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Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers


MD on the air Hitting Left  April 19

The Klonsky  brothers talk education, politics, culture, media and social justice for an hour each Friday at 11:00 am.  

On Friday, April 11, Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak will join the Klonsky brothers to celebrate the 100th birthday of the great Pete Seeger. …

A R T I C U L A T I O N : a workshop with Mark Dvorak

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Acoustic workshop focuses on songwriting, finger-picking and harmony May 11 in Lombard IL

LOMBARD IL - The Plank Road Folk Music Society will present “Articulation:a workshop with Mark Dvorak” at the First Church of Lombard, 220 S. Main Street on Saturday, May 11 at 1:00 pm.

We Shall Overcome


Frank Hamilton remembers Zilphia Horton, Guy Carawan, Pete Seeger and “We Shall Overcome"

from an interview with Frank Hamilton April 1, 2014 in Lexington KY

FRANK HAMILTON: I first heard the song in Topanga Canyon, California up at the Will Geer ranch. …

Earth Day 2019

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Mark Dvorak, Trinadora headline Earth Day benefit concert in Rockford April 22

ROCKFORD IL - On the first Earth Day in 1970 celebrations took place in two thousand colleges and universities, an estimated ten thousand elementary and high schools and hundreds of other communities across the United States. …

The American Folk Song


Park Ridge Library hosts Chicago folk artist on April 14

PARK RIDGE IL - The Park Ridge Public Library welcomes Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak for a musical presentation “The American Folk Song,” on Sunday, April 14 at 1:00 pm. The Library is located at 20 S. …

Acoustic Roots Workshop

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Dink’s Song

Folklorist John Lomax recorded a woman known only as Dink, singing her version of this song while washing clothes near the Brazos River in Texas in the early 20th century. Old Town School cofounder Win Stracke loved the song and the anonymity of its creator. …

Schubas Acoustic Brunch

Schubas Acoustic Brunch with troubadour Mark Dvorak March 3

CHICAGO IL - Schubas, 3159 Southport, welcomes Mark Dvorak, Chicago's official troubadour, to the Acoustic Brunch stage Sunday, March 3 from 12 noon to 2:00 pm. The show is for all ages and there is no cover charge.

The Life & Songs of Woody Guthrie


Folk artist Dvorak pays tribute to Woody Guthrie in St. Charles February 24

ST. CHARLES IL - American folk ballad maker Woody Guthrie was born in Okemah, Oklahoma July 14, 1912. By the end of the Great Depression, Guthrie had crisscrossed the country numerous times by rail and by hitchhiking. …

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When singer songwriter Mark Dvorak began his career in music, he knew right away he was in it for the long haul. Thirty years later he is still writing, recording and on the road performing.

“At this stage of the game,” he said, “I feel like I’m doing my best work. …

9th Milwuakee Community Sing


The Coffee House presents an evening of Pete Seeger February 23

MILWAUKEE WI - The Coffee House welcomes the 9th annual Community Sing on Saturday, February 23 at 8:00 pm. The event will feature the songs of legendary folk artist, songwriter and activist Pete Seeger led by Mark Dvorak of Chicago, JulieThompson of Milwaukee and Craig Siemsen, also of Milwaukee. …

Music & Potlucks


Dominican University hosts potluck, acoustic jam March 16

RIVER FOREST IL - The Dominican University Performing Arts Center and Music & Potlucks will present “Potluck @The Priory” on Saturday, March 16 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Priory Campus Auditorium, 7200 W. …

The People, Yes

Folk artist Dvorak pays tribute to poet Carl Sandburg in Lisle February 17

LISLE IL - Illinois poet Carl Sandburg published his epic The People,Yes at the height of the Great Depression. Chicago-area folk artist Mark Dvorak didn’t discover the work until the 1990s.…

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