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Folk singer Dvorak and treasured guitar, return to Valparaiso for April 27 concert


VALPARAISO IN - When folk singer and song writer Mark Dvorak takes the stage at Front Porch Music on April 27, he will be picking and strumming on a vintage guitar purchased at the Valparaiso music store sixteen years ago.

"It's a Martin Golden Era small body," said Dvorak. "The last time I played Front Porch Music was in 1997 and I saw it hanging there in the shop upstairs. I fell in love with it immediately. It's a beautiful instrument with such a warm and balanced sound. I wound up playing it for about an hour, but there was no way I could afford it."

"When I came back for the evening concert, the then owner Paul, brought me into his office and asked if I liked the guitar. At first I was afraid he might be upset because I had played it for so long earlier in the afternoon. It turned out Paul wanted me to have it, and he made me an offer I couldn't refuse. I came back the next day and purchased it. That Triple 0 has been with me ever since, across the country and across the ocean. I've played several thousand shows with it."

But none of those shows took place in Valparaiso, or at Front Porch Music. "Chad Clifford has done a remarkable job keeping Front Porch Music a vibrant center for instruments, lessons and shows. It always reminded me of a smaller version of our Old Town School of Folk Music here in Chicago. Of course, I am excited to be playing and singing there again after so many years."

Dvorak's songwriting has been called "wondrous," and "profound." His performance "an elegant balancing act of the traditional, the original and the powerful." The Chicago Tribune calls him "masterful," while SING OUT! magazine says, "Dvorak shines!"

His 2011 Waterbug release, Time Ain't Got Nothin' On Me, received national airplay and rose to number 14 on the Cashbox Roots Music Report.

The April 27 concert begins at 8:00 pm and admission is $12. Michiana's own banjo picker and story teller Andy Burd will open the show. Front Porch Music is located at 505 E. Lincolnway in Valparaiso. For reservations and more information phone 219 464 4700, or visit the Front Porch Music web site at Visit Mark Dvorak on the web at


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