The American Folk Song

Bernard Wenger JCC features Chicago folk artist on February 6

NORTHBROOK IL - The Bernard Wenger JCC welcomes Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak to its program schedule on Wednesday, February 6 at 10:45 am. The Center is located at 300 Revere Drive, Northbrook.


Dvorak will present “The American Folk Song,” a musical exploration into the roots of American music.  Dvorak will perform, examples from African-American and British Isles traditions and songs from American folk artists such as Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. 

Dvorak is an integral member of the faculty at Chicago’s remarkable Old Town School of Folk Music. Since 1986 he has worked with thousands of music students who have passed through his classes. He has helped many a beginner get through their first chords and strums, and has hosted a catalog of master classes and workshops on a range of subjects from old-time banjo picking to the legacy of the great Lead Belly, to just about every other topic related to the study of American folk music.

“He’s the real deal,” said James Tomasello, Old Town School Program Manager. ”Mark has made music his life and livelihood. He’s been a top faculty member at the school for thirty years. His performances are elegant, rich and powerful.”

Dvorak is at work on his eighteenth recording project, “Brand New Wings,” due out later this year. 

“I like being able to work in the comfort of my home studio,” he said. "At home, I can work until I get a take I really like; something that has the energy and life of a live performance. At this point in the game, I feel like I’m doing my best work."

For more information contact the Bernard Wenger JCC at 224 406 9200 or visit

To learn more about Mark Dvorak, visit his homepage at

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