Inscape Collective

Folk artist, singer-songwriter Dvorak returns to Rockford for workshop and concert September 24

ROCKFORD IL - Inscape Collective, 201 7th Street, welcomes folk singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Dvorak back to Midtown for a 2:00 pm workshop and 7:00 pm concert on Saturday, September 24.

“The Guitar According to Mark,” is Dvorak’s eighty-minute, hands-on exploration of the six string acoustic guitar. The session is aimed for players who can already change basic chords and will cover several approaches to creating an accompaniment, playing simple melodies, finger picking, and blues are all part of the mix.

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“In learning any instrument, or learning to sing well,” said Dvorak, “we invariably hit a plateau where our skills stay at a certain level. That’s the time to examine more deeply what really goes into making acoustic music that is in tune, on time and more whole. Those who attend the workshop should bring their instruments, their questions and be ready to go to work.”

At 7:00 pm Dvorak performs in concert.

Dvorak is busy at work on his 20th CD release Live & Alone, recorded in an empty concert hall during the height of the pandemic lock down. He is also preparing to publish his fourth book of essays, 31 Winters,  which reflects on his long journey through music and teaching.

The Chicago Tribune has called Dvorak “masterful,” and the Fox Valley Folk Festival describes him as “a living archive of song and style.” Dvorak has won awards for journalism and children’s music, and was honored in 2013 with the FARM Lantern Bearer Award from Folk Alliance International. In 2008 he received the Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2012 Rich Warren, long time host of The Midnight Special radio program named Dvorak “Chicago’s official troubadour.” 

The Inscape retail shop sells products from diverse female artists, artisans and entrepreneurs. Proceeds from our sales go towards subsidizing a wide-array of life-enhancing programming to ensure that it is accessible to women of all socio-economic backgrounds. 

“We offer programs ranging from the creative arts, holistic health, exercise and entrepreneurial skills, to meditation and mindfulness,” said Ruth Jackson co-owner of Inscape. “Mark has become an absolute folk favorite here in the Rockford area and we’re thrilled that Inscape has carried on the legacy of presenting music in the beautiful space of the former Just Goods Fair Trade Store.”

A suggested donation of $10 - $20 is suggested for the afternoon workshop. Those interested in registering should reach out directly to Mark Dvorak at

General admission seating to the evening concert is available by free will donation, $5 - $20 suggested. For more information on inscape phone (815) 977-2823 or visit

To learn more about Mark Dvorak go to

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