The premise of One Night Band — take 40 musicians, randomly assign them to eight new bands in the morning, and allow them to perform three new songs and a cover later that night, donate the proceeds to charity — is one where there’s a lot of community involved, but curator Richard Bouchard wants to expand its reach even wider.
So here in the start of summer, Bouchard, former Boston Band Crush publisher and local music promoter, has opened up a call for submissions for those who want to get involved with One Night Band. The next One Night Band is being eyed for this winter, with a possible return to The Sinclair in Cambridge, where it relaunched back in January.
“It’s important that One Night Band be as diverse and interesting as possible,” Bouchard tells Vanyaland. “I really want it to represent what’s happening in Boston by spanning genres and being inclusive of musicians from as many communities and backgrounds as possible.”
Last year’s One Night Band helped set that tone. With proceeds of the party passed along to music youth program ZUMIX, and ZUMIX lined up at next year’s beneficiary, all that’s needed now are the musicians.
The bands, that will come the morning of One Night Band 2019. Then the real fun begins.