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Bob’s Barn Jamboree to feature Chicago folk legend in Lake Odessa on November 30

LAKE ODESSA, MI - Chicago’s “Official troubadour,” Mark Dvorak will make a rare concert appearance on Sunday, November 30 at Bob’s Barn Jamboree, 1417 Johnson Street, Lake Odessa. The concert begins at 3:00 pm, followed by an all-acoustic folk jam and sing along.


“Our Jamboree is a live recording session that takes place in an actual barn,” said Robert Warner, producer of Bob’s Barn Jamboree. Warner is also know as ‘Bob the Clogger’ in the Midwest folk and dance community. "The sound in our room is superb,” said Warner. “We feel so lucky Mark has added us to his fall tour schedule. We’re excited to present him in concert, and to have him take part in our jam session."

“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.”

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 and 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.

“For me, folk music has always been a part of our shared history,” said Dvorak. "But it also gives us a language we can use to express ourselves; to let others know what we are thinking and what we are feeling.”

Dvorak plans to release three new projects in the coming months. “I’ve been working on an album of just banjo music, and I want to release a collection of older songs, standards like “Someone to Watch Over Me,” by George Gershwin, and a song Fats Waller recorded in the 1930s, “It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie.” I also want to release some spoken word material.

Admission to the concert is free, but a free will donation will be accepted. For more information phone 616 374 8205. Email Bob’s Barn Jamboree at For more information on Mark Dvorak, visit his excellent web page at


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