Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Blue Velvet Night at Pezinok, 22 Nov.


(L-R) Michal Barok (mandolin, vocals), Tono Národa (bass), Milan Benkovic (dobro, vocals), Martin Vitasek (guitar, vocals), Richard Ciferský (banjo)

Michal Barok reports:

Ten years of Slovak bluegrass concerts in Pezinok town were celebrated on 22 November 2008. On the concert (called 'Blue Velvet Night') the great American singer and guitar player Jonathan Manness (Dixie Bee-Liners, Valerie Smith band...) performed, and the renewed 29 Strings band, a well known Slovak band that performed in 1998-2003.

The founding members, Richard Cifersky, Michal Barok, and Milan Benkovic, after playing in Fragment, Meantime, Waterflow, and GrassCountry, put the band together with a new guitar player and lead singer, Martin Vitasek from the Czech Republic, and another Meantime member, Anton Naroda. More info is on the 29 Strings website.