Lottery League Record Release and Reunion Events to Take Place on Dec. 13 and 14 at the Happy Dog

Local musician/artist/poet and four-time Lottery League veteran Bob Olexa, better known as Robert Darkmatter, has put together a special Lottery League reunion and record release event that will take place on Dec. 13 and 14 at the Happy Dog.

The event will showcase bands from past Lottery Leagues. A tri-annual music festival, the Lottery League places local musicians at random into new bands (with the requirement that none of the musicians have ever performed or written together before). Those bands then have two months to come up with an identity and ten minutes worth of material. All bands perform at a “big show.”

The Dec. 13 event will serve as a record release party for all 2019 bands that chose to release some kind of product. It starts at 9:30 p.m. The Dec. 14 event will feature a reunion of past Lottery League bands. It starts at 8:30 p.m.

“The Lottery League means so much to me,” Olexa says in a press release. “It’s a whole universe within itself, and the day after the Big Show is over, it is a relief that so much work is done but also feels a little sad. I wanted to give bands an opportunity to do it again with less pressure and to try to capture some of the magic from the past seasons again. The last big endeavor I took on like this was having all four of the bands I was gigging and recording with play on the same night for my 44th birthday in 2018. The show was packed, and it was a blast. However, after the brutal tragedy of losing my partner [Cleveland dot com’s Nikki Delamotte] to an unthinkable act of violence, my priorities changed. The desire to help other bands and other people come together took precedent over doing my own things. I am looking forward to bringing some of the Lottery League excitement and atmosphere to the Happy Dog during what would normally be the off-season.”

Some of the bands performing on the Dec. 13 will premiere their recording and discuss the process of creating it on WRUW 91.1 FM on Thursday, Dec. 12, on The ’59 Sound, a program hosted by Sixth City Sounds’ Teddy Eisenberg that broadcasts from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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