Traveling Musicians Bring a Polka Party to Frankfort Square

COLUMBUS, Neb. – Lawn Chairs on the Square attendees got to bask in polka music on a beautiful Thursday night at Frankfort Square.

The Traveling Musicians took the stage in Columbus, playing polka to the hundreds in attendance.

The band is a family affair, with John Yrkoski leading the group, along with two sons, a couple cousins and a close family friend. He says they grew up with the polish music, and like to mix in some American classic country songs, along with standard polish polkas, when they play live.

“There’s a lot of ethnic tunes that come from the old country, we kind of convert some old country tunes into polkas also,” says Yrkoski.

The group has been playing street dances, festivals, weddings and other social events for around 15 years, all without using any sheet music.

“We all play by ear so we don’t use notes, I don’t think any of us know how to read a note,” says Yrkoski.

The last night of Lawn Chairs on the Square will go on next Thursday, with the Columbus Community Band closing out the summer event.

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