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Showcasing FARM


27th annual FARM Conference & Gathering • Grand Rapids MI

October 24 - 26

GRAND RAPIDS MI  - The 27TH annual FARM Conference & Gathering takes place Thursday, October 24 through Sunday, October 27, 2019. The event is hosted by Crown Plaza Grand Rapids, 5700 28th Street SE.

FARM is the Folk Alliance Region Midwest conference of Folk Alliance International (Folk Alliance Region Midwest). Three to four hundred musicians, presenters, broadcasters, podcasters, publicists, agents and music fans will be in attendance. 

“it’s a great opportunity to reconnect with the music community,” said Mark Dvorak who will be showcasing at the conference.

True, Beautiful and Strong


On August 23, 2012 MD sat down for a visit with Chicago's artistic treasure, Peggy Lipschutz. In 1970, the Old Town School of Folk Music moved from its original location at 333 W. North Avenue, to the Aldine Building at 909 W. Armitage in Lincoln Park.

In 1970 Lipschutz created three portraits for the new site of the Old Town School where the images of folk icons Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, along with blues legend Big Bill Broonzy have hung ever since.

Watch the 24 minute film, “True, Beautiful and Strong,” produced for WLUW 88.7 fm and directed by Jason McInnes, Lipschutz talks about the famous  paintings, her life in art, and her show that opened later that autumn.

Elk Grove Village Library


Senior Moments features Chicago’s folk troubadour Mark Dvorak on September 19

ELK GROVE VILLAGE IL - The Elk Grove Village Library, 1001 Wellington Avenue, will present Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak for a special “Senior Moments’ program on Thursday, September 19 at 11:30 am.

"Senior Moments is our special gathering program for adults aged 55 and older,” said Donna McCarthy, Program and Events Coordinator for the library. “Mark had been recommended to us by several of our members and we’re excited to have him entertain our group.”

Dvorak has taken time off of the road this summer work on his eighteenth recorded release, 

Songwriters three in the round


Songwriting legend Michael P. Smith headlines Fitzgerald’s charity event October 6

BERWYN IL - Music & Potlucks, a community organization, will present songwriting legend Michael Smith in-the-round along with Heather Styka and Chicago’s "official troubadour” Mark Dvorak on Sunday, October 6 at 6:00 pm. The event takes place at Fitzgeralds’s Night Club, 6615 Roosevelt Road. All profits from the event will support Beyond Hunger Food Pantry, Housing Forward and the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation.

Michael Smith, who was born in South Orange, New Jersey in 1941 has written close to five hundred songs in his long and diverse career.

Schubas Acoustic Brunch

Schubas Acoustic Brunch with troubadour Mark Dvorak September 15

CHICAGO IL - Schubas, 3159 Southport, welcomes Mark Dvorak, Chicago's official troubadour, to the Acoustic Brunch stage Sunday, September 15 from 12 noon to 2:00 pm. The show is for all ages and there is no cover charge.

“The Acoustic Brunch is very popular here at Schubas,”said general Manager Mike Schuba. "Mark is our favorite brunch stage artist, and we’re always glad to have him back,” he said.

“Schubas underwent a major renovation and we’ve been off for over a year,” said Peggy Browning of the Old Town School of Folk Music. …

Schuamburg Farmer’s Market

Village of Schaumburg features folk artist Mark Dvorak at Farmer’s Market August 9

SCHAUMBURG IL - The Village of Schaumburg will feature the music of “Chicago’s official troubadour” and Old Town School of Folk Music teaching artist Mark Dvorak at the "Ye Olde Schaumburg Centre Farmer’s Market” on Friday, August 9 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. The award-winning farmer’s market takes place in the parking lot in front of the Trickster Gallery, 190 N. Roselle Road. 

“Our farmer’s market features locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats, flowers, plants and gourmet cheeses sold by the farmers who produce them,” said Martha Dooley, Sustainability Planner for the Village of Schaumburg. …

Folk & Smoke Festival August 16 & 17 in Dodgeville WI


First Folk & Smoke Festival features Dom Flemons, Mark Dvorak & Jonas Friddle

DODGEVILLE WI - White Oak Savanna Events Farm & Sanctuary, 4352 State Road 23, is proud to announce our first ever “White Oak Savanna Folk & Smoke Festival!” Bring your instruments and your voices because “Folk” is live music, group jams and workshops. Bring your appetite because “Smoke” is mouth-watering locally sourced bbq, food and libations. It’s a “Sanctuary” because there will be nature, camping, camaraderie and community.


Located in Southern Wisconsin’s picturesque Driftless Region, White Oak Savanna is a one-of-a-kind events venue featuring the beautifully restored 1920s barn built by Frank Lloyd Wright’s cousin, Charles Lloyd Jones. …

more community concerts


Since 2012 MD has given over 150 community music programs serving clients, staff and volunteers and the community in the greater Oak Park River Forest area. Dvorak has also participated in performances at Dominican University, The Buzz Cafe, the Village of Oak Park, Fitzgerald’s Night Club and a number of other private in-home events.

These performances and programs are supported by the Oak Park Area Arts Council, Music & Potlucks and the Songs For Peace & Justice Fund

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