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On Your Radar with John Platt

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New Folk Initiative presents virtual On Your Radar July 14

GLEN HEAD NY - The New Folk Initiative presents a special virtual edition of “On Your Radar” Tuesday, July 14, 7:00 pm eastern daylight time. The live-streamed program features Tragedy Ann, a duo from Guelph, Ontario, Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak and Siobhán O’Brien from Limerick, Ireland. 

“Having pulled off our first ‘On Your Radar’ in June,” said host John Platt who has spent more than fifty years in broadcasting, “we’re tossing caution to the wind and trying it again in July with a far-flung lineup.

Deerfield IL

Pete Seeger’s river of song ZOOMs in on July 2

The Deerfield Public Library will present a ZOOM Webinar performance, “A Tribute to Pete Seeger” on Thursday, July 2 at 12 noon Central Daylight Time. 

“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 webinar program of Seeger’s most enduring songs.

“Pete taught us how to use music to grow our communities and celebrate our heritage,” said Dvorak. “He also demonstrated over many decades the importance of using art and song to help build a more just and peaceful world.”

Buffalo MO • 8.13.20

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CD release concert in Buffalo August 13 - a labor of love for Chicago folk artist Dvorak

BUFFALO MO - When Chicago singer songwriter Mark Dvorak began his career in music, he knew right away he was in it for the long haul. Thirty-two years later Dvorak 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, engineered, mix and mastered the entire project. Further, he wrote seven of the songs, played all of the instruments and sang all the parts.

The disc was released on Dvorak’s independent label, Ten Fingers, just one month before the shelter-in-place order due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic.

FaceBook LiveStream


Music & Potlucks presents acoustic LiveStream concert June 18

RIVER FOREST IL - Join Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak for a very special FaceBook LiveStream event to support our neighbors in need.

The concert is presented by Music & Potlucks, a community organization, and takes place on Thursday, June 18 at 7:00 CDT, to directly support Beyond Hunger Food Pantry. Beyond Hunger serves thirteen zip codes in Chicago and the near west suburbs. Dvorak is donating his performance.

Why not plan a social-distance potluck or picnic in your home and show us your faces and food by posting photos online? …

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