Anne’s Shore & More #126 – Jan 16 2014

Anne’s Shore & More #126 – Jan 16 2014


Anne Castellano

Anne Castellano

New London is getting back in gear with a very busy weekend of music after a relatively quiet post-holiday recovery period. There are multiple good shows on both Friday and Saturday nights this weekend. Getting things started on Friday evening is the long-awaited return of the Blue Collar Happy Hour (, which is now being held at the Six String Cafe in New London. The series has actually come full circle, returning to the same venue (with a new name and new owners) where the Blue Collar Happy Hour got started years ago. Most recently, the Side Pocket Cafe in Groton was the location for the BCHH, until the club closed about a year and a half ago. Now the Bank Street Cafe has turned into the Six String Cafe and the BCHH is back, making a lot of local music fans very happy.  Ken and Preston Frantz are the ones who created and kept the BCHH going for so long, so it’s appropriate that this first show will feature Ken Atkins and the Honky Tonk Kind ( Preston’s band Hellbent & Heartbreakin’ will be playing next week. There is no cover, and the kitchen will be open. Happy Hour time is from 6-10 pm, with the band starting at 7 pm. Donations will be collected for the musicians, so please “TTB”: Tip the Bands and Tip the Bar staff.

Also on Friday night, the acoustic Hoolios ( will be playing at Steak Loft in Mystic. Jim Carpenter’s son Jake usually joins them on cajón for these shows, and he also takes over the band for part of the set, trading places with his dad to perform some of his own (and Jim’s) songs with the band backing him up. There is no cover, and the band plays from 7-10 pm.

If you don’t mind a bit of a drive, you might want to check out alt-country/Americana band Uncle Flatty, who will be at the Stomping Ground in Putnam on Friday night. I’ve really been enjoying their album “Broken Places”, which was released in 2012. You can listen and/or download it from their Bandcamp site here: Founding member Paul “Uncle Flatty” Robinson passed away in 2010, but the band, established in 2005, has continued on with the addition of Eric O’Hara on pedal steel and lead guitar. Showtime is 8 pm.

On Saturday night, there are a couple of good shows right down the street from each other, something that happens frequently in downtown New London. The Suicide Dolls are playing the Oasis Pub, and one of the things they do best (besides rock our faces off) is bring excellent out-of-town bands to New London. This weekend grunge/pop band Thunders ( is on tour from Chicago, and Planes will be visiting from Brooklyn NY. While checking out Thunders’ Bandcamp site, I discovered that they have a brand new album called “Weird Spines White Trash Whatever” that was just released a couple of days ago on 1/14/2014. You can download it here: They sound great, and I also found it really amusing that the first track is called “Noasis” (or maybe I am just sleep-deprived…). When you see the band Planes, you might recognize the bass player, because he has played here before as a member of the Tyler Trudeau Attempt and the Cavemen Go. That’s right, we’re talking about Brian LaRue: musician, songwriter, and former music writer for the now-defunct New Haven Advocate.  And don’t forget the Suicide Dolls, one of New London’s best live bands. Matt Covey will be behind the drum kit on Saturday night, his first time at the Oasis with the Dolls in quite awhile. Planes will be playing first, beginning at around 10:30 pm.

At 33 Golden Street, the bands are Bedroom Rehab Corporation, Reign of Zaius, and Horns of Ormus, and they will be playing in that same order. Bedroom Rehab Corporation ( has been incredibly busy lately, doing a lot of shows out of town and getting interviewed and reviewed by all kinds of print and broadcast media. Horns of Ormus ( has been one of the area’s most talked-about local bands in the past year. Look for both bands to do well in the upcoming Whalie Awards. Horns of Ormus also contributed two tracks to the recently released “It Came From Connecticut Vol. 2” compilation, produced by Tom Bonehead. Reign of Zaius ( is a four-piece heavy fuzz rock band from Brooklyn whose website and Facebook page seem to have been completely taken over by apes. Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself! There are a couple of pictures of the band themselves, and they are pretty normal-looking guys, so I don’t know what it all means. Maybe you can find out on Saturday at 33. According to the Facebook event, it’s someone’s birthday show too. The show starts at 9 pm and cover is $5.

Here’s Uncle Flatty with “Allie”:



Thur 1/16/14  – JC Hatfield at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- Political Animals, Zak G, Apollo Suns, Mister, Details at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Fri 1/17/14      – Blue Collar Happy Hour with Ken Atkins & the Honky Tonk Kind at the Six String Cafe in New London 6-10 pm NO COVER

- Riki Rocksteady and Tommy Leonard, the Screw-Ups at 33 Golden Street in New London 9 pm

- The Hoolios at Steak Loft in Mystic 7-10 pm

- Uncle Flatty at the Stomping Ground in Putnam 8 pm

- Goodnight Blue Moon, Oh! Cassius, Milksop:Unsung at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Across the Aisle, Glitter Mouth at Two Boots in Bridgeport


Sat 1/18/14      – Bedroom Rehab Corporation, Reign of Zaius, Horns of Ormus at 33 Golden Street in New London 9 pm

- The Suicide Dolls, Thunders, the Planes at the Oasis Pub in New London 10 pm

- Josi Davis & Hot Damn at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 8:30-11:30 pm NO COVER

- Pat the Bunny, Douglas Fur, Mark Leonard, Mike Arsenault, Mickey Rickshaw, Dead Weather Machine at the German Club in Mystic 8 pm ALL AGES

- Jovial Crew, Ample at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- In the Woods, the Weird Beards at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly 9 pm $5


Sun 1/19/14    – The Weird Beards at 33 Golden Street in New London 9 pm

- Saxtet, Andrew Beals at Cafe Nine in New Haven 4-6 pm


Wed 1/22/14   – Woodsman, Atrina at BAR in New Haven

- Food., the Kitchen Sink at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Thur 1/23/14  – Grayson Hugh at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- Forgotten By Friday, Beth Patella Band at Two Boots in Bridgeport


Fri 1/24/14      – Hygienic XXXV Hootenanny at Dickson’s Tavern in New London

7-10 pm (Free, donations accepted)

7:00-7:15 – The Crew

7:20-7:30 – The Banana Slicers

7:35-7:55 – Paul Brockett

8:00-8:20 – Paul and Cathy Carolan with Steve Fagin

8:25-8:45 – Charlie Reyburn

8:50-9:10 – The Friendly Ghost

9:15-9:35 – Kevin Kane

9:40-10:00 – Golden Ratio

- Blue Collar Happy Hour with Hellbent & Heartbreakin’ at the Six String Cafe in New London 6-10 pm NO COVER

- Normal Instruments at the Strange Brew Pub in Norwich 8 pm

- Tom Hearn at Cafe Nine in New Haven 5 pm NO COVER

- The Dictators NYC, Dead City at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Marshall Crenshaw, the Bottle Rockets at Infinity Hall in Norfolk 8 pm


Sat 1/25/14      - Rock Fix 2014 with the Paul Brockett Roadshow, Fatal Film, the John Fries Band, the Sue Menhart Band, Chris MacKay & the Toneshifters, Violent Mae, Somewhere in Time at the Crocker House Ballroom in New London 7 pm – 1 am

- The Rivergods, Ken Atkins & the Honky Tonk Kind, Monkey68 at the Bulkeley House in New London (Rivergods CD Release show) 8 pm NO COVER

- Screamin’ Rebel Angels, the Bloodshots at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Mephiskapheles, Flip Ya For Real, Inspecter 7, the Hempsteadys at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden 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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