In this week’s cover story, Scene takes you into the world of The Lottery League
, where 147 local musicians were driven from their comfort zones and randomly drafted into 33 new bands with only one rule: No one could be in a band with someone they’d played with before.
In the end, metal heads ended up with pop singers, classically-trained violinists with hardcore kids. On April 12, all 33 bands will finally emerge from nine weeks of practice to display their mutations for a marathon gig at the Beachland Ballroom…
Unfortunately, we couldn’t write about each and every band – that’d take a really long book. Without pictures. But you can learn more about the insane line-ups by visiting the Lottery League’s MySpace page
. There are links to numerous band pages so you can sample the aural cocktails.
For more photos, visit the website of Lou Menz
, who has been chronicling the Lottery League since its inception. His photos are even accompanied by a pretty detailed blog that offers lots of insight into the songwriting struggles and successes of several bands.
The league’s Council of Chiefs
also have a website providing recent updates.
Finally, you can buy tickets to the big show here
. But hurry. We’re talking 33 bands, which means a lot of family and friends are already gobbling them up. – Denise Grollmus