Two Way Street Coffee House

Songwriter and folk artist Dvorak returns to Two Way Street Coffee House April 29

DOWNERS GROVE IL -  The Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss welcomes back singer songwriter and folk artist Mark Dvorak to its Friday concert stage on April 29 at 8:00 pm.


Dvorak first appeared at the Two Way Street in June of 1982. “It was the first audition I ever passed,” said the singer. “I didn’t find out until later that almost anyone who was interested in performing was given a date.”


Since 1970 the Two Way Street has presented folk, acoustic and spoken word performances in the small basement room in the First Congregational Church of Downers Grove. Two years ago Joel Simpson and Jennifer Ashley of Downers Grove, took over as co-directors of the Coffee House.


“I’ve known Mark since I was about eight years-old,” said Simpson. “He’s been on the road for a lot of years and is an integral member of the Two Way Street community.”

Dvorak is woking on his 20th album release Live & Alone, due out later this year. The CD was recorded in an empty concert hall during the height of the pandemic when audiences were not allowed to gather.

Also due out this year is his fourth collection 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.”

General admission is $10. The event will be live streamed. For information phone 630 969 9720 or visit Learn more about Mark Dvorak at

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