CASA GRANDE — A music video partly shot last January in Carr McNatt Park will have its official premiere in Casa Grande this month and area residents will have a chance to attend the debut showing of the film.
The video for “When I Hear Music” featuring the band Lawttery will be shown Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Paramount Theatre, 420 N. Florence St., during a party-like event that begins at 6 p.m.
“When I Hear Music” was originally released by Debbie Deb as a pop song in 1983 and reached No. 43 on the Billboard Charts.
Lawttery normally performs original music, but the group wanted to put their own twist on the song.
“We did a hard rock metal remake of the song,” said Austin Lawrence, lead guitarist and vocalist for Lawttery. “I think people will like it.”
Although he now lives in Phoenix, Lawrence is from Casa Grande and attended local schools. When it was time to create a video for “When I Hear Music,” Lawrence wanted to feature his hometown.
He received approval to film in Carr McNatt skate park in January and more than 50 area residents, including the Casa Grande Roller Derby team, turned out to be a part of the filming.
When the film debuts, Lawrence said viewers will recognize many faces.
“We had a lot of fun filming the video in the skate park and it was nice to have such a great turnout,” Lawrence said.
“The Big House Bombers roller derby team is featured in the music video. They’ll be at the premiere, and the band will have a special gift to give to them.”
Carr McNatt Park is one of seven locations used to film the video. The band also filmed in Denver and several spots around Phoenix.
The band Lawttery includes Lawrence on lead guitar and vocals, Rey Santana on vocals, Angel Salazar on drums, Jake Holiday on bass guitar and backup vocals and Rob Quarters on rhythm guitar and backup vocals.
The band was named in honor of Lawrence’s affection for playing the lottery.
“I almost won once — I was just one number off from winning. That moment of almost winning the lottery was a mixture of joy and despair, but it also inspired the name of the band,” Lawrence said.
Much of the music performed by the band is in keeping with a lottery theme. During the video premiere on Sept. 28, Lawttery will play songs from its new, debut album, “Mega Millions.”
The event will also feature live music, raffles and giveaways.
Among the prizes being raffled off is a new electric guitar donated by show sponsor Casa Grande Pawn.
“The winner will get to take a group picture with all of the band members and will be a part of Lawttery lore for the rest of the band’s existence,” Lawrence said.
Admission to the show is $12. Tickets may be purchased online at simpletix.com or at the door.
The band plans to donate 5% of show proceeds to Caring Hands of Pinal County.
“Most of our band members hail from Casa Grande, and we wanted to help give back to the community that gave so much to us and helped us become the musicians we are today,” Lawrence said. “It has been a very busy year for me and the band, and the culmination of all that we have worked for all year is coming together on September 28, at the Paramount Theatre. It is a very exciting time for us.”
A billboard advertising the video premiere event was unveiled Wednesday on Pinal Avenue.