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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 three music events to support the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, Housing Forward and the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation.

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.…

Music & Potlucks

Fun music events coming your way presented by Music & Potlucks! Potluck @The Priory February 10 & March 16. A Tribute to Pete Seeger May 10 @ Dominican University, Folk Park Thursdays in Oak Park IL & FolkTober Fest 2019 - all to support the homeless, the hungry and our neighbors who are in need.

The American Folk Song


Bernard Wenger JCC features Chicago folk artist on February 6

NORTHBROOK IL - The Bernard Wenger JCC welcomes Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak to its program schedule on Wednesday, February 6 at 10:45 am. The Center is located at 300 Revere Drive, Northbrook.

A very special Folk Club @The Grafton celebrates 15th Anniversary January 1


Folk Club @The Grafton celebrates 15th anniversary to support Music & Potlucks

CHICAGO IL - One January evening in 2004 after classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music, Distinguished Teaching Artist Mark Dvorak led a small group of student musicians into the back room of The Grafton Pub for an informal acoustic jam session. …

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


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. …

thank you


We launched 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 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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