Lottery League 2016-03-30T22:25:34Z http://www.lotteryleague.org/feed/atom/ WordPress Adam Harvey http://organicmechanic.org <![CDATA[Festival Organizers Aim to go ‘Over-the-Top’ with This Year’s Big Show]]> http://www.lotteryleague.org/?p=761 2016-03-30T22:25:34Z 2016-03-30T22:25:34Z

A large-scale recurring experiment that brings together diverse Cleveland musicians and forces them to form new bands on the spot with people they’ve never played with and may never even have met before, Lottery League serves as one of this city’s signature music events. Bands form at a staged draft that ensures no two musicians have ever played together prior to the formation of their Lottery League band.

Read the full article at Cleveland Scene.

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Adam Harvey http://organicmechanic.org <![CDATA[Draft Night Awaits Adventurous Musicians Partaking in @LotteryLeague]]> http://www.lotteryleague.org/?p=334 2016-02-05T01:31:47Z 2016-02-05T01:31:47Z

The triennial Lottery League fueled by Lagunitas returns this winter with a slew of musicians getting ready to go on a wild two-month journey that not only takes them out of their comfort zone but also in a larger sense strengthens the Northeast Ohio music scene.

Read the full article on Cleveland.com

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Adam Harvey http://organicmechanic.org <![CDATA[2016 Lottery League showcase and draft are this weekend]]> http://www.lotteryleague.org/?p=332 2016-02-05T01:29:00Z 2016-02-05T01:29:00Z

Three years ago, 170 or so musicians gathered at Beachland Ballroom for the Lottery League Draft, in which bands are built from the ground up – assuming drummers are the ground (you gotta start somewhere). The only rule was – and remains — you couldn’t have played together. Or have been “involved” with each other. Ever.

Read the full article on Cleveland.com

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Adam Harvey http://organicmechanic.org <![CDATA[Cleveland Scene – Cleveland Lottery League Set to Return in 2016]]> http://www.lotteryleague.org/?p=315 2015-12-30T16:22:38Z 2015-12-30T16:22:38Z

From Cleveland Scene: A unique collaborative event that involves local musicians from all types of different bands, Cleveland Lottery League Season IV will take place in 2016.

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Adam Harvey http://organicmechanic.org <![CDATA[Cleveland.com – Lottery League returns with a 2016 installment teaming musicians who’ve never played together]]> http://www.lotteryleague.org/?p=313 2015-12-30T16:21:24Z 2015-12-30T16:21:24Z

From Cleveland.com: The Cleveland Lottery League – the part-circus, part-concert, pure experiment in which local musicians who’ve never played in the same band are thrown together by chance — returns with Season IV.

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Adam Harvey http://organicmechanic.org <![CDATA[Cool Cleveland – The Lottery League Announces Its 2016 Return]]> http://www.lotteryleague.org/?p=311 2015-12-30T16:19:34Z 2015-12-30T16:19:34Z

From Cool Cleveland: Now Lottery League IV is barreling down on Cleveland’s music scene. It will kick off with a showcase/fundraiser taking place on both stages at the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern Fri 2/5. The two headlining bands emerged from the 2013 Lottery League, among the handful of bands each time who decide their ad hoc ensemble has some chemistry and stay together: Queen of Hell and Hiram-Maxim (who performed as Kill It With Fire). The Draft — when names are drawn to place musicians with bands — takes place at the Beachland the following night. The Big Show will again be held at the Agora on Sat 4/16.

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Michael Pultz <![CDATA[Cleveland.com talks Lottery League Showcase at the Rock Hall – August 28th, 7pm]]> http://www.lotteryleague.org/?p=290 2013-08-23T15:22:59Z 2013-08-23T15:05:38Z

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Our friend John Petkovic of the Plain Dealer (who Cleveland music lovers know from so many great bands such as Cobra Verde, Sweet Apple, Scarcity of Tanks, and of course the legendary Death of Samantha) wrote about the upcoming Lottery League Showcase  at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum featuring 2013 Cleveland Lottery League standouts Queen of Hell (pictured above), Douglas Adams Family, Dinosaur Coffin and Psychic Thrills, Wednesday August 28th at 7pm. Our showcase is the last show of the year for the Rock Hall’s Summer in the City Series and oh what a finish it promises to be. We hope to see you all there!

Read what John wrote here: http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2013/08/rock_hall_to_host_cleveland_lo.html

And follow John on Twitter here

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Michael Pultz <![CDATA[August 28th Lottery League Showcase at the Rock Hall!]]> http://www.lotteryleague.org/?p=284 2013-08-15T17:42:48Z 2013-08-15T17:25:13Z

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We are very excited about the 2013 Cleveland Lottery League bands Queen of Hell, Douglas Adams Family, Dinosaur Coffin and Psychic Thrills all being on a bill together for the the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s great FREE summer shows, “The Summer in the City Series“, and to have this showcase be the grand finale to this year’s Rock Hall shows only makes us even more excited! Not only will this show feature four of the best of the best to play the Big Show MMXIII (all hand picked by the Rock Hall!), but it is also the first show these four groups have played out live since the Big Show. And to add to the fun, each band will not only revisit their original 10 minute set’s they played for the Big Show, but they’ve also worked hard to add another 15 minutes of new material which they’ll debut for this Rock Hall showcase! So make your plans, and get set to see the Lottery League spotlighted at the Rock Hall with the summer and the Cleveland’s skyline as the backdrop, because Wednesday, August 28th, shall certainly be a night not to be missed!

To join this event on facebook do so at:

https://www.facebook.com/events/496051743810566/?ref=23

https://www.facebook.com/events/506965999352084/?ref=23

We’ll see you there!

 

Sincerely,

The Council of Chiefs

 

 

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Angela Hetrick <![CDATA[Lottery League 2013: Tony Erba and his Midwestern Electric bandmates are ready to put a charge into ‘The Big Show’]]> http://www.lotteryleague.org/?p=207 2013-06-25T22:36:46Z 2013-04-08T21:31:13Z

By Chuck Yarborough, The Plain Dealer
April 07, 2013

It’s raw, it’s nasty and it’s a strangely melodic sonic onslaught, unleashing a full-frontal assault of screaming vocals, chunky and distorted guitar chords, machine-gun bass lines and sweaty, mortarlike drum beats.12529773-standard

Midwestern Electric is exactly what a rock band should be. And it’s all by accident.

The Lottery League, reportedly an idea born of a drunken MySpace rant by a frustrated musician who suggested everyone should just start over, is scheme by which bands are created almost willy-nilly on a midwinter draft night. The only caveat: No member of a lottery band can ever have played with or been connected with another member of the band.

It sounds simple, until you realize that we’re talking about swimming in a pretty shallow pool — in the case of the 2013 Lottery League, that’s 169 men and women who are part of the Cleveland music scene playing original compositions (rather than covers). It is such a tight-knit group that even those who haven’t previously played together at least know of each other…… Read the rest of the story here on Cleveland.com

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Angela Hetrick <![CDATA[Lottery League 2013: National expansion plans are on the wish list for organizers]]> http://www.lotteryleague.org/?p=201 2013-06-25T23:08:51Z 2013-04-08T21:21:47Z

By Chuck Yarborough, The Plain Dealer
April 07, 2013

The Lottery League is all Ed Sotelo’s fault.12529572-large

Sotelo, according to his friend and fellow co-founder of the Lottery League’s Council of Chiefs, Jae Kristoff, posted a drunken rant on MySpace saying that all of Cleveland’s many bands should just break up and start again.

“MySpace” tells you how long ago that was. But the idea germinated in Kristoff’s brain, partly fed by another experiment he did in which he and some bandmates stayed up 72 hours straight and recorded anyone who wanted to come into the Zombie Proof studio.

“You could come in with an eggbeater and we’d play with you,” said Kristoff, a punk-rock vocalist and “things” player who’s currently running Cleveland State University’s radio station, WCSB FM/89.3, and going to school full time.

When that little experiment ended, several local musicians who’d missed out on the chance approached Kristoff and his friends with pleas that they be notified next time he got a wild idea….. Read the rest of the story on Cleveland.com here.

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