August 29th Familiar faces and the usual array of instruments filled the framework of Siouxland’s unparralled music venue The Chesterfield. The evening’s routine gigs had been set aside for an annual event unlike any other. Despite only being two years in the running, Band Roulette has proven itself a force to be reckoned with.
Nothing short of genius
In short, the concept behind Band Roulette is to take local musicians at random, and compile their individual skills alongside others in a whole new environment. Each of the new bands were given one month. In that time they had to journey into the depths of their imaginations to conjure up at least one original anthem and two cover songs of their choice.
The idea of Band Roulette was brought to light by Mike Woods of Woods Unsigned. Here at Lock N Show, not only were we privileged with the liberty of recording such a once in a lifetime assembly, we also had the opportunity to chat with some of the nights performers and get their firsthand accounts of the Band Roulette experience.
In the spirit of supporting local music, we reached out to some of the nights contenders to futher shed light not only on their talents but the event as a whole. Here in lies what the artist really thought.
Words from the wise
Jason Reinert, better known as Eboli is most notably known for his longstanding position as one of our generations founding fathers in the Sioux City’s hip hop scene had this to say about the night’s events.“It was a fun time. I got to hang out with some old and new friends, and come up with some music that I think was pretty solid. I think it’s a fresh event. I can speak for myself by saying that it gave me a renewed drive for creating music with a live band. I don’t think music has ever had boundaries when it comes to unifying people of different backgrounds. It’s almost a given when you try for it. We are all on stage to show our souls to some extent.”
I can speak for myself by saying that it gave me a renewed drive for creating music with a live band.
Noah Towns, of Noah Towns and the Other Brothers Band, and a student teacher with a soon to be degree in music education had some excellent input on the dynamic of the show. “Getting together to rehearse was frustrating and typical. Frustrating because we are all incredibly busy, and typical because ‘fuck practice I just want to jam.’ I did this because I wanted to put myself out there and be a part of the music scene & music community. There is a plethora of talent in Sioux City and I’ve been disconnected so I wanted to tap into that. It worked. I’ve made three good friends and plenty of other acquaintances that could become more than that. I’ve even reconnected with old friends. So as an outsider, it helped get my foot in the door and introduce me to a broader audience.”
I’ve made three good friends and plenty of other acquaintances that could become more than that.
When asked if there was anything he’d like to see done differently Noah had an interesting take on future roulette endeavors. “I think this should be a 48 hour challenge or festival. They do film festivals in that amount of time and I’ve been to them and they are great. Well, a lot of it sucks but the idea of it is great. Some may say “That’s not enough time” Well, two weeks wasn’t enough time and a month wasn’t enough time either. My band, and some others I’ve heard, only met for a total of like three hours anyway. Turn it into an all day thing. That way everyone will stay in since they know they are committing to a whole day and it will be fine. Or make it a weekend. The band has to get together Friday night for drawing and practice, get wasted together, wake up Saturday and practice hung over- play Saturday night. Rock n’fucking roll man!”
I think this should be a 48 hour challenge or festival. They do film festivals in that amount of time and I’ve been to them and they are great.
Colton Gamet, took a break from his usual work behind the scenes at the Chesterfield to show attendees a stiff drink isn’t the only thing he brings to the table. “Band roulette is a really fun deal. It’s a great thing for anyone that signs up. I think it’s a great thing for local music, as many different people who would never normally play together get the opportunity to. Some really interesting bands could come out of the whole thing. My band I think was a good example of generational differences. Bob Larson brought up a couple of older tunes, CCR, Tom Petty, and our original were pretty old school rock. Which was fun because I ordinarily wouldn’t have played any of that. Seeing guys that ordinarily do hip hop, performing with full bands was a really cool mash up of genres. As for change, I’d just say more. More bands, more shows, more people of different genres signing up. The weirder the better.”
I think it’s a great thing for local music, as many different people who would never normally play together get the opportunity to. Some really interesting bands could come out of the whole thing.
Kelly Quinn, of the Kelly Quinn Band had this to say “I thought it was a great way to try something totally different and meet new people. The guys I ended up playing with were guys I have never met before but we all connected right away with our music tastes. When I heard we had two country music guys, a metal guy, and a rock guy, I was a little nervous but it turned out great! I think it only does great things for the music community. It introduced me to people I wouldn’t usually run across and it was great how every band was rooting for the other. There was a “let’s just have fun” spirit with everyone. If it were more serious I’m not sure I’d do it. Introducing good musicians to other good musicians can only sprout great musical acts, so it’s a win win for everyone. It was awesome. I was really excited to get there and see what came out of each band. Doing something like this isn’t easy and it proves Sioux City has diversity and huge talent. I would say that if someone drops out of one of the bands to keep some people as “substitutes” to fill in. I felt bad for the bands that couldn’t do it because one person couldn’t follow through. I’d also hope that our local news publication would have gotten behind it. I was disappointed not to read much about it. It’s too good of an event not to!”
I think it only does great things for the music community. It introduced me to people I wouldn’t usually run across and it was great how every band was rooting for the other. There was a “let’s just have fun” spirit with everyone.
Those last couple sentences, we couldn’t agree more!
Rosario Perez, also known as Rev had these final words to share.“My experience at Band Roulette was nothing short of incredible. Great people, great vibes and great music. I ran into it telling myself I wanted to make this a memorable experience and I achieved that. In my opinion, it serves a great purpose for the community and music scene alike. I can describe it using one word- UNITY. These are artists from different walks of life, musical backgrounds, and generations all coming together to prove that something beautiful can come from ‘strangers’ putting their creative minds and souls together. It displays that unity to the community. Concertgoers love seeing artists doing their job but having fun at the same time. I feel it benefits the older and younger generations in the same way. Both parties come with a different yet similar approach. Modern day input blended with an older approach. Those similarities and differences are worked around, compromises are made, and the magic happens. The only thing I’d like to see change for next year and years to come? More participants!”
These are artists from different walks of life, musical backgrounds, and generations all coming together to prove that something beautiful can come from ‘strangers’ putting their creative minds and souls together.
And that’s a wRap
So there it is folks, I think it’s safe to say that this year’s annual Band Roulette was a success yet again. There seems to be an ongoing theme with the aforementioned event. Now that the word is out there, here’s to hoping the following years just keep getting better. If you haven’t heard about it before, you have now. Be sure to get engaged with next year’s Band Roulette as well as any other local music needs by keeping up with us here at the Lock N Load Show. We’ll keep you up to the minute on local events and get you involved in the ever expanding Siouxland music scene.
In case you missed it, we’ve embed the playlist of all the performances. Be sure to check out all of the sets!