Kenosha WI • 11.3.18 • WSSS Community Sing

Chicago troubadour performs in Kenosha November 4 to benefit Shalom Center

KENOSHA WI - Immanuel United Methodist Church, 5410 Sheridan Road welcomes Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak for special acoustic afternoon to benefit Kenosha’s Shalom Center. Doors open at 2:30 pm the concert begins at 3:00 pm.

The Shalom Center provides emergency food, shelter, and support to those in need in the Kenosha community. 


“Mark is so good at what he does,” said Bonnie Bell, pastor of Immanuel United Methodist. “Our paths crossed years ago and I’ve followed his music ever since. I am currently a student of his at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music.”

“He’s the real deal,” said Bau Graves, Executive Director of Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. ”Mark has made music his life and livelihood. He’s been a top faculty member at the school for more than twenty-five years. His performances are elegant, rich and powerful.”

Dvorak’s roots are in Chicago but since 1981 he has been criss-crossing the country performing, teaching, writing and learning all the while. His concerts and recordings have been hailed as “a refreshing portrait of the living folk tradition,” his songwriting has been called “wondrous” and “profound.” He has been awarded The Parentsʼ Choice Gold Medal for excellence in childrenʼs music and the Peter Lisagor Award for Journalism for his Public Radio documentary, Lead Bellyʼs Legacy. 

Dvorak has quietly and effectively worked as a community builder, using folk music as the centerpiece of his activism. In his essay Folk Why Folk Music Matters, Dvorak writes, “The music we call ʻfolk musicʼ has less to do with a given performance and more to do with the on-going participation of many. Itʼs less about what we aspire to and more about what we collectively value and remember.” 

Dvorak has performed in thirty-eight states and in parts of Europe and Canada. He has won awards for journalism and children’s music. In 2008 he received the Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lantern Bearer Award from Folk Alliance International in 2013. The singer songwriter is currently at work on his eighteenth recorded release.

“At this stage of the game,” said Dvorak, “I feel like I’m doing my best work. I’m hoping to get the new CD out this year and I’m very excited about it. I’ve got some new material coming along, and I’m including a bunch of different things I like to do before a live audience.

All ages are welcome. General admission  is $15 suggested. For more information phone 262 652 3784 or email Visit Immanuel United Methodist Church at For information on The Shalom Center visit

For information on Mark Dvorak go to


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