Live Rock and Roll

Lottery League’s Big Show 2013

Lottery League“On the evening of February 1st, 2013 at the Beachland Ballroom, 169 musicians were drawn from all reaches of Cleveland’s vibrant music scene and drafted into 42 bands. And the third season of the Cleveland Lottery League was born.” So begins the description of the events which led up to the magic night of April 13th, 2013 when those 42 bands came together, all for the first time, to perform their initial live performances as groups.

It was back in 2008 that the original idea of the Lottery League was thought up by a group who called themselves the Council of Chiefs. In 2008, a hypothetical situation was proposed by the original Council of Chiefs and that situation was this:
“What if all these rock band recidivists around [Cleveland] had to quit playing the same old shit with their same old friends and got forced into new bands at random?”

Artists and Bands

Straight Outta Cleveland: ZACH

Every city has one- a musician that everyone knows who has been making music for years as a singer-songwriter; that city’s version of Bob Dylan. ZACH happens to be that musician for Northeastern Ohio.

For more than a decade, ZACH (who’s last name is known to this writer, but I have chosen not to include it as the musician has existed his entire career by only one name) has been writing and performing in and around the city of Cleveland. Throughout that time, he has racked up many accolades, such as: being nominated for Best Singer-Songwriter for both 2002 and 2003 in the Cleveland Free Times and winning the titles of Best Acoustic Act and Best Overall Act at the Cleveland Music Festival in 2001. And In 2002 and 2003, ZACH walked away with Best Pop/Rock Act for the festival.

The Singer-Songwriter was awarded for his hard work as a result of his music that has been released on several albums throughout the years, which includes 2008’s Lost And Found and 2009’s What I Meant to Say.