Anne’s Shore & More #130 – Feb 14 2014

Anne’s Shore & More #130 – Feb 14 2014


Anne Castellano

Anne Castellano

Even if you don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, you don’t have to sit at home this weekend. On Friday night, there will be a special show featuring two of the area’s favorite musical couples, Ben & Nancy Parent and Daniel & Liz (Larson) Spurr. They will be playing at All Souls in New London, located at 19 Jay Street, as part of the Friday Night Folk Series ( Ben and Nancy usually do shows with their Americana/alt-country band the Rivergods (, but sometimes they do these acoustic duo performances, which allow their well-crafted songs to shine in new ways. The band got started 17 years ago, so Ben and Nancy  have been harmonizing together for at least that long. Dan & Liz (,e have been playing music as a duo for over 7 years, doing old-timey/folk originals and traditional tunes. They switch off on instruments that include guitar, fiddle, banjo, drums, and kazoo, and their harmonies are great. Music starts at 7:30 pm, and tickets are $15 at the door ($10 for students or active military with ID).

Also on Friday night, On A Piranha ( and Wrist Like This ( will be playing at 33 Golden Street in New London. Wrist Like This has a lineup that reads like a history of New London punk bands, with Matt Potter (Fatal Film, Brazen Hussy, Conversion Party, and many others), Todd Romanella (Carbomb Inc. and Estrogen and Tonic), Christian Moore (Horns of Ormus, Estrogen and Tonic, the Lawn Bastards, A Honey Wagon), and Jay Curland (Fatal Film, the Liz Larsons, A Honey Wagon, etc). On A Piranha is one of the newer and younger bands on the scene, and they have got a lot of talent and enthusiasm. They’ve played at 33 several times and  are already drawing a good crowd. Also on the bill will be Max Prussner, Leo Lydon, and Pals. The show starts at 9 pm and  cover is $5.

On Saturday, there’s an early show at the Telegraph record store in New London with three bands from three different states: Powerblessings, Downtown Boys, and Shady Hawkins. Powerblessings ( are a punk band from Northampton, MA who has played both 33 Golden and the Oasis in New London in recent years. Downtown Boys ( are from Providence, and they have played a few shows at Willimantic Records. They are a female-fronted in-your-face punk band that has guitar, drums, and a saxophone player, and from what I hear their live show is pretty crazy. Shady Hawkins ( are described as “feminist witchcore” from Brooklyn, NY. The show is free and it starts at 5 pm. All ages are welcome, and you can BYOB if you are over 21.

Later on Saturday night, King Sickabilly and his Full Moon Boys ( will be doing a show at 33 Golden Street in New London, along with Roz and the Rice Cakes ( You might remember the now-disbanded Sasquatch and the Sick-A-Billys, who played many shows in the area. The Full Moon Boys are Dave/Sasquatch’s most recent band, and he has an absolutely amazing young lead guitarist that you really must see. It’s a great band, and you’ll hear some of the old favorites as well as new material. I had heard that Dave had toned it down, but I think that depends on how many shots he does during the band’s set. When I saw the band a few weeks ago, people were buying him shots left and right. He’s a talented performer and is definitely at his best when he does more music and less talking. Considering that I’ve seen the man burn his pubic hair, puke, and smoke weed onstage, perhaps he has toned it down a bit recently. You’ll hear some excellent psychobilly and will definitely be entertained. And did I mention that awesome lead guitarist? He’s well worth the price of admission on his own.  They are from Providence, as are Roz and the Rice Cakes. The Rice Cakes won the WBRU Annual Rock Hunt in 2012, and were voted Best Local Act by the Providence Phoenix in 2010. The show starts at 9 pm and cover is $5.



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      – On A Piranha, Wrist Like This, Max Prussner, Leo Lydon, Pals at 33 Golden Street in New London


- Ben & Nancy Parent, Liz Larson & Daniel Spurr at All Souls in New London (19 Jay Street) 7:30 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 9 pm

- Josi Davis & Hot Damn! at the Black Sheep in Niantic 9:30 pm

- 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 Hamden 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

- The Hoolios, the Zydecats at La Foyer Club in Pawtucket 4:30 pm


Mon 2/17/14   – Sea Wolf, Modern Merchant, the Sea the Sea at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden 8:30 pm


Tues 2/18/14   – Catalina Gonzalez, Ponybird at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Wed 2/19/14   – Cheap Time, Estrogen Highs at BAR in New Haven

- The Royal Din at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Thur 2/20/14  – JC Hatfield at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- Two Cow Garage, Canvas, New Year’s Revolution at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8:30 pm

- If Not For Dreaming, Post Modern Panic, 6 Train Soldier at the Outer Space in Hamden 8 pm

- Ben Baker/Drunken Logic, Floating Lanterns, Whacko Jacko at Two Boots in Bridgeport NO COVER


Fri 2/21/14      – The Suicide Dolls, Nightmare Air, Slander at the Oasis Pub in New London 10 pm

- Atrina, Beasty, New Turks at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Warm, Problem With Dragons, Bedroom Rehab Corporation, Moon Tooth at Cherry Street Station in Wallingford 9 pm


Sat 2/22/14      – Mission O, the Simple Pleasure at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- John Speziale and friends, War Horses at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly 8 pm

- The Bittersweet Vine, Jake McKelvie & the Countertops, Jon Slow at Two Boots in Bridgeport


Sun 2/23/14    – Dogbite, Golden Ratio, Maggie’s Guitar, the Rivergods, SherWood at Hygienic Art in New London (Benefit for Jim Fitzgerald who is battling cancer) $25 door/$20 advance tix

- John Fries Band at the Boathouse in Mystic 2 pm

- James Maple, Sam Perduta, Zach Schmidt at the Outer Space in Hamden 7 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.


4 Responsesto “Anne’s Shore & More #130 – Feb 14 2014”

  1. Saturday’s show at the Telegraph has been cancelled because of today’s snowstorm.

  2. Sasquatch and His Full Moon Boys with Roz and the Rice Cakes at 33 Golden has been cancelled. Josi Davis & Hot Damn! at the Black Sheep in Niantic has been postponed until May 23.

  3. The Roky Erickson/Black Angels show at the Met Cafe tonight has been cancelled.

  4. The Lost Riots show at Two Boots in Bridgeport is cancelled.