Mt. Vernon IL • 7.14.18 • Jefferson County Historical Society


Jefferson County Historical Society celebrates American folk music, Woody Guthrie on July 14

MT. VERNON IL - The Jefferson County Historical Society welcomes Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak for a special concert on Saturday, July 14 at 2:00 pm. The event takes place at the Jefferson County Historical Museum and Village, 1411 North 27th Street.

Dvorak will present “The American Folk Song,” a musical exploration into the roots of American music, with a special emphasis on the music of Woody Guthrie, who was born July 14, 1912.


“Woody has always been there it seems,” said Dvorak “I began listening to his records in high school and he is one of those artists I keep coming back to.” Guthrie who passed away in 1967 from a neurological disorder, Huntington’s Chorea, wrote over one thousand songs in his lifetime. 

“Guthrie’s influence changed the face of American music,” he said. “Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and thousands of others have felt the impact of his music."

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.Dvorak is an integral member of the faculty at Chicago’s remarkable 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 almost thirty years. His performances are elegant, rich and powerful.”

Dvorak is at work on his eighteenth recorded release, Let Love Go On. 

“I hope to get it out by autumn,” he said. “I’ve got a few more songs to write and will be busy recording this summer between tour dates.”

For more information on the concert phone 618 246 0033 or visit

For information on Mark Dvorak visit


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