The Lucky Losers CD Release Party

CLUB FOX BLUES JAM

The Lucky Losers CD Release Party

Wed, June 20, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Club Fox

Redwood City, CA

$7.00

This event is 21 and over

Club Fox Blues Jam
Club Fox Blues Jam
The Club Fox Blues Jam is heaven on earth for Bay Area blues fans. Through the efforts of a passionate group of local musicians, the hospitality of the Club Fox and local sponsorship, the jam has become the most exciting event in the area's fertile blues scene - and it's attracting both national and international attention. Most importantly, the jam is the catalyst for bringing out more and more blues fans to hear live blues at its spontaneous best.

Every Wednesday from 7 PM to 11 PM, the beautiful historic Club Fox opens its doors to the jam hosted by the elite of Bay Area Blues - Kenny Neal, Steve Freund, Elvin Bishop, Tommy Castro, Rick Estrin, The Ford Blues Band, Volker Strifler, Andy Just, E. C. Scott, Terry Hanck, Kenny Blue Ray, Sonny Rhodes, Daniel Castro, RJ Mischo and Mark Hummel just to mention a few. What follows is a jam like no other. For a mere $5.00 cover charge, folks get to experience some of the finest blues artists, national artists on tour, local luminaries and talented amateurs mixing it up. For the musicians, it's an opportunity to play the blues with peers of unbelievable talent. For the fans in the 240 seat capacity crowd, it's an amazing show every week with new talent and the unpredictable excitement that only a blues jam can bring.

If the music were not enough, appearances at the jam provide an unparalleled promotional opportunity for artists with upcoming area gigs. The buzz following the jam in the highly active local blues community often results in sold-out shows for participating artists. If you are a touring blues performer, drop in and you'll not only get a chance to "cut heads" with the best but also get the word out about your upcoming gig. If you are a member of the blues entertainment media, you'll experience a jam session like no other .

We invite you to come to jam and be a part of this phenomenal event, unequaled since the hay days of LA and Chicago blues.

Join us for the music and be a part of Bay Area blues history.
The Lucky Losers w/ Kathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz
The Lucky Losers w/ Kathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz
Danger meets sophistication in the soulful music of The Lucky Losers, San Francisco’s premiere male/female duet fronted band. Accompanied by a dynamic four piece ensemble, veteran Bay Area artists, Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz deliver a truly signature sound, layering elements of Stax/Volt styled R&B, electric Americana, and psychedelic rock atop a Chicago and Texas blues foundation. The Lucky Losers perform powerful original music about transcending the dark side of the American dream, the beauty and pain of being alive, and devotion in all it’s complexities.

Described as “the finest light skinned blues singer in the U.S.!” (Real Blues), fiery Dallas born entertainer, Cathy Lemons has a velvet voice with a gritty edge and the rebel conviction of a woman risen from the ashes. “Top-flight blues singer/harmonica player” (San Jose Mercury News), New Jersey native, Phil Berkowitz is The Lucky Losers’ mysterious leading man. Phil possesses a polished tenor that recalls legends of the past and his expert musicianship fuels the passionate dialogue with Cathy. The stark contrast between incandescent Cathy Lemons and elegant Phil Berkowitz makes for a captivating musical union, breathing new life into American songwriting tradition and the vanishing art of duet singing.

Since July of 2014, The Lucky Losers emerged onto the scene and have been entertaining audiences across America ever since. In June of 2015, Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz delivered an outstanding debut album, “A Winning Hand", which was engineered and co-produced by Kid Andersen at his famous Greaseland in San Jose, California. The Lucky Losers recruited top West Coast players, such as Grammy award winning guitarist, Steve Freund (Sunnyland Slim), Andersen himself, and Ben Rice, who won the 2014 International Blues Challenge for “Guitar” in the Solo/Duo category, to make their dreams come alive.

"A Winning Hand" peaked at #5 on The Roots Music Report’s “Top 50 Blues Albums” and reached #1 on Blues 411's "A Baker's Dozen of Blues". Soon after, Chef Jimi Patricola nominated the record for a Jimi Award in the "Best Traditional Album " category. Dan Akroyd (Elwood Blues) chose The Lucky Losers' original song, "Change in the Weather" as "Bluesbreaker of the Week" for his internationally syndicated "Bluesmobile/Everything Blues" radio show. The album was featured in “On the Radar” from the globally popular “The Alternate Root,” and was recognized by Richard L’Hommedieu, king of the “Indie Blues” movement, on “Making a Scene". The Lucky Losers landed the cover of the November 2015 issue of French magazine "Blues and Co.". Living Blues, Elmore, Classicalite, Blues Matters, Blues Blast, Blues Bytes, and more agreed that The Lucky Losers were holding a winning hand. In the fall of 2015, The Lucky Losers embarked on a 16-date national tour in support of "A Winning Hand", performing for full houses in Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Florida. It was a grand success. The album also made the "Top Blues Albums of 2015" list by The Roots Music Report.

In 2016, The Lucky Losers returned to the studio to record with Kid Andersen, which evolved into "In Any Town", their sophomore release on Dirty Cat Records. Inspired by music of the 60's and true events from their beautiful, twisted lives, Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz serve up medicine for wayward souls, offering glimpses of paradise through a veil of tears. Featuring stellar musical contributions from Kid Andersen, Paris Slim, Terry Hanck, and Jeff Jensen, "In Any Town" is carrying The Lucky Losers on an epic winning streak. Within 2 weeks of its release it charted at #2 on The Roots Music Report's "Top Albums/All Genres/ California" and #3 for "Top Blues Rock Albums." Living Blues Radio Charts placed it at #6 only a month later. Eight songs from the album charted into the top 20 on The Roots Music Report's "Top Singles." And the critics gave 5-star reviews from all over the world from France to Germany to Australia to The United Kingdom. The album made several "Top 10 Blues Albums of 2016," critic's picks, and Richard Ludmerer (of indie king "Making a Scene") listed it at #10 in his "Top 50 Independent Blues Albums of 2016"!

In 2017, The Lucky Losers took their album "In Any Town" on the road, rolling the dice through first a festival in Baja, California, Mexico, then onto club dates and concert series in Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas, New Orleans, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida! The incendiary guitarist, Laura Chavez, who was listed by Guitar Player Magazine as one of the world's "Top 50 Sensational Female Guitarists" accompanied them on their 22 venue/ nine state tour. In 2017 The Lucky Losers were also nominated for two Independent Blues Awards: Best Independent Blues/R&B/Soul Album for "In Any Town" and Best Independent Blues/R&B/Soul Song for "It Ain't Enough".

In 2018, The Lucky Losers are travelling down new roads, and exploring new territory. They will release a new blues/R&B/soul album, "Blind Spot," on May 18 2018. “Blind Spot” continues The Lucky Losers’ long-standing winning streak with legendary producer/ engineer, Kid Andersen. Recorded at his famed Greaseland Studios in San Jose, CA, the album is solely comprised of original material created by Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz alongside their illustrious and multi-talented songwriting partner, Danny Caron (Charles Brown). “Blind Spot” features scintillating musical contributions from 6-time Blues Music Award nominated guitarist, Kid Andersen, IBMA Momentum Award winning violinist Annie Staninec (Rod Stewart), 2018 BMA nominated saxophonist, Nancy Wright, and Laura Chavez (Nikki Hill), who is listed as one of Guitar Player Magazine’s "Top 50 Sensational Female Guitarists”. The Lucky Losers also recruited as supporting musicians the great keyboard player Chris Burns (The California Honeydrops), their newest addition to the band, guitarist, Ian Lamson (Elvin Bishop), and the superb bassist, Endre Tarczy (Koko Montoya). The Lucky losers will embark, from April 11 - May 16, on a 15 state/25 venue tour, travelling through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado. Accompanying Cathy and Phil on the tour are guitarist, Ian Lamson (best known for his work touring work with the great Elvin Bishop), Jon Otis on drums (Johnny Otis's son), and bassist Robby Yamilov.
Venue Information:
Club Fox
2209 Broadway Street
Redwood City, CA, 94063
http://www.clubfoxrwc.com/