Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Happy 30th birthday, COP!

Left to right: Petr Slama, Martin Fridrich, Vlada Ptacek, Jrka Vopava, Zdenek Fik, Misa Leicht, Robert Krestan, Samson Lenk, Jarda Sterba, Pepa Malina

Thanks to Lilly Pavlak for photos and a report on the concert that marked the thirtieth anniversary of Czech bluegrass band COP, held on 8 November 2008 in the historic Lucerna concert hall in Prague, which has seats for 1,200. Over 1,500 people attended the show, which included band members past and present, and special guests.

COP were formed in 1978 in Pilsen, and had a powerful influence in spreading bluegrass with their spontaneous live shows and Czech lyrics. A recording of the concert will be released on CD early in 2009, together with a reissue of the CD of their fifteenth-anniversary concert. Lilly's full report, with more details and more photos, will appear in Bluegrass Europe.

The Lucerna