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1st annual Lloyd Loar’s Hometown Bluegrass Festival takes place in Lewistown IL August 18

FULTON COUNTY IL - The 1st annual Lloyd Loar’s Hometown Bluegrass Festival takes place at the Dickson Mounds Museum, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Road, Lewistown, on Saturday, August 18 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The event takes place rain or shine will feature live music by hammered dulcimer master Bill Robinson & Friends, Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak, the Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra and singer songwriter Amelia Sweet Bluebird. Bill Robinson will present a workshop at 10:30 am and there is an open-mic scheduled for 11:45 am.

Thursday Night Out in Oak Park IL

Thursday Night Out features folk artists and sing along August 16

OAK PARK IL - The streets of downtown Oak Park will ring with the sounds of acoustic music on Thursday, August 16 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 three concerts for the popular Thursday Night Out series which runs from May 24 through August 30.

“We go on rain or shine,” said Shannon Williams, Downtown Oak Park Executive Director. “Thursday Night Out is Oak Park’s popular dine-around series that features a free concert each week and great local food, beer and wine available for purchase.”

Chimera Loft August 2

Blues Hall of Famer, Chicago troubadour perform in Evanston on August 2

EVANSTON IL - Chimera Loft, 2948 Central Street, will present Blues Hall of Famer Donna Herula and Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak in concert on Thursday, August 2 at 7:00 pm.

Chimera Loft presents spoken word programs, visual art and music.”We wished to create a very special forum here in Evanston amazing stories, visually enhanced art, and a place to expand our musical horizons,” said Winer.  “We’re so glad to have Donna and Mark back at the Loft. “They’re simply exceptional.”

Herula is an accomplished guitarist and bottle-neck slide player. …

1968: Songs & Screen at the Glenview Public Library


Sounds of the 60s: Folk Songs & Protest Music

GLENVIEW IL - The Glenview Public Library welcomes Chicago’s “official troubadour Mark Dvorak for an evening of folk songs and protest music recalling the turbulent 1960s. The program, "Sounds of the 60s: Folk Songs and Protest Music” takes place at the Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, on Tuesday, July 24 at 7:00 pm.

“We wanted to present a program acknowledging the 50th anniversary of 1968, a very turbulent year in American history,” said Hilary Gabel, Director of Communications at the library. “Mark has been a favorite with our audiences over the years. …

Schaumburg Farmer’s Market

Village of Schaumburg features folk artist Mark Dvorak at Farmer’s Market July 13

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, July 13 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. …

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