Do you know about the Seattle Rock Lottery? It's such a great concept! At 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, 25 hand-picked Seattle musicians will be randomly grouped into five brand-new, single-serving bands. For the next 12 hours, each new band will head off to separate locations to decide on a name and create three to five songs (one of them can be a cover). At 10 p.m. that same evening, the bands will show off their new songs at the Crocodile in front of a waiting audience.

And it's all for a good cause! This year's Rock Lottery will benefit the Washington Music Educators Association.

This year's (crazy talented) participating musicians:

J Battle (Gran Rapids), Jonah Bergman (Schoolyard Heroes, Trash Fire), Daniel Blue (Motopony), TV Coahran (Popular Shapes, Gazebos), Avtar Crowder (Atomic Bride), Shenandoah Davis (Shenandoah Davis), Cameron Elliott (No Grave, Mongrel Blood), Jacob Evans (Gems, The Soft Hills, St Kilda), Matt Gervais (Mikey and Matty, Curtains For You), Trey Gunn (King Crimson, TU), Jeppa Hall (Queen Shmooquan, Goatgirl), Thomas Hunter (The Heavy, White China Gold), Andrew King (XVIII Eyes, Dustmoth, Crypts), Mitch Leffler (Zebra Hunt), Kimo Muraki (Tiny Messengers, Surrealized), Ahamefule J. Oluo (Industrial Revelation, Hey Marseilles), Bill Patton (Bill Patton and the Credentials, Low Hums), Stacy Peck (Pony Time, Childbirth), Shaprece Renee (Shaprece), Jon Stone (Hyperlung), Scott Teske (Seattle Rock Orchestra), Heather Thomas (Susy Sun, Tess Henley, Justin Froese), Rob Witmer ("Awesome," The Love Markets), Hollis Wong-Wear (The FLVR Blue), Ajax Wood-Storm (Ardent Vein)

Saturday, April 26 // The Crocodile // Doors at 9 p.m., show starts at 10 p.m. // $10 ADV, $15 DOS (21+)

Instigated by Good/Bad Art Collective music coordinator Chris Weber in 1997, the Rock Lottery has become a highly anticipated music event in the North Texas, Seattle and Brooklyn areas. In its sixteen-year history the Rock Lottery has featured over four hundred musicians from some of these area’s most acclaimed national and international acts (Antibalas, Aqueduct, Asleep at the Wheel, Bedhead, The Baptist Generals, Bear in Heaven, Brave Combo, Built to Spill, Centro-matic, The Dap Kings, Deerhoof, Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, Harvey Danger, Les Savy Fav, Lift to Experience, The Long Winters, Midlake, My Morning Jacket, M83, The Polyphonic Spree, Maktub, The Marked Men, Mother Love Bone, Murder City Devils, Oberhofer, Pedro the Lion, Ra Ra Riot, The Riverboat Gamblers, The Saturday Knights, Slobberbone, Tiny Vipers, The Toadies, U.S.E., Reggie Watts and YUCK, among many others).

The Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) is a state-wide professional association of school music educators working to ensure that every student in Washington has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, sequential and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified instructors. A state unit of the National Association for Music Education, WMEA advocates at the local and state levels to provide resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.