Rock Lotto

When: Fri., May 8, 8 p.m. 2015

When the Friends of Sophia Travis Memorial Fund, organized by Travis’ parents, close friends and colleagues, set off to commemorate her impact on Bloomington, they wanted to honor her life in a way that would directly benefit the community she loved. Friday’s Rock Lotto fundraiser will encourage musicians to experiment and collaborate in an effort to raise awareness and funding for the Sophia Travis Women in Government Plaza. The two night event will take place on Friday, May 8 and Sunday, May 24 at The Bishop. The first night is the actual lotto, where various artists and comedians will perform and musicians will enter their name in a hat to be randomly assigned to bands. After the lotto, those mix-matched acts will have two weeks to work on songs, costumes, or any other elements they want to work into their performance. Both professionals and amateurs are encouraged to join in on the fun, and the hope is that musicians from diverse backgrounds will get to work together. “What comes out of this Rock Lotto is anybody’s guess,” says event MC Brad Wilhelm, who often worked with Travis in his role as the director of Rhino’s Youth Center. “I think Sophia would have loved the fact that diversity in music will be the result of this.” – A.T. Bossenger

Price: $7

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