Rock Lottery began in Denton, TX in 1997, Seattle in 2004, Brooklyn in 2010...and now in LA! The premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings 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.
The twenty-five musicians included in the experiment are selected in an attempt to represent a wide variety of musical styles. This event intends to bring together many facets of the Brooklyn 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.
Alex Estrada (Silver Snakes)
American producer and recording engineer.
Andrew Martin (Moon Honey)
Charlie Overbey & The Broken Arrows
Charlie Overbey has been a staple in the Los Angeles Music scene since the early 90's as a musician, a promoter and then spent years as a booking agent.
After the tail end days on the Sunset Strip with Big Bang Babies Charlie drifted back to his punk rock roots and Joined Cowpunk band Custom Made Scare, recorded their debut album with Side One Dummy records which came out immediately following a vacation in federal prison and later played with Deadbolt for many years and then Formed Charlie And The Valentine Killers who toured with David Alan Coe, The Supersuckers and more.
Charlie finally sobered up and started writing what would become the Broken Arrows EP~ The California Kid produced by Charlie and Mixed by Grammy Award Winner Ted Hutt ( Old Crow Medicine Show, Gaslight Anthem, Chuck Ragan, Dropkick Murphys and more) and Paul Kilmister who happens to be the Son of Lemmy.
Some heavy hitters such as Zander Schloss, Steve Soto, Colleen Duffy, Jonah Smith, Jake Margolis and Ted Russell Kamp recorded on the album.
After recording, Charlie then carefully constructed a band of Music Veterans and long time musician Friends that he had always wanted to play with that would be comfortable with heavy touring and would quickly mold into a Band of Brothers.
Jimmy James of The Hangmen, Lead man Dave James of The Superbees, Pedal Steeler Jordan Shapiro of The Supersuckers, Joe Ginsberg of Chuck Ragan and the wind brought in a new Cali arrival from Rhode Island, Drummer Charlie Nicienski.
Bassist Terry Love and Steeler J.C August have stepped in to help out with some of the heavy road work and conflicting schedules.
The band is touring and writing with plans of recording their debut full length LP later in the year with Ted Hutt Producing and Mixing.
It's full steam ahead for this band of LA Music Vets!
Chelsea Davis (MOON, Berlin, 30 Seconds to Mars)
David Clifford (Red Sparrowes, Jail Weddings, Pleasure Forever, the VSS)
Drummer and vocalist of the British band Red Jasper. He joined the band in the late 1980s, when he replaced Mark Ollard.
David Pacheco (Thee Commons)
Evan Weiss (Sparks, Junk, Wires on Fire, GIRLS)
Jake Courtois (Patients, Courtois)
Jared Tankel (The Budos Band)
Joe McGarry (Pop Noir)
Kelcey Ayer (Local Natives, Jaws of Love)
Leslie Stevens hails from the 'country' side of Los Angeles with a voice and songcraft simultaneously soulful and rebellious; high craft from a girl who might drunkenly light your living room on fire with a giggle. The LA Times called her "one of the city's best" and Chris Ziegler (LA Weekly) explains that Leslie has "the kind of voice you'll realize you've been waiting to hear since forever." Leslie has sung alongside Jim James, Jonathan Wilson, Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Jonny Fritz, Father John Misty, Jenny O., Jackson Browne, and John Fogerty, as well as other musicians not beginning with the letter “J.” Brave lyrically and in spirit and voice: Leslie Stevens never shies away from saying what's wrong, if only to honestly discover what could be right.
Marcus Savino (The Mae Shi, Bad Dudes, Silver Daggers, Devon Williams, Red Channel, Steppe People)
Los Angeles Drummer
Mikal Cronin (Mikal Cronin, Moonhearts, Ty Segall Band)
Conceived and recorded as a sort of therapy to help cope with adjusting to post-college life, an ensuing break-up and geographic isolation Mikal Cronin steps momentarily away from the rhythm section of Orange County surf-punk bashers The Moonhearts with his debut solo album.
Fans can take heart, this isn’t a ‘vanity project’ or half-baked endeavour — Mikal’s solo debut is fully realized, cohesive and beautiful. With themes that are personal as they are universal; questioning the future, accepting the past and living in the moment.
Taking influences such as the late sixties Del Shannon and The Everly Brothers and filtering them through his own mutant Californian fuzz, Mikal deftly explores his singer-songwriter side that at moments feel like a punk Harry Nilsson or Curt Boettcher – balancing sweet melodies and chords with chunky, psychedelic guitar freakouts. Don’t let the opening Beach Boys harmonies of ‘It’s Alright?’ fool you into thinking this record can be easily pinned down.
With long time friend and collaborator, Ty Segall producing, Eric Bauer (Ty Segall, Royal Baths) running the tape machine and guest like John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees, you can be sure you’re in for something special. Once those guitars kick in, and you hit the first transcendent chorus, you’ll be hooked and anxiously awaiting what comes next.
Mike Watt + the Secondmen
American bassist, singer and songwriter born December 20, 1957. Co-founder of the rock bands Minutemen, Dos, and Firehose.
Patty Schemel (Hole, Upset)
Patricia Theresa Schemel (b. 24 April 1967), sister of Larry Schemel, played the drums on the albums Live Through This and Celebrity Skin by Hole (2). She was replaced by Samantha Maloney for the Celebrity Skin tour.
She performed on Courtney Love's solo album, America's Sweetheart, for which she received some partial songwriting credits. In addition, she recorded with Juliette Lewis's punk rock band Juliette & The Licks (on their debut EP, ...Like a Bolt Of Lightning).
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