Mt. Vernon, Illinois

Jefferson County Historical Society celebrates the American folk song with Illinois troubadour Mark Dvorak April 22

MT. VERNON IL - The Jefferson County Historical Society welcomes Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak for a special concert on Saturday, April 22 at 2:00 pm. The event takes place at the Jefferson County Historical Museum and Village, 1411 North 27th Street.

Dvorak who accompanies himself on guitar, 5-string banjo and 12-string guitar will present “The American Folk Song,” a musical exploration into the roots of American folk, blues and pop standards.

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.”

Dvorak has performed in thirty-eight states and in parts of Europe and Canada. He has won awards for journalism and children’s music. In 2008 he received the Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lantern Bearer Award from Folk Alliance International in 2013.Dvorak is an integral member of the faculty at Chicago’s remarkable Old Town School of Folk Music. 

The Chicago Tribune has called Dvorak “masterful,” and the Fox Valley Folk Festival describes him as “a living archive of song and style.” 

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