4th annual Tim Davis celebration taking place at Platforms

Posted 11/17/21

During the 2010s, Tim Davis was one of the many shining lights in Providence’s music scene.

Through hosting the radio show “Torch The Radio” at the internet radio station …

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4th annual Tim Davis celebration taking place at Platforms


During the 2010s, Tim Davis was one of the many shining lights in Providence’s music scene.

Through hosting the radio show “Torch The Radio” at the internet radio station 990WBOB, booking live music around the city with his own organization Torch Alliance, being the manager of The Spot when it was located on 101 Richmond St. and lastly being the booker and manager of Alchemy when it was located a block up on the second floor of 71 Richmond St., Davis catered to numerous musicians and artists locally and nationally.

The Long Island native was very passionate about the culture around the Creative Capital while continuously having a positive impact on his community and being a welcoming presence no matter where he was.

On April 15, 2017, Davis sadly passed away at the age of 38 and the void his passing has left behind is still being felt. To celebrate his legacy and memory a few weeks before his birthday on Dec. 6, a memorial show for Davis will be happening for the fourth time at Platforms Dance Club on 165 Poe St. on Nov. 20 at 9 p.m.

With live music, art displays and his dearest friends, all proceeds from the show will be donated to the Providence arts nonprofit New Urban Arts. There will be raffles featuring art donated by local artists along with local musicians taking the stage.

“Myself and Elizabeth ‘Bean’ Cerio love putting this show together in Tim’s name,” says co-organizer Jessica Salemi-Sinclair. “He was so loved in the local music and artist community, and there isn’t a better way to celebrate him while raising money for New Urban Arts. Bean included a lot of folks who were friends of Tim’s who used to play at The Spot to perform at the celebration benefit. I’m more behind the scenes with organizing the venue, sound, staff and raffles for the event. My sister Amanda is helping out by also picking up raffle donations and helping at the benefit.”

Starting things off will be singer-songwriters Nate Cozzolino and Josh Willis, who was The Spot’s artistic director when the venue was in business. Willis, who is also a Cranston native, has fond memories of Davis and he always appreciates being part of these memorial shows that celebrate him.

“Tim Davis changed the Providence music scene,” Willis reminisces. “He was a healer, after all. He brought a sense of love and understanding and all-inclusive togetherness that this town, hell, every town, was missing. That’s why these memorial shows are so important. We need to keep his memory bright in our minds so we can keep that energy going through our music and our art. It’s also about just how we treat each other in our daily lives with kindness, support and empathy. I miss him so much, but every day I find myself in situations where I hear myself say ‘What would Tim Davis do?’ and I know it’s going to be OK.”

Rounding out the bill will be Stone Age Temple Pilots, headed by Daddie Long Legs’ bassist Adam Smith, and The New Condition, formed by guitarist Shawn Tuttle and keyboardist John Mark from Electro Politics.

“Tim and I were obviously good friends,” Smith says about the show. “We have a set of covers in store with music consisting of Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In chains and Queens Of The Stone Age. We’ll also have some choice other ‘90s grunge era hits.”

“The New Condition is a two piece that incorporates improvisational looping techniques with unforgettable lyrical hooks,” Mark mentions about the new project. “Shawn and I started this band during the early days of COVID-19 when live music was put on hold all over the world.  We would meet once a week and stream live from our studio with the help of our video producer Kyle Shellmer. During our streams we invited people to call in and loop a lyrical hook, adding to the already improvised and looped soundscape. We had so much fun and outstanding  participation that we decided to bring this project out, leaving us at the present moment.”

“Tim Davis was the reason Shawn and I started playing music in the Providence music scene,” Mark adds. “Not only did he become a close friend but he pushed us to become something bigger than ourselves. If it wasn’t for Tim, Electro Politics and now The New Condition would be just a figment of our imagination. He will forever live on in our music and we will continue to try to spread the love he showed to us all those years ago.”

This Saturday, head on out to Platforms for what should be a wonderful time for a great cause celebrating a beautiful person who had a positive effect on many. If you never knew Davis, show up and meet the people who did while hearing some entertaining stories and being immersed in a heartwarming atmosphere.


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