Czech-Slovak Fest returns to State Bridge Lodge tonight |

Czech-Slovak Fest returns to State Bridge Lodge tonight

Shauna Farnell
Special to the DailyThe Czech and Slovak Festival at State Bridge Lodge in Bond starts at 9 p.m. Friday.

BOND – The substantial Czech and Slovak community in Eagle County and in Colorado will get a glimpse of home this weekend at State Bridge Lodge in Bond. The 2005 Czech-Slovak Festival begins Friday at 9 p.m. with two live DJs spinning to music videos, Pilsner Urquell on tap and sausages available. Denver rockers Randal, originally from the Czech Republic, will play original hard rock in Czech and English as well as some covers to kick off the live music at 5 p.m. Saturday. Czech Illegal Association (CIA), a group of Czech musicians who reside in Chicago, will also play authentic covers of Cechomor and traditional folk songs, rich in violin and accordion. Summit County rock-bluegrass act CZL will follow up with banjo-heavy danceable covers.

Festival promoter George Vlcek estimates that there are more than 100 Czech and Slovak immigrants living in the Vail Valley alone, and the weekend activities provide an opportunity for them to curb their homesickness, celebrate as a community and also provide Americans an opportunity to soak up sounds and flavors they’re not accustom to.”It’s open to everybody,” Vlcek said. “The bands play half in English, half in Czech. It’s an opportunity for the Czech and Slovak groups to get together. They don’t have a big St. Patrick’s Day or anything. One band – CIA – they do a lot of Cechomor, modern renditions of old folk songs. That’s about as Czech as it gets. It’s a chance for Americans to come for a party and get a taste of a different culture.”The event offers flavors from different genres; CZL focuses on covers by popular Czech hard-rock act Kabat and humor-punk icons Tri Sestry.

“We tried to get a diverse mix in there,” Vlcek said. “It’s not all polka or heavy metal. They’ve all got talent and they’re all a different sound. It’s a great way to keep the community together.”

Staff Writer Shauna Farnell can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 610, or, Colorado

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