The twenty-five musicians included in this experiment are selected in an attempt to represent a wide variety of musical styles. This event intends to bring together many facets of the area's 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.
Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10am at the event's venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five drummers are the captains to guarantee that each band includes a drummer. The five separate groups are then assigned designated rehearsal spaces near the venue. The musicians then have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The five new groups then perform what they've created that evening in front of a waiting audience beginning at 10pm.
Instigated in 1997 by Good/Bad Art Collective music coordinator Chris Weber in Denton, TX, the Rock Lottery has become a highly anticipated music event in the North Texas, Seattle, and Brooklyn areas. Weber first brought Rock Lottery to Seattle in 2004, and six years later, Tierney Stout launched Rock Lottery in Brooklyn in 2010. In its twenty year history the Rock Lottery has featured over six hundred individual musicians from some of these area's most acclaimed acts including... A Place To Bury Strangers, Antibalas, Antony & The Johnsons, Asleep at the Wheel, Au Revoir Simone, Awkwafina, Balkan Beat Box, The Baptist Generals, Bear in Heaven, Bedhead, Brave Combo, Built to Spill, Cave In, Caveman, Centro-matic, The Dap Kings, DARKSIDE, Deerhoof, Delicate Steve, The Dismemberment Plan, Dresden Dolls, Drive Like Jehu, Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, Gomez, Guided By Voices, Harvey Danger, The Hold Steady, Hospitality, Les Savy Fav, Lift to Experience, The Long Winters, The Make-Up, Midlake, My Morning Jacket, M83, Maktub, The Marked Men, Mother Love Bone, Murder City Devils, Nada Surf, Oberhofer, Oneida, Parts & Labor, Pedro the Lion, Peelander-Z, The Polyphonic Spree, Psychedelic Furs, Quicksand, Ra Ra Riot, Rainer Maria, The Rapture, The Riverboat Gamblers, The Saturday Knights, Slobberbone, Small Black, Smoosh, St. Lucia, Swans, Tanlines, They Might Be Giants, Tiny Vipers, The Toadies, Tokyo Police Club, Unlocking The Truth, U.S.E., Violent Femmes, White Rabbits, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, among many others.