Missoula Rock Lotto: Randomly assembled bands back with dystopian ’80s theme

On Saturday, seven bands that were (somewhat) randomly assembled will hit the stage at the ZACC Show Room. These groups have only been around since December. They’ll only be playing songs from a particular year with dystopian associations and no shortage of classic albums.

If you go

The Missoula Rock Lotto is Saturday, March 18, at the ZACC Show Room. Doors at 7 p.m., music at 8. Tickets are $20. Go to zootownarts.org.

Those are the edicts for participation in the seventh Missoula Rock Lotto, themed “1984: Obey Every Rule.”

Organizer Jon Van Dyke hopes people will “party like it’s 1984,” complete with distinctive amounts of hair gel and “pant legs rolled up properly.”

The first Rock Lotto was held in 2013, started by restaurateur/punk bassist Jason McMackin. It was a way to rally some entertainment during the drearier winter months when shows were fewer and further between, and encourage people who could play music but didn’t play out, to give it a shot.

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In the past, proceeds went to projects like Lost Sounds of the Treasure State, the ZACC kids rock camps, and more. They were held in the Palace, now

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