Bentleyville OH • 1.24.20 • Fireside Concert Series

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Singer songwriter Dvorak’s long journey into folk makes a stop in Cleveland area January 24

BENTLEYVILLE OH - Cleveland Metro Parks presents "Chicago’s official troubadour” Mark Dvorak for an evening folk, blues and original song on Friday, January 24 at 7:00 pm. The event takes place at Look About Lodge, 37374 Miles Road.

“Mark is an inspiration,” said Foster Brown event director for Cleveland Metro Parks. “He’s been on the road for a lot of years it seems and is a sparkling performer and dedicated artist. He’s a favorite in the Midwest, our first choice for the Fireside Concert Series at Look About Lodge."

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The singer songwriter has performed in thirty-eight states and parts of Europe. He has won awards for journalism and children’s music and received the 2013 FARM Lantern Bearer Award from Folk Alliance International. In 2008 he was honored with the Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2012 WFMT 98.7 fm Midnight Special host Rich Warren named him “Chicago’s official troubadour.”

Dvorak will be performing songs from his upcoming release Let Love Go On, as well as a selection of traditional folk, blues and pop standards from the Great American Songbook at the concert.

“When I started out,” said the singer, “I knew I was in it for the long haul.Thirty-five years later I’m still out on the road, still writing, still recording and still learning. At this stage of the game I feel like I’m doing my best work.”

“Back in high school I wanted to be Bob Dylan,” said Dvorak. “And then I read a book about him I didn’t want to be him anymore. But I’ve learned a lot from Bob. His very first record was released in 1961 when he was only twenty years old. It included one of the first songs he wrote, “Song For Woody,” a song to his hero Woody Guthrie. It’s simply a stunning piece of work.

“I listened to it over and over and in the fourth verse Bob sings, ‘Here’s to Cisco and Sonny and Lead Belly too…' I already knew who Woody Guthrie was but I had only heard the names Cisco Houston, Sonny Terry and the great Lead Belly. It was as if Bob was holding a door open for me when I listened to that song saying, “Come on in, walk through the door and find out who those people are and learn their songs. Begin the journey.”

General admission to the concert is $5. For more information phone 216 206 1000 or 440 473 3370. Visit Cleveland Metro Parks online at www.clemetparks.com.

For more information on Mark Dvorak visit his homepage at www.markdvorak.com.

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