Anne’s Shore & More #148 – July 3 2014

Anne’s Shore & More #148 – July 3 2014



Anne Castellano

Anne Castellano

There aren’t many shows this weekend as New London rests up for next weekend’s Sailfest, but there are a couple of outdoor events that you’ll definitely want to see. On Saturday night, the Hygienic Art Park is the place to be, for the first Can Kickers ( show in a very long time. To make the evening even better, the Paul Brockett Roadshow ( and the MacLean Sisters ( will also be playing. The Can Kickers released their first album of  punk-influenced old-time music thirteen years ago, while the members were still students at Conn College. Since then they have toured all over the United States, even doing tours of Mexico and Ireland. These guys are masters of DIY, releasing four self-produced CDs in addition to booking all their local shows and tours. In the process, they also brought a lot of great bands to town. Due to geographic challenges, mainly the fact that drummer/washboard player Doug Schaefer has been living in San Antonio, Texas for years, gigs have been fewer and farther between. This may change, since Doug and his wife recently moved to Maine. It’s still a bit of a drive to New London, but it’s definitely an improvement. Fiddle player Dan Thompson is a wonderful mostly self-taught player who found a lot of time to practice while working aboard boats. Danny Spurr sings and plays guitar, banjo, and fiddle. He and his wife Liz Larson perform as the duo Dan & Liz, and he also plays bass in the punk band Modern Primates. The Art Park is a bigger venue than they have been booked in for their last couple of New London shows, so that’s good news for the many fans who are sure to be coming out to see them on Saturday. There is always a crowded dance floor when these guys play, and there’s plenty of room for dancing at this venue. The Paul Brockett Roadshow formed in 2005, after an impromptu jam between friends at a house party. They just released a new EP called “Up All Night”, which was recorded and mixed by Jason Banta. You can stream and/or purchase it on the band’s website, and I’m sure they will have copies for sale at the show. The members of this trio are all mainstays of the local music scene, with Paul’s music career dating back to his years with Paisley Jungle in the 1980s and continuing with Brockett, God’s Green Teeth, Vera From Alice, and more. Meghan Killimade has been playing drums in local bands since the 1990s, including $3 Depth Charge and April in Nevada, and she’s currently quite busy with her doom-heavy bass/drums duo Bedroom Rehab Corporation. In addition to his bass duties in PBR, Dave Anderson is a member of Wolfghost, one of the hottest new bands in town, and he also plays with classic country outfit Full Moon Jamboree. Openers the MacLean Sisters recently won a Whalie Award for Best Americana Performance, and they wowed the crowd at the show, many of whom had not seen or heard them before. Joining twin sisters Rachel Sargent and Sarah MacLean are the amazingly talented Jim Carpenter (who produced their album) on guitar and Corina Malbaurn on bass. This is going to be one of those shows people will talk about for a long, long time. Tickets are $5, and all ages are welcome. Beer and wine will be available for those of legal drinking age. The show starts at 7 and I’m strongly recommending you get their early to catch all three of these great bands.


On Sunday afternoon, head out to Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock in New London to see the Rivergods ( play a free show from 2-5 pm. People in the area always look forward to these shows at Captain Scott’s as highlights of the all-too-short summer season. This relaxing waterfront location is a perfect place to enjoy live music.  I’m a vegetarian, but my friends tell me Captain Scott’s seafood is the best in the area, so you might want to arrive hungry. I can vouch for the fact that the ice cream is delicious. Getting back to the music, the Rivergods are Ben Parent (guitar, vocals, harmonica), Nancy Parent (pedal steel, guitar, and vocals), Dana Takaki (fiddle), Craig Johnson (bass), Chris DeBiasi (drums), and Bil Groth (keyboards). They have been playing what I can only describe as Americana/folk/country/rock since 1997, and this most recent lineup has really begun to click, from what I have heard. I saw one of their early shows, in the late nineties at Pool Hand Luke’s, and liked them immediately. Since then I go see them whenever I can, although I have not had a chance to catch this new lineup yet. That will hopefully happen soon. The show is appropriate for all ages, and bands play rain or shine since there is a pavilion overhead. BYOB if you wish. Music starts at 2  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, the MacLean Sisters at Hygienic Art Park in New London 8-11 pm

- Sue Menhart Band at La Luna in Mystic 9 pm *CANCELLED*

- 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


Mon 7/7/14     – Askultura, Wasted Days, Time and Again, Ryan Eldred at Two Boots in Bridgeport


Tues 7/8/14     – Jim Oblon and friends at Cafe Nine in New Haven 8 pm


Wed 7/9/14     – Potty Mouth, Blessed State, Neoteric, Oughts at BAR in New Haven 9:30 pm


Thur 7/10/14  – Vince Thompson and friends at the Hygienic Art Park 12:00 noon (Live Lunch Break)

-  Vince Thompson and friends at Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock in New London 5-8 pm

- Hannah Fair, Ian Fitzgerald, Wise Old Moon at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm


Fri 7/11/14      – The Suicide Dolls, Horns of Ormus, the 3-Pack, the CBYD Trio, Elison Jackson, Chris MacKay and the ToneShifters at the Hygienic Art Park in New London 5-11 pm

- The Hoolios (6 pm), Nickel (7 pm), the Womacks (8 pm) at the Custom House Pier in New London

- Marvelous Liars at the Oasis Pub in New London

- Wolfghost, War Pigs at the Brown Derby in Uncasville 9 pm

- Bernie Worrell Orchestra, Daddy Long Legs at Strange Brew in Norwich 9 pm

- Scott Fitch at Cafe Nine in New Haven 5-7 pm NO COVER

- Ports of Spain, Hannibal Montana, Dance Charlatan! at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- Joe Lane Hylton & Friends, Vange Durst, EV3 at the Spaceland Ballroom in Hamden 7:30 pm

- Life On the Sideline, Anchors Away at the Space in Hamden 6 pm

- The Aquatudes, Del Rios, the Vultures, Sasquatch & the Sickabillys at Two Boots in Bridgeport

- Matthew Sweet, Tommy Keene at Infinity Hall in Norfolk 8 pm


Sat 7/12/14      – Braiden and Friends, Peter Magrane, Golden Ratio, Raymond Lange, Sue Wilber at the Hygienic Art Park in New London 12 pm-2 pm (Shoreline Acoustic Music Fest)

- Steve Broderick and the 100 Watt Suns (4 pm), John Fries and the Elements (5:30 pm), Soul Shot (7:30 pm) at the Hygienic Art Park in New London

- Ethan Cash (12 pm), Leaf Jumpers (1 pm), Josi Davis & Hot Damn

(3 pm), Duffy Kane (4 pm), Nina Pezzello (4:45 pm), USCG Jazz Band

(5 pm), Kate Diaz (5:45 pm), Perfect Day (6:30 pm), Wolfghost

(7:30 pm), Azalea Drive (8:30 pm) at the Custom House Pier in New London

- M.T. Bearington, Snake Oil at Cafe Nine in New Haven 9 pm

- King Buzzo (of Melvins), Mary Halvorson, Emma Ruth Rundle at the Outer Space in Hamden 9 pm

- Bedroom Rehab Corporation, Faces of Bayon, Times of Time, Without Warning at Lucky Dog Music Hall in Worcester, MA


Sun 7/13/14    – Paul Brockett Roadshow (1 pm), the Franklin Brothers Band (2 pm) at the Custom House Pier in New London

- Shoreline Acoustic Music Festival at the Hygienic Art Park in New  London:

12pm: Sherwood

12:30: Paul & Cathy Carolan

1pm: Baird & Friends

1:25pm: Jim Lampos

1:45pm: Alan Winslow

2:05pm: Kat Kidwell

2:25pm: Ned Ruete

2:45pm: Roger Viens

3:05pm: Gaetano

3:30pm: Pat Daddona & Joe Cavanagh

4:00pm: ArleneWow! & Dana Takaki

4:30pm: Vox Nova

5:10pm: Maggie’s Guitar

5:35pm: Blonde Furniture

- Nancy Parent & Dana Takaki at the Farmer’s Market in Chester 11 am-1 pm

- Matthew William Charles, High Times For Low Lifes, Clenn Thousand Blades at Cafe Nine in New Haven 4-6 pm

- Maxwell Hughes (ex-Lumineers), Ian Ethan, Hannah Fair at the Outer Space in Hamden 7 pm

- DIIV, Lodro, Regal Degal 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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