NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Czerwone Gitary coming to Minneapolis


As any follower of all things Polish knows, Czerwone Gitary (The Red Guitars) is one of the most popular rock bands in Poland. Czerwone Gitary will be appearing locally on February 19 at the Ritz Theater, 346 13th Avenue, Northeast. Tickets are $37.50 with only 250 seats available. No reserved seats but seating for people with disabilities is available. Contact Ziach Polish Foods, 1625 Washington St NE, Mpls 612 789 0907 or 612 963 7755.

Original members of Czerwone Gigary joined forces in January 1965 in Gdansk. The classic lineup included organizer Jerzy Kossela along with Krzysztof Klenczon, Bernard Dornowski, Seweryn Krajewski and leader Jerzy Skrzypczyk. The last two members had to pick nicknames because they were still musical high-school students at the time and so banned from playing in a “big-beat” combo. Their seaside concerts featured the slogan, “We play and sing the loudest in Poland”.

The music of Czerwone Gitary was largely influenced by the British Invasion, especially the Beatles.  They persisted with that “cheerful, psychedelia-uncontaminated sound” until ’69 even though it had been long outdated in the West.

Band members were talented songwriters who produced hit after hit at their peak. Often compared with the Beatles Czerwone Gitay toured in the late 1960’s throughout Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, USA, Germany and the Soviet Union. The group disbanded in the late 1980’s but was reformed in the 90’s and is now drawing crowds on its USA tour.

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