This year will be the fifth anniversary of Brooklyn Rock Lottery on December 6th at Baby’s All Right. And, today they announced the first 15 hand picked musicians including members of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Antony and the Johnsons, Gomez, Sebadoh, and Holy Fuck.
Rock Lottery’s concept is simple, but effective. Twenty-five musicians meet at 10:00am at the evening’s performance venue where they are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups then go to practice at different locations, and have twelve hours to create a band name and 3-5 songs (with a 1 cover-song limit). The groups perform what they have created that evening in front of a live audience.
This year, first 15 selected musicians are…
Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone)
Bob D’Amico (Sebadoh / Fiery Furnaces)
Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles)
Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Drums & Drones / NYC Improv)
Carter Yatsutake (Midnight Magic / Bad Credit No Credit / Played with Macklemore & St. Vincent)
Drew Citron (Beverly)
Jesse Kristin (Jukebox the Ghost)
Julia Kent (Antony & the Johnsons)
Matt Schulz (Holy Fuck)
Mauro Refosco (Forro In the Dark / David Byrne’s Band)
Olly Peacock (Gomez)
Rick Froberg (Drive Like Jehu / Hot Snakes / Obits)
Sean Yeaton (Parquet Courts)
Teeny Lieberson (TEEN)
Travis Morrison (Dismemberment Plan)
The twenty-five musicians included in this experiment are selected in an attempt to represent varying musical styles. This event intends to bring together many facets of the area’s music community that may seem incompatible as well as musicians whose interests may conflict. The challenge for these musicians is to try and go beyond their personal and musical differences to work together to create a unified group project that still contains the personal styles of each of the participants. This year’s proceeds from Brooklyn Rock Lottery 5 will be donated to Harmony Program, a non-profit organization that brings after school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education.
Additionally, in an effort to raise money for Harmony Program, they will be raffling prizes the evening of Brooklyn Rock Lottery from local vendors that include gift certificates from Baby’s All Right, The Levee, Allswell, Paulie Gee’s, Three Kings Tattoo, Kilo Bravo, Soft Spot, and Oddfellows. They will also be giving away 2 weekend passes to Bonnaroo along with vinyl from 4AD, XL, Matador, Rough Trade, Domino, Secretly Canadian, Warp, Partisan, Daptone, Captured Tracks, Frenchkiss, and Mom+Pop.
Instigated in 1997 by Good/Bad Art Collective in Denton, TX, the Rock Lottery has become a highly anticipated music event in Denton, Seattle and Brooklyn.
Click here to purchase tickets to BK RL 5.