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Chicago IL • 9.6.20

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EVENT HAPPENING • MD CANCELLED • Livestream Labor Day concert Sunday, September 6

CHICAGO IL - The Third Unitarian Church of Chicago will present its annual Labor Day Concert on Sunday, September 6 at 11:30 am central time. This years concert will be a live stream event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will feature music by Mark Dvorak, “Chicago’s official troubadour” from the legendary Old Town School of Folk Music. Dvorak will perform timeless songs from the Labor Movement and other socially topical material.

“We’re thrilled that Mark is able to join us again this year,” said Laurel Lamber Schmidt, music director for the annual Labor Day event. …

Chicago IL • 8.19.20

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Songs of Hope & Struggle virtual concert August 19

CHICAGO IL - Music & Potlucks, a community organization, in cooperation with the CiffDwellers Club, presents a virtual concert, “Songs of Hope and Struggle,” on Wednesday, August 19 at 7:00 pm central time.

Mark Dvorak, “Chicago’s official troubadour” from the legendary Old Town School of Folk Music, will perform the timeless songs of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and others that speak of hope, freedom, peace and justice. CliffDweller member Eve Moran (CD10) will talk on the struggle for the women’s suffrage and its aftermath. A special performance by critically acclaimed soprano Kimberly E. …

We get letters...

Ross writes:

Hi Mark, I’m a student of yours from a long time ago. I’ve been listening to you play Deep Ellum Blues lately and was wondering if you have it tabbed out and would be willing share it with me? I’m working on a flat picking arrangement but I really enjoy fingerpicking but can’t find an arrangement anywhere. 

I took three classes with you in the 90s, was away for twenty years, then came back in 2018 to The Beatles Ensemble since then.

Kind regards, Ross


Sure thing Ross!

The melody for Deep Ellum Blues (some spell it Elum - Elm Street) orbits around a G chord. The first Study tab is intended to help the player find the melody all the while keeping your picking thumb bouncing from the sixth string to the fourth.

Live music comes back to Schubas

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Singer songwriter Mark Dvorak appears at Schubas July 29

CHICAGO IL - Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport welcomes Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak for a social-distance live show on Wednesday, July 29 at 7:00 pm. Seating is limited, tables are well-spaced and there is no cover charge.

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

Let Love Go On is Dvorak’s eighteenth recorded release and represents a creative milestone. He produced, arranged, engineered, mixed and mastered the entire project. …

Lake Odessa Depot Day

Chicago folk artist Dvorak headlines entertainment in Lake Odessa July 25

LAKE ODESSA MI - Chicago’s “official” troubadour Mark Dvorak will be among the performers on the entertainment stage at Lake Odessa Depot Day Saturday, July 25. The social-distance event takes place at the Lake Odessa Area Historical Society and Depot Museum 1117 Emerson Street and runs from 10:30 am until 3:00 pm.

"Bob Warner recommended that I get in touch with Mark,” said Thelma Curtis entertainment chair for the event. “He said that Mark has performed a number of times at the Jamboree and has become quite the favorite. …

On Your Radar with John Platt video

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July 14 On Your Radar with John Platt, features Siobhán O’Brien, Tragedy Ann & MD

GLEN HEAD NY - The New Folk Initiative presented a special virtual edition of “On Your Radar” Tuesday, July 14, 7:00 pm eastern daylight time. The live-streamed program featured the music of Tragedy Ann, a duo from Guelph, Ontario, Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak and Siobhán O’Brien from Limerick, Ireland. 


“On Your Radar” is a monthly showcase for emerging artists at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City. The showcase moved online with COVID-19 shelter-in-place order.

Tragedy Ann is a forward-looking folk duo from Guelph, Ontario. …

Once I had an old banjo

Folk singer Dvorak brings songs, stories & banjoes to Park Ridge Library virtual performance July 16

PARK RIDGE IL - The Park Ridge Public Library will present Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak in a virtual performance Thursday, July 16 at 7:00 pm central daylight time. 

“Once I Had an Old Banjo,” is Dvorak’s exploration into the origin and evolution of the five-string banjo.

“The five-string banjo is truly an American instrument,” said Dvorak who will show and play about a dozen banjoes from his collection. 

“The sound of the 5-string banjo captures something in the foundation of American roots music. …

On Your Radar with John Platt

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New Folk Initiative presents virtual On Your Radar July 14

GLEN HEAD NY - The New Folk Initiative presents a special virtual edition of “On Your Radar” Tuesday, July 14, 7:00 pm eastern daylight time. The live-streamed program features Tragedy Ann, a duo from Guelph, Ontario, Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak and Siobhán O’Brien from Limerick, Ireland. 

“Having pulled off our first ‘On Your Radar’ in June,” said host John Platt who has spent more than fifty years in broadcasting, “we’re tossing caution to the wind and trying it again in July with a far-flung lineup.

Deerfield IL

Pete Seeger’s river of song ZOOMs on July 2

The Deerfield Public Library will present a ZOOM Webinar performance, “A Tribute to Pete Seeger” on Thursday, July 2 at 12 noon Central Daylight Time. 

“Thousands upon thousands of people over the years have taken up the banjo, the guitar and began opening their ears to the world of music because of Pete,” said Chicago folk artist Mark Dvorak who will lead the audience through a webinar program of Seeger’s most enduring songs.

“Pete taught us how to use music to grow our communities and celebrate our heritage,” said Dvorak. “He also demonstrated over many decades the importance of using art and song to help build a more just and peaceful world.”

Buffalo MO • 8.13.20

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CD release concert in Buffalo August 13 - a labor of love for Chicago folk artist Dvorak

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

Let Love Go On  is Dvorak’s eighteenth recorded release and represents a creative milestone. He produced, engineered, mix and mastered the entire project. Further, he wrote seven of the songs, played all of the instruments and sang all the parts.

The disc was released on Dvorak’s independent label, Ten Fingers, just one month before the shelter-in-place order due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic.

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