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Rock Lotto

When: Sun., May 24, 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. The Rock Lotto fundraiser will encourages musicians to experiment and collaborate in an effort to raise awareness and funding for the Sophia Travis Women in Government Plaza. After the lotto, those mix-matched acts had 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

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