The thought is sweet: You get 25 musicians, put them multi purposeful room at 10 a.m., and have them randomly sort 5 bands by letting 5 drummers select names from a hat. They then have the rest of the day work up three four distinctive songs and one cowl, which they’ll perform for a dwell viewers that exact same night time time at 10 p.m.
It’s acknowledged all by way of the nation as Rock Lottery, and the idea began in Denton, Texas, in 1996 and has traveled completely utterly completely completely different cities ever since. It’s coming Louisville for the first time on Saturday, Jan. 14, at Headliners, due Craig Pfunder of VHS or Beta.
The event has two constructive outcomes — not solely is it an thrilling current for the viewers, it moreover helps assemble camaraderie contained throughout the Louisville music scene.
Pfunder first acquired involved with Rock Lottery all via his time in New York Metropolis, and when he moved as quickly as further Louisville this earlier summer season season season, he felt it might work appropriately in our rising scene.
“Part of me doing Rock Lottery was keen reacquaint myself with the scene right correct proper right here,” he tells Insider. “We’re lastly at that dimension the place — I really actually really feel — it feels barely increased. I merely wished current it a shot, and I’d favor it be an annual problem.”
He says when he pitched the idea some musicians, although they’d some questions, they’ve been all receptive. Collaborating artists embody a who’s-who of Louisville music, along with Kevin Ratterman, Joe Manning, Joan Shelley, Katie Toupin, Daniel Martin Moore, Meg Samples and loads of further.
“It does have such a inventive potential for people exact themselves in strategies they haven’t with their very non-public band, and kinda feed off each other’s energy,” says Pfunder. “Hopefully most of them will not be going have carried out with each other earlier than.”
Part of the foundations of Rock Lottery are chances are high excessive you’ll solely participate as quickly as, and only one member from a band could also be involved yearly. Since Pfunder was involved contained within the one in New York pretty a few years as quickly as further, he took on the curating place for the Louisville current, which included securing sponsors and a charity.
Pfunder and his band moved New York Metropolis contained within the mid late 2000s, and although he cherishes his time there, he wished a change of ambiance partially on account of a relationship breakup and wanting a shift in perspective.
“New York is sort of a few components, nonetheless it completely utterly’s not primarily city I fell in love with,” he says. “And it’s merely such a grind for artists. With the web, you don’t actually have be anyplace. I really actually really feel it helps shake arms, nonetheless New York Metropolis is a metropolis full of people like me — musicians who’re all kinda vying for the same selections and the an equal jobs. It merely felt claustrophobic.”
He wasn’t primarily attempting discover return Louisville, nonetheless just a few of his associates comfy him revisit city, which had modified and grown immensely all via his absence. He was shocked at how tons the scene had diversified.
“My time right correct proper right here was spent working uphill with dance music. It was such a specific panorama of music as quickly as further then — from our warehouse occasions packing rooms with the band and the DJ,” explains Pfunder. “You come as quickly as further, and now all folks appears be DJing. There’s merely tons further tolerance for numerous sorts of music. And I don’t suppose that’s merely Louisville — I really actually really feel that’s the world.”
As for VHS or Beta, Pfunder says it’s not defunct, it’s merely in hibernation. And, in precise actuality, he and bandmate Mark Palgy are engaged on a aspect enterprise referred as Pixilated.
“We always thought (VHS or Beta) was a enterprise we’d do as long as it made sense and as long as we believed contained within the music we have now been making,” he says. “I didn’t merely want put a doc out just because financially it might make sense — I didn’t want that be the motivation. If we do make one completely completely different doc, it’s going be due a lightbulb turned on and we talked about, hey, let’s try this and let’s consider in it and push forward with it.”
For now, Pfunder is immersing himself contained within the Rock Lottery event and reacquainting himself with city.
“Louisville feels further numerous, and there’s way more do — there are further choices,” he says. “If you happen to want go and get a drink, there are literally like 1,000,000 areas chances are high excessive you’ll ponder, not merely three. In that respect, I used be a bit shocked there was tons progress.”