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Schubas Acoustic Brunch

Schubas Acoustic Brunch with troubadour Mark Dvorak September 15

CHICAGO IL - Schubas, 3159 Southport, welcomes Mark Dvorak, Chicago's official troubadour, to the Acoustic Brunch stage Sunday, September 15 from 12 noon to 2:00 pm. The show is for all ages and there is no cover charge.

“The Acoustic Brunch is very popular here at Schubas,”said general Manager Mike Schuba. "Mark is our favorite brunch stage artist, and we’re always glad to have him back,” he said.

“Schubas underwent a major renovation and we’ve been off for over a year,” said Peggy Browning of the Old Town School of Folk Music. …

Schuamburg Farmer’s Market

Village of Schaumburg features folk artist Mark Dvorak at Farmer’s Market August 9

SCHAUMBURG IL - The Village of Schaumburg will feature the music of “Chicago’s official troubadour” and Old Town School of Folk Music teaching artist Mark Dvorak at the "Ye Olde Schaumburg Centre Farmer’s Market” on Friday, August 9 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. The award-winning farmer’s market takes place in the parking lot in front of the Trickster Gallery, 190 N. Roselle Road. 


“Our farmer’s market features locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats, flowers, plants and gourmet cheeses sold by the farmers who produce them,” said Martha Dooley, Sustainability Planner for the Village of Schaumburg. …

Folk & Smoke Festival August 16 & 17 in Dodgeville WI

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First Folk & Smoke Festival features Dom Flemons, Mark Dvorak & Jonas Friddle

DODGEVILLE WI - White Oak Savanna Events Farm & Sanctuary, 4352 State Road 23, is proud to announce our first ever “White Oak Savanna Folk & Smoke Festival!” Bring your instruments and your voices because “Folk” is live music, group jams and workshops. Bring your appetite because “Smoke” is mouth-watering locally sourced bbq, food and libations. It’s a “Sanctuary” because there will be nature, camping, camaraderie and community.

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Located in Southern Wisconsin’s picturesque Driftless Region, White Oak Savanna is a one-of-a-kind events venue featuring the beautifully restored 1920s barn built by Frank Lloyd Wright’s cousin, Charles Lloyd Jones. …

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Since 2012 MD has given over 150 community music programs serving clients, staff and volunteers and the community in the greater Oak Park River Forest area. Dvorak has also participated in performances at Dominican University, The Buzz Cafe, the Village of Oak Park, Fitzgerald’s Night Club and a number of other private in-home events.

These performances and programs are supported by the Oak Park Area Arts Council, Music & Potlucks and the Songs For Peace & Justice Fund

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For more information please visit www.MusicandPotlucks.org

Folktober Fest 2019

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Music & Potlucks announces 3rd Folktober Fest for October 6 & 7

OAK PARK IL - Music & Potlucks, a community organization will present the third annual pop-up music event Folktober Fest on Sunday, October 6 and Monday October 7.

The event will take place at two locations. Sunday, October 6 Fitzgerald’s Night Club, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, will host Songwriters Three in the Round at 6:15 pm. Michael Peter Smith, Heather Styka and Mark Dvorak headline. 

The afternoon kicks off at 4:00 pm with a free singing and harmony workshop. A light dinner and appetizers will be served at 5:00 pm and a closing acoustic jam and sing along will conclude the evening.

Riverside Farmers Market

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Folk troubadour Mark Dvorak to perform at Riverside Farmers' Market August 7

RIVERSIDE IL - The Village of Riverside and the Riverside Public Library will present folk troubadour Mark Dvorak in the entertainment tent at the Riverside Farmers' Market on Wednesday August 7 at 3:00 pm. The market takes place in Centennial Plaza, 10 Pine Avenue near the historic water tower.

“We’re lucky to have Mark on our 2019 schedule,” said Janice Foley of the Riverside Public Library. “He’s a Midwest folk treasure; a wonderful singer, songwriter and instrumentalist.”

The market runs every Wednesday from June 5 through October 9 from 2:30 pm until 7:00 pm.

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, July 21 from 12 noon to 2:00 pm. The show is for all ages and there is no cover charge.

“The Acoustic Brunch is very popular here at Schubas,”said general Manager Mike Schuba. "Mark is our favorite brunch stage artist, and we’re always glad to have him back,” he said.

“Schubas underwent a major renovation and we’ve been off for over a year,” said Peggy Browning of the Old Town School of Folk Music. …

Lake Odessa Depot Day

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Chicago folk artist Dvorak headlines entertainment in Lake Odessa July 27

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 27. The event takes place at the Lake Odessa Area Historical Society and Depot Museum 1117 Emerson Street and runs from 12:00 noon 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. …

Music @ the Batesville Memorial Library

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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.

“Whenever I hear Mark perform,” said Michael Kruse, Batesville Memorial Library director,“ I am reminded of the beauty and power of music. We’re thrilled that he will be joining us again this summer.”

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. The event takes place at 119 N. Marion Street.

“We go on rain or shine,” said Shannon Williams, Downtown Oak Park Executive Director. …

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.

“The Acoustic Brunch is very popular here at Schubas,”said general Manager Mike Schuba. "Mark is our favorite brunch stage artist, and we’re always glad to have him back,” he said.

“Schubas underwent a major renovation and we’ve been off for over a year,” said Peggy Browning of the Old Town School of Folk Music. …

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.

“There will be music all day,” said event director Cindy Earls. “Music carries the oral traditions of our ancestors and shares their stories of hardship, sorrow and celebration!”

Featured performers include banjo expert Phillip Steinmetz & His Sunny Tennesseans,  folk artist and singer songwriter 

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