MI’s father-son duo carry on musical tradition

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The Konkoly boys are a father and son duo carrying on the tradition of playing music as a family.

But their world was put on hold as the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the nation. They feared that the one thing they loved would be taken away from them, but that never stopped them from practicing.

“To be completely honest, it really put a huge dent in our musical game. Most of what we did was play at home, sit down, sit on the couch, pick up the guitars, give it a few bangs, maybe hum a tune and wait for the opportunity to get back on stage,” said Joe Konkoly.

As COVID-19 restrictions were lifted, the duo were happy to get back to what they loved and began performing at a VFW venue in Edmore on the first Friday of each month.

Monday was a dream come true: they got to play the block party celebrating Elderly Instruments, which celebrated 50 years in business.

“I just wanted to take that experience up north with the family and marry it to that experience here with Elderly Instruments, which is the whole community of musicians that I know here and merge that together, which we just have to do on stage a list of buckets for me and a big thrill,” said Joe

The tradition of playing as a family was passed on by her stepfather, who also traveled the state to play music together. The two say it’s a dream come true to play a tradition together that they hope will be passed down from generation to generation.

“I can’t really put it into words, there’s nothing better than playing with family…It’s the perfect thing to marry family and music and for me to be able to play music with this guy and sing with him,” Joe said.

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