|Building a formidable presence in the subways of New York City in 2014 as part of the Music Under New York program, Lucky Chops grew into the dynamic performers that they are today. Holcomb says, “Playing in the subway gave us the chance to perform for thousands of people each day. We were down there trying to spread joy and positivity in a place that can be very dark and stressful, and as we observed people’s reactions we really started to figure out what works and what doesn’t, what makes people smile and gets them moving and brightens their day. Now, when we play on huge stages in front of screaming crowds, we’re really taking what we learned in the subway and using it to connect on a deep level with tons of people all around the world.”
Their live shows on tours in Europe and the US have all been wildly successful sellouts. “I’ve had people come up to me after shows and tell me that they have never danced in public before, but they couldn’t help themselves at our show,” says Behroozi.
Even as they journey to Central and South America for the first time later this Spring, and before heading back overseas for an entire summer of festivals, Lucky Chops will be performing a spate of US shows in April, May and June (tour dates below). “This band makes popular music in the truest sense of the term – it is music that comes from the people, music that is meant for everybody to enjoy, to dance to,” adds Sams IV. “We’re having a giant party and everyone is invited to come and celebrate life.”
Lucky Chops is Josh Holcomb (trombone), Daro Behroozi (tenor sax, bass clarinet), Raphael Buyo (sousaphone), Joshua Gawel (trumpet), and Charles Sams IV (drums). Walter E.P. will be released independently on April 21, 2017.