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Rockford Community Sing

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Rockford community sing returns to Emmanuel Lutheran January 5

ROCKFORD IL - Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 Third Avenue will host Rockford’s third community sing on Saturday, January 5 at 7:30 pm. The event will support Emmanuel Lutheran’s Center for Arts & Spirituality. …

August Hill Winery

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Chicago folk troubadour performs in Utica November 24

UTICA IL - August Hill Winery, 106 Mill Street welcomes Chicago’s "official troubadour" Mark Dvorak for an intimate acoustic performance on Saturday, November 24 at 4:30 pm. 

When the singer-songwriter began his career in music, he knew right away he was in it for the long haul. …

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We launched www.markdvorak.com in June of 2006. On November 3 of this year we celebrated our one-millionth visitor. 

We're pretty aware over here that a million visits in twelve years doesn’t represent much in the current cyber-world. But we’re sure proud of our content and commitment and hopeful that www.markdvorak.com will continue to serve the larger mission of music, great songs, education and community involvement. …

A conversation with Karen Anne Mahoney & MD

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KAM: How long have you been singing and playing guitar?

MD: I purchased my first guitar the winter of 1977. I was working in the shipping department at a xylophone factory in LaGrange, Illinois, the Musser Corporation. LaGrange is a west suburb of Chicago. 

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2018 annual NERFA Conference in Stamford CT November 8 - 11

STAMFORD - The NERFA Conference & gathering takes place Thursday, November 8 through Sunday, November 11, 2018. The event takes place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2701 Summer Street.

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Showcasing FARM

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27th FARM Conference in Grand Rapids October 25 - 28

GRAND RAPIDS MI - The FARM Conference & gathering takes place Thursday, October 25 through Sunday, October 28, 2018. The event takes place at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel & Conference Center, 5700 28th Street SE.

MD returns to Rockford

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ROCKFORD IL - Katie’s Cup, 502 7th Street welcomes Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak for an intimate acoustic evening Thursday, October 11 at 7:00 pm. 

Dvorak, who is busy at work on his eighteenth CD release is looking forward to coming back to Rockford for the weekday appearance. 

Say Yes to Michigan

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MD sets out for a three-city tour September 21 that includes performances in Montague, Michigan, South Haven and South Bend, Indiana.

On Friday, September 21, The Book Nook & Java Shop, 8744 Ferry Street welcomes Chicago’s "official troubadour" Mark Dvorak to its performance series. …

Lupus General Store September 30

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Chicago folk troubadour performs in Lupus September 30

LUPUS MO - The Lupus General Store welcomes Chicago’s "official troubadour" Mark Dvorak for an intimate acoustic performance on Sunday, September 30 at 2:00 pm. 

When the singer-songwriter began his career in music, he knew right away he was in it for the long haul. …

Labor Day Concert and Sing Along

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Labor Day Concert and sing along at Third Unitarian Church on September 2

CHICAGO IL - The Third Unitarian Church of Chicago, 301 N. Mayfield will present “A Labor Day Concert and Sing Along” with Chicago folk artist Mark Dvorak on Sunday, September 2 at 11:00 am. 

Music Under the Marquee

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Chicago troubadour Dvorak to perform in South Bend on September 23

SOUTH BEND IN - The Music Village welcomes Chicago’s “official troubadour" Mark Dvorak to the Music Under the Marquee series on Sunday, September 23 at 4:00 pm. The event takes place at the South Bend Brew Werks, 216 South Michigan Street.

Larry Penn Tribute Concert

5th annual tribute to Milwaukee folk legend Larry Penn November 18

MILWAUKEE WI - The Milwaukee folk music community will gather to remember mentor, friend and songwriter Larry Penn in a tributel concert on Sunday, November 18, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. …

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1st annual Lloyd Loar’s Hometown Bluegrass Festival takes place in Lewistown IL August 18

FULTON COUNTY IL - The 1st annual Lloyd Loar’s Hometown Bluegrass Festival takes place at the Dickson Mounds Museum, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Road, Lewistown, on Saturday, August 18 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Thursday Night Out in Oak Park IL

Thursday Night Out features folk artists and sing along August 16

OAK PARK IL - The streets of downtown Oak Park will ring with the sounds of acoustic music on Thursday, August 16 from 5:00 - 9:00 pm. Music & Potlucks, a community organization based in the Oak Park River Forest area, is partnering with Downtown Oak Park to present three concerts for the popular Thursday Night Out series which runs from May 24 through August 30.

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Blues Hall of Famer, Chicago troubadour perform in Evanston on August 2

EVANSTON IL - Chimera Loft, 2948 Central Street, will present Blues Hall of Famer Donna Herula and Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak in concert on Thursday, August 2 at 7:00 pm.

1968: Songs & Screen at the Glenview Public Library

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Sounds of the 60s: Folk Songs & Protest Music

GLENVIEW IL - The Glenview Public Library welcomes Chicago’s “official troubadour Mark Dvorak for an evening of folk songs and protest music recalling the turbulent 1960s. The program, "Sounds of the 60s: Folk Songs and Protest Music” takes place at the Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, on Tuesday, July 24 at 7:00 pm.

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