“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?”