Filed under: 21+, Festival, Music, News, NHM, Shows | Tags: Anna Liffey's, Ideat Village, Light Bulb Alley, New Haven Music, NHM, Rock Lottery, The Gene Gnomes, The Lost Riots, The Recordettes
So what’s a rock lottery you ask? Well, as the name suggests, a collection of bands are formed at random from a pool of participants who then have two weeks to learn 2-3 songs to be performed live. In previous installments the bands were judged in several categories including ‘Best Merch’ and ‘Best Overall’ and awarded prizes donated from an array of local shops and artisans. The results have thus far been pretty spectacular, with at least one Rock Lottery band (2011’s Millionaires) going to actually become a band (Killer Kowalski). Several past participants whom we’ve talked to have also raved about the experience both as a means to meet other area musicians and also as a way to strengthen the existing musical community at large, not mention just being really darn fun.
This year’s drawing will be held this Saturday, August 10th at New Haven’s Anna Liffey’s, with the actual follow up show occurring on Saturday, August 24th at Cafe 9 (additional dates will be added if needed). Those wishing to participate can still do so by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, contact info, and instrument of choice: vocals, guitar, bass, drums, or ‘other’ (i.e. keyboards, trumpet, kazoo, etc). According to event organizer Nancy Shea, this year’s Rock Lottery will be different in that anyone who wishes to participate will automatically be drawn into a band (in previous years some participants were excluded, purely by luck of the draw). So anyone who is looking for some rock n’ roll glory, here’s your chance.
In addition to the drawing this Saturday, local punk/garage outfits The Lost Riots (hot off their show on Aug. 9th at NYC’s Mercury Lounge) and The Gene Gnomes will be performing as well as NYC’s The Recordettes and Montreal’s Light Bulb Alley, surely adding to the night’s festivities.
Great music, Great friends, Rock Lottery, Anna Liffey’s, do we need to say more?
Ideat Village presents The Rock Lottery Drawing
Saturday, August 10th
@ Anna Liffey’s
17 Whitney Ave. / New Haven
21+ / $3 cover / 8pm
The Lost Riots (New Haven punksters)
The Recordettes (Great garage-pop from NYC)
Light Bulb Alley (Great garage-pop from Montreal)
The Gene Gnomes (Garage rock from New Haven)
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/142200992645177/
Those wishing to participate in the Rock Lottery please e-mail email@example.com.
Filed under: Festival, Music, News, NHM | Tags: 2013, 360 State Street, Ideat Village, New Haven, New Haven Music, NHM, Rock Lottery
Following weeks of speculation online as to the fate of New Haven’s annual Ideat Village summer arts festival, it was recently revealed, to much disappointment, that there will indeed be no eleventh installment. “We weren’t kidding when we called last year’s Ideat Village ‘The End,’ said Ideat Village co-organizer Nancy Shea in a brief response posted last week to the festival’s Facebook page.
In some ways, news of Ideat Village’s demise can hardly be seen as surprising given the festival’s ongoing troubles with 360 State Street and the City of New Haven. In 2011 a protracted dispute with 360 State Street over the usage of adjacent Pitkin Plaza for amplified music, a space used for years by Ideat Village before 360 State Street even existed, nearly ended the festival. Last year’s seemingly imminent confrontation with the NHPD (again due to noise complaints from 360 State Street) and the consequent arrest of festival co-organizer Bill Saunders seemed to seal the deal. According to Shea though, Ideat Village 10 was planned to be the last regardless of any issues with the city. “Bill and I felt it had pretty much run its course… but that’s another story.”
Regardless of the reasons why, Ideat Village’s absence this summer will still loom large over the local arts community, a community which had grown to depend on the all-inclusive, volunteer run festival as a means to present their work to a wider public audience. Originally developed as a local alternative to the much larger and well-funded International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Ideat Village began to take on an identity of its own through the years, mainly through the perseverance of its organizers and the creative array of events it offered. Programming such as the Gorilla-Ideat Film Festival, which assembled a team of filmmakers and actors to create a movie in less than 48 hours, as well as the Rock Lottery, which assembled a band to write and perform a set of songs in less than two weeks, were just two of the festival’s many popular inventions.
All is not lost though. According to Shea there is still a “huge interest” in the Rock Lottery event: “Jeffrey Thunders (The Lost Riots, The Black Noise Scam) and I are planning to reorganize it and bring it back, sort of under the Ideat Village umbrella, but it will stand on its own…” Thunders confirmed the rumors of a possible stand alone Rock Lottery later this summer: “We do not have a date for it but it will happen at some point this summer. Probably in July or August. But yes the rock lottery is going to happen at some point.” Shea added: “It’s encouraging to see that there is lots of interest! Suggestions welcome…”
Rock Lottery withstanding, it’s still going to be hard to think of Summer without the sometimes controversial, sometimes unpredictable, but always memorable Ideat Village festival.
Filed under: 21+, Benefit, Festival, Music, News, Shows | Tags: Cafe Nine, Death Prayers, Doctor Dark, Fake Babies, Fundraiser, Ideat Village, Mayhem Circus Electric, New Haven Music, NHM, Rock Lottery, The Suicide Dolls, The Wee Bees
So what is a ‘Rock Lottery’ anyway? A lottery with the winning prizes awarded in precious gems? A geologists idea of a crazy time? Or one of the most novel and popular events at last year’s Ideat Village festival which allowed New Haven musicians to form a new band, learn new songs, meet new people, play a show and break up all in two weeks time? If you answered the latter, you’re absolutely right.
Ideat Village’s Annual Fundraiser and Rock Lottery drawing takes over Cafe Nine this Saturday, June 4th. Featuring performances by Mayhem Circus Electric, The Wee Bees, The Suicide Dolls, Death Prayers, Doctor Dark and Fake Babies (most, if not all, of whom performed at last year’s festival), the annual event serves as a warning shot of sorts to the full-on festival which begins on Saturday, June 11th and ends on Sunday, June 26th. Now in its tenth year(!), Ideat Village was originally developed by co-organizers Bill Saunders and Nancy Shea as a local-centric alternative festival to the big money International Festival of Arts and Ideas, a mission which remains intact to this day. In contrast to the Arts and Ideas fest, Ideat Village focuses exclusively on local artists, musicians and filmmakers through a vast array of events, openings, exhibitions and concerts across New Haven, all funded through grassroots support and donations. As in year’s past, the duration of this year’s Ideat Village directly corresponds to the Arts & Ideas Fest, further underscoring its mission and focus.
Last year’s Rock Lottery winners, Lunch Ladies
This Saturday’s fundraiser also serves as drawing for the now annual Rock Lottery event. As previously stated, last year’s debut of the Rock Lottery proved wildly popular, drawing a large crowd to Yale’s GPSCY ballroom. Aside from its popularity, Rock Lottery also allowed local musicians, some of whom probably would have never performed together otherwise, to meet, create music and ultimately perform together on stage. Although this year’s Rock Lottery concert will instead be occurring at the newly renovated Rudy’s Bar (on Saturday, June 18th), you can bet the same spirit of musical spontaneity and community will be present. To those musicians too nervous participate in last year’s installment….don’t worry! Ultimately this event is all in the name of fun and building a sense of community in New Haven (a.k.a., no pressure!), two things we here at NHM agree with wholeheartedly (and you should too). Want to try it out? You can still sign up by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure to include what instrument you’d like to perform in your new Rock Lottery band. Further details can be found at the official Ideat Village website.
If When you go:
Ideat Village Fundraiser and Rock Lottery Drawing
w/Mayhem Circus Electric
The Wee Bees
The Suicide Dolls
Saturday, June 4th
@ Cafe Nine
250 State Street (at Crown Street), New Haven
8pm / 21+ / $6
All proceeds go to Ideat Village!