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Crescent Ballroom to Host First-Ever Phoenix Rock Lottery in February

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The daylong project, which was announced Monday via Facebook and is being organized by local concert promoter "Psyko" Steve Chilton, is similar to other rock lotteries that have been held in cities like NYC, Seattle, and Dallas.

In fact, Chilton isn't shy about admitting such events are where he got the idea to do a Phoenix version.

"I just saw someone else did it and blatantly ripped it off because it sounded cool," he says. "I'm all about collaborations to begin with and a lot of the people [involved] play out a lot locally and I just wanted to do something that's totally different and throw them a curve ball."

Here's how it will work: Twenty recognizable musicians from the Valley scene will have their names entered into a lottery and drawn at random on Sunday, February 9, to create five four-person bands. Each act then gets 10 hours or so to craft three original songs and learn one cover before heading to the Crescent that same evening to perform. (Proceeds from the show will benefit local charity Rosie's House.)

"The way I'm going to do it is just pulling names out of a hat. There's five drummers and they'll sort of act as team captains and pick the names so that each band has a solid drummer," Chilton says. "Other than that, it's totally random. I'm trying to give them as little rules as possible with this. There's no set expectations [and] they don't have to follow a particular style. They can just get into a room and decide what to do whatever they want to do."

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.