CLAWSON (WWJ) – One of Metro Detroit’s best-known purveyors of polka is marking 30 years together. The Polish Muslims have been poking fun at themselves and their Polish heritage for hundreds of live audiences.

Lead singer Ken Kondrat credits a thief for bringing them together, back when he was in a band called The Reruns.

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“One unfortunate night, someone broke into our rehearsal hall and removed all of our equipment without our knowledge. So, the local contingency of other bands in the area at the time, in Hamtramck, Detroit and the eastside of Detroit got together for a one night show to raise money to buy back some equipment to let us continue playing,” Kondrat said.

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And the group that was supposed play that one-night show at Lili’s 21 in Hamtramck has lasted 30 years. They are putting on an anniversary show at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Clawson Knights of Columbus, with partial proceeds benefiting Gilda’s Club.

“It’s fun music along with Polish parodies or more recently, more current event parodies that do nothing but poke fun at ourselves and poke fun at the current event, all with intended fun and nothing to degrade anybody,” Kondrat said.

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