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The Lucky Losers

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The Lucky Losers, San Francisco’s finest male/female, duet fronted, five-piece touring band, deliver an inventive, hypnotic spin on 60’s blues/R&B/soul music. Blues veteran Cathy Lemons has performed and recorded with guitarist/Columbus native, Dave Workman and has a rich musical history with Dave that dates back to 1987. Phil Berkowitz has toured and recorded with another Columbus favorite, 2011 IBC winner, Sean Carney.  The Lucky Losers will be performing songs from their new album “Blind Spot”, and will be backed by an all-star band with Jon Otis on drums (Johnny Otis’s son who has played with so many blues giants) Ian Lamson on guitar (toured with Elvin Bishop for 10 years), and Robby Yamilov on bass.

Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz breathe new life into American songwriting tradition and the vanishing art of duet singing. The stark contrast between Lemons’ velvet voice with a gritty edge and Berkowitz’ elegant tenor makes for an electrifying performance. Their first album, “A Winning Hand” received national attention from critics and made The Roots Music Report’s “Top 50 Blues Albums of 2015.”  Their second album, “In Any Town,” made Making a Scene’s “Top Independent Blues Albums of 2016” list plus the indie king nominated them for two Independent Blues Awards.  They have been nominated for “Best Traditional Album / 2015,” “Best Contemporary Album /2016” and “Best Harmonica Player/ 2016” by Blues 411. Critics from Bill Kopp to Living Blues have given this songwriting/singing team a huge thumbs up. 

“A throwback to the hybrid of soul, blues, rock, gospel, and country that emerged in the late 1960’s … impassioned vocals …electrifying interplay… powerful harmonica… dramatic, heavy blues rock…. such a compelling listen… haunting soulful…. Roots music listeners who take a chance on the Lucky losers will surely hit the jackpot.”


Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Time: 8:00 pm