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Blues Jam open to all. Bring your instrument and or voice and play with other musicians. Network. Free event. All welcome.
Winners of the Independent Blues Award for “Best Blues-Soul Artist of 2019,” The Lucky Losers are San Francisco’s finest male/female duet fronted band: a throwback to the hybrid of soul, blues, rock, gospel, and country that emerged in the late 1960’s with impassioned vocal performances, electrifying musical interplay, and powerful harmonica. Described as “the finest light-skinned female blues vocalist in the U.S” [Real Blues - 2010], 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. New Jersey native Phil Berkowitz has earned renown as one of the West Coast’s most distinctive harp players - Living Blues - 2018. The stark contrast between incandescent Lemons and elegant Berkowitz makes for a captivating musical union, breathing new life into American songwriting tradition and the vanishing art of duet singing. Since 2015, The Lucky Losers have completed numerous national tours, performing on stages in over 40 states. Their artistic achievements have garnered 20 award nominations, including two International Songwriting Competition nominations. Godless Land, (from the album by the same name) received Honorable Mention in the 2020 International Songwriting Competition. They are also nominated for four 2021 Independent Blues Awards.
Open Jam. all are welcome. Bring your instrument, or voice or both.
Ace Chicago guitarist Johnny Burgin with MS musicians Heather Crosse & Lee Williams. Special show at Ranelli's. $15 at door. Choosing the blues clubs over the library, Johnny eagerly absorbed the lessons from the blues masters who practiced their craft nightly. Through persistence and practice he gained a spot in Tail Dragger’s band and started doing gigs in town and on the road with traditional blues veterans like Jimmie Lee Robinson, Sam Lay, and Pinetop Perkins. What at first, he’d only dared to dream about coalesced into three concrete goals: to play in Europe, record his own CD, and to book his own gigs every weekend. A Monday night residency at The Smoke Daddy in Wicker Park along with featured vocalist Jimmy Burns turned out to the key: before long, Johnny’s band packed the club every Monday with a younger, hip crowd. The residency’s success led directly to a record deal with Delmark, steady local club work, and his first of many European tours– he’d done it!