Featuring Participants From: Small Black, Here We Go Magic, Porcelain Raft, Balkan Beat Box, Oneida, The Make-Up, Rainer Maria, Cave In & more to come

The Rock Lottery began in Denton, TX in 1997. It has since branched off to Seattle (founded in 2004) and Brooklyn (founded in 2010). This will be Brooklyn’s fourth annual Rock Lottery. The premise is simple, but effective. The musicians, hand picked from Brooklyn’s thriving indie music community, meet at 10AM, where they are organized into five groups through a lottery-based selection. These groups are then released to collaborate and practice at different locations with 12 hours to choose a band name and write three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform the material as a band in front of a live audience on the very same night beginning at 10PM at Knitting Factory.

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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. This year, all proceeds from Brooklyn Rock Lottery 4 will go to the Willie Mae Rock Camp.

In the past, Brooklyn Rock Lottery has featured musicians from Antibalas, Asobi Seksu, Bear In Heaven, Buke & Gass, Caveman, Cheeseburger, The Dap-Kings, DARKSIDE, Deerhoof, Freelance Whales, Hold Steady, Hospitality, Javelin, Les Savy Fav, Liam Finn, Light Asylum, Liturgy, Lucius, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, M83, My Morning Jacket, NAAM, North Highlands, Northern State, Oberhofer, Parts & Labor, Peelander-Z, Psychedelic Furs, Ra Ra Riot, Suckers, VHS or Beta, Warm Ghost, White Rabbits, and YUCK…among many others.

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