Half-Stack Sessions members get mixed up into five very new bands. Info
The Random Band Generator is maybe the most clever project Madison's Half-Stack Sessions group has organized in its efforts to make the local music scene more inclusive and empowering for women and non-binary people. Participants throw their names into a random drawing, and end up paired with a brand-new bunch of bandmates. Then they have a few weeks to write a short set's worth of songs, pick a name, and practice for what might be these rapidly formed bands' only performances ever. It gets people collaborating who otherwise might not, in what is often a very segmented and siloed music community. Plus, unfamiliar contexts and deadline pressure always makes things interesting.
At the first Random Band Generator show in November 2018 at Communication, the six bands formed actually got solid results, mixing up members from local acts including Dash Hounds, Gentle Brontosaurus, and Gender Confetti. I don't think any of those randomly generated bands have played again since, so the ephemeral appeal here is real. I have no idea what the five bands formed for this second round will sound like—that's kind of the point—but they are The Tyme Machines (Nancy Rost, Laura Detert, Huan-Hua Chye) Hats (Ginny Kincaid, Kelli Miner, Heidi Forney, Phoebe Frenette) Cassowary (Sarah Hallas, Claire Nelson-Lifson, Allison Geyer), Little Lungs (Jeri Casper, Leah Schultz), and No Egrets (Tricia DiPiazza, Molly Mitchell, Jules Clementi, Hanna Kohn). That lineup includes some RBG round one alums and some new participants. —Scott Gordon