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Seattle Rock Lottery

– 25 Musicians... 10:00PM5 Bands.

The Crocodile (2118 2nd Ave, Belltown)
Saturday, April 26, 2014
A Benefit for the Washington Music Educators Association
Doors open at 9pm, show starts promptly at 10pm
$10 advance / $15 at door (21+)

The Rock Lottery is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand-picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evening's performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five bands through a lottery-based chance selection. The five groups are released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to agree upon a band name and create three to five songs (with a one cover song limit). The bands then return to the venue and perform what they have created in front of a waiting audience.

The twenty-five musicians included in this experiment are carefully selected in an attempt to represent a wide variety of musical styles. This event will bring together many facets of the music community that may seem incompatible, as well as musicians whose interests may conflict. The challenge for these participants is to 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 its members.

The Rock Lottery is a benefit, with all proceeds going to the Washington Music Educators Association. The musicians chosen to participate are unpaid volunteers. The participants are chosen by the Rock Lottery participant committee with suggestions from former Rock Lottery participants and other members of Seattle's music community.
Carrie Akre (Hammerbox, Goodness)
J Battle (Gran Rapids)
Jonah Bergman (Schoolyard Heroes, Trash Fire)
Daniel Blue (Motopony)
TV Coahran (Popular Shapes, Gazebos)
Shenandoah Davis (Shenandoah Davis)
Cameron Elliott (No Grave, Mongrel Blood)
Jacob Evans (Gems, The Soft Hills, St Kilda)
Matt Gervais (Mikey and Matty, Curtains For You)
Trey Gunn (King Crimson, TU)
Jeppa Hall (Queen Shmooquan, Goatgirl)
Thomas Hunter (The Heavy, White China Gold)
Andrew King (XVIII Eyes, Dustmoth, Crypts)
Mitch Leffler (Zebra Hunt)
Kimo Muraki (Tiny Messengers, Surrealized, Marmalade)
Ahamefule J. Oluo (Industrial Revelation, Hey Marseilles)
Bill Patton (Bill Patton and the Credentials, Gold Leaves, Low Hums)
Stacy Peck (Pony Time, Childbirth)
Shaprece Renee (Shaprece)
Jon Stone (Hyperlung)
Scott Teske (Seattle Rock Orchestra)
Heather Thomas (Susy Sun, Tess Henley, Justin Froese)
Rob Witmer ("Awesome", The Love Markets)
Hollis Wong-Wear (The FLVR Blue)
Ajax Wood-Storm (Ardent Vein)

Instigated by Good/Bad Art Collective music coordinator Chris Weber in 1997, the Rock Lottery has become a highly anticipated music event in the North Texas, Seattle and Brooklyn areas. In its sixteen-year history the Rock Lottery has featured over four hundred musicians from some of these area’s most acclaimed national and international acts (Antibalas, Aqueduct, Asleep at the Wheel, Bedhead, The Baptist Generals, Bear in Heaven, Brave Combo, Built to Spill, Centro-matic, The Dap Kings, Deerhoof, Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, Harvey Danger, Les Savy Fav, Lift to Experience, The Long Winters, Midlake, My Morning Jacket, M83, The Polyphonic Spree, Maktub, The Marked Men, Mother Love Bone, Murder City Devils, Oberhofer, Pedro the Lion, Ra Ra Riot, The Riverboat Gamblers, The Saturday Knights, Slobberbone, Tiny Vipers, The Toadies, U.S.E., Reggie Watts and YUCK, among many others).
The Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) is a state-wide professional association of school music educators working to ensure that every student in Washington has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, sequential and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified instructors. A state unit of the National Association for Music Education, WMEA advocates at the local and state levels to provide resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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