Songwriters three in the round

Songwriting legend Michael P. Smith headlines Fitzgerald’s charity event October 6

BERWYN IL - Music & Potlucks, a community organization, will present songwriting legend Michael Smith in-the-round along with Heather Styka and Chicago’s "official troubadour” Mark Dvorak on Sunday, October 6 at 6:00 pm. The event takes place at Fitzgeralds’s Night Club, 6615 Roosevelt Road. All profits from the event will support Beyond Hunger Food Pantry, Housing Forward and the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation.

Michael Smith, who was born in South Orange, New Jersey in 1941 has written close to five hundred songs in his long and diverse career. Rolling Stone Magazine called Smith “the greatest songwriter in the English language."


Smith’s songs have appeared on Broadway, on dozens of other artists’ recordings including Suzy Bogguss and Steve Goodman’s iconic arrangements of “The Dutchman” and “Spoon River.”

In the 1980s Smith scored the music for the Steppenwolf production of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, and toured internationally with that production for two years. He has balanced his time between touring folk singer songwriter and composer/performer in theatrical pieces like The Snow Queen, The Selfish Giant, and the Jeffrey award-winning Michael, Margaret, Pat & Kate.

Smith will be joined on stage by singer songwriter Heather Styka and Mark Dvorak. Styka who is based in Chicago has received rave reviews from her most recent release, North, recorded with backing band The Sentimentals, in a small log cabin on a lake in Wisconsin.

In 2012 Dvorak was named “Chicago’s official troubadour” by Rich Warren host of WFMT’s iconic Midnight Special radio program. Dvorak has released eighteen albums of original and traditional music including Waterbug’s acclaimed Time Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Me released in 2011.

Music & Potlucks has presented more than a dozen community music events to support area agencies which serve the homeless and those who are experiencing food challenges.

“We came together as an organization in early 2016,” said Stephanie Schrodt of River Forest who is codirector of Music & Potlucks and a board member on Go Beyond Hunger.  “We believe hunger is solvable and the solution includes all of us. We’re grateful that Michael, Heather and Mark have joined us for this very special Fitzgerald’s concert presentation.”

The event kicks off at 4:00 pm with a free singing and harmony workshop. A light dinner and appetizers will be served at 5:00 pm and a closing acoustic jam and sing along will conclude the evening.

Adult tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door and include food, cash bar, the concert and the jam session. Order online at /

All profits from the event will go to Music & Potluck partner agencies Beyond Hunger, Housing Forward and the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation. 

For information on Michael P. Smith visit Find Heather Styka at and Mark Dvorak at

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