Lucky Chops, Saturday and Sunday, Carney's Main Room

The Story

Rising up from the subway platforms of New York City, where they began busking in 2006, the high-energy brass band dubbed Lucky Chops has taken the known universe by storm with their potent blend of intensity, musicality and showmanship. Following tours of India, Poland and Indonesia, Lucky Chops brings its infectious party vibe to the Exit Zero Jazz Festival for the first time. Comprised of fellow former students of NYC’s LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, the group was playing in the subways when a tourist’s video of them went viral. Since then they have maintained a busy schedule touring across several continents and bringing the funk to every gig. With trombonist Josh Holcomb, trumpeter Joshua Gawel, tenor saxophonist-bass clarinetist Daro Behroozi, sousaphone ace Raphael Buyo and drummer Charles Sams, Lucky Chops is a party band for 

The Sound

From their raucous interpretation of The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” and their take on The Temptations’ “My Girl” to their gentle interpretation of the traditional hymn “Going Home” and the spiritual “I’ll Fly Away,” this talented brass band covers a lot of bases. But get ready to hit the dance floor and stay there when they break out their funky medley of Lipps Inc.’s “Funkytown” and James Brown’s “I Feel Good.” Add in their clever arrangements of Adele’s “Hello,” “Eye of the Tiger” and the Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back,” and you’ve got a non-stop party. “We aim to capture a wide variety of different human feelings and emotions in our arrangements,” said trombonist Holcomb. “We try to be genuine in all our music so we shy away from satire and irony… but we definitely enjoy throwing people curveballs!”

Michael Kline