Anne’s Shore & More #146 – June 19 2014

Anne’s Shore & More #146 – June 19 2014

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE WEEK

 

Anne Castellano

Anne Castellano

On Friday night, Music in the Meadow returns with another show at the Connecticut College Arboretum in New London. The bands will be the Rivergods (www.therivergods.com), the 3-Pack (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-3-Pack/1415131858722005), and the Meadows Brothers (http://www.meadowsbrothers.com/). They made their debut at the Hygienic Art Park for a recent Live Lunch Break show, but this will only be the second show for the Rivergods’ new 6-piece lineup. Core members Ben and Nancy Parent are joined by Dana Takaki on violin, Craig Johnson on bass, Chris DeBiasi on drums, and Bill Groth on keyboards and backing vocals. The band won “Best Country Rock Act” at the recent Whalie Awards, and they have a busy summer full of shows planned. Their most recent EP, “Never Grow Old”, was released in January. The only show to date that the 3-Pack have played was back in the fall, at the now-defunct Six String Cafe. You will  remember Hugh, Peter, and Tom from the Reducers, but Peter is now playing bass and they have been working on all new material for quite some time. Expect a mix of new originals with a few really cool covers to round things out. I shouldn’t have to tell you that they will sound great. The Meadows Brothers are teenage brothers Ian and Dustin Meadows, talented  roots/bluegrass/country duo from the lower CT River valley. These guys have been playing in bands together since they were in middle school, and they released their self-titled debut album in 2012. The Meadows Brothers have toured extensively and have even opened for Don McLean. Bring an blanket, bug spray, a picnic supper, and a cooler. If you’d rather someone else do the cooking, Munchies Food Truck will also be at the Arboretum entrance. Gates open at 6 pm, and tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. The Arboretum is located on Williams Street, directly across from the back entrance to Connecticut College.

 

On Saturday night, the Stan Martin Band (http://www.stanmartin.net/) will return to Sneekers Cafe in Groton. Stan Martin is a great songwriter and guitar player, originally from Boston. He just released a brand new album (his fifth) called “Whiskey Morning”, which was recorded in Nashville with Dave Roe, who worked with Johnny Cash and Dwight Yoakam. I saw these guys the last time they were in town and can strongly recommend this show if you are a fan of good guitar playing and country/Americana music. This is a great band, and Stan is the real deal. The show starts at 8:30 pm and there is no cover.

 

Also on Saturday night, the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (The Kate) in Old Saybrook has a special show with Brother Sun (http://www.brothersunmusic.com/) and the Boxcar Lilies (http://www.boxcarlilies.com/). The Boxcar Lilies are a trio of female folk/Americana singer/songwriters from western Massachusetts who specialize in three part harmonies. They first got together in 2009 and released their first album the following year. The follow-up,”Sugar Shack”, was released in 2013 and was highlighted by CMJ in their roundup of exciting new releases. Brother Sun is also a trio (with three part harmonies), and the band members originate from Boston, Chicago, and New York. They also have two full length CDs out, and members Joe Jenks, Greg Greenway, and Pat Wictor all have solo albums as well. Both bands have done a lot of touring, playing festivals and other shows, and have earned great reviews from critics and media people as well as fans. The bands will each play one short set, and will then combine to form a “giant folk super-group”. Perhaps six part harmonies? You never know. Tickets are $25 and the show starts at 8 pm.

 

CONCERT CALENDAR     

 

Thur 6/19/14  – John Fries and the Elements at the Hygienic Art Park in New London 6 pm (Live Lunch Break)

- We Got Mouths, Straight to VHS at 33 Golden Street in New London 9 pm

- Katie Perkins at the Branding Iron (former Stash’s) in New London 5-8 pm

- JC Hatfield at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- The Hornitz at Strange Brew in Norwich 7 pm

- The Toasters, Kid Django, Across the Aisle at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8:30 pm

- The Alehounds at Three Sheets in New Haven 8 pm

- Branchwater, Hoochie Coochie Men, the Before at the Outer Space in Hamden 8:30 pm

- Marina City, Within and Without at Two Boots in Bridgeport

 

Fri 6/20/14      – The Rivergods, the 3-Pack, the Meadows Brothers  at the Connecticut College Arboretum 6 pm $10 adults/$5 kids

- Llama Tsunami, For Serious Band at Strange Brew in Norwich

- Thor Jensen Jazz Organization at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly 8 pm

- Anna Thompson at Nightingale’s Acoustic Cafe in Old Lyme 7-9 pm

- Reagan Youth, Burning Streets, Drug Shock, Dust Angel, Cry Havoc at Three Sheets in New Haven 8 pm

- Tom Hearn at Cafe Nine in New Haven 5-6 pm FREE

- True Blues, Someday Rumble, Polluter, Wolves At Bay (acoustic) at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Bedroom Rehab Corporation, Darker Half, Titanis, Thunderforge, Disable Time at Cherry Street Station in Wallingford  9 pm

- The Little Roy & Lizzie Show at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden 7:30 pm

- Steve and Jonny Acoustic Duo at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden 10 pm

- John Fries and the Elements at the Ocean Mist in Matunuck RI 9:30 pm

 

Sat 6/21/14      – Blood Orange, Fake Babies at the Hygienic Art Park in New London 8 pm $20 ( Benefit for the Robert J. Urbani III Memorial Scholarship)

- Stan Martin at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 8:30 pm NO COVER

- Jeremiah Hazed at Strange Brew in Norwich

- Brother Sun, the Boxcar Lilies at the Kate in Old Saybrook 8 pm $25

- Zanders, Not Blood Paint, Loom, Branchwater at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- The English Beat at Manchester 65 in West Warwick 8 pm

- Paul Brockett Roadshow, King Sickabilly, the Throttles at the Parlour in Providence 9 pm

- The Clams at Black Rose in Newington

- Black Flag, Hor, Cinema Cinema at the Heirloom Arts Theater in Danbury 7 pm

- Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine at Pearl Street in Northampton 7 pm

 

Sun 6/22/14    – New West Guitar Group at the Hygienic Art Park in New London 7-9 pm

- 9th Wave, the Vivisectors at Cafe Nine in New Haven 4 pm

- Minshara, Secondhand Watermelon at the Space in Hamden 7 pm

- The CBYD Trio at the Outer Space in Hamden 5:30 pm

           

Mon 6/23/14   – Scott H. Biram, Austin Lucas, Paul Panamarenko at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm

 

Tues 6/24/14   – The Henchmen, the Vultures at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Scott H. Biram at Johnny D’s in Somerville 9 pm

 

Wed 6/25/14   – Whitey Morgan and the 78s, Dave Hill at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- The Courtneys, Stagnant Pools at BAR in New Haven 9:30 pm

- The Living Deads at Three Sheets in New Haven 9 pm

- Patrick Sweany at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden 7 pm

 

Thur 6/26/14  – Pocket Vinyl at the Hygienic Art Park 12:00 noon (Live Lunch Break)

- Sandman and Mike at Sneekers Cafe in Groton 7-10 pm NO COVER

- Jordan Giangreco & Friends (2 sets) at Strange Brew in Norwich $10

- JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers, Joe Fletcher at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Pierce Edens & the Dirty Work at Three Sheets in New Haven 8 pm

- The Stationary Set, Fire & the Romance, the Foresters at the Space in Hamden 7 pm

- Saint Cobra, Reality Bomb, Torque at Two Boots in Bridgeport

- The English Beat at Johnny D’s in Somerville MA 8:30 pm

 

Fri 6/27/14      – The Rivergods at Ocean Beach Park in New London 8-10 pm

- Hoot For Hunger with SheSaidHeSaid, more TBA at Seehund German Pub & Restaurant in New London 6:30 pm

- The Friendly Ghost, Elison Jackson, James Maple at 33 Golden Street in New London 9 pm

- The Balken Brothers at Strange Brew in Norwich

- Victor Roland at Cafe Nine in New Haven 5-7 pm NO COVER

- Jesse Malin, Don DiLego, the Backyard Committee at Cafe Nine in New Haven  9 pm

- Run Jenny, EV3, Carrie Ashton at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden 8 pm

- Mark Mulcahy at the Iron Horse in Northampton 7 pm

 

Sat 6/28/14      – Mark Mulcahy at the Hygienic Art Park in New London 7-10 pm

- Hand Grenade Serenade, Gallows Bound at 33 Golden Street in New London 9 pm

- John Fries and the Elements at the Voodoo Grill in Mystic 9 pm

- James & the Untold Riches at Strange Brew in Norwich

- Elisa Flynn, George Hakkila, Lys Guillorn, Dawn Cook at Willimantic Records in Willimantic 2 pm

- Wild Sun, Wolfghost at the Knickerbocker Cafe in Westerly 9 pm

- Five in the Chamber, Brother Stanley at Cafe Nine in New Haven 10 pm

- The Lost Boys, Real Talk, Two O’Clock Courage, Hookie at the Outer Space in Hamden 7 pm

- Parker’s Tangent at the Outer Space in Hamden 2 pm

- Mother Falcon, the Family Crest, Goodnight Blue Moon at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden 8:30 pm

- 32 Pints of Apple Juice, Standby, Breakfast On Neptune at Two Boots in Bridgeport

 

Sun 6/29/14    – Warm, Moon Tooth, Dead Empires, one more TBA at 33 Golden Street in New London 8 pm

- John Fries and Corina Malbaurn at the Engine Room in Mystic 11 am

- Alyssa Shouse at the Space in Hamden 5 pm

 

Mon 6/30/14   – Parasol, Spit-Take, Mal Devisa at Willimantic Records in Willimantic 5 pm

- Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Milksop:Unsung at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 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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