Topeka KS • January 12 - 14


Chicago's “official troubadour” performs in Topeka January 12 - 14

TOPEKA KS - When folk singer-songwriter Mark Dvorak began his career in music, he knew right away he was in it for the long haul. “For me, folk music has always been a part of our  shared history,” said Dvorak, who is based in Chicago. “But it also gives us a language we can use to express ourselves, and to let others know what we are thinking and what we are feeling.”

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“For years I’ve been trying to figure out a way to bring this music to more people. I’ve wanted to find the right situation where people can get into the songs, and also sustain myself as a touring musician,” he said.

Dvorak thinks he may have found a way with his connection to the Last Minute Folk Concert Series, Topeka’s community resource for acoustic music. 

“Mark has been on the road for a lot of years it seems,” said Last Minute Folk music director Deb Kirmer. "He’s a favorite all across the Midwest and is gaining attention across the country. We're thrilled to be able to present him in Topeka.

“It’s pretty simple really,” explains Dvorak, who is artist-in-residence at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. “This music has always thrived in small spaces. It has grown by being needed and used. It carries along with it the essence of our shared heritage and invites participation. Folk music is family music.”

On January 13 at 1:45 pm Dvorak will give a family performance at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center, 4400 SW 10th Avenue. 785 783 8300.

On the evening of January 13 Last Minute Folk presents “An Acoustic Evening with Mark Dvorak” at the Jayhawk State Theatre Gallery, 720 SW Jackson Street. The show begins at 7:00 pm. 785 233 1730 or 785 233 4499.

On Sunday, January 14, 10:30 am Dvorak will provide special music the service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka, 4775 SW 21st Street. 785 272 9233.

Dvorak will also present a community concert at Rolling Hills Care Center, 2400 SW Urish Road on Friday, January 12 at 10:30 am.

“He’s the real deal,” said Bau Graves, Old Town School of Folk Music executive director. “Mark has made music his life and his 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 has released seventeen albums to date and performed in thirty-eight states, and in Canada, Ireland and Finland. In 2013 he published his first book of essays and poetry, “Bowling for Christmas & Other Tales from the Road.” Also in 2013 he was honored by Folk Alliance International with the FARM Lantern Bearer Award for his contributions to folk and community music. In 2012, WFMT 98.7 fm fine arts radio named him “Chicago’s official troubadour.”

For more information contact Last Minute Folk at 785 233 1730 or visit them online at Learn more about Mark Dvorak, visit his home page at


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