Lucky Ones
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Lucky Ones

Manhattan Beach, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

Manhattan Beach, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Rock Reggae




"Manhattan Beach For local band The Lucky Ones, it’s a family affair"

by Will Riordan

Adam Lawson, lead singer of South Bay rock-reggae band The Lucky Ones, says that for the group, “The South Bay will always be home.”

Daniel Vos, the Lucky Ones’ lead guitarist, did grow up in the South Bay. But it was not Lawson’s first home: He grew up in Cambridge, England and then spent half his life in St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he developed his love of reggae. Same with Lucky Ones bassist Alonso Vargas, who was born in Costa Rica.

When the group picks up their instruments though, everyone, musicians to audience, is dancing to the same beat. With five years performing around the South Bay, the Lucky Ones play with a harmony that reflects their personal dynamics. Part of what makes their sound so clean and concise is how close they are off-stage. Their rehearsals are filled with laughs and good vibes.

“The Lucky Ones are a family first,” Vargas said. The band, he said, is able to “be creative with each other [and are able to] push each other and inspire each other to perform different music.”

The Lucky Ones will bring their infectious blend of rock and reggae to Polliwog Park this Sunday for Manhattan Beach’s Concerts at the Park. It’s the first in a series of big steps for the group. They’ll release their second EP, “Lucky By Nature Part 2,” on Aug. 7. They have upcoming gigs at Saint Rocke and the El Segundo Art Walk.

For this Sunday’s performance, expect the band members to push themselves, and to invite some special guests on stage, including Kevin Sousa and rapper Free Will. And, in an act of what they call “building our bubble,” they’ll be touring beyond the South Bay as well, performing at places like The Belly Up and The House of Blues in San Diego, and Sand Bar in Santa Barbara.

After relocating to the South Bay with his daughter Ella — his number one fan, and an occasionally featured singer — Lawson formed the Lucky Ones, and found himself feeling ever more at home. He teamed up with Vargas, a self-taught musician who, growing up in Central America, was introduced to Latin percussion, including salsa, cumbia and, of course, reggae.

Vos brings the rock to The Lucky Ones rock-reggae. He is inspired by rock and blues legends like Jimmy Page, Les Paul, and Jimi Hendrix, and is a disciplined performer who revels in expressive solos.

“What I love about this band is that every single person is exceptional in their position,” Lawson said. “Each person in their own right is a session musician.”

The band got its start as an acoustic trio performing open mics at Shark’s Cove and Circa in Manhattan Beach. In the intervening years, they have grown to a full rhythm section with a few featured horns, and performed throughout the South Bay at spots like Tower 12, the Lighthouse, and the Standing Room. They started out by inviting friends to come. Gigs got more packed through word of mouth, but shows remain intimate experiences. To this day, Lawson calls the group, and their fan base, “The Lucky Ones family.” - Easy Reader


Still working on that hot first release.



"The Lucky Ones" a name sake that is derived from the blessings and beauty of life, banded together in 2015 over a mutual love of all things music. With eclectic influences ranging from blues, rock and Reggae. This original band is creating a new style of music that rings of life in the LA South Bay. Unique harmonies, interesting melodies and riffs have elements of Steel Pulse, Sublime and Slightly Stoopid providing something for all music lovers to enjoy.

Having already been blessed to share the stage with acts such as Lee Scratch Perry, Pato Banton, Big Mountain, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, The Late Ones, One Drop and Fortunate Youth, this five piece South Bay original beach rock, reggae band has already released multiple EPs. "Lucky By Nature" (Parts 1 and 2) feature popular tracks "Silhouette", "Clarity" and "Lazy Day" encouraging new fans to jump on board with the bands feel good vibe and energy. Taking advantage of the pandemic shutdown this group is set to release a slew of hits for 2021.

We are "The Lucky Ones" blessed to do what we love in paradise!

Lead Singer/Rythm Guitar

Adam Lawson

English born lead singer songwriter Adam Lawson grew up in the USVI giving a rise to a passion of all things reggae. Original songs ring with life experience, relationships and melodic poetry. Songs have apparent undertones of jazz (influenced by his fathers affinity to the genre), rock and reggae. 

Lead Guitar Daniel Vos

An MI graduate Daniel Vos' bone crushing solo's have put this South Bay Band on the map! The self admitted Zep head brings the rock 'n' roll to the LA South Bay with clever licks and a screaming Les Paul that has to be seen to believe! 

Percussion/Vocals Alonso Vargas

South Bay legend Alonso brings a percussive and vocal threat to the group that encourages spines to tingle and booties to be shaken! No stranger to the big stage he played bass with other South Bay band "Dread Star" who enjoyed nationwide success. 

Bass/vocals Rusty Walters

An MI graduate as well, Russ's reggae bass lines provide the back bone to this South Bay bands vibe! His feel in the pocket and bouncy melodic tones really amp up the crowd. He combines with Adam and Alonso to provide euphoria inducing three part harmonies. 

Trumpet Eitan Avineri

Eitan's melodic horn harmonies are what separate this group from the pack! Leader of the popular Ska tribute band "Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra", its safe to say he brings the sexy

Band Members