Czech Guitar Players Club

Discussion in 'International Member Clubs' started by Big_Bend, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. Big_Bend

    Big_Bend Poster Extraordinaire

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    Back in the 1880s my Great Great Grandfather immigrated from Moravia in the Czech Republic and he came to Texas where he settled and he had 6 sons. There are still big Czech communities in Texas where the language is spoken.

    I'm a 4th generation native Texan thanks to this man. My father spoke only Czech until he started 1st grade in a one room schoolhouse, then he taught his parents English. I've never been to the Czech Republic but I am very much hoping to go there someday.

    I've seen a few posts from members here that are Czech... would love to have ya'll join the club. If I ever made it back home, I want to come visit and see good places for live music.

    Who else here is from the Czech Republic? Any Bohemians? Hope to hear from ya'll...

    And any Czech members that ever come to Texas, please stay at my house we would love to have you visit.

    Take care...
     
  2. Vladimir

    Vladimir Friend of Leo's

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    Well, my wife is of Czech decent so I don't know if I should qualify.;)

    But you definetly should visit, it's a great country and Prague is one of the most beautiful city's in Europe.

    The two most important words you need to know while you're there are:
    Krusovice and Becherovka
     
  3. czech-one-2

    czech-one-2 Friend of Leo's

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    My wife is Czech, and I've lived in Prague for the last 6 years. Prior to that I lived 10 years in Nashville & Madison,TN and was born and raised in Costa Mesa, CA.
    I love living over here and have started gigging more regularly since moving here. I've met alot of great Czech Musicians and really cool people. Come on over for a visit Big Bend! :)
     
  4. TeleTex82

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    I lived in the CZ for almost two years, I miss Prague dearly. Ive been cheering the Czechs on all week long in the Olympics.

    Na zdravi!
     
  5. czech-one-2

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    Na zdravi TeleTex82!
    Medal count so far:
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    1 silver speed skating
    Do Toho CZ!!! :cool:
     
  6. czech-one-2

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    Gold for Eva Samkova in snowboardcross! :cool:
     

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    My wife is Czech and I have been there to visit once so far. I hope to go again soon. Most likely in the spring of next year.
    We met and live in Montana. She goes back to visit almost twice a year.
     
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    My son and I spent 9 days in Prague in 2009 to celebrate his college graduation. We spent one whole day with a great guide seeing the Castle and other historic stuff and the other eight days we just walked about and enjoyed everything we could find. I loved the fact that we could walk around anywhere at 1-2am and feel perfectly safe.

    We found a ton of cool little hole in the wall pubs, including in Zizkov and Smichov. Also attended a football match between Plzen and (since relegated) Viktoria Zizkov, which was "homey."

    I would go back in a heartbeat. My son was determined to find the indie-rock scene in Prague, but all we encountered were dance clubs with lots of German techno-music. I know there's more to the scene there, but we didn't really find it. We stayed very near the Lucerna, and Dave Holland played there while we were there, but the local scene eluded us.
     
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    I own a Furch and 2 Stonebridge guitars, does that count?
     
  10. czech-one-2

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    Cross club/Rock Cafe/Palác Akropolis are a few live band venues. Come to CZ during the summer cause there are TONS of live music festivals.
     
  11. czech-one-2

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    Welcome aboard! [we need members] :lol:
     
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    I am not Czechoslovakian, but I like a nice Czech pils.
     
  13. raito

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    Bohemian here. Family left early enough that Bohemia still existed. Grandma spoke Czech. Mom knew some. I know a single impolite word.
     
  14. czech-one-2

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    Your in! :lol::lol:
     
  15. customkraft

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    Hey, I live in Prague and originally from Nashville. Czech Republic is the place to be!
     
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    ^ Hey that's great, we should chat sometime!
     
  17. 4 Cat Slim

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    Interesting thread, Big_Bend.
    I've been aware of the Czech influence, growing up in Texas and all, among Czechs, Polish and German
    people.

    One question:Is the famous (or infamous)"Chicken Dance" that's become part of Texas gatherings
    of Czech/Bohemian origin or is it from the Polish people?
     
  18. raito

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    Chicken Dance? Also big in Wisconsin.

    I'd say Bohemian, except that there are a bunch of Germans and Polish up this way, too. So no clue.

    I haven't researched the differences between Polish, German, and Bohemian-style polkas. European vs. Mexican is pretty easy to spot, though.

    OK, I looked it up. Swiss.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_Dance
     
  19. 4 Cat Slim

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    Thanks for the response, raito.

    I can't think of any examples right offhand, but I know that there are a few polkas that are popular with South Texas and Mexican audiences that share the melody with German and Bohemian polkas, and South Texas and Mexican polka bands play waltzes and schottische melodies, so go figure... Musical cross-pollination always makes things interesting.
     
  20. PaulieBoy

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    You can call your club the "Czech Mates."



    See what I did there? No? I'll explain. Some cultures refer to their friends as... :)
     
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