Maria’s Morning Coffee House

Morning Coffee House returns to Brookfield June 25

BROOKFIELD IL - Loca Mocha, 8858 Burlington Avenue, welcomes Chicago’s official troubadour Mark Dvorak to the Maria’s Morning Coffee House series on Tuesday, June 25 at 10:00 am. 

“I am so thrilled when Mark drops in  each month music,” said Loca Mocha owner Maria. “He is very popular in the area and his music is wonderful.”

“Ever since I moved back to Brookfield t’s been hard to find a good hot dog and folk music. I thought I might be able to change one of those, so last summer I approached Maria at Loca Mocha and she was very receptive. This will be our tenth show at Maria’s. I love it."

Brookfield has a long tradition of folk music venues. The Old Quarter Coffee House opened in 1981 at St. Barbara’s and then moved to a more permanent location in the Hollywood neighborhood. In 1987 the Plank Road Folk Music Society also began presenting concerts, workshops, potluck dinners and acoustic jam sessions at Sokol Hall, the historic train station and in Kiwanis Park.

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 planning to publish his fourth book of essays, 31 Winters,  which reflects on his long journey through music and teaching.

“At this stage of the game,” said the singer from his home outside Chicago, Illinois, “I feel like I’m doing my best work.” 

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.” 

There is no admission charge to Morning Coffee House at Loca Mocha. Donations will be accepted and CDs and books will be available for purchase

For information phone (708) 485-7990 or find Loca Mocha on FaceBook. Learn more about Mark Dvorak at

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