46 Underground PVD, the humble basement of a humble Providence home, hosts monthly house shows featuring local and regional artists. Unless otherwise noted, doors open at 7 with an optional potluck dinner, music starts around 7:30 and ends at 10 p.m., and the suggested donation is $10, all of which goes to the artist(s).
We suspended our remaining 2020 and early 2021 in-person shows out of consideration of the health and comfort of performers and attendees, but we hope to get back to cozy house shows in a post-vaccination world. Thanks for understanding, and stay healthy!
TO BE RESCHEDULED: Jim’s Big Ego
Perform a Google search for “the Greatest Band in the History of Recorded Music” and your top result will be Jim’s Big Ego. Hailing from the quaint New England village of Boston, Massachusetts, Jim’s Big Ego has carved a unique place in the the music world by rocking harder, fresher, louder, sweeter and better than everyone else. JBE’s secret to awesomeness is singer, songwriter, and all around super-genius, Jim Infantino; armed with the innate ability to create songs that are more brilliant than all others in history, Infantino gives the band the gift of greatness. Jim’s Big Ego compares itself to such major players as The Great Wall of China, The Grand Canyon, Antarctica, and other things you can see from space.
When they’re not busy being humble, JBE features four of the nicest, funniest, and most talented guys around, and we’re thrilled that they’re bringing their giant ego to the smallest state. Come join us in a night of great music and good humor!
TO BE RESCHEDULED: The Lied To’s
Taking their name from the Everly Brothers song “When Will I Be Loved,” The Lied To’s (Susan Levine and Doug Kwartler) place the challenges of relationships squarely under their musical microscope with a formidable blend of folk, rock and country-tinged music. The duo made waves in Americana and Folk radio with their 2015 self-titled debut album, rising to #3 on the roots music charts, making Metronome Magazine Boston’s list of the top 20 CDs of the year, and landing The Lied To’s in the top 100 on the prestigious No Depression readers’ poll. The Lied To’s have only grown musically, with their 2018 release The Lesser of Two Evils earning them even more accolades from musical mavens for their raw, honest delivery.
TO BE RESCHEDULED: Sparrow Blue
Katy Boc and Todd Nickerson of Sparrow Blue are an old-time, folk/roots duo hailing from Massachusetts who paint a musical picture of times gone by, hope, hard times, and new beginnings. Their 2015 EP “Mabel” was called “lilting, dark, and spellbindingly catchy,” and their 2018 album “Rabbit in the Moon” reached #1 on the Roots Music Report (RMR) and #8 on the Folk DJ Album Charts. We at 46 Underground have a soft spot for the power of music, and we love that Katy and Todd’s collaborations on instruments and lyrics led them to a backyard wedding and five children. Come enjoy their heartfelt songs in our intimate venue, and maybe we’ll all fall in love with them, too.
Rhode Island-based songwriter, fingerstyle guitarist and composer Chris Capaldi has dedicated himself to the art of making music from an early age. A music educator by trade, Chris studied Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and currently serves on the performing arts faculty at The Wheeler School in Providence, encouraging young creatives. Check out his album Far from Here, and then check out Chris live in our little PVD listening room!
Victor Main pursued his passion for music at the conservatory level, earning a degree in Guitar Performance from the Mannes College of Music where he studied with Michael Newman, Frederic Hand, and Terry Champlain as well as pursuing a long list of master class opportunities and studying privately with Thomas Viloteau, Joao Luiz, and Sharon Isbin. Victor has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Morgan Library, the Americas Society, the Oneata Guitar Festival, and the New York Guitar Seminar. He has taught at The Music School in Providence, Main Street Music in East Greenwich, Richard Lissemore Music Studios in NYC, and the Hunterdon Academy of the Arts in New Jersy and is currently the guitar, theory and ensemble instructor at Pump House Music Works in Peace Dale, RI.
Boston-based and Pennsylvania-raised Rachel Marie follows in a tradition of unapologetically forthright women folksingers, with songs that hearken to “overstuffed lines of Tori Amos, philosophical turn of Indigo Girls, and lilting vocals like Joni Mitchell.” With Rachel, the social awareness of folk meets the introspection of the singer-songwriter tradition with a moderate dose of snark. An endearingly quirky stage presence as honest as her songs charms her listeners.
If folk, roots, and Americana were on a Venn diagram, Grace Morrison would be squarely in the center. With a career that began as a backup singer for rock icons like Eddie Money and Joey Molland (of the band Badfinger), Grace has become a regular on the national festival and touring circuit. She has won a number of prestigious awards including the Grand Prize of the New England Songwriting Competition and the WPRI Rhode Show Big Break contest where her music video was played on the season finale of American Idol. In 2019, her sophomore solo album “Reasons”debuted as the # 2 Top Album on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Contemporary Country Airplay Chart.
Buffalo, NY-based Davey O. embodies the traditional sense of a singer-songwriter, utilizing his voice, an acoustic guitar, and a harmonica to put on pretense-free shows that are equal parts storytelling, humorous banter, and live performance. His most recent album, 2017’s “A Bright Horizon Line,” debuted among that month’s Top 20 albums on the Folk-DJ Charts, and he has opened for some of our favorite folk acts including Amy Speace, Ellis Paul, Lucy Kaplansky, Tracy Grammer, Cheryl Wheeler, Suzanne Vega, The Kennedys, Seth Glier, and Sloan Wainwright. Come welcome Davey to Providence in our cozy home!
Local singer, songwriter and guitarist Michael Graham has built a body of songs worth noting, and his debut release, So Happy and Lonely, has been in rotation at 46 Underground since 2018. We appreciate Michael’s love of local music that has led him to curate some of our favorite acts at Downtown Pawtucket Fest’s River Bend Stage and at the Rhode Island Songwriters Association shows he hosts in and around Providence. Now Michael will be in the spotlight in our intimate venue – the perfect place to absorb his cinematic references and folksy delivery.
DATE TBD: The Swampbirds
We can’t wait to host the SwampBirds at 46 Underground! But how to describe this eclectic mix of people and sound? Kind of folk, kind of alternative, and the only band we know who can turn poems by the likes of T.S. Eliot, e.e. cummings, and W.S. Merwin into lyrical songs.
DATE TBD: The ‘Mericans – The ‘Mericans have undergone several lineup changes over its two-decade run, with past members threatening to form a band called The ‘Exicans who will perform ‘Mericans covers in Spanish (and if that happens, we hope they’ll play 46 Underground, too!). But no matter who is on the rotating ‘Mericans cast with frontman Chris Daltry (currently the beautifully voiced Kris Smith-Lavoie and bassist/guitarist Evan Sicuranza), we think this group’s rootsy, folksy Americana is the bees’ knees.
DATE TBD: Helen and the Trash Pandas
A trio 10 years in the making, Jim Chilson and Jay Scheffler from the Ten Foot Pole Cats joined forces with former The Red Pennys frontwoman Helen Sheldon to create a freight train of sound and energy, combining Jim and Jay’s wild hill country blues music with Helen’s gospel-like, sleep-rousing voice.
DATE TBD: Wyatt and Barbara Lema
Rhode Island husband and wife duo Wyatt and Barbara play a mix of original, traditional and classic acoustic folk music. They vocalize both solo and together in harmony and incorporate six- and twelve-string guitar, mountain dulcimer, ukulele and bodhran into their program, mixing Appalachian songs, Piedmont blues, and Americana-influenced music into their compositions. The Lemas spend a lot of time mentoring and supporting new songwriters, and we look forward to a night when THEY get to be the focus!
DATE TBD: Jackson Gillman
Billed the “stand-up chameleon,” Jackson (with whom we shared a Massachusetts Walking Tour bill in 2019) thrills both adults and children with his zany musical comedy, solid storytelling, and ability to transform himself into multiple characters. Speaking and performing since 1978, Jackson’s healing power of humor has allowed him to coach people through everything from substance abuse through life itself. Come soak up some of his energy, wit and wisdom in a cozy environment!
DATE TBD: Keith Carini
We look forward to hosting this CT singer/songwriter, who has been sharing his music for more than a quarter-century and recently released his latest record, Indu Time — a full-length, 10-song masterpiece of sparse acoustic tracks, larger band compositions, and piano power ballads smothered with lots of rich harmonies reminiscent of The Carpenters.
How cute is this photo of Roberta and Kenny? We know they’ll be having this much fun playing at 46 Underground PVD!
A singer with unique influences, Roberta Lamb draws on her classical vocal training, her love of blues and pop, and her appreciation for a timeless tune to entertain at a variety of venues. Check out her album, Not Your Mama’s Blues.
Kenny Selcer weaves a masterful, fluid thread through genre after genre, traversing the musical map with infectious melodies and unstoppable rhythms. He soothes the spirit, rocks the house, and melts into a seductive, bluesy groove. Check out his latest album, I Simplify.
Who else has played our little listening room, you wonder?
So many greats! The list was getting too long to scroll through on top of upcoming performances, so we moved past performances to their very own page!