Two Way Street Coffee House celebrates 50 years

Two Way Street Coffee House 50th anniversary livestream concert series features Chicago’s troubadour November 27

DOWNERS GROVE IL - The Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss Street, will present Chicago troubadour Mark Dvorak in a live stream virtual concert from the coffee house on Friday, November 27 at 8:00 pm central time. Because of pandemic restrictions, the performance is not open to the public.

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“November begins a five-week celebration of the Two Way Street’s 50th anniversary,” said Joel Simpson, co-director of the historic folk and acoustic venue. “Due to the pandemic we of course had to change our plans for the gala concert and afternoon programming at the First Congregational Church.”

The First Congregational United Church of Christ has been the home of the Two Way Street Coffee House since 1970.

“We’re presenting a one-hour concert live from the Two Way Street stage each Friday for five weeks in November and December. Every concert features an artist representative of the coffee house each decade from the 1970s through the 2010s.”

Featured are singer songwriter Heather Styka, the George Mattson Trio, Small Potatoes, Lee Murdock and Andrew Calhoun, and Mark Dvorak.

“Mark and his music have been so special to all of us at the Two Way Street,” said Simpson. “We’re thrilled that he can be part of our virtual anniversary celebration.”

Dvorak first performed at the Two Way Street in 1982 and 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.” 

 He has recorded eighteen albums to date including Let Love Go On released earlier this year. 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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