Czech Street Festival & Staropramen Party 13th annual Czech Street Festival. Saturday, October 1
Czech Street Festival:E 73rd Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue, 1pm-7pm
Staropramen Party: Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, 7pm
Come celebrate Czech Independence Day and savor the pleasantly smooth taste
Enjoy live music, typical Czech food, a free raffle and more…
Fun for adults & kids!
Czech bands SKYLINE and PLEASE THE TREES, Pajtasi dulcimer band, children from the Czech and Slovak School in Astoria, Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater, and more…Staropramen Premium Lager will be available from 3pm at the Bohemian National HallFREE RAFFLE – Win a trip to Prague for 2
Sponsored by Staropramen
CZECH STREET FESTIVAL
1:00pm Performance by Children from the Czech and Slovak School in Astoria
1:15pm Opening Ceremony
1:30pm Pajtasi dulcimer band
2:45pm Czechoslovak – American Marionette Theater & Vit Horejs
3:30pm Skyline – Concert
4:45pm Raffle Draw
5:45pm Please the Trees – Concert
9:00pm Please the Trees
10:30pm Skyline DJ’s Project
Program is subject to change
SKYLINE Listen Skyline
The wildest electronic band from Czech Republic formed in 1998 in Prague. Skyline are recognized for their energetic combination of genres (rave, pop, post-punk…) and also for their three ecstatic lead vocalists – two male MCs and a hyper female singer Marka Rybin.
1998 – playing at the legendary Jeleni Prikop festival at Prague Castle alongside The Orb, 808 State, Transglobal Underground.
2001 – The debut album Riders In The Store was released in 2001 (Intellygent Recordings) and Skyline became part of the music scene around Prague..s famous club Roxy.
2002 – The band is touring heavily, with highlights such as Pohoda festival alongside Stereo MCs, or Creamfields festival alongside Underworld and Kosheen, performing in front of 20 000 people.
2003 – The band is playing at Go Planet Roxy festival alongside Morcheeba, Marilyn Manson, or Moloko, to name only a few artists headlining the dance stage. Skyline also perform at gigs in Portugal or Germany.
2004 – 2nd album Urbanica (U:Bahn Records) is released in spring 2004, followed by a sold-out show at the band’s home based venue Roxy. The band is getting Best Live Act in Czech Dance Awards. Besides the Czech Republic and Slovakia Tour, the band is playing at Amsterdam Dance Event and touring Poland.
2005 – The band is supporting legendary Underworld during their Prague show, defending first place in Czech Dance Awards as Best Live Act, getting an ALMA Award for The Best Live Dance Act, (ALMA awards are based on votes of people involved in the music industry) The band is performing at most important festivals in the Czech Republic alongside artists like Nick Cave, Kosheen, Manu Chao, and many others.
2006 – In March 2006 Skyline released their ambitious third album called Virginplatonicpanic (X Production), which includes hit singles Ladies, Ninja! and Pretty Princess. Lo-fi video for Pretty Princess released only on YouTube has already had more than 250 000 views. The band is receiving Best Live Act in Czech Dance Awards again, together with a TV Ocko Award (Czech music TV) for Best Dance Act. The band is performing at Eurosonic Festival in Groningen (Netherlands), and plays its first show in London.
2008 – they released the album Escapism with a more edgy disco-punk sound, and their first DVD Live In Fléda, which is chronicling their sold-out show in a popular Czech club Fléda. Apart from the theatre tour in the Czech Republic, the band is playing in Slovakia, Hungary, and performing their first show in Paris.
2010 – Skyline released album Private Madness, Public Danger, produced by Dusan Neuwerth.
Albums: Riders In The Store (2001), Urbanica (2004), Virginplatonicpanic (2006), Escapism+DVD Live In Fléda (2008), Private Madness, Public Danger (2010)
PLEASE THE TREES Listen Please the Trees
With its members coming from different corners of the Czech Republic and disparate musical backgrounds, Please The Trees is a band of many contrasts. Their sound summons the spirits of everything from Popol Vuh styley expressionism thru wall-of-sound atmospherics of likes as Mogwai to, say, experimental folk epics that reverberated in the turn of the 60s to the 70s by artists like Ron Elliot, Neil Young or Jack Nitzsche. That Please The Trees benefit from what seems like odd couplings of sounds and personalities is most apparent in the group’s newest material which ventures even further into new sonic territory.
Singer-songwriter Vaclav Havelka [not to be confused with exPresident Vaclav Havel] wandered onto this road since his childhood in the rural parts of the country north of Prague, the very heart of Europe, traveling with his parents and running through the woods, hills and wild places of Eastern Bohemia. He traded music by mail, developing his artistic roots through selfmade cassette-tape compilations full of grunge-rock, folk, country, and post-rock. While spending his youth on the geographical and cultural frontiers of the Czech Republic, Havelka with his hard working DIY aesthetics soon found himself on the frontiers of the Czech indie music scene.
Starting his recording career under the nick selFbrush, Havelka’s lo-fi, self-released alt-country solo act was far away from the unique minimalist dynamics and textures of his future bandmates’ previous project, Some Other Place. Hailing from the hardcore scene in town of Tabor in the south of the Czech Republic, the members of Some Other Place are an odd fit with Havelka. But together as Please The Trees they have created a sound that reflects a connection “more personal and spiritual than anything else,” and a musical interaction that aimed outside the boundaries defined by the Prague-based and centralized media and the country’s dominant music scenes.
Whatever the chemistry between these seemingly disparate spirits – both, onstage and on the band’s 2007 debut album Lion Prayer (Absent Hour Records), the results are timely. After Please The Trees’s first ever US tour organized by the band itself and during which the shows took places in New York City, Philadelphia, DC, Chicago, Minneapolis and at Austin’s South By Southwest festival, the band gets even further and more consicious on the debut’s follow up Inlakesh released in the Spring 2010 (Absent Hour Records).