The winner of Slovakian Blues Challenge 2015 is a singer and harp player Juraj Schweigert and his The Groove Time.
On Friday, 18th September, in Skalica, we will host the Slovakian Blues Challenge 2015, where three bands: The Butchers, Juraj Schweigert & The Grove Time, W Blues Band will meet. The winner will go to the European Blues Challenge 2016 onto Italy. Special guest of the evening will be “Bayou Alligators” from Germany.
International jury will consist of experts in blues music: Sinisa Bizović and Sanja Maksan (Croatian Blues Forces), Jeff Brandon (US, Mississippi), Jindrich Oplt (Czech Blues photographer), Frank Muller (singer and leader of Bayou Alligators), Lubos Bena (Slovakblues) and an one representitive of the City Skalica.
The Organizers and sponsors of the competition are the City Skalica, Slovakblues and Srdiecko Pub.
Galaconcert and the Slovak Blues Top 2015 Awards Ceremony was held on March 6, 2015 at the City of Skalica. Program featured winners: Silvia Josifoska, Bobos Prochazka & Marek Wolf, Lubos Bena & Bonzo Radvanyi and young-blues generation Barbora Cerna. Special guests will be American-Texas singer Willie Jones and Italian bluesman Toni Balloco.
On Thursday, 19 February 2015 in Prague, Amistar Guitar founder Ing. Frantisek Javurek passed away after a severe illness. The music world lost in his person not only an excellent musician, playing the mandolin but especially a designer and one of the largest manufacturers of metal and wood resophophonic guitars in Europe. He lost a courageous fight with cancer.
As it was in his nature, he did not give up and fought until the end and even in December he talked about new plans and new models of guitars. Ironically, he died the day when the Czech Television brought a short documentary The Czech Dobros “Česká Dobra” about him and his guitar. It was actually our last meeting with him. Yet while “Franta”, as we all called him, creator of Resophonic guitars that will speak for him and bring joy to musicians and audiences worldwide.
See dokument about resophonic guitars here:
The competition this year signed these bands
– Karpatské Blues – Rasťo Samek
– Train To Freedom – The Butchers
– Live – Filip Puchert Band
– B. & The MoneyMakers – B. & The MoneyMakers
Slovakblues nominated to the International Blues Challenge 2015 – The Best Self-Produced CD album B. & The MoneyMakers.
On Thursday, 30th October 2014 there will be held, the first ever Slovakian Blues Challenge 2014, where two bands (Jerguš Oravec Trio, Second Band) and one soloist (René Lacko) will meet. The winner will go to the European Blues Challenge 2015 in Brussels. Special guest of the evening will be Slovak jazz legend – singer Peter Lipa.
The international jury will consist of experts in blues music: Andrzej Matysik (Twój Blues), Peter Lipa (Slovak jazz legend), Milan Tesar (Radio Proglas), Jaromir Kratochvil (Indies Happy Trails Records) and Lubos Bena (Slovakblues).
The Organizers and sponsors of the competition are the City Skalica and Slovakblues.
The original and unique duo Lubos Bena & Bonzo Radvanyi for your club or festival in 2014/2015. Both musicians regularly represent Slovakia in Europe and played in clubs and festivals in USA and Taiwan. Booking and info www.lubosbena.sk