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.
“Bluesová Anketa” (means Blues Survey) is every year announced by Slovakblues. It´s vote of all blues fans from Slovakia, The Czech Republic and from the other countries. The result shows how popular are bands, solos and duos, festivals, clubs, instrumentalists and concerts in Slovakia.
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
Galaconcert and the Slovak Blues Top Awards ceremony was held on March 27, 2014 at the City of Skalica. Program featured winners: country & blues duo Ľuboš Beňa & Bonzo Radványi, blues rock guitarist and singer René Lacko & Down Town Band, harmonica player Erich “Boboš” Procházka together with guitarist Marek Wolf and new faces of Slovak blues scene – singer Tina Valentova and harmonica player Filip Puchert. Special host of the evening was Milan Tesař from the Czech Radio Proglas and also came Jaromir Kratochvíl from Czech recording company Indies Happy Trails Record. Slovak Blues Top is internet voting organized each year by portal Bluesmusic.sk (Slovakblues.com) and it´s open for blues fans from Slovakia, Czech Republic and surrounding countries.
From left on the picture: Erich “Boboš” Procházka, Filip Puchert, René Lacko, Bonzo Radványi, Peter Goruša, Tina Valentová, Ľuboš Beňa, Marek Wolf and Roman Mečiar. Foto: Miroslav Minďáš.
“Bluesová Anketa” (means Blues Survey) is every year announced by Slovakblues. It´s internet vote of all blues fans from Slovakia, The Czech Republic and from the other countries. The result shows how popular are bands, solos and duos, festivals, clubs, instrumentalists and concerts in Slovakia.
The Best Blues CD in 2013 René Lacko – Blind Man The Best Blues Band in 2013
René Lacko & Down Town The Best Blues Duo in 2013
Ľuboš Beňa & Bonzo Radványi The Best Blues Female-Singer in 2013
Zuzana Suchánková The Best Blues Male-Singer in 2013
Peter „Bonzo“ Radványi The Best Blues Instrumentalist in 2013
Erich “Boboš” Procházka (harp) The Best Slovak Blues Festival in 2013
Hudba v Meste, Skalica The Best Slovak Blues Club in 2013
Hlava 22, Bratislava The Best Slovak Blues Concert in 2013
Dorrey Lin Lyles at festival Jazz Blues Jamboree, Nové Zámky International – The Best Blues Act in The Czech Republic in 2013
Festival Blues Alive, Šumperk
New information portal Blues Music aimed at everyone interested in Blues music and its events in Slovakia & Czech Republic. Blues Music portal is managed by organization Slovakblues. It´s founder, Slovak bluesman Lubos Bena gained his experience from working in the blues scene in Europe and in the USA. Are you musician and going to play in Slovakia or Czech? Do you like to propagate your music there? They are here to help you with promo. Give a look at at www.bluesmusic.skor www.bluesmusic.cz.