Anne’s Shore & More #144 – June 5 2014

Anne’s Shore & More #144 – June 5 2014

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE WEEK

 

Anne Castellano

Anne Castellano

The big event in New London this weekend is the 5th Annual Whalie Award ceremony, taking place on Saturday night at the Hygienic Art Park. The Whalies are New London’s version of the Grammy Awards, honoring the best of the best in all genres of local music. There are some new categories in both Critic’s Choice (voted on by area media professionals) and People’s Choice (voted on by the public) for 2014, including Best Jazz Act, Best Radio DJ and several new Best Video awards. Over 100 local bands and individuals in the New London (and nearby) scene have been nominated, and the show has become one of the most popular events of the year. This is the music community’s opportunity to be seen, be heard, and show off a little, so while music is the focus of the evening,  fashion is right up there in importance as well. There’s even a red carpet, with photographers covering the arrivals beginning at 6 pm when the gates open. Some folks have even taken limo rides to past shows. The actual ceremony begins at 7 pm, with 40 statuettes being awarded by special guest presenters. Musical performances will also be interspersed with the actual awards.  Highlights of past years include the Weird Beards performing as marionettes and Bobby Crash presenting an award with (and interpreting for) “Pucky” the whale. This year’s musical entertainment will be extremely diverse, giving a great representation of what the local scene has to offer. You’ll hear everything from rock, punk, garage, and country, to jazz and hip hop. Fatal Film (www.fatalfilm.com), J.A.B.S., the Fly 1′s (https://www.facebook.com/THEFLY1S), Straight to VHS (https://www.facebook.com/straighttovhs), the MacLean Sisters (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-MacLean-Sisters), the CBYD Trio (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-CBYD-Trio/219043991482), Horns of Ormus (https://www.facebook.com/HornsOfOrmus), and Vincent Tuckwood (http://www.reverbnation.com/vincenttuckwood) will all be playing. If you want to sit down and actually see the awards being given out, I’d recommend you get there early and grab a seat. This show is always packed, and it’s very hard to see and hear what’s going on from the back of the Art Park, even with the nominees being projected on a screen near the stage. Weather in past years has run the full spectrum, from hot and humid to rainy to extremely cold (last year it was about 40 degrees), but it looks like Saturday is going to be a perfect day with a high of 79 and a low of 57.  This is the latest in the year that the Whalies have ever been held, and that strategy seems to have worked, since you won’t need your winter coat this year. The show is the kickoff to the summer season at Hygienic, and it’s also a fundraiser for the 8th Annual I AM Festival, which will take place on September 6 this year. Admission is $10 (the Day newspaper article about the Whalies said the show was free, but that is incorrect), and all ages are welcome, with beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages for sale. View the full list of nominees here: http://iamfest.org/the-2014-whalie-award-nominees/. Following the Whalies, the official afterparty will be happening at the Oasis Pub, where the Hempsteadys (https://www.facebook.com/thehempsteadys) will be playing their much-loved brand of dirty reggae. These guys just played Skanarchy Fest at Cafe Nine in New Haven with ska legends Johnny Too Bad & the Strikeouts, and they were psyched to have the opportunity to open for one of their all time favorite bands. It sounds like they had a great time, and I bet they are still talking about it. This is probably the biggest band you’ll ever see at the Oasis, with nine members. I think they usually set up on the floor in front of the stage as well. The Hempsteadys always put on a really fun show, and they draw a big crowd too, so the place will likely be packed. Cover is $5 at the Oasis.

 

CONCERT CALENDAR     

 

Thur 6/5/14    – Les Deux at the Hygienic Art Park 12:00 noon (Live Lunch Break)

- Vox Nova at the Hygienic Galleries in New London 7-9 pm

- Uncle John’s Clan at Strange Brew in Norwich

- Papa, Hubbell Mountain, Spectral Fangs at Cafe Nine in New Haven  8:30 pm

- The Alehounds at Three Sheets in New Haven 8 pm

- JD McPherson, Sean Rowe, the Cactus Blossoms at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden 9 pm

 

Fri 6/6/14        – John Fries & the Elements at Hanafin’s in New London 8:30 pm

- Jimkata, Seed at Strange Brew in Norwich $10

- Landing, Mockingbird, Jerkagram, Greg Conte at Willimantic Records in Willimantic 7 pm

- The Smithereens at the Kate in Old Saybrook $45

- Dan Greene (of Mountain Movers) at Cafe Nine in New Haven 5-7 pm FREE

- Nat Baldwin (of Dirty Projectors), Celestial Shore, Throw Vision at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9:30 pm

- Rizzo’s Dilemma at Three Sheets in New Haven 8 pm

- Lissie, The Sea The Sea at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden 9 pm

- The Clams, Six Pack Dutchmen at Two Boots in Bridgeport 8 pm

- The Bottle Rockets at Johnny D’s in Somerville MA

 

Sat 6/7/14        – Whalie Awards with Fatal Film, J.A.B.S., the Fly 1′s, Straight to VHS,

the MacLean Sisters, the CBYD Trio, Horns of Ormus, Vince Tuckwood

at the Hygienic Art Park in New London 6 pm

- The Hempsteadys at the Oasis Pub in New London

- Posture & the Grizzly, David F. Bello, Settler, For Everest at Willimantic Records in Willimantic 6 pm

- Girls Guns and Glory, Sarah Borges at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly 8 pm

- Ms. Marci & the Lovesick Hounds at Strange Brew in Norwich

- Losers Sometimes Win, Blastmat, Death Prayers at Cafe Nine in New Haven 10 pm

- Big Fat Combo at CJ Sparrow in Cheshire 8pm-midnight

- Saintseneca, Crying, Memory Map, 10,000 Blades at the Space in  Hamden 7 pm

- Disquiet, Saint Cobra at the Outer Space in Hamden 8 pm

 

Sun 6/8/14      – Hellbound Glory at Three Sheets in New Haven 8 pm

- Della Mae, Jim Lauderdale at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden 7:30 pm

- Reckless Serenade, MyOhMy!, Up In Arms, Salitter at the Space in Hamden 7 pm

 

Mon 6/9/14     – Xavier Serrano, Kyle Flynn, Christoph Whitbeck, Jessy Alexandra at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

 

Tues 6/10/14   – Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers, K. Bestia at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

 

Wed 6/11/14    – Speaker For the Dead, more TBA at Willimantic Records in Willimantic

- Gringo Starr, Atrina at BAR in New Haven

- Ponybird, M.T. Bearington, Lexi Weege at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

- Peter Murphy, Ringo Deathstarr at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden 9 pm

- Jennel Garcia, Deleasa, Stay Seventeen at the Space in Hamden 6 pm

 

Thur 6/12/14  – The Rivergods at the Hygienic Art Park 12:00 noon (Live Lunch Break)

- NRBQ at the Hygienic Art Park in New London 7 pm ($15 advance/$20 door)

- Village Jammers at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- Grinning Dog at Strange Brew in Norwich

- Goodnight Blue Moon, Seth Adam, Meredith Rose, Them Damn

Hamiltons at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm FREE

- Mary Gauthier, Melissa Ferrick at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden 7:30 pm

- Wakey!Wakey!, the Soldier Story, Broadcast Hearts at the Space in Hamden 7 pm

- The Hoolios at Johnny D’s in Somerville MA

- Peter Murphy at the Paradise in Boston 8 pm

 

Fri 6/13/14      – God’s Middle Finger, Blastmat, Productive Member, Losing Streak at 33

Golden Street in New London 9 pm

- Dogbite at Steak Loft in Mystic 7-10 pm NO COVER

- Waylon Speed at Strange Brew in Norwich $10 (2 sets)

- The MacLean Sisters, the Hoolios at the Knights of Columbus in Taftville 6:30 pm (Dinner dance, $20)

- Grizzlor, the Lost Riots, Monster Eats Pilot at Anna Liffey’s in New Haven 8:45 pm NO COVER

- The Clams at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- West Rockers, Deville at Three Sheets in New Haven

- 2014 Grand Band Slam at the Space in Hamden 6 pm

 

Sat 6/14/14      – Paul Brockett Roadshow (1 pm), Daphne Lee Martin (3 pm), John Fries & the Elements (5 pm), the Hoolios (7 pm) at Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock in New London

- Ben Kweller at the Wolf Den in Uncasville 8 pm

- The Lynguistic Civilians, the Wondermics at Strange Brew in Norwich $10

- Simone Felice, Elison Jackson at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9:30 pm

- Bad Lieutenants, Sonic Supercharger 66, the Hulls at Three Sheets in New Haven 8 pm

- Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, the Primate Fiasco, Frank Viele at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden 8:30 pm

- The Monumentos, DeadLight Poets, Jackson’s Hologram at the Space in Hamden 7 pm

- 3rd Generation Rip-Offs, the Pink Angels, Cry Havoc!, the Lost Riots at Seaside Tavern in Stamford 9:30 pm

 

Sun 6/15/14    – Filthy Still at 33 Golden Street in New London 9 pm

- Ana Popovic Band, John Fries & the Elements at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly 8 pm

- Gabe Dixon, Seth Adam at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden 8 pm

- Bari Leigh, Julia Autumn Ford, Jeremy Downer at the 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.

 

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