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Two Way Street Coffee House celebrates 50 years

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Two Way Street Coffee House 50th anniversary livestream concert series features Chicago’s troubadour November 27

DOWNERS GROVE IL - The Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss Street, will present Chicago troubadour Mark Dvorak in a live stream virtual concert from the coffee house on Friday, November 27 at 8:00 pm central time. Because of pandemic restrictions, the performance is not open to the public.

“November begins a five-week celebration of the Two Way Street’s 50th anniversary,” said Joel Simpson, co-director of the historic folk and acoustic venue. “Due to the pandemic we of course had to change our plans for the gala concert and afternoon programming at the First Congregational Church.”

Plank Road 35th Anniversary ZOOM workshop & concert • 11.14.20


An afternoon with folk artist Mark Dvorak November 14

DOWNERS GROVE IL - The Plank Road Folk Music Society will present “An Afternoon with Mark Dvorak” on Saturday, November 14 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm central time. The ZOOM virtual event is part of the society’s thirty-fifth annual celebration.

Dvorak, who has been on faculty at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music since 1986, will present a combination workshop and concert during the two-hour virtual program. 

“Mark has been part of the Plank Road since its beginning,” said Bob O’Hanlon. “He’s an outstanding singer, instructor and musician, and we couldn’t think of celebrating our thirty-fifth anniversary without including him in our program.”

ZOOM virtual event • 11.6.20


La Grange Public Library Virtual Folk Music Event supports BEDS Plus November 6

LA GRANGE IL - The La Grange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Avenue, will sponsor a Virtual Folk Music Event featuring Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak on Friday, November 6 at 7:00 pm. The event is presented by Music & Potlucks, a community organization, to support the mission of BEDS Plus who provides housing, shelter and support programs to thousands in the suburban Chicago area.


“We worked with Music and Potlucks last February,” said Jeanne Jesernik, Adult Services Librarian. "This is a unique opportunity to support such a worthwhile community cause and feel uplifted at a time when we can all use a boost.”

On the Air • 10.24.20


WFMT’s Folkstage features troubadour Mark Dvorak October 24

CHICAGO IL - 98.7 fm WFMT, Chicago’s home for classical and folk music welcomes Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak to its weekly program Folkstage on Saturday, October 24. at 8:00 pm central time. The live video and audio stream will be broadcast from the Hinsdale Unitarian Church, 11 W. Maple, Hinsdale. Due to pandemic restrictions, the performance is not open to the public.

“Mark has been on our radar for a long time,” said Folkstage host Rich Warren. “He’s been a friend of folk music in Chicago and across the Midwest and we’re very pleased to present him just before our autumn pledge drive.”

Barrington IL • 10.3.20

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Ambrosia Euro-American Patisserie to host live charity music event October 3

BARRINGTON IL - Ambrosia Euro-American Patisserie, 710 Northwest Highway, will host “Chicago’s official troubadour” Mark Dvorak for a special music program to support Journeys-The Road Home on Saturday, October 3 from10:30 am to 12 noon. The safe, social-distance event is sponsored by Music and Potlucks, a community organization, and takes place rain or shine. 

Music and Potlucks is based in the Oak Park River Forest area and is in its fifth season of presenting music events to support the homeless and the hungry.

LiveStream event • 10.4.20


ZOOM event: Homecoming Chili Cook-off and Acoustic Neighbors Folk Showcase October 4

OAK PARK IL - Music and Potlucks, a community organization will sponsor a livestream event, the Homecoming Chili Cook-off and Acoustic Neighbors Folk Showcase on Sunday, October 4 at 4:00 pm. 

The event will support Beyond Hunger Food Pantry in River Forest. Music and Potlucks is in its fifth season of presenting music events to support the homeless and the hungry.

“With the pandemic upon us,” said codirector Stephanie Schrodt of River Forest, who is on the board of Beyond Hunger, “we’ve had to get a little creative with our outreach programming. …

Chicago IL • 9.6.20


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


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. …

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