With quite a lot of genres and expertise ranges, the bands at First Avenue’s Rock Lottery delivered spectacular and light-hearted performances.
After 25 native artists had been drafted into 5 bands on the Depot Tavern on July 5, the newly shaped teams got 48 hours to jot down a set earlier than acting on First Avenue’s mainroom stage.
The primary band to carry out, Andy Holmass, opened with a melodic violin tune performed by Jillian Rae. Quickly, nevertheless, Sam Bramble got here in on the drums and the remainder of the band adopted for a well-received mixture of small-scale orchestral rock.
Andy Holmass featured Jillian Rae, Sam Bramble (FènixDion), Kai Brewster (Lupin, Darkish Bunny, Common B and the Wiz), Scholar 1 and Nate Walker.
The gang for the Rock Lottery grew steadily all through the night time. For band one, there was a modest however full of life crowd.
“That is nuts, are you kidding me?” Kai Brewster mentioned to the viewers throughout their set. The viewers responded with cheers.
Band quantity two of the night time glided by the identify One other Language.
With solely 48 hours to jot down their set, One other Language received topical. Their opening track featured the road, “Smoke coming down from Canada, whatcha gonna do when it comes for you?”
The gang roared in response and by the top of their first track, individuals had been singing alongside.
Mary Cutrufello’s raspy and regular voice made each lyric really feel vital, particularly when singing concerning the air air pollution in Minneapolis.
That includes L.A. Buckner, Mary Cutrufello, Kevin Gamble (Goon Tribune, Ty Pow and The Holy North), Leo Lerner (Odd Prospect) and Eric Carranza (Girl Midnight, Molly Brandt, PRINTS), One other Language gave a full of life and instrumentally pushed efficiency over the course of their set, together with one fully instrumental observe and several other guitar solos.
Band three started their set with a theme track that went, “We’re the crew that is aware of simply what to do, we’re the Up n’ Up band.”
Calling themselves The Up n’ Ups, band quantity three adopted via on their identify, performing an all-around entertaining and upbeat set.
In a collaboration between Landon Conrath, Kerry Alexander (Unhealthy Unhealthy Hats), Chelsea Oxborough (The Von Tramps, The Bloodies), Seth Duin (Too Brief to be Stormtroopers, Religion Boblett, Common B and the Wiz) and Beck Schacht (Room3, Rawtwhylah), The Up n’ Ups blended a more durable rock beat with Kerry Alexander’s candy and refined vocal melodies.
Band 4, 5 Beneath FKA Wheat Trick, blended genres in a collaborative efficiency.
That includes Jon Lindquist (Denim Matriarch, Palm Associates, The Blissful Kids), Cindy Lawson (The Clams), Julia Eubanks (Creeping Charlie), Reiki Corridor and Hilary James (bathtub cig, We Are the Willows), 5 Beneath FKA Wheat Trick debuted their authentic songs to a full of life viewers.
Jon Lindquist has performed drums on the indie singer-songwriter album “Honey” by Samia, whereas Reiki Corridor performs R&B and Punk music. General, band 4 was capable of mix their types and ship a stable efficiency, assembly someplace on the intersection of punk rock and melodic pop.
The fifth and remaining band of the night time, Speaker, carried out to an engaged late-night crowd.
Speaker’s band members included Dave Energy (bathtub cig, TABAH, Cult Vibes), Molly Dean (Dusty Coronary heart), Jake Hanson (HALEY, The Cactus Blossoms, Mason Jennings), Crystal Myslajek (IE, Brute Coronary heart) and Cecilia Erholtz (Tabah).
“In a whole lot of methods I believe it was releasing to leap into one thing contemporary unhinged by expectations,” Crystal Myslajek mentioned on social media after their efficiency.
All 5 bands on the Rock Lottery gave spectacular performances given the time constraints. Nonetheless, watching the collective creativity of each performer was the true draw of First Avenue’s Rock Lottery.