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Dvorak headlining Hickory Ridge

LEWISTOWN - Hickory Ridge Concerts welcomes Chicago’s official troubadour Mark Dvorak, to the Lewistown Visitor’s Center on Saturday, January16 at 7:00 pm. The Center is located at 222 S. Main Street, Lewistown. 

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, “Back Home,” his latest release on Ten Fingers, marks an important milestone.

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“At this stage of the game,” said Dvorak, “I feel like I’m doing my best work. ‘Back Home’ has a lot of variety and is a sampling of what I like to do before a live audience.”

Of the ten tracks on the disc, three of them were recorded live in 2012. It features a spoken word essay, “North Platte, Nebraska,” and two new original songs, “Pueblo, Colorado” and “Old Friends.”

“This is the first project where I did everything myself,” he said. “I arranged all the material and played all the instruments. I took all the photographs, except one, and designed the jacket.”

“He’s the real deal,” said Bau Graves, Executive Director of Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. ”Mark has made music his life and livelihood. He’s been a top faculty member at the school for more than twenty-five years. His performances are elegant, rich and powerful.”

Hickory Ridge Concerts are produced and hosted by singer songwriter and recording artist Chris Vallillo of Macomb.

"After eighteen seasons at the Dickson Mounds Museum,” said Vallillo, “ We had to make a move when the museum was shut down. We’re grateful for the support of the City of Lewistown. Our new venue at the Visitor’s Center is very comfortable, and I like the historic connection,” he said.

General admission is $5. Refreshments and snacks will be available. For more information phone 309 224 8210 or 309 547 4306. Visit the Lewistown homepage at Learn more about Mark Dvorak at

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