I was in Cleveland a week too early. Damn.
My friend Ed who plays in a well-known Cleveland band came up with the idea that it would be fun to switch his bandmates for a few other local musicians. His idea grew into what is now known as the lottery league.
This could only happen in a city full of talented musicians who are open to playing along with strangers. The way it works is that all the musicians gathered and randomly chose names out of a hat in order to start a band and perform a ten minute set. Everyone who labels themselves as a musician gets a chance to play. The range of musical talent is as wide as a kid who plays the clarinet in his high school class to the guy whose been playing guitar for twenty years.
The event is coming around again for their second showcase happening this weekend. Although there wasn't much press about it when the first lottery league event debuted two years ago now it's making a stir. Here's a link to an article.