Explosive five-piece brass/woodwind/drums juggernaut, LUCKY CHOPS, has just announced their first round of tour dates with the beloved Gypsy Punk band Gogol Bordello.
This summer Lucky Chops will be making noise in Europe with a massive slew of sold out headlining shows and festivals in 13 different countries (See the full list of dates here). Fresh off their return to the United States, the first leg of their monstrous tour with Gogol Bordello begins September 18th at Rapids Theater in Niagara Falls, NY and rips through the nation with 26 announced dates that follow into early November (full list of dates below).
“The musical and cultural fusion in Gogol Bordello is really relatable to us,” explains Lucky Chops. “It’s inspiring to experience performers giving 100% of themselves on stage like GB does, it motivates us to go above and beyond. It should make each show pretty dang crazy!”
The band just released their new WALTER E.P. on April 21, 2017, on which they successfully arrange instrumental music with pop sensibilities and accessibility, complete with choruses and verses. Additionally, their live shows on tour in Europe and the US have all been wildly successful sellouts. Bass clarinetist, Daro Behroozi, reminisced on the magic of their live energy saying, “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.”
Already amassing millions of fans around the world who have discovered the band through their wildly popular videos, their vibrant social media following or at one of their sold out headline shows or festival appearances across Europe, North and South America, the band’s music attracts audiences of all backgrounds, carrying with it an infectious energy. NPR’s Bob Boilen caught them at last year’s SxSW and subsequently proclaimed them one of that year’s festival “break out bands”, describing them as a “totally on-fire, big-ass brass band. They are so full of life, with such a fresh take on brass — gnarly, punky and funky”.
Getting their start in Lucky Chops as teenagers at NYC’s renowned LaGuardia High School of Music and Performing Arts, trombonist Josh Holcomb, sousaphonist Raphael Buyo, and saxophonist and bass clarinetist Daro Behroozi started playing together outside of class, adapting the pop and rock music that they knew and loved into modern brass band tunes and performing them live in parks and parades around the metropolitan city. “Growing up in New York City, we were all exposed to so many different cultures and music and people, and that uniquely New York experience really defines our band,” explains Holcomb. “Our music is inclusive of such a diverse range of experiences, and we invite all people to share in the magic.” Adding rising stars in trumpeter Joshua Gawel and drummer Charles Sams IV to round out their fresh emerging sound and line-up, the band began to broaden and define their sound even more incorporating an expanding range of sounds and stylistic influences in their music.
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. was released independently on April 21, 2017.
TOUR DATES WITH GOGOL BORDELLO
9/18 Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theater
9/20 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
9/21 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
9/22 Portland, ME @ State Theatre
9/23 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground *noon ET on sale time
9/25 Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
9/26 Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Theatre
9/27 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
9/29 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
10/2 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
10/3 Columbus, OH @ Newport
10/4 Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
10/6 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
10/7 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
10/8 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
10/19 Athens, GA @ Georgia Theater
10/20 Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
10/21 New Orleans, LA @ Joy Theater
10/23 San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
10/24 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
10/25 Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
10/27 Des Moines, IA @ Wooley’s
10/28 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
10/30 Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
11/1 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
11/2 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
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3. Daro and Charles’ Magnificent Journey
4. Helter Skelter
5. Walter Jam
6. For Connie
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