Anne’s Shore & More #131 – Feb 21 2014

Anne’s Shore & More #131 – Feb 21 2014

Anne Castellano

Anne Castellano



As the weekend approaches, it looks like the weather might cooperate for a change, which means none of these great shows should be canceled for snow. On Friday night, The Suicide Dolls have put together a special show that they are really excited about. Nightmare Air (, from California, and Slander, from Mystic, will join New London’s Suicide Dolls for what is bound to be a night to remember. This three-band lineup at the Oasis Pub will be the same as a show they did at Cafe Nine about a year ago. It was such a great success that they vowed to repeat it in New London as soon as they could. Nightmare Air has done a lot of touring, and they have been the support act for some real heavyweights, such as Smashing Pumpkins, the Cult, Jesus and Mary Chain, TV On the Radio, and the Wedding Present. Their 2013 album, “High in the Lasers”, has earned accolades from such noted publications as Filter and Under the Radar magazine, and they are a first round pick for SXSW 2014. Slander ( just released their third single, “Fuzzy Mouth” b/w “Psyche”. They were also selected to play the Emerge Festival, taking place in Hartford at the end of February. The Suicide Dolls ( are one of the best bands in the area, and they have deservedly won many local music awards. They always do an excellent live performance, and they are also good at putting together great shows that combine the best local and out of town bands. Friday night should be a great example. The show starts at 10 pm and cover is $5.


On Saturday night, Jen Lowe and the Sensitive Dudes ( will play a show at 33 Golden Street in New London, along with Jim Carpenter of the Hoolios ( Jen Lowe is a country/Americana artist from West Hartford, CT whose influences include Patty Griffin, Hank Williams, and Bruce Springsteen. The show starts at 9:30 pm and cover is $5.


Also on Saturday night., the Stan Martin Band ( will be playing at Sneekers Cafe in Groton. Stan is originally from Boston, and he will release his fifth album, “Whiskey Morning”, in the spring. He recorded it in Nashville with his friend and co-producer Dave Roe, who also played bass for the late great Johnny Cash. Stan is known not only for his songwriting and vocals, but also as a great guitar player (he’s a Telecaster guy). His singing draws comparisons to Dwight Yoakam and some of his material also has a Mavericks feel. It should be a great show. There is no cover and the show starts at 8 pm.


On Sunday, there will be a special benefit show at Hygienic Art in New London. Jim Fitzgerald, bassist of Dogbite ( and Golden Ratio (, has been fighting cancer for quite some time, and the high cost of treatment has depleted his funds. All proceeds and donations from this event will go to Jim. Music will be provided by Dogbite, Golden Ratio, Maggie’s Guitar (, the Rivergods (, and SherWood, and there will also be a couple of tunes by SheSaidHeSaid ( side project with Hugh Birdsall of Dogbite). There will be food and drink available, and a great selection of silent auction items. You can view the list on the Facebook event page here: The event starts at 4 pm and continues until 7 pm. Tickets are $25 at the door or $20 in advance. Advance tickets are available from Bernadette Golden, Larry Kern, Hugh Birdsall, Sherburne Stidfole, Steve Fagin, Michael Bailey, or Ron Gletherow. You can also get tickets at the Dutch Tavern or by calling Sherry Stidfole at 860-442-4020.




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

                        – James and the Untold Riches at Strange Brew Pub in Norwich 8 pm

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

                        – Intercourse, the Dirty Nil, the Lost Riots, Horns of Ormus at Anna Liffey’s in New Haven 8 pm

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


Sat 2/22/14     – Jen Lowe and the Sensitive Dudes, Jim Carpenter at 33 Golden Street in New London 9:30 pm

                        – Stan Martin Band at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 8-11:45 pm

                        – 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


Mon 2/24/14   - Charlie Parr, Orb Mellon at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Tues 2/25/14   – Violent Mae, Elison Jackson, Titanics at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Wed 2/26/14   – The Sea the Sea at the Telegraph in New London 7 pm

                        – Sera Cahoone, Toy Soldiers, the Lawsuits at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

                        – Milagres, Plume Giant, Ports of Spain at BAR in New Haven 9:30 pm


Thur 2/27/14  – Sandman and Mike at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

                        – Water Liars, Laundry Day, Sam Perduta at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Fri 2/28/14     – Oneida, Fatal Film, Horns of Ormus at 33 Golden Street in New London 9 pm

                        – Preston Frantz Hellbent and Heartbreakin’ at Steak Loft in Mystic 7-10 pm NO COVER

                        – The Guru, Art Decade, the New Highway Hymnal, the Televibes, Budris at the Space in Hamden 7 pm


Sat 3/1/14       – Daphne Lee Martin at the Oasis Pub in New London (CD release) 9 pm

                        – The Hoolios at Old Orchard Farm in East Lyme 7 pm ($15/$20 couple)

                        – The Downbeat 5, the Manchurians, Big Fat Combo at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

                        – The Fleshtones, Sonic Supercharger 66, the Six Pack Dutchmen at Two Boots in Bridgeport 9:30 pm $10 advance, $12 door

                        – Out of Thin Air at June’s Outback Pub in Killingworth 8 pm


Sun 3/2/14      – Sally Barris, Kristen Graves at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden 7:30 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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