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Rockford Urban Ministries

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8th Holiday Benefit Concert in Rockford December 20

ROCKFORD IL - The Rockford Listening Room, 201 7th Street will present a holiday concert to benefit Rockford Urban Ministries on Friday, December 20 at 7:00 pm. The concert features Chicago’s internationally renown troubadour Mark Dvorak and guitar icon Eric Lambert as well as other special guests.. 

With the closing of Just Goods Free Trade Store, who sponsored the Friday Rockford Listening Room series, Stanley Campbell of Rockford Urban Ministries (RUM) has stepped to keep the series going.

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“Stanley has been a saint in making sure we can complete our season,” said Ron Holm music director for the Rockford Listening Room. …

Rockford Community Sing Out

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Rockford Community Sing returns to Emmanuel Lutheran January 4

Rockford Community Sing Out returns to Emmanuel Lutheran January 4

ROCKFORD IL - Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 Third Avenue will host Rockford’s fourth community sing on Saturday, January 4 at 7:30 pm. The event will support Emmanuel Lutheran’s Center for Arts & Spirituality. Suggested donation is $10. There will also be a free harmony singing workshop at 5:00 pm. 

Rockford area musician and performer Ron Holm will be joined by the Old Town School of Folk Music’s Mark Dvorak in a program of familiar folk songs, sing along favorites and a few other surprises too.

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Schubas Acoustic Brunch with troubadour Mark Dvorak November 10

CHICAGO IL - Schubas, 3159 Southport, welcomes Mark Dvorak, Chicago's official troubadour, to the Acoustic Brunch stage Sunday, November 10 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. …

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Chicago folk troubadour performs in Utica November 8

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. Thirty-four years later he is still on the road and recording.

“At this stage of the game,” said Dvorak, “I feel like I’m doing my best work. I’m hoping to get the new CD out this year and am very excited about it. I’ve got some new material coming along, and I’m including a bunch of different things I like to do before a live audience.

On the Road Again

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We’re planning for the new year over here at markdvorak.com! A new CD Let Love Go On, is due in February and we’re keeping busy accepting tour dates, community concerts, local Chicago-area venues and cultural arts opportunities. Stay in touch!

Thank you to Kellyanne in IL, Jacquelyn in MO, Dani in KS & Dave in MI for adding 2020 dates!

We will be traveling onto the following areas in 2020. If you know of a venue or person we should contact, please get in touch right away at markdv@aol.com.

Mark tours coast to coast and welcomes all reasonable inquiries. Find out how easy it is to bring Mark to your performance series, venue or event.

5th grade arts festival

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BELVIDERE IL - The Boone County Arts Council sponsored the 7th annual Fifth Grade Arts Festival that took place on October 22, 23 and 24 at the Belvidere Community Building, 111 W. 1st Street. More than seven hundred fifth graders participated in the day long event which began with a music program, “Old Songs & New People” presented by Mark Dvorak of the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.

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Students then broke out into forty-five minute sessions and worked with artists with various skills and disciplines. Mary Read taught dance, Norm Knott has the groups create junk art, Dan Holmes taught theatre improv, Gary Tate brought students into the world of puppetry, while Bill Ecklund and Jeremy Schultz worked with students on photography. 

Showcasing FARM

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27th annual FARM Conference & Gathering • Grand Rapids MI

October 24 - 26

GRAND RAPIDS MI  - The 27TH annual FARM Conference & Gathering takes place Thursday, October 24 through Sunday, October 27, 2019. The event is hosted by Crown Plaza Grand Rapids, 5700 28th Street SE.

FARM is the Folk Alliance Region Midwest conference of Folk Alliance International (Folk Alliance Region Midwest). Three to four hundred musicians, presenters, broadcasters, podcasters, publicists, agents and music fans will be in attendance. 

“it’s a great opportunity to reconnect with the music community,” said Mark Dvorak who will be showcasing at the conference.

True, Beautiful and Strong

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On August 23, 2012 MD sat down for a visit with Chicago's artistic treasure, Peggy Lipschutz. In 1970, the Old Town School of Folk Music moved from its original location at 333 W. North Avenue, to the Aldine Building at 909 W. Armitage in Lincoln Park.

In 1970 Lipschutz created three portraits for the new site of the Old Town School where the images of folk icons Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, along with blues legend Big Bill Broonzy have hung ever since.

Watch the 24 minute film, “True, Beautiful and Strong,” produced for WLUW 88.7 fm and directed by Jason McInnes, Lipschutz talks about the famous  paintings, her life in art, and her show that opened later that autumn.

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