There has certainly been no shortage of folks who decide to start web sites devoted to local music. They come and go, some better than others, with the occasional one managing to make it past the three-year mark. Ryan Andersen, who founded the site One Night Music, believes his all-volunteer collective of contributors has the right infrastructure and momentum to keep things going well into the future. Most importantly, he’s got the right format: video.
Like the popular French site La Blogotheque, which films bands performing on the streets (here’s Dappled Cities in SF), One Night Music focuses on an all-video format to showcase bands (in this case, mostly indie local ones). Since launching in February 2009, the site has grown to include about 32 contributors, including artists (to illustrate the band’s profiles), videographers, audio engineers, writers, and others. Featured bands so far include Bird by Snow, Honeycomb, All My Pretty Ones, Rey Villalobos, and Mike Ballan, among others.