46 Underground PVD hosts 2-3 house shows a month of local and regional artists, all with 6:45 p.m. doors/optional potluck and 7:30 p.m. music start. Check back frequently as new shows are added!
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.
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 wordly 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?
Don’t miss this night of two local favorites!
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!
DATE TBA: Avi Jacob
Among a mountain of other accolades, nominations, and awards, Avi Jacob has been named “best folk superstar” and “best artist to watch.” He has played established venues and festivals all over the Eastern Seaboard but, rather than aiming for big clubs and theatres, Jacob is deliberately launching “The Living Room Sessions,” a 2018 tour of just that: intimate house concerts, where the raw memories and experiences he leaks through words and music float like whispered secrets to his pared-down audiences. His newest EP, “Surrender,” just released in May 2018, and its first single, “New England,” leads us to suspect it’ll be a big hit.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018: Jenn Lombari
When not serving as guitarist and vocalist for punk band Lucky United, Lombari is a solid solo act with a wide-reaching genre: “Acoustic emo punk rock n’ roll.” Basically, Lombari can spit nails one moment with an angry ditty, and the next croon to break your heart. She looks the punk but walks the big-hearted walk, crooning over her rescue dog Patrick to infinity. She’s loud but also quiet; unsettled yet content; basically, she’s humanity in one package, telling a story and hoping others related. And we do.
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 think you’ll love her, too!
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 to Providence!
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, 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: 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 Grass Fed Men, The Free Radicals, Wilbur Hill, 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. A perfect inaugural 46 Underground act!