Bio

René belongs to thereby exceptional appearance on Slovak blues scene. His splended play on electric guitar recognised not only in blues cradle in U.S.A. This combination works under sign Downtown. In their repertoire dominate compositions of: S.R.Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, as well as blues-rock evergreens from a writter Buddy Guy, J.J.Cale, Chuck Berry, or trio Stray Cats.

Awards

René Lacko attended a competition in North Carolina. It was competition in interpreting J. Hendrix songs and René got a second place and a title of the best European. This special event is organized by J. H. family every year.

foto_biofrom the left: drummer Peter Goruša, guitar and vocal René Lacko, bassguitar Milan Golha

 

Brief history:

• 1989

He finished school as a car mechanic and had learnt his musical skiils from his father and impact on him had J.H., J.Page and E. Clapton

• 1990

René Lacko meets Mário Nagy in local coal company in Handlová where they worked until the year 2001

• 1990-1991

He takes lessons with Dan Morvay on jazz guitare and is advanced musician on play on guitare

• 1990

René together with Martin Máèek established a hardrock band, bas Slavo Sršeò. It was Led Zeppelin like.

• 1993

A new album came out. The name of the album was Jolly Joker and was specially produced for a music company Opus in a Slovak language.

• 1995

Big Bang have split up.

• 1996

René meets a man called Miro Dvorský in his music studio in Lamaè and records Jimmy Hendrix´songs in Rene´s interpretation. They decided to send these songs to U.S. to a singers´s competition and this was the first time when René starts singing.

• October 1996

René Lacko attended a competition in North Carolina. It was competition in interpreting J. Hendrix songs and René got a second place and a title of the best European. This special event is organized by J. H. family every year.

• 1997

Milan Èíž and René Lacko starts their co-operation. Milan Èíž has been Rene’s personnal guitar-maker for many years and has also studied and worked with the famous John Reutter in Arizona for almost two years.

• 1995-1998

Impact of Stevie Ray Vaughan – RL turn into blues-rock style – René Band arose, basguitare – Milan Golha and drums Mário Nagy.

• 1998

Milan Golha leaves the band and he is replaced by Jozef Bobu¾a who leaves the band latter on for the USA. The name of the band is being changed from René Band to René & Downtown.

• 1999

René Lacko features every so often in the band called Blues Rock Cirkus which belongs to Miro Dvorský.

• 1999

Unplugged concerts with Jozef Engerer.

• 1999-2002

Milan Golha returned back to René and Downtown and they play in different clubs this time in Germany. René meets James Matthias Baumgdt and his band O Colors. René and his band were Mick Taylor’s pregroup in Bratislava.

• October 2001

Dowtown makes theirs first official album in studio Ebony in the capital. The name of the album is ” Freedom is my way”. This album was special as René and the band had five own titles and compositions on it.

• 2001

René Lacko makes his living from a music. He starts his career as a singer.

• 2001

René Lacko featured at Memorial evening SRV which was placed in Budapest. There was made a video and a CD on which he had two songs. He also meets Zsolt Benko there.

• 2002

Downtown and René recorded album Shake a Leg, their own music.,jam.

• 2002

The Freemans band guest.

• 2003

Milan Golha is being replaced as he leaves, by Martin Oulehle and keyboard player Peter Dobrota plays with them from time to time.

René is planning to record a Tribute to J. Hendrix

• 2005

Actual members from April: Milan Golha – bassguitar and Peter Goruša – drums.

• 2006

Actual members from end of October: Martin Oulehle – bassguitar and Peter Goruša – drums.

• 2015

Actual members: Milan Golha – bassguitar and Peter Goruša – drums.

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