Lucky Chops – A Band of Friends Who Made Its Name on NYC Subway Platforms Comes to S.C. for the First Time

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 11:45am

Infectious musicians on a mission to bring life back to the recording industry join Midlands audiences in September


It’s Adele’s “Hello,” with a tenor saxophone singing the lead. Ariana Grande’s “Problem” with a trumpet hitting those high A’s. It’s an infectious party led by troubadours set on returning joy and connection to the popular music industry. Born on the NYC subway platforms and now blaring horn-fueled joy all over the world, Lucky Chops hits the stage at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College on September 28 at 7:30 PM. For details and tickets, visit

Lucky Chops will visit Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College as part of their first world tour. The group, comprised of members Leo P, Josh Holcomb, Daro Behroozi, Joshua Gawel, Raphael Buyo, and Kevin Congleton, came together as buskers on the New York City subway and were soon known as “NYC’s underground sensation.” When they’re not rocking live stages, they can be seen featured as the house band on MTV’s Girl Code.

When asked why the six-piece, brass-based, rock band was a first-choice pick for the anniversary season, Harbison Theatre Executive Director Katie Fox explains, “We always aim to be responsive to the interests of the community. I’d seen a couple of Lucky Chops’ viral subway videos in my social media feed, and soon enough, friends of the theatre were dropping me notes, requesting a concert. I had the chance to check them out in New York this past winter, and they brought the house down! People of all ages and backgrounds flooded the floor to dance and celebrate with these high-energy performers.”

“Lots of our fans only know us through our online videos, so getting to perform live is such an unreal experience for us,” explains trombonist Josh Holcomb. “The amount of love and energy at each show is just overwhelming. No video can convey that level of emotion. We want to experience that magic with all our fans across America and across the globe. We’re thrilled to be able to do that with our epic 2016 touring schedule.”

The incredible reach of their online presence has resulted in 100 million views of their concerts, multiple pop and rock covers, original material, and escapades busking in the subways of their beloved NYC.

The band has been generating media attention from such high profile and important outlets as NPR’s All Things Considered, who described Lucky Chops as “full of life, with such a fresh take on brass — gnarly, punky and funky” as well as pegging them a “break out band” after the band’s run of performances at this year’s internationally renowned South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

This summer has been full of exciting, new, original releases from Lucky Chops – including “Buyo” and another upbeat original, “Best Things,” which have both been incredibly successful on charts across the globe.

“One night, I had plans to go out to a fancy place,” Holcomb recalls about writing the original “Best Things.”

“When I arrived, I decided that it wasn't my vibe at all and that I really didn't need to spend money to have fun. So, I turned around, and walked back home by myself for two hours, whistling this happy melody and feeling quite content.”

“The result of that night is the excitingly infectious single that showcases solos from all the players in the band, showing off their adept technical playing skills as well as their keen ear for pop songwriting,” Holcomb adds.

“In NYC it's easy to get caught up in the Wall Street money-driven mindset. This song is about the simple pleasures of life and it reminds us that the best things in life are indeed free.”

In the spirit of “the best things in life are free,” and a true indication of the relationship this band has with their fans, Lucky Chops is offering audiences a free download of “Best Things” via Bandcamp; grab the single here:

Check out the video for “Best Things” here:

Ticketing Details

Individual show tickets as well as packages are available now at Buyers may also order tickets via phone at 803.407.5011, or in person at the Harbison Theatre Box Office, Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM. The box office also will open two hours prior to each show.