A celebration of life through rock and roll, the band Doggybag attributes much of its inspiration to most of its members having grown up in Communist Czechoslovakia, where their country prohibited them from expressing any creativity or individuality. As adults living in the United States, the five members of Doggybag now create and perform European-tinged American rock that connects to audiences with a pervasively positive energy, while combining the wide variety of the band's influences.
The band formed its nucleus in the winter of 2002, when bassist/guitarist/songwriter Jan Prachar met singer/songwriter Marek Hosek. The two motivated artists tried out various band members until they found the musicians who adhered to the sounds they desired, adding lead guitarist Carl Hudecek, keyboard player Laddy Pistek, and, eventually, drummer Mike Amandes.
In August 2005, after several years of playing packed live shows, Doggybag proudly released its first album, "Invisible Living", to eager fans. In April 2008, the band released their follow-up album "Lunar Cabaret and Full Moon Cafe", which showcases the band's stylistic variety and songwriting skills.
With an abundance of creativity and musicianship, Doggybag is always looking to update their sound and try new things, whether it be new textures, sounds, song styles, or different instruments. With its driving work ethic and singular focus on making music that moves people, Doggybag continues to wow audiences across the country.
Doggybag was a semi-finalist in 2008's Emergenza Music Festival Battle-of-the-Bands, and the band is also involved in several music festivals, including running and organizing the South River Music Fest, an outdoor summer music festival in the Chicago suburbs.
Marek Hosek - lead vocals
Jan Prachar - bass, acoustic guitar, vocals
Carl Hudecek - lead guitar, vocals
Laddy Pistek - keyboards
Mike Amandes - drums
"Invisible Living", the band's debut album, was released in August, 2005.
"Lunar Cabaret and Full Moon Cafe" was released in April, 2008.
Doggybag was featured on Breakthrough Audio's 2008 SXSW Compilation.
The band has also released several promotional EPs and the DVD "Live in Fairplay, CO", all of which have sold out.
The band's music, particularly the song "Dream", has been played on various internet and local radio programs, including The Victor Miller Show on 1500 AM Radio in Chicago.
March 2009 Sonicbids "Artists 2 Watch"
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What drew us to this band was first off their name, Doggybag. That was enough to want to give a list...What drew us to this band was first off their name, Doggybag. That was enough to want to give a listen. Secondly their sound is very versatile. Their songs go from mellow to high energy like their tracks, “$5 Song” & “Walk.” The lead singer Marek Hosek has a voice that is strong & contagious...
These guys not only play great music but they also have alot to say... [They] are serious about their craft and have a sound & image that is unique, personal, and catchy.
5 out of 5 Stars!
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Lunar Cabaret and Full Moon Cafe Album Review Incredibly talented & diverse... Each thought provo...Lunar Cabaret and Full Moon Cafe Album Review
Incredibly talented & diverse... Each thought provoking song brings you into a unique experience -- very unexpected. You have to go see these guys perform live -- I'm so glad I did.
Teacher & Music Enthusiast
THIS MUSIC IS ROCKIN!
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Invisible Living Album Review I have heard many bands with a great spirit and drive, but Doggybag...Invisible Living Album Review
I have heard many bands with a great spirit and drive, but Doggybag has a vision for great tunes. They have soul, wisdom, and the songs grab me. Thanks for the great contribution to the music scene.
Tonight's Features: Doggybag
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Prepare yourself for a music ride through a vast diaspora of interconnected life experiences reveali...Prepare yourself for a music ride through a vast diaspora of interconnected life experiences revealing a long road traveled not towards exasperation, but towards a celebration. It is one thing to express the vigor and optimism of youth before life lays its weary burden upon you and another to absorb it all and still come out swinging, which Doggybag can do.
Event Producer, Musician & TV Personality
TODAY'S EDITION: Doggybag
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SPECIAL"PULL-OUT" FRIDAY "ENTERTAIN YOURSELF" SECTION 1/25/2008 Doggybag is one helluva band. ...SPECIAL"PULL-OUT" FRIDAY "ENTERTAIN YOURSELF" SECTION 1/25/2008
Doggybag is one helluva band.
They rock--but have a distinguished sound. And they're Europeans, if that means something to you.
...They [also] have an especially cool song about New Orleans. And one where they whip out a trumpet to supplement the typical rock configuration....
John "Sloop" Biederman
Setlists consist of mostly original material but differ from show to show. We can play a jam-packed 30-minute set, fill up a night/afternoon with 3 hours of music, or play anything in between.
Song styles vary and include all kinds of rock, funk, folk, blues, punk, ska, and even hip-hop. The song selection varies in intensity, and the band can even perform multiple acoustic sets, suitable for cafes, book stores, and coffee shops.
While the vast majority of Doggybag's repertoire consists of original songs, past and present covers include songs by bands like Led Zeppelin, Sublime, Alice in Chains, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.