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Potluck @The Priory


Dominican University hosts potluck, acoustic jam February 9

RIVER FOREST IL - The Dominican University Performing Arts Center and Music & Potlucks will present “Potluck @The Priory” on Sunday, February 9 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Priory Campus Auditorium, 7200 W. Division Street.

The event supports the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, Housing Forward and the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation.

“This will be our seventeenth event,” said Music & Potlucks co-director Stephanie Schrodt or River Forest. “We want to continue to present programs that gather our community together, and at the same time provide some assistance to our neighbors in need. …

Warrenville Library


Pete Seeger’s river of song flows into Warrenville January 19

WARRENVILLE IL - The Warrenville Public Library, , 28W751 Stafford Place, will present “A Tribute to Pete Seeger” on Sunday, January 19 at 2:00 pm. 

“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 program of Seeger’s most enduring songs.

“Pete taught us how to use music to grow our communities and celebrate our heritage,” said Dvorak. …

Second Sunday Dances Series


CANCELLED • MD performs in the UP Sunday, January 12

CRYSTAL FALLS MI - The Second Sunday Folk Dance series celebrates its 35th season of music and dance. One of the Midwest’s most popular venues, the Second Sunday series is the largest, longest running event of its kind, presenting folk and acoustic musicians and singer songwriters in the main hall at Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp, just west of Crystal Falls.

“The ninety year-old camp was founded during the Great Depression,” said Bette Premo, who is music director of the series and performs with her husband Dean as Whitewater. 

Rockford Urban Ministries


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.

“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


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.


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. …

August Hill Winery

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


We’re planning for the new year over here at! 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, Ron in Rockford IL, John in Bishop Hill IL and Brenda in Dixon IL for adding 2020 dates!

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.

We will be traveling onto the following areas in 2020. …

5th grade arts festival


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


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.

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