Anne’s Shore & More #129 – Feb 7 2014

Anne’s Shore & More #129 – Feb 7 2014


Anne Castellano

Anne Castellano

Here’s hoping all the snowstorms are out of the way before the weekend, because there are some good shows booked for the shoreline area. On Friday night, the Hulls, Street People, and the Vultures will be at 33 Golden Street in New London. New Haven band the Hulls ( play what has been called “Late 70s British-style punk”, in the style of the Clash and the Buzzcocks, as well as “Boston Oi-Punk” like the Dropkick Murphys. They played their first show in 2010, and they have three songs on the “It Came From Connecticut Vol.1” local compilation. The Vultures ( are also from New Haven, and they have been around since 2001. They released an album called “Chingus” on Safety Meeting Records in 2009, and they appear on the recently released “It Came From Connecticut Vol.2”. New London’s Street People (, consisting of Matt Potter (Fatal Film), Jared Horner (Electric Noise Act), Sebastian Coppotelli (Fatal Film), and Jordan Harrelson (the Hempsteadys) are hometown favorites who don’t play nearly enough shows these days. Cover is $5.


On Saturday night, it’s time for the long-awaited Sinner’s Circle Volume 20 (, which is taking place at the Rose Barn Theater at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford. The show was postponed from December due to one of this winter’s many snowstorms, and the venue was switched as well.  The Rose Barn is a beautiful venue and every event I have attended there has been outstanding. It has a great atmosphere and acoustics, and it’s family-friendly as well. This edition of the Sinner’s Circle features the Original Sinners, who also happen to be the cream of the crop of New London area singer/songwriters: Ben Parent (the Rivergods), Hugh Birdsall (Dogbite, the Reducers), Jim Carpenter (the Hoolios), and John Fries. They will perform separately and together, and this is bound to be one of the most talked about shows of the year. If you haven’t been to any of the previous Sinner’s Circles, this is a singer/songwriter circle, where the artists take turns performing stripped-down (usually acoustic) versions of their songs. The Original Sinners are the group that got the whole series started at the first Sinner’s Circle back in 2009, almost five years ago. They also wrote and recorded a great single called “Wailing City Girl” for the Powers local music compilation, which you can listen to here: The show starts at 7:30 pm, and beer and wine will be available for purchase. There will also be free pretzels! Donations are encouraged at the door.


Also on Saturday night, Dorian James is having a pre-birthday show at 33 Golden Street in New London. It will be a Steampunk Synthstraveganza, with Dorian’s duo November Party ( playing, along with Providence synth outfit Baby Oil. Baby Oil ( is a synth-pop trio featuring Mike Watson from the goth band Spindleshanks on synth. Also in the band are Peter Deffet on vocals and Nancy Hoffman on bass. November Party is a synth-pop duo consisting of Dorian and Peter Nulton (formerly of Dorian James & the Brood). Right now the plan is for Baby Oil to play first, around 10:30 pm, but there is a possibility of a third band being added to the bill and opening the show. Cover charge is $5, and feel free to dress in your best steampunk clothes if you wish.




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

- Vince Thompson and friends at Steak Loft in Mystic 7-10 pm NO COVER

- John Fries Band at Octagon Steak House in Mystic 6:30 pm

- Thor Jensen and Crumb at Perks & Corks in Westerly 9 pm

- 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

- Vince Thompson and Bob Metzger w/ Anna Thompson at the Grille in Old Lyme 7-10 pm

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

- Cibo Matto, Salt Cathedral at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden 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

- Willimantic Records birthday party 12:00 noon-9 pm with Greg Conte, Dawn Cook, Paul Flaherty, Kath Bloom, Tinniens, Colorguard, The GuyFrom Beastmaster, Oliva Neutron-John, Malportado Kids, Spit-Take. more TBA at Willimantic Records in Willimantic

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

- Lost Riots video shoot at Cafe Nine in New Haven 1 pm NO COVER


Mon 2/10/14   – Dirty Bourbon River Show, Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Wed 2/12/14   – Shahman, Cop, Balmy Wind, Joe Katz at Willimantic Records in Willimantic 6 pm

- Eilen Jewell, the Barley Hoppers at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Thur 2/13/14  - Village Jammers at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- David Johansen at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- The Blakes, Skratch Happy, 1974 at the Outer Space in Hamden 8 pm


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

- On A Piranha, Wrist Like This at 33 Golden Street in New London

- Ben & Nancy Parent, Liz Larson & Daniel Spurr at All Souls in New London (19 Jay Street) 8 pm $15 door/$12 advance


Sat 2/15/14      – Powerblessings, Downtown Boys, Shady Hawkins at the Telegraph in New London 5 pm

- King Sickabilly & His Full Moon Boys, Roz Raskin & the Rice Cakes at 33 Golden Street in New London

- Dawn Cook (11:00), Dan and Liz (12:00), Uncle Jesse (1:00), Echo Uganda (2:00), Mark and Raianne (3:00), Poor Old Shine (4:00) at the Willimantic Food Co-Op in Willimantic (Co-Op’s 34th Birthday Bash)

- Guerilla Toss, Priests, Birth of Flower, Furnsss at Storrs Congregational Church in Storrs 7 pm

- Roky Erickson and the Hounds of Baskerville, the Black Angels, Golden Animals at the Met in Pawtucket 9 pm

- Leyla McCalla (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops), Lara Herscovitch, Leila Crockett at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- Beach Avenue, By The Stars at the Outer Space in Hamdwen 7 pm

- The Coquettes, the Lost Riots, Cry Havoc!, Bragging Rights at Two Boots in Bridgeport


Sun 2/16/14    – Dead Meadow, Lord Fowl, the Mountain Movers at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden 8:30 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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