Polish Muslims To Headline Old Town’s Oktoberfest

By Katie Harrington
Old Town Times Staff Writer

The polka-rock group The Polish Muslims will headline Oktoberfest in Old Town Oct. 8 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.. “They are beyond unique,” said Louise Gradwohl, a communications intern at the Old Town Commercial Association and the festival director.  “They are quirky, fun and definitely fit the theme of Oktoberfest.”

The band, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, hails from Hamtramck, Mich., and calls its music fun and energetic, a mixture of music from the ’70s to today.  It has also been compared to the stylings of Weird Al Yankovik because it features comedy and parodies. “It’s our first time out in the Lansing area, and we’re really excited about it,” said Polish Muslims lead singer and guitarist Ken Kondrat.  “The organizers of Oktoberfest know us well enough to know that we’re a good fit for the festival. Wherever there’s good beer and food, we’re a good fit.”

Lauren Karas, a member of the Oktoberfest planning committee and a student at Michigan State University, suggested the Polish Muslims for Oktoberfest.  She said she got the idea from her dad, who has been listening to them for years.