Lake Odessa Depot Day

Chicago folk artist Dvorak headlines entertainment in Lake Odessa July 27

LAKE ODESSA MI - Chicago’s “official” troubadour Mark Dvorak will be among the performers on the entertainment stage at Lake Odessa Depot Day Saturday, July 27. The event takes place at the Lake Odessa Area Historical Society and Depot Museum 1117 Emerson Street and runs from 12:00 noon until 3:00 pm.


"Bob Warner recommended that I get in touch with Mark,” said Thelma Curtis entertainment chair for the event. “He said that Mark has performed a number of times at the Jamboree and has become quite the favorite. We’re so pleased he was willing to make the trip from Chicago to join us.”

Bob Warner and his wife Lynda host classes and music events throughout the week in the barn on their property in Lake Odessa. Bob’s Barn Jamboree is a live video taping and goes out to the internet and local access stations in Michigan. Warner is a member of the Michigan Bluegrass Hall of Fame and is an award-winning clog dancer.

The Depot Day celebration will feature food, tours of the historic depot and museum and music. Silverado Express will kick off the entertainment at 12:00 noon. At 1:30 Mike Calton will perform and  at 2:00 pm the Janie Rodriguez Award will be presented. Dvorak will close off the entertainment with his songs, stories, 5-string banjo and guitar from 2:30 pm until 3:00 pm.

Dvorak is currently working on his eighteenth recorded release, “Let Love Go On,” due out later this year. 


“At this stage of the game,” said Dvorak, “I feel like I’m doing my best work. I’m very excited about the new CD. 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. I’m really looking forward to coming back to Lake O. for Depot Day."

Dvorak has performed in thirty-eight states and in parts of Europe and Canada. He has won awards for journalism and children’s music. In 2008 he received the Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lantern Bearer Award from Folk Alliance International in 2013. In 2012, WFMT 98.7 fm Midnight Special host Rich Warren named him Chicago’s “official troubadour.”

The Chicago Tribune calls Dvorak "masterful," while SING OUT! Magazine says, "Dvorak shines!" His songwriting has been called "wondrous" and “ profound.” 

The event is free but a free will donation to support the museum is encouraged. For information phone 616 374 7703. For more information on Mark Dvorak visit

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