free.

Also on Friday. Providence band the Throttles ( will be playing a show with New London area country quartet Full Moon Jamboree ( at 33 Golden Street.  I’ve heard a lot of great things about the Throttles, but I haven’t had a chance to catch them live yet. From what I have seen on YouTube, the trio plays a dark mixture of rock, tex-mex, and country. Full Moon Jamboree is a really fun old-time country band with Paul Brockett on guitar and vocals, Joey Royale on guitar and vocals, Dave Anderson on bass, and Tim O’Connor on drums. They play the 1950s and 60s country classics (you’ll be singing along) as well as originals. Cover is $5 and there’s no start time listed, so I’d get there by 9 just in case.

On Saturday night, there are two good shows around the corner from each other in New London. At the Oasis Pub, Slander (, Stuck on Planet Earth (, and Fatal Film ( will be playing. I keep hearing talk about a new Fatal Film album, so this might be a good opportunity to try to find out. Mystic band Slander is also working on a CD, and they have been adding new songs to the set and playing a lot of gigs . Stuck On Planet Earth is a three-piece alternative band from Canada. They released an EP called “Play Along” last year, and it has been getting a lot of airplay at college radio stations all over the U.S. and Canada. The show starts at 9 pm and cover is $5.

At 33 Golden Street on Saturday, the bands will be Kansas-based roots act the Calamity Cubes ( and Filthy Still (, from Providence. The Calamity Cubes describe their music as a mixture of traditional country, folk, and bluegrass, with punk attitude. Filthy Still describes their music as folk-punk-bluegrass with a dash of classic rock. Looks like a great matchup, The two bands also happen to be label-mates on Farmageddon Records. Cover is $5.

Here is the Womack Family Band with “Goodbye Birdie”:



Thu 10/10/13  – Ultra Bidé, Flesh Hammer at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London 9 pm

- Village Jammers at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

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


Fri 10/11/13    – The Womack Family Band at the Telegraph in New London 8 pm

- The Throttles, Full Moon Jamboree at 33 Golden Street in New London

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

- Dirt Road Radio, Folk Y’All, the Sun Parade at the Strange Brew Pub (formerly High Noon Saloon) in Norwich 9 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

- The Calamity Cubes, Filthy Still at 33 Golden Street in New London

- Energy, Uzuhi, Empty Vessels, Rodent Lord, Black Sheep, the Holy, Polyphony, Ay Balazo, the Money$, Tensor, Volatile, Satch at the El ‘n’ Gee in New London 4 pm $5

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

- Paper Hill Casket Company, Post Modern Panic, Hannah Fair at Café 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 Melvins at Two Boots in Bridgeport 9:30 pm


Sun 10/13/13  – Lew Bull at Captain’s Pizza in New London 5:30-7:30 pm

- Jennifer Lowe and the Firefly Band at Spring Street Studio and Gallery in Chester 4-6 pm


Mon 10/14/13 – Daphne Lee Martin at Chamard Vineyards in Clinton 1 pm

- Glenn Tilbrook, Joe Michelini at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Tues 10/15/13 – Candy Kaye, Paul Gabriel at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Wed 10/16/13 – The Rivergods at the New London Food Stroll (at the firehouse on Bank Street) 5:30-8:30 pm

- The Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Steam Show at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Thu 10/17/13  - JC Hatfield Band at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- Daphne Lee Martin, the Grahams, Viking Jesus at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Zoo Front at Best Video in Hamden 7:30 pm


Fri 10/18/13    – Dressed For The Occasion, We Own Land, 404ERROR, Javier & Los DishDogs, The Ramparts at 33 Golden Street in New London 8:30 pm

- John Fries Band at the Black Sheep in Niantic 9 pm

- Mark Daniel at Cafe Nine in New Haven 6 pm FREE

- Elison Jackson, M.T. Bearington, Milksop:Unsung, Hanging Hills at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Sat 10/19/13    – Robert Cray at the Wolf Den in Uncasville 8 pm

- Milton at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- Velcro Lewis Group, Estrogen Highs at Cafe Nine in New Haven 10:30 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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