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).
*Artists looking to book, please note we are FULL UP for 2020!*
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020: Bob Bovee
Bob has been touring the U.S. since 1971, providing audiences of all ages with ragtime, blues, dance tunes, ballads, cowboy songs, humorous and sentimental numbers–giving a nod to much of the old-time music that lies at the heart of American history. This storyteller, revered for his authenticity, spices up his shows with folklore, jokes, and even yodeling on top of playing guitar, harmonica, banjo and autoharp. Can you believe that Rhode Island is one of four states this Nebraska native has never played in his nearly half-century on the road? Come see history made when Bob takes the stage at our little venue and finally crosses the littlest state off his list.
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: Bernard John
Direct and sincere, Bernard John writes songs for both the heartbreakers and the brokenhearted, his voice and lyrics powerfully filling a room without any hint of restraint. If melancholy is the bread, then hope is the butter; that is the unrestricted fight for balance his music brings, and it is a fight he knows all too well. The musician who formerly toured and performed as John Colvert has overcome years of chronic illness to embrace a new life and new songs under his given name, and we love the result.Barnard has opened for Steve Earle, Langhorne Slim, Joe Pug, and Joan Osborne and has performed on the side stage for John Prine and Lucinda Williams. Come see him perform in our little listening room, too!
DATE TBD: Jim’s Big Ego
Perform a Google search for “the Greatest Band in the History of Recorded Music” and you will get only one result: 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. Come join us in a night of great music and good humor!
SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 2020: 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.
SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2020: 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.
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: Prateek Poddar
Prateek was aptly summarized by the Boston Globe as, “Prateek’s honest, elegant songcraft and luminous voice capture the ear and heart immediately.” His debut EP, “Walking in My Sleep,” was recorded in a bedroom with only his guitar and two microphones. Since then, he’s been a Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Finalist and has been nominated for Singer-Songwriter of the Year at both the New England Music Awards and the Boston Music Awards. Catch him in an intimate evening at 46 Underground PVD!
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.
OCTOBER 2020: 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!
EVEN MORE FUTURE SHOWS:
2021’s lineup is already taking shape and includes a variety of performers, from the “stand-up chameleon” entertainer Jackson Gillman to CT singer/songwriter Keith Carini to the lovely duo of artists Roberta Lamb and Kenny Selcer – so be sure to watch our site for updates as we finalize next year’s calendar!
When you fuse your parents’ weird record collection of obscure 70’s rock and your older sister’s obsession with Fleetwood Mac and The Pixies with the backdrop of 90’s grunge and 00’s depressive indie rock, you get…Someone who teaches herself how to play intimate, slightly sweet, dark and evocative banjo songs. Kate’s debut album “Undertow” has gotten a lot of play at 46 Underground, and we’re equally loving her sophomore album, Sugar in Your Teeth. We’re elated that our favorite female banjo player will grace 46 Underground PVD for our first show of 2020!
A motley collection of reformed band geeks, Boston-based Noble Dust creates dynamic, lyrically-driven progressive folk pop, blending ethereal vocal harmonies with intricate horn and string melodies. We’re excited to host Noble Dust’s female spinoff trio, affectionately known as Lady Dust, consisting of Kaitlin Crull on cello, Lindsey Cook on trumpet, and Emily Cunningham on guitar. Lady Dust trio is currently touring small, intimate venues like 46 Underground PVD in support of Noble Dust’s new album being released next year, and attendees of our house show will receive a free digital download of the album when it’s released!
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2019: Dave Schneider
We don’t host only folk music at 46 Underground! Enjoy an intimate evening with composer and performer David Joshua Schneider. He will be playing blazing originals and classics inspired by guitar greats such as Django Reinhardt, Paco de Lucía, Jim Hall, and Rodrigo y Gabriela. Alongside Dave for select numbers will be the incredibly talented vocalist Jenna Ramos!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2019: Su Casa
Su Casa hails from right here in Rhode Island. Their sound is inspired by the American singer-songwriter tradition, with a unique blend of vocal harmonies over rootsy garage pop, country blues, and a touch of surf rock. They’ve recently undergone a lineup change, where original members Ian Bohorquez and Dave Stem are joined by drummer Matt Richter and, in his debut Su Casa show, bassist Graham King. We can’t wait to hear them together!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2019: Linda Marks
(postponed from original date of Saturday, October 5)
Linda – who when she isn’t using her music to touch hearts is touching them as a heart-centered body psychotherapist – gets the special spark of house concerts, hosting her own as The Music Salon in Waltham, MA. Be sure to enjoy her song “Hero,” written in tribute to David Ortiz. We’re looking forward to hosting her unique blend of jazz and contemporary folk with a touch of cabaret at 46 Underground, made even more lovely by guest violinist Jackie Damsky.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019: Crowes Pasture
There’s something sweet about married couples that make music together, and we’re happy to host one such pair! Catch the acoustic duo Monique Byrne and Andy Rogovin, who bring leather & lace harmonies to classic and contemporary folk music in a style that draws from old-time and bluegrass traditions. When reviewing their album, “Edge of America,” Bill Copeland Music News noted that Crowes Pasture produces “Dual vocals that flow like honey across their landscape of sweet acoustic instruments. Over a lilting landscape of unfurling fiddle lines, gritty banjo, and jaunty guitar strums, the two sing their hearts out with a lofty, floating confidence. The listener is hooked from the get-go on the well-constructed confection of voices and instruments.” Come create a review of your own of this fabulous duo!
THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2019: Jesse Terry
Jesse Terry has made it his mission to share his love of music fully and completely, and he finds inspiration and optimism in the joy of making music. His ability to create a connection with listeners, baring his soul and expressing his emotions through his songs, has been the defining thread in a career that’s spawned five albums and an EP. Jesse’s tour schedule of over 1,000 shows since 2010 has brought him both across the U.S. and the globe, giving him a fresh perspective on the world and additional insights into its common humanity. His latest album, Natural, features some of the female singers Jesse most admires, including Dar Williams, Cary Ann Hearst of Shovels & Rope, Liz Longley, Annie Clements, Erin Rae, Sarah Darling, and Kim Richey. Catch an intimate evening with Jesse at 46 Underground!
SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2019: Allison Rose
We love multi-instrumentalist Allison Rose’s clear, strong voice and songwriting! From love and loss to being called a bitch, this woman covers all of life’s situations in between being a mother of two, a counselor, a mentor, and a talented photographer. Her album “Hope” is often played at 46 Underground, and the songs she’s written since its release equally blow us away! Come enjoy a night of great songs – if you don’t mind an “f bomb” or silly joke slipping in from this sassy lady.
John Faraone’s dreamy debut album Light Upon does not disappoint, with Providence Monthly calling it “a tender, poetic collection of music” well worth the multi-year wait. John’s clear, honest delivery creates an intimacy with listeners that can only rival a small-audience listening room like 46 Underground PVD. Come enjoy each lyric and note the way it was written, a story just for you.
With a suitcase of songs, Maine folk troubadour Dan Blakeslee ventured into the subways of Boston in 1995 to practice his craft. He has been making music and art throughout New England ever since, leading him to tour the U.S. performing with a litany of artists. He also first played the Newport Folk Festival 50 years after Bob Dylan went electric on the same stage. Blakeslee is unafraid to bare his very soul on stage, emptying a loaded cache of emotion and passion for all to witness, explore and devour.
SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019: Andy & Judy
Catch traditional folk duo Andy & Judy Daigle – and some spontaneously fun singalong moments – at 46 Underground in 2019! These touring musicians who wander all over New England and beyond also host house concerts in Massachusetts, so they have a real feel for an intimate evening of music. Come see why this funny, sweet duo is billed as “folk music you will love!”
SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019: Double bill! Allysen and Ava Callery
One night, two beautiful music makers! (Note: show was rescheduled from its original date of Saturday, March 2nd)
Allysen Callery’s ethereal voice and lovely fingerpicking have led to reviewers categorizing Allysen as “ghost folk” as well as “quiet music for a loud world.” Listen to her newest Nick Drake-inspired single, “November Man.”
Allysen’s daughter Ava Callery has clearly inherited the songbird gene, mixing some of her mother’s sweet folk into indie rock for a unique sound of dreamy electronic bedroom pop.
The Callerys have performed and even recorded together, and we know that 5/4 with these two will be a wonderful evening indeed!
FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2019: The KC Moaners
The KC Moaners were “born in the wilds of Northern R.I. one cold winter evening sometime in the late 1990s” when guitarist Jim Chapin and percussionist Greg Andreozzi met at a bluegrass jam and discovered a mutual affinity for jug band music. After several lineup changes, the band currently features Greg, Jim, Dave Haller, Kevin Collins and Deck Nieforth, entertaining Southern New Englanders with solidly authentic music and a fresh, lighthearted approach. Drawing on old-time blues, jazz and folk sources, the band’s blend of traditional (fiddle, guitar, banjo, harmonica, mandolin, ukulele) and non-traditional (kazoo, jug, washboard, washtub and more) instrumentation lends a free-wheeling, good-time feel that virtually guarantees toe tapping and hand clapping.
We’re thrilled to host this Massachusetts folkster who has shared bills with the likes of Lori McKenna, Arlo Guthrie, Regina Spektor and The Low Anthem. Lisa’s recent accomplishments include qualifying for showcases at NERFA, Falcon Ridge, and Rocky Mountain Folks Fest. Her 2017 album The Wishing Hour received acclaim, and we’re expecting the same of her upcoming 2019 release!
Boston-based singer/songwriter Dav Blues will open this show.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2019: Cliff Eberhardt
Cliff Eberhardt has performed since he was a child and professionally toured since the age of 15, helping to found the Fast Folk Cooperative in NYC in the late ’70s and playing lead touring guitar for Richie Havens and for Melanie in the ’80s. Cliff has created jingles for products like Coke, Miller Beer and Chevrolet (the “Heartbeat of America” campaign). Since the release of his first of ten albums The Long Road in 1990, Cliff’s soulful songs and well-known wit have made his performances both memorable and enjoyable. Cliff has never stopped working on music, from touring to recording to coaching and mentoring to producing and, more recently, writing and performing songs for professional Shakespeare theatre productions, which earned him a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Sound Design. Cliff has graced some of the world’s most prestigious stages, and we’re thrilled to share an intimate evening with him and a few of his New England fans in our little listening room.
For this show, we are collecting a $20 cover. Seating is strictly limited to 25.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2019: SONGWRITER SHOWCASE@46 UNDERGROUND featuring Mountainess, Morgan Johnston, Ant Savino and Max Kennedy
46 Underground is thrilled to host its first songwriter showcase featuring a well-rounded night of music from four regional acts!
Mountainess is the cinematic and deeply lyrical creation of Providence-based musician and music teacher Emily Goldstein. A confessional poet, a peeling bell, a rain cloud, a haunted house—no matter what you hear, Mountainess holds her ground and rarely says sorry.
46 Underground PVD veteran Morgan Johnston is a folk singer-songwriter stomping, strumming, speaking, and singing her way to empowering both herself and her listeners. Her guitar and vocal arrangements are inspired by the natural landscape of places, such as Ireland, as much as by the emotional landscape of human experience.
Providence songwriter Ant Savino has been praised for his “cleverly woven lyrics cast over delicious aquatic guitar.” His music is a survey of time and money, belief and skepticism, hope and regret; melodies like directions drawn in red on a city map; an acoustic guitar split in two.
Boston performer Max Kennedy is a musical sorcerer, able to conjure up serene landscapes and scenes of beguiling discordance with his subtle arrangements and delicate, plaintive voice. Carving out a space between folk, jazz, and the avant-garde, his music will seduce you with its homespun, heartfelt glow and blow you away with startling shifts in melody and vocal harmony.
Mike Laureanno hails from Fall River, MA, an old mill-town infamous for its axe-wielding resident Lizzie Borden and famous for its chow mein sandwiches and pork pies. Mike is proud of his roots, and many of his songs deal with his gritty blue-collar hometown and the lives of his family and friends. A veteran sideman, Mike served twelve years as the bass player for the legendary NYC Fast Folk founder Jack Hardy. Mike has released three albums to date: Pushing Back Wintertime (2013), Road Signs (2015) and Tightrope (2017).
Former half of the popular duo Fuzek Rossoni (with 46 Underground veteran performer John Fuzek) and later teaming up with Jack Gauthier, Joe Potenza, Dan Hann, Paul Dube and Betsy Dake in her band The Rossonians, Mary Ann Rossoni has shared bills with the likes of River Phoenix, The Marshall Tucker Band, Jack Hardy and Kristina Olson. After years of touring nationally, Mary Ann returned to her roots with the recent release of Edentown, coming full-circle to perform regionally and mostly solo acoustic. Mary Ann remains very active in the songwriting process, serving as a two-time chair and founding member of the Rhode Island Songwriters Association.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2018: Cardboard Ox
While talented artists on their own, Tracie Potochnik & Steve Allain together comprise our favorite Rhode Island duo, Cardboard Ox. We love catching these witty, wonderful performers, whether at venues like Club Passim or their annual hosting on the main stage of the Providence Folk Festival. We’re thrilled that Cardboard Ox’s amazing songwriting and sweet harmonies will grace the “stage” at 46 Underground!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018: Joanne Lurgio
Joanne Lurgio is known for writing, as one reviewer put it, “songs of life, love and simply being during our ever-changing lives that are bound to make you ask, ‘Is she talking about me?’” She has shared stages with artists including Amy Helm, Vance Gilbert, Cheryl Wheeler, Jon Vezner, and Don White, and is currently working on her fourth album. As the host of Acoustic Open Mic at Pub on Park, Joanne spends every Tuesday night promoting feature acts and supporting current and emerging artists looking to display their established or budding talents, and now we’re looking forward to a night at 46 Underground where a quiet listening room and full evening can truly showcase the upbeat combination of folk, bluegrass, blues, and more in Joanne’s music.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2018: Jacob Haller
He may be billed as “bluesy alternative folk,” and that’s an accurate label, but Jake Haller is also the guy we think of when we think of knitting, robots, pies, and kittens. And, somewhere along the way, he has likely written a song about pie-eating killer robots who knit kittens. Come enjoy an evening of witty, clever songs that range from Anne Hutchinson to dynamited whale carcasses to stolen kidneys. Jake’s mighty vocals and unassuming delivery of the zaniest situations is always a crowd-pleaser; he’s consistently one of the most unique and enjoyable performers around.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2018: Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards
Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards are clearly inheritors of a timeless legacy, creating music that is both original and evocative of a rich tradition. Blending distinctive voices and a wide range of accompaniment (guitar, harmonica, ukulele, clarinet, penny whistle, and electric bass), their songs have been well-received by audiences around the eastern United States and Canada since 2010. Transcending the genre of folk Americana, their music echoes inspiration from traditional folk duos and singer/songwriters like Ian & Sylvia, Kate Wolf and Neil Young – combining beautiful harmonies and a lyrical intensity, while establishing a unique sound of their own. Help us welcome this Massachusetts-based duo and their beautiful harmonies to Providence!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2018: Lara Herscovitch
Lara Herscovitch is a modern American songwriter-poet-performer gem, creating masterful contemporary folk with blues, pop and jazz influences. Former Connecticut State Troubadour, she writes, sings and leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and heart, delivering performances that inspire, inform, uplift and entertain. Sound Waves Magazine described her music as “expertly written prose… songwriting at its best… good for your ears AND your soul.” All with a voice Performer Magazine called “clear and smooth like expensive liquor.” 46 Underground fell a little in love with Lara during her great set at the Providence Folk Festival a few years ago. We know you’ll love her, too!
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018: Jenn Lombari and Anthony Loffredio
A fantastic double bill!
When not serving as guitarist and vocalist for punk band Lucky United, Lombari is a solid solo act with a wide-encompassing genre: “Acoustic emo punk rock n’ roll.” Basically, Lombari looks the punk but walks the big-hearted walk, fawning in her free time over her rescue dog Patrick and helping other animals through fundraisers. She’s loud but also quiet; unsettled yet content; basically, she’s humanity in one package, telling a story and hoping others relate
Loffredio is best known for fronting Barn Burning, a stellar band he established in Providence back in 2000 that has changed its lineup over the years but not its quiet intensity. Loffredio, a librarian when not rocking and rolling, named the band after his favorite Faulkner short story, and his songs too are stories, pieces of Americana that embody a weathered moodiness in its glimpses of everyday life. With his band, Loffredio has shared performances with Justin Townes Earl, Andrew Bird, Anders Parker, and Josh Ritter. Catch a rare, stripped-down performance at 46 Underground that’s all Anthony.
FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2018: Devin Bender
It’s hard not to hear Devin Bender and feel yourself smiling. In fact, he bills his sound as “good vibes music,” and that description is spot-on. Even when he’s been a feature act at venues such as The Mediator Stage, he’s tried to spread the love, as Devin knows how to share, especially his infectious love of music, and he enjoys collaborating with others, even if that means turning any tune into a sing-along. Come see how one dude with a ukulele can simultaneously lift up your spirits and bring down the house!
Two of our favorite musicians in one intimate evening!
Chris Monti looks like a church choir singer and plays like a devil (in fact, several of his band names over the years have included the word “devil”). He has played in more bands than we have fingers but is a treat as a rare solo act. Sit back and let his worldly mix of Afro-pop, blues, folk, rock, and calypso take you on a trip through time and geography. Just don’t give him a kazoo.
Morgan Johnston first blew 46 Underground away performing her foot-stomper “Wildflower” at a Providence Roots open mic a few years ago. She continues to blow away larger and larger audiences each year with her singing, strumming, stomping, and speaking. If you’re not a fan, it’s because you haven’t seen her yet – so what are you waiting for?
FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018: ZaZu (pronounced “zazzoo”)
A brand-new trio to get 46 Underground swinging! ZaZu is an offshoot of the KC Moaners jug band, mainly focused on the same musical genre but with less emphasis on the jug band feel and more toward the jazz/blues feel of the 20’s and 30’s. ZaZu is composed of KC Moaners veterans Jim “RI Red” Chapin, Kevin (Whitey) Collins and Greg “Tinman” Andreozzi, and primarily features guitar (Jim), percussion (Greg) and harmonica/ukelele (Kevin), with occasional forays into the instruments of their jug band heritage.
FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018: Bob Fitzgerald
Bob Fitzgerald – dubbed “The Mighty Voice” by Don Tassone of The Mediator Stage – is near and dear to our hearts at 46 Underground. Bob has been valiantly fighting cancer, but he never seems to be too tired to champion his talented son Ian Fitzgerald on his own musical accomplishments, and Bob lives by the mindset that as long as we don’t know how long we’ll have on this earth, we may as well make music…And by jove, we’ll have fun doing it! Bob’s feature will be a shorter set than most 46 Underground gigs, but you won’t want to miss his spirited mix of blues, folk, and rock, his wide smile, or indeed his mighty voice.
THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2018: Zack Slik
If the overalls and conductor’s cap didn’t give it away, Zack Slik’s old-time back-porch songs were influenced by trains. (But also rivers, and the characters he grew up with, and many generations of music.) It’s hard to picture a tattooed dude with a barbell in his nose as a treasured storyteller of traditional folk, bluegrass, and jugband jazz tunes, but don’t let looks deceive you; Slik’s the real deal. Don’t miss the 46 Underground debut of his one-man-band mix of banjo, mandolin, guitar, harmonica, and sometimes that jazz horn thingy that we suspect doubles as a duck decoy.
SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018: Double bill! John Fuzek and Pete Vendettuoli
When he’s not organizing events such as the Downtown Sundown Concert Series and the Providence Folk Festival to highlight both emerging and established artists, Fuzek, former chair of the Rhode Island Songwriter’s Association (RISA) and founder of Hear in RI, has performed in and beyond New England for more than 30 years, both solo and as part of the Fuzek-Rossoni duo.
Always on the move, Vendettuoli, former owner of PM Recording, has fronted or played in a dizzying number of bands including Forever Young, The Free Radicals, Wilbur Hill, Grass Fed Men, The Water Project, The Rank Strangers, No Shamus, Josie Crosby Band, Fat Glass, Garda Band, and Half-Baked Trio. He and 46 Underground’s hostess Annie occasionally perform as a duo for funsies.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2018: Daniel James Durand
A stalwart mentor and promotor of local and regional musicians, Dan Durand divides his free time between serving as executive director of RISING (a youth, teen, and adult songwriting organization that teaches performance and songwriting) and gigging around Rhode Island every weekend with his band Phenix Ave. After seeing him share the spotlight with so many others, we’re looking forward to Durand’s solo performance at 46 Underground! Come see why he was selected as Arzuk Radio’s March 2018 Artist of the Month.
SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018: Ric Allendorf
We’re so happy to have Ric Allendorf play our debut 46 Underground PVD house show! Massachusetts-based Allendorf travels around New England to bring his smooth fingerpick, warm voice, and a killer sourdough bread recipe to lucky audiences. Just a few of his recent accomplishments include 2017 winner of the Open Mic Challenge at the Spire Center for Performing Arts in Plymouth, MA; finalist in the 2017 Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA) Performing Songwriter Competition; finalist in the 2017 Rose Garden Coffeehouse Performing Songwriter Competition; and finalist in the 2018 CT Folk Festival auditions. Ric is the perfect inaugural 46 Underground act!