Anne’s Shore & More #124 – Jan 2 2014

Anne’s Shore & More #124 – Jan 2 2014


Anne Castellano

Anne Castellano

There are very few shows happening this weekend, as the shoreline recovers from the holidays and the impending snowstorm. On Saturday night, Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez ( will be at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly. Christine is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and performer who is also a long-time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live band. Her most recent album,  2010′s “The Deep End”, is her sixth with Rebel Montez, and it features such notable guests as Ian Hunter, Dion DiMucci, Marshall Crenshaw, Levon Helm, GE Smith, and  Eric “Roscoe” Ambel. If that weren’t enough, she has performed with Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Lou Reed, Ronnie Spector, Charlie Musselwhite, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Al Green, and Lucinda Williams, to name a few. She is called  the “Beehive Queen” for her big blonde hairdo, which was created in honor of Ronnie Spector. Christine’s band Rebel Montez consists of Cliff Goodwin on lead guitar, Michael Colbath on bass guitar, and Larry Donahue on drums. The Knickerbocker is a great place to see live music, and this should be an excellent night. The show starts at 8 pm and cover is $10.


On Sunday night, the Weird Beards will begin another run of the Weird Beards Medicine Show. They have done this “residency” before, on Sunday nights at 33 Golden Street in New London. This time they will play on the first three Sundays in January. The Weird Beards are one of New London’s most fun live bands, and I can bet that a lot of people didn’t expect them to last as long as they have. How long have they been around? Almost seven years. Even their website is fun. Go on, check it out now at They list a total of twelve people as band members, and while you won’t generally see that many people at once on stage when they play, you just never know.  There is no cover and the show starts at 9 pm.

Here’s a clip of Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez performing “Love and Tenderness”:



Thur 1/2/14    – Blonde Furniture at the Telegraph in New London 12:00 noon NO COVER

- Seth Adam at Stella Blues in New Haven

- Cellular Chaos, the Simple Pleasure, Jerkagram at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Fri 1/3/14        – Shakedown, the Weird Beards at the Strange Brew Pub in Norwich 9 pm

- Victor Roland at Cafe Nine in New Haven 5-7 pm NO COVER

- Polluter, Oughts at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Adam Ezra Group at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly 8 pm


Sat 1/4/14        - Curmudgeon, Spit-Take, 404Error, Pines at Willimantic Records in Willimantic 6 pm

- Big Lazy, Happy Ending at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly 8 pm

- The Grand Slambovians at Infinity Hall in Norfolk 8 pm

- The Mallett Brothers Band at the Met in Pawtucket 9 pm


Sun 1/5/14      – The Weird Beards at 33 Golden Street in New London 9 pm


Mon 1/6/14     – Patch Kit, Scowler, Life in a Vacuum at Willimantic Records in Willimantic 6 pm


Tue 1/7/14       – Potty Mouth, Radiator Hospital, Ovlov at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Thur 1/9/14    – Village Jammers at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- Kindred Queer, Sam Perduta at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Lee Ranaldo and the Dust (feat. Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth), Steve Gunn at the Spaceland Ballroom 9 pm


Fri 1/10/14      – Dogbite at the Six String Cafe in New London  6-8 pm

- Chris MacKay & the ToneShifters, Blonde Furniture at the Six String Cafe in New London 9 pm

- Sarah Borges, Girls Guns and Glory at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- David Dondero, Jay Prince at the Outer Space in Hamden 9 pm


Sat 1/11/14      – Night of the Rabbit, Instant Family, Synaptic Groove at Willimantic Records in Willimantic 6 pm

- The Iguanas at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Sun 1/12/14    – The Weird Beards at 33 Golden Street in New London 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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