New Prague’s summer concert series, Music at the Broz, closed with glorious weather, lively music and probably its biggest crowd as around 400 people came to listen to the Eddie Shimota band in the evening Thursday, August 11.
Playing a mix of Czech waltzes and polkas that had several people dancing, the Eddie Shimota band were the sixth band to perform on the lawn west of the Broz Hotel. Their upbeat music provided a great way to end the series presented by the New Prague Area Arts Council (NPAAC). The August 11 concert was sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors.
Den Gardner, chairman of the arts council, introduced the Eddie Shimota group, noting that it has been around for decades. Eddie Shimota Sr. started the band and his son, Eddie Shimota Jr., continued the band after his father’s death in 2006. Gardner also said they were blessed with wonderful weather during the run. from the Serie.
“It’s been a great addition to the community,” Eddie Shimota Jr. said of the concert series. He added that it had been great to see different bands performing for Music at the Broz. “We were able to appreciate local talent,” he said, quickly pointing out even though some talent came from out of town.
Shimota also recognized local musician Jerry Minar, as Minar was his first teacher and he started taking lessons from Minar in 1976 and he built the accordion he was playing that night.
While it was the last musical evening of this summer, Music at Broz will continue in 2023.