Anne’s Shore & More #128 – Jan 30 2014

Anne’s Shore & More #128 – Jan 30 2014


Anne Castellano

Anne Castellano

I’m going to lead off  this week’s blog with some bad news for anyone who loves live music. New London’s music scene has just suffered its second major loss in only a few months. The Six String Cafe, which has only been open for 13 weeks, has just closed its doors. You probably know the place better as the former Bank Street Cafe, one of the oldest music venues in town. (I don’t know exactly how old, but I moved here 27 years ago and it was open then.) The business changed hands, closed briefly for remodeling, and reopened as the Six String Cafe in late October, and local music fans were excited to hear that it would be the new home of the Blue Collar Happy Hour (which got its start at the Bank Street Cafe) beginning in January. After hosting only two BCHH shows, and with seven others booked, the club’s closing was announced out of the blue on Monday via a post on their Facebook page. The Blue Collar Happy Hour is left to seek a new home and New London’s bands have one less place to play. Since the El ‘n’ Gee club (the only other decent-sized venue in town) closed its doors at the end of October, this bad news becomes even worse. Those of us who live and breathe live music are fearing the worst, while hoping that things will turn around soon. I have to admit that this news has hit me quite hard. Bands and fans have had it pretty good in this area for a long time, but it’s getting harder and harder for musicians to make money playing original music, and there are fewer and fewer clubs booking live original band shows. It’s even worse in most other towns in the state, so if we’re running out of live music venues in New London, we need to be very worried.  As a musician with a band who loves to play out, and as a music fan who loves to go out to shows, I am worried about the future of live original music. Don’t take these bands and clubs for granted. Please do your part to support local, original music by going out to see a live show as often as you can. It really is important.


There are a few shows taking place this weekend. On Friday night. Josi Davis & Hot Damn! ( will be returning to the Steak Loft in Mystic, where they first played last June as part of the Mystic Blues Festival. In addition to Josi (guitar, keyboards, and vocals), Max Kelly will be on guitar, Dan Solomons plays bass and John Van Ness handles drums and backing vocals. The band plays from 7-10 pm and there is no cover.


On Saturday night, 33 Golden Street in New London has a three-band punk bill. New London’s own  Hand Grenade Serenade ( will join New Haven garage punk band the Lost Riots and one more TBA for what looks to be a fun night. (Thunderbloods were booked but had to cancel.) Hand Grenade Serenade didn’t play out for years, but they did a recent reunion show, and it looks like they may have decided to keep going. That’s good news. The Lost Riots ( have become well established in town, playing here often and bringing good bands with them from outside our local scene. It’s always great when this happens, since a lot of people don’t get to shows outside New London very often. Jeffrey Thunders loves music and he’s done a lot for the New Haven and the New London scenes. I should also remind you that the Lost Riots were chosen “Best Punk” in the 2013 CT Music Awards. The show starts at 9 pm and cover is $5.


Fiddleheads Food Co-op will be celebrating its 6th Anniversary with a two-day celebration on Saturday and Sunday, and there will be several local artists playing music each day. On Saturday, Craig Johnson ( will kick things off at 11:30 am, followed by Uncle Jessi at 3:30 pm, the Weird Beards ( at 4:30 pm, and Matzah Cigar ( at 5:30 pm. On Sunday, John Coats starts off the music at 11:30 am, with ArleneWow! ( playing at 3:30 pm. Josi Davis & Hot Damn! will close out the weekend by doing a set at 4:30 pm. Fiddleheads is located at the intersection of Broad and Huntington Streets in New London, near the old courthouse. In addition to the music, there will be demos, samples, cake, and children’s activities, and everyone will get a 10% discount. Parking is free.


Thur 1/30/14  – Vince Thompson and friends at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- Spirit Family Reunion, Sean Spellman (of Quiet Life) at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- John Hiatt at the Klein in Bridgeport

- The Backyard Committee, Elijah Ocean, Daphne Lee Martin, Frank Critelli at the Outer Space in Hamden 7:30 pm


Fri 1/31/14      – Blue Collar Happy Hour with the Hoolios at the Six String Cafe in New London 6-10 pm NO COVER   *CANCELLED*

- Josi Davis & Hot Damn! at Steak Loft in Mystic 7 pm NO COVER

- Anna Thompson at Nightingale’s Acoustic Cafe in Old Lyme (68 Lyme St.) 7-9 pm

- John Fries & Corina Malbaurn at Perks & Corks in Westerly 9 pm

- Intercourse, Grizzlor, Death Church, Reptilian Race at Cafe Nine in NewHaven 9 pm

- Fatgrip, 1974 at Two Boots in Bridgeport


Sat 2/1/14        – 6th Anniversary Party at Fiddleheads in New London with Craig Johnson  (11:30 am), Uncle Jessi (3:30 pm), the Weird Beards (4:30 pm), Matzah Cigar (5:30 pm)

- Hand Grenade Serenade, the Lost Riots, one more TBA at 33 Golden Street in New London 9 pm

- Parasol, Point Bonita, Worn Leather at Willimantic Records in Willimantic 6 pm

- Moving Brooklyn, Breakthrough Frequencies, Pat Mitchell at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Sun 2/2/14      – 6th Anniversary Party at Fiddleheads in New London with (11:30 am), Arlene Wow!(3:30 pm), Josi Davis & Hot Damn! (4:30 pm)


Tues 2/4/14     – Brian Dolzani, Ben Dean, Shawn Taylor at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Wed 2/5/14     – White Hinterland, Slander at BAR in New Haven 9 pm NO COVER

- Space Orphans, Light Upon Blight at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Thur 2/6/14    – The Hoolios (acoustic) at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- San Fermin, the Teaspoons at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Mission of Burma at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden 9 pm

- The Zambonis, Big Fat Combo, Backyard Committee at Two Boots in Bridgeport 6 pm

- Steve Earle at Infinity Hall in Norfolk 8 pm


Fri 2/7/14        – Blue Collar Happy Hour with Full Moon Jamboree at the Six String Cafe in New London 6-10 pm NO COVER *CANCELLED*

- The Hulls, Street People, the Vultures at 33 Golden Street in New London

- Sue Menhart Band at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 9 pm

- Eddie Clendening & the Blue Ribbon Boys, Bloodshot Bill at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Sat 2/8/14        – Sinner’s Circle with the Original Sinners (Hugh Birdsall, Jim Carpenter, Ben Parent, John Fries) at the Rose Barn Theater at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford 7:30 pm

- The Tonebanks, Baby Oil, November Party at 33 Golden Street in New  London 9 pm

- The Vultures, the Clams at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm (benefit for JDRF)


Sun 2/9/14      – Hillyn Natter at Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery in Chester 4-6 pm

- Steve Broderick & the 100 Watt Suns at the Met in Pawtucket 6 p


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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