When: Sat., Dec. 17, 8 p.m. 2016
Pitched someplace between heady collaborative salon and full-on mayhem, Local 506 presents the venue's first-ever Band Lottery. It's a gathering of Triangle musicians—members of IndioBravo, Campfires and Constellations, and Suppressive Fire, among others—who were assigned the task of forming new bands at random with one another and given one month to assemble a set of three original songs and a cover. The brainchild of The Everymen guitarist-songwriter Mike Venutolo-Mantovani, the event is a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood as well as a local organization that funds ovarian cancer research. With its emphasis on spontaneous collaboration and the raffles of prize packages from labels like Merge, Loma Vista, and Three Lobed, Venutolo-Mantovani anticipates a festive evening. The diverse and sometimes divergent aesthetics of the players involved adds another layer of intrigue.
"It's really a wide swath of the local scene, but mainly players in the local underground, which is super exciting," he says. "Hopefully all of the creative dissonance inherent to the players will make for some amazing music."
One elephant in the room: Why does an event to benefit women's health feature no women on the bill?
"The fact that no women signed up for the event is not lost on me, but it wasn't for lack of trying!" Venutolo-Mantovani says. "Basically we put out several open calls to Triangle musicians asking for anyone and everyone to sign up, and we made bands based on those who signed up. Unfortunately, we only had dudes answer the call." This meaningful shortfall aside, Venutolo-Mantovani still approaches these issues with genuine passion.
"Whenever I do a benefit I try and make it as relevant to the goings on in the world as possible. In the last few years, the attack on women and the autonomy they should be afforded over their own bodies has gotten more and more apparent. We wanted to do something with that in mind," he says.
Whether you're excited to delve deeper into the Triangle music scene, feel the need to support deserving causes, or are simply attracted to the likelihood of good-natured chaos, the Band Lottery is a great tradition to help establish —Timothy Bracy