Community Concert Partnership

Chicago folk musician debuts Community Concert Partnership in Bloomington-Normal July 8

BLOOMINGTON IL - When folk singer-songwriter Mark Dvorak began his career in music, he knew right away he was in it for the long haul. “For me, folk music has always been a part of our  shared history,” said Dvorak, who is based in Chicago. “But it also gives us a language we can use to express ourselves, and to let others know what we are thinking and what we are feeling.”


“For years I’ve been trying to figure out a way to bring this music to more people. I’ve wanted to find the right situation where people can get into the songs, and also sustain myself as a touring musician,” he said.

Dvorak thinks he may have found a way with his latest project, the Community Concert Partnership, which debuts in the Bloomington-Normal area with a series of civic and public performances beginning July 8.

“It’s pretty simple really,” explains Dvorak, who is artist-in-residence at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. “This music has always thrived in small spaces. It has grown by being needed and used. It carries along with it the essence of our shared heritage and invites participation. Folk music is family music.”

On July 8 Dvorak will perform at 2:00 pm at Blair House, 1200 E. College Avenue, Normal, and give an evening patio concert at the Bloomington Public Library, 205 East Olive Street, Bloomington at 7:00 pm.


Dvorak returns to the area July 16 with a 2:00 pm performance at Evergreen Place Assisted Living, 801 Gregory Street, Normal, and a 7:00 pm performance at Heritage Health, 700 East Walnut, Bloomington.

On July 17 he will perform at Evergreen Village, 1701 Evergreen Blvd., Normal and give a public performance at 6:00 pm at The Coffeehouse Deli, 114 E. Beaufort, Normal.

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

Dvorak has released sixteen albums to date and performed in thirty-eight states, and in Canada, Ireland and Finland. In 2013 he published his first book of essays and poetry, “Bowling for Christmas & Other Tales from the Road.” Also in 2013 he was honored by Folk Alliance International with the FARM Lantern Bearer Award for his contributions to folk and community music. In 2012, WFMT 98.7 fm fine arts radio named him “Chicago’s official troubadour.”

"I’m absolutely thrilled to be coming back to Bloomington-Normal,” said Dvorak. "I hope to bring the Community Concert Partnership to other towns in the Midwest, and eventually involve other artists and feature different kinds of programs,” he said.

To learn more about the Community Concert Partnership, and for more information on Mark Dvorak, visit his home page at

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