The Lucky Losers

Event has passed (Thu Nov 1, 2018 - Thu Nov 1, 2018)
Biscuits & Blues
7:30pm & 9:30pm
Clubs, Music


Danger meets sophistication in the soulful music of The Lucky Losers, San Francisco’s premiere male/female duet fronted band. Accompanied by a dynamic quartet of A-list Bay Area musicians, veteran artists Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz deliver an inventive, hypnotic, spin on 60’s Chicago blues, vintage R&B, and roots music. They perform highly personalized covers of rare blues classics plus stunning originals. Since the band’s formation in 2014, The Lucky Losers have released three chart topping albums produced at award-winning Greaseland Studios with Kid Andersen. Their first album “A Winning Hand” made the Roots Music Report’s “Top 50 Albums of 2015” and was nominated by Blues 411 for “Best Traditional Album.” Their second Album, "In Any Town," made Making a Scene’s “Top Independent Blues Albums of 2016” list. It was nominated for seven awards, five of which were Independent Blues Awards (including “Best Blues/Soul Artist,” “Best Blues/Soul CD” and “Best Blues/ Soul Song” in April of 2018. Their third Greaseland album, “Blind Spot,” was released in May of 2018. Downbeat gave it a 4-star review and hailed is as one of the “Top Albums of 2018.” Blues Blast quoted the album as being “the modern-day blues album.” And American Blues Scene says “The Lucky Losers Triumph with ‘Blind Spot’!” Cathy and Phil will have just completed their 6th national tour.

Cathy Lemons (vocals) originally from Dallas, TX, has been described as “the finest light skinned blues singer in the U.S.!” by Real Blues. Cathy has mesmerized audiences for over 25 years and has performed with some of the great names in blues, including Anson Funderburg, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Lee Hooker (Cathy was John Lee Hooker's send-off singer in 1987), and Tommy Castro (Tommy Castro is on two of Cathy's Albums). She has three albums to her credit under her own name. “Black Crow” from 2014 (Vizztone) was chosen as The United Kingdom’s “Top 10 Albums of 2014” by Blues Matters.

New Jersey native, Phil Berkowitz, according to Living Blues “has earned renown as one of the West Coast’s most distinctive harp players, as well as for his sharp, resonant tenor.” Phil has brought his energetic and refined musical style to American audiences for over 20 years. He has produced 2 critically acclaimed albums and has collaborated with a range of premiere musicians, such as 2011 International Blues Challenge (IBC) winner Sean Carney, 2014 IBC winner for “Best Guitar” Ben Rice, Duke Robillard, Billy Branch, and most notable, Charles Brown’s former bandleader and guitarist, Danny Caron with whom he currently co-writes his songs

“The Lucky Losers Triumph with ‘Blind Spot’! The two vocalists fit together perfectly, sounding almost like one voice. The songs aren’t blues and aren’t quite country, but they’re wonderful.
The Lucky Losers got tight by touring. A lot. Their website has a map of where they’ve played, and it’s got more pins dropped than a tailor riding a mechanical bull. The relentless road work has created a cohesiveness between Berkowitz and Lemons that comes through the music the moment you hear it...The Lucky Losers are tight. But that’s not all they are. They’re also musical. Their extensive performance schedule has given them a familiarity that allows them to execute their big, polished pop in a way very few bands could manage.”



  1. Biscuits & Blues 401 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA