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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Rock Lottery 04: Who’s in the Hat?

posted by on February 13 at 13:38 PM


Seattle’s fourth Rock Lottery was informally announced today, scheduled for April 6th April 13th (sorry, the date was changed mere hours after my post) at Neumo’s. The concept: 25 hometown musicians meet in the morning, split into 5 bands—drawn from a hat, mind you—and get 12 hours to write and rehearse new material (and one cover) for a concert that night. Proceeds go to an arts-minded non-profit—in this coming iteration’s case, Arts Corp—but it’s not just for a good cause. As I wrote last July, the show is “an experience a lot like losing your virginity—part terror, part awkwardness, and a strange desire for more, more, more.”

But repeat entrants are strictly forbidden, which means organizer Chris Weber is on the lookout for fresh meat to fill the hat. He’s asking locals-in-the-know to send tips for quality entrants, stressing variety and adding this caveat: “Some of my favorite moments from past events have come from musicians who are not technically proficient and also from people who had to be convinced that they should participate and would have never volunteered.”

So I figured I’d open up that suggestion process to the Lines—who would you suggest around town for this show that is open to experimentation and able to deal with the stress of RL’s 12-hour struggle? Any suggestions beyond the city’s usual suspects are especially helpful, from DJs to 8-bit tinkerers to MCs to classically trained violinists to the tattooed guys who read Underground Magazine. Check the RL page to see who’s played already (and therefore ineligible).

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how can you enter this? do you have to be nominated or can you volunteer? I'd like to do it.

Posted by "Lee" | February 13, 2008 2:09 PM

Hell, I'll do this. Hunk Parade is now dead and my new band (Strange Lovers) hasn't even played a show yet so I'd like some kind of opportunity to get back into the groove of public humiliation 3' above the floor.

Posted by Brian | February 13, 2008 2:24 PM

My favorite Rock Lottery moment was when Sean Nelson and a member of Smoosh were in the same band and they wrote a great pop song about finding a spider on the drumset.

Posted by Megan Seling | February 13, 2008 3:10 PM

Thank you Sam for posting this...

I wanted to clarify how the participants are chosen (for #1 and others)

The first step is to always ask former participants, friends of the Rock Lottery and other members of the music community (and now SLOG readers)to suggest potential participants.

From this giant list of potential musicians, a small committee will narrow it down to 25 participants. This list of 25 musicians will be a collection of people with different musical tastes, cultural backgrounds, experience, success & popularity, and technical ability, that in some way reflects the local music community as a whole, and brings together facets of that community that would not normally communicate.

This event has always been a scene building exercise... From this list, any possible combination should create a unique, varied and interesting band for us to see...

So please suggest away (the only real rule is that we do not repeat performers, you can look at a list of the former Rock Lottery participants here:

Posted by Chris Weber | February 13, 2008 4:59 PM

@1 & 2: The RL's organizers are combing through local bands--often with the help of local bookers, promoters, etc.--to pick a diverse spread of musicians. Their eyes will be on this post, but that RL site link on the article should have contact info somewhere.

Posted by Sam Machkovech | February 13, 2008 5:24 PM

I vote for Mark Pickerel. Mutli-instrumentalist/crooner/drum-Gawd. Plays well w/others.

Posted by KeeKee | February 13, 2008 10:33 PM

The lady from the Transmissionary Six would be good too. Like Pickerel she's both a good singer and a badass drummer.

Posted by Liz | February 19, 2008 1:36 PM

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