One Night Band event returns Saturday, remixing musicians to benefit nonprofit

One Night Band is back! The unusual music showcase ran from 2009 to 2012, organized by Richard Bouchard and his now defunct music website, Boston Band Crush.

Enough people have asked about bringing the event back that it is finally happening, said Adam R. Klein – a board member of the East Boston nonprofit Zumix, which is benefiting from the show.

Sidewalk Driver’s Jared Egan takes part in One Night in 2012. This year, the band’s Jonn Smith participates. (Photo: Sidewalk Driver via Facebook)

One Night Band is a daylong music experiment in which 40 Boston musicians are shuffled randomly into bands of five on a Saturday morning. These newly formed bands take the day to write three original songs and prepare one cover to play in front of an audience that night.

The 2018 reboot features a diverse cross section of Boston music: rock, hip-hop, soul, Americana, electronic, funk and more, featuring members of Freezepop, The Sheila Divine, Party Bois, Sidewalk Driver, Photocomfort and many others, Bouchard said.

And ticket money goes to a good cause: Zumix, which works to empower youth who use music to improve their lives, communities and the world.

One Night Band starts for audiences at 9 p.m. Saturday (doors are at 8 p.m.) at The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Harvard Square. Tickets for this 18-plus show are $15. Information is here.


This post took significant amounts of material from a press release.

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