Anne’s Shore & More #147 – June 26 2014

Anne’s Shore & More #147 – June 26 2014

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE WEEK

 

Anne Castellano

Anne Castellano

Wow, there’s a lot going on this weekend! First up, there’s a benefit for the New London Community Meal Center taking place on Friday night. The Hoot For Hunger will be happening at the Seehund German Pub & Restaurant (http://www.seehundgermanpub.com/default.aspx) on Bank Street in New London, in the space formerly housing Dev’s on Bank (and before that it was Ye Olde Tavern). There will be nine bands and solo performers, with each playing a 15-20 minute set.. The Crew will start things off at 6:30 pm, followed by Sue Menhart (www.suemenhart.com) at 6:50, SheSaidHeSaid (www.facebook.com/shesaidhesaidct) at 7:10, Dan and Liz at 7:30 pm, Anna May and Vince Thompson (http://www.reverbnation.com/vincethompson) at 7:50, Golden Ratio (https://www.facebook.com/bernadettegolden) at 8:10, Jim Carpenter (www.locodare.com) at 8:30, Arlene Wow! (https://soundcloud.com/arlenewow) at 8:50, and Vox Nova  at 9:10. There’s no cover, but donations will be collected throughout the evening, so you are encouraged to be generous.

 

It’s outdoor show season, and on Friday night, the Rivergods (www.therivergods.com) will be playing a show on the boardwalk at Ocean Beach Park in New London. The Rivergods took home a People’s Choice Whalie for “Best Country Rock Act” at the recent awards show, and it’s a well deserved honor. This band has been at it since 1997, and core members Ben and Nancy Parent are now working with a new lineup (Dana Takaki on fiddle, Craig Johnson on bass, Chris DeBiasi on drums, and Bil Groth on keyboards) that has been quite well received in the first couple of outings. All ages are welcome, and there’s even a bar upstairs for the adults, with a balcony overlooking the stage so you don’t miss any of the music. These shows are always a lot of fun. The weather looks like it will cooperate, but you might want to bring a jacket because it does get a bit chilly at the beach at night. The band plays two sets from 8-10 pm and admission is free, although there is a $6 parking fee per vehicle.

 

After the two shows I already mentioned, there will still be time to head down to 33 Golden Street in New London. The Friendly Ghost (http://thefriendlyghost.bandcamp.com/), Elison Jackson (http://elisonjackson.com/), and James Maple (http://jamesmaple.bandcamp.com/) will all be playing on Friday. I haven’t had a chance to see the Friendly Ghost yet, but they were nominated for four Whalie Awards this year, including Best Folk/Bluegrass Act and Best Americana Performance. I’ve only seen Elison Jackson once, but that’s enough to recommend that people go out and see them. Their most recent album is called “Do Not Fear to Kill a Dead Man”, and it’s on New London’s Telegraph label. Singer/songwriter James Maple is well known from his band GraveRobbers, but he’s been playing solo for the last year or so. He took home a bunch of honors at the recent CT Music Awards, including Album of the Year for “American Dreams”. The show starts at 9 pm and is open to 21 and over only. Cover is $5.

 

On Saturday night, the big show is at the Hygienic Art Park in New London. Mark Mulcahy (https://www.facebook.com/MarkMulcahyHQ) will be making a widely anticipated appearance, with Hartford’s Violent Mae (https://www.facebook.com/VIOLENTMAE) opening the show. Mark Mulcahy recently returned from a hiatus and released his first album in eight years, “Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You”. It’s earned great reviews from Mojo, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and other notable publications. His former bands include Miracle Legion and Polaris (created for the TV show The Adventures of Pete and Pete) and Mark is no stranger to New London. He has played here in town a couple of times, most recently last September at the I AM Festival. The weather looks like it’s going to be perfect. Admission to shows at the Art Park is usually $10, and the event is family friendly. Beer and wine are sold to those of legal age. If you’re a smoker, please take note that there’s no smoking allowed inside the gates. The show starts at 7 pm and ends at 11 pm.

 

CONCERT CALENDAR     

 

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

- Deleasa, Fire & the Romance, the Foresters, Carrie Lane 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 at Seehund German Pub & Restaurant in New London

6:30 The Crew

6:50 Sue Menhart

7:10 SheSaidHeSaid

7:30 Dan and Liz

7:50 Anna May and Vince Thompson

8:10 Golden Ratio

8:30 Jim Carpenter

8:50 Arlene Wow!

9:10 Vox Nova

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

- The Balkun Brothers at Strange Brew in Norwich

- Frank Critelli at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown 8 pm

- 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 7-11 pm

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

- The Hoolios at CT College in New London (Relay For Life Fundraiser) 1 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, ORCumentary 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

 

Tues 7/1/14     – Say Anything, the Front Bottoms, the So So Glos, You Blew It! at Toad’s Place in New Haven 7:30 pm

 

Wed 7/2/14     – Skychase, Animals Talking at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- TEEN at BAR in New Haven 9:30 pm

- The Guru, High Pop, Forth Wanders, the Most at the Space in Hamden 7 pm

 

Thur 7/3/14    – Madison Red at the Hygienic Art Park 12:00 noon (Live Lunch Break)

- The Skeleton Beats, the Evil Streaks at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- The Alehounds at Three Sheets in New Haven 8 pm

- Carries the Night at Two Boots in Bridgeport

 

Fri 7/4/14        – The Convertibles, the Langley Project, the Crown Street Orchestra at Cafe Nine in New Haven 4 pm

- Mission Zero at the Outer Space in Hamden 8 pm

 

Sat 7/5/14        – The Can Kickers, Paul Brockett Roadshow at Hygienic Art Park in New London 8-11 pm

- Sue Menhart Band at La Luna in Mystic 9 pm

- Big Bad Johns, the Incorrigibles at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Sirius Fades, the Snowball Effect, Epoch Era at the Space in Hamden 7 pm

 

Sun 7/6/14      – The Rivergods at Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock in New London 2-5 pm

- So Percussion with Man Forever at the Hygienic Art Park in New London 7 pm

- Swans, Xiu Xiu at Toad’s Place in New Haven 8 pm

- The Del Rios at Cafe Nine in New Haven 3-6 pm

- Morningside Lane, Jared Knapik, IBIS, Ryan Downs, Speed 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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