It is the fifth anniversary of Brooklyn Rock Lottery on December 6th at Baby’s All Right. Rock Lottery’s premise is the same as years past––simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evening’s performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.
This year, Brooklyn Rock Lottery’s first 15 participants include…
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 a wide variety of 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 and work together to create a unified group project that still contains the personal styles of each of the participants. All proceeds from Rock Lottery go to a local charity––this year 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.
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. In the past, Brooklyn Rock Lottery has featured musicians from A Place to Bury Strangers, Antibalas, Asobi Seksu, Awkwafina, Bear In Heaven,Buke & Gass, Cave In, Caveman, Cheeseburger, The Dap-Kings, DARKSIDE, Deerhoof, Delicate Steve, Dresden Dolls, Fela! The Musical, Freelance Whales, Hold Steady, Hospitality, Javelin, Late Night with Seth Meyers’ 8G Band, Les Savy Fav, Liam Finn, Light Asylum, Liturgy, M83, The Make-Up, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, My Morning Jacket, NAAM, North Highlands, Northern State, Oberhofer, Oneida, Parts & Labor, Peelander-Z, Porcelain Raft, Psychedelic Furs,Quicksand, Ra Ra Riot, Rainer Maria, Small Black, Suckers, VHS or Beta, Violent Femmes, Warm Ghost, White Rabbits, and YUCK…among many others.
Additionally, in an effort to raise money for Harmony Program, we 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. We will also be giving away 2 weekend passes to Bonnaroo along with vinyl from some of our favorite labels––4AD, XL, Matador, Rough Trade, Domino, Secretly Canadian, Warp, Partisan, Daptone, Captured Tracks, Frenchkiss, and Mom+Pop…