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Music @ the Batesville Memorial Library


Chicago folk artist Dvorak in Batesville for concert and workshop June 29

BATESVILLE IN - Chicago’s “official” troubadour Mark Dvorak will perform in concert at the Batesville Memorial Library, 131 N. Walnut Street on Saturday, June 29 at 7:00 pm. Dvorak who is a Distinguished Teaching Artist at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music will also lead an all welcome folk jam and sing along at the library from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm.

Community music in Oak Park IL

Thursday Night Out features folk artists and sing along June 13

OAK PARK IL - The streets of downtown Oak Park will ring with the sounds of folk and acoustic music on Thursday, June 13 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 a special “Folk Park” evening for the popular Thursday Night Out series which runs from May 30 through August 29. …

Schubas Acoustic Brunch

Schubas Acoustic Brunch with troubadour Mark Dvorak June 2

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

Old Time Music Festival

21st Annual Pickin’ Party at the Homeplace June 8 & 9

DOVER TN - The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area presents the 21st Annual Pickin’ Party at the Homeplace. The event takes place at The Homeplace, an 1850s working farm located on The Trace about 14 miles north of Dover near the South Bison Range.

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Steven Neale writes:

As a member of my church band, I just wanted to let you know that your guitar links page has been very helpful. Every week, our band holds educational seminars to teach our community all about music! Right now we’re teaching the kids about guitar basics.

What a Wonderful World family concert


Family folk concert in Eagle River May 25

EAGLE RIVER WI - The Walter E. Olson Memorial Library welcomes Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak for special musical presentation “What a Wonderful World,” on Saturday, May 25 at 1:00 pm. The Library is located at 203 N. …

Showcasing SERFA

12th annual SERFA Conference in Chattanooga TN  May 16 - 19

CHATTANOOGA TN  - The 12 annual SERFA Conference & gathering takes place Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19, 2019. The event takes place at the Chattanoogan Hotel, 1201 Broad Street.

SERFA is the Southeast regional conference of Folk Alliance International (

Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers


Music & Potlucks on the air Hitting Left  April 19

Celebrating Pete Seeger’s centennial birthday a little early on Hitting Left, Lumpen Radio 105.5 fm April 19, 2019. Hosts Mike & Fred Klonsky broadcast each week from sunny Bridgeport on Chicago’s near south side. …

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. …

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