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Program

Apr 22, 2018 5:00 PM

REVEL WITH REDL

Moravian musician Vlasta Redl and his band will play for the first time in America!

Bring your vibrant spirits and join us in welcoming the Moravian legend Vlasta Redl and his band consisting of great musicians from the Czech and Slovak Republics, in their first performances in America. Enjoy Redl’s hits with their origins in folk music and influences from rock and jazz. 

Both concerts, on Saturday, April 21st, 2018 at 5 PM at Bohemia Hall & Beer Garden in Queens, and Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 at 5 PM at the Bohemian National Hall in Manhattan, are organized by the Bohemian Citizen's Benevolent Society of Astoria, Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York and the Czech Center New York.

The Saturday concert will be held in the Beer Garden in Astoria with a capacity of 1000 visitors in good weather. However, in case of rain, the concert will take place in "Sokolovna", with a capacity of 250 visitors.
The Sunday concert in the Bohemian National Hall will take place in the Ballroom with a capacity of 300 visitors. 

Both events are free of charge and open to the public. Please make sure to RSVP with the links below.
Arrive 10 minutes early to secure your RSVP, otherwise it will be offered to stand by patrons.


April 21st, 2018
5PM
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, Astoria, Queens 
Free event, RSVP

April 22st, 2018
5PM
Bohemian National Hall, Manhattan
Free event, RSVP




Listen to Redl on YouTube HERE



New York has always been one of the traditional settlements of the Czech expatriate community. Especially at the end of the 19th century, Czechs and Slovaks leaving Austria-Hungary found a place in the upper part of Manhattan to be their new home. The space between 65th and 78th Street was even called Little Bohemia back then. At that time, different immigration camps formed their own communities, so people assembled and maintained their native language, culture, and customs. According to this trend, the Czech community in Yorkville, Manhattan was established. The Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association (BBLA) built the Bohemian National Hall in Manhattan in 1896 from the collections of compatriots. It soon became the center of Czech life, which helped cultivate Czech traditions. The lectures and theater performances were held there, and there was also a restaurant that cooked typical Czech dishes.

Another wave of Czech and Slovak emigrants settled in Astoria in Queens. The Bohemian Citizens' Benevolent Society of Astoria laid the foundation stone of Bohemian Hall in 1910, later the Sokol Gym was added to it, and in 1919 the organization finished the garden restaurant. Just in time for prohibition, which banned the sale of alcoholic beverages in the United States for the next ten years. However, the Bohemian Hall has survived, so even now you can enjoy Czech beer in the famous Beer Garden.

Not by chance, two concerts of legendary Moravian Vlasta Redl will take place on the 21st and 22nd of April 2018 at these two locations, which are inherently connected with the history of the Czech and Slovak communities in the USA. Redl and his band called Our New Band will be visiting the United States for the first time. Apart from Redl, the band also features Czech and Slovak musicians. The concert of this diverse group points to this year's anniversary celebrations of 100 years of Czechoslovak independence. At the same time, it demonstrates that, after 25 years since the Czech Republic and Slovakia got separated, we remained brotherly nations with linguistic, historical, and cultural ties. As we can see, "bridges" exist not only among Czechs and Slovaks, but also between the shores of the Atlantic and the East River and between the Bohemian National Hall in Manhattan and the Bohemian Hall in Queens.

Redl is a self-made composer, songwriter, singer, writer, studio player, arranger, music director, and producer. He has been involved in almost 60 albums and is also the author of theater and film music. His distinctive author's handwriting, which often combines traditional melodic lines of Moravian and Slovak folklore, along with progressive elements of contemporary musical styles (rock, RnB, jazz, funk or blues), is easily recognizable.
More information about Vlasta Redl HERE 

Throughout Saturday, you will be able to buy refreshments in the indoor and outdoor areas of the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden.
More information HERE

On Sunday, the Bohemian Spirit Restaurant and the cash-only bar in the Ball Room on the fourth floor will provide refreshments for purchase for you at the Bohemian National Hall.
More information HERE

 

Venue:

321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States

Date

Apr 22, 2018 5:00 PM

Organizer:

Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event


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