Chelsea MI • 1.25.20 • Zou Zou’s Cafe

CANCELLED • Singer songwriter Dvorak’s long journey into folk makes a stop in Chelsea January 25

CHELSEA MI - Zou Zou’s Cafe, 101 Main Street welcomes Chicago’s "official troubadour" Mark Dvorak for an intimate acoustic performance on Saturday, January 25 at 8:00 pm.

“Mark has been on the road for a lot of years it seems,” said Judy Banker, music director at Zou Zou’s. "He’s a masterful musician and an essential figure on the Midwest music scene. We're thrilled to have him back.”


The singer songwriter has performed in thrity-eight states and parts of Europe. He has won awards for journalism and children’s music and received the 2013 FARM Lantern Bearer Award from Folk Alliance International. In 2008 he was honored with the Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2012 WFMT 98.7 fm Midnight Special host Rich Warren named him “Chicago’s official troubadour.”

Dvorak will be performing songs from his upcoming release Let Love Go On, as well as a selection of traditional folk, blues and pop standards from the Great American Songbook at the concert.

“When I started out,” said the singer, “I knew I was in it for the long haul.Thirty-five years later I’m still out on the road, still writing, still recording and still learning. At this stage of the game I feel like I’m doing my best work.”

“Back in high school I wanted to be Bob Dylan,” said Dvorak. “And then I read a book about him I didn’t want to be him anymore. But I’ve learned a lot from Bob. His very first record was released in 1961 when he was only twenty years old. It included one of the first songs he wrote, “Song For Woody,” a song to his hero Woody Guthrie. It’s simply a stunning piece of work.

“I listened to it over and over and in the fourth verse Bob sings, ‘Here’s to Cisco and Sonny and Lead Belly too…' I already knew who Woody Guthrie was but I had only heard the names Cisco Houston, Sonny Terry and the great Lead Belly. It was as if Bob was holding a door open for me when I listened to that song saying, “Come on in, walk through the door and find out who those people are and learn their songs. Begin the journey.”

There is no cover charge for the music but listener donations are encouraged.

Zou Zou’s Cafe has been part of the Chelsea community for over twenty years, presenting music and serving sandwiches, salads, breakfast, desserts, coffee drinks and more. 

For more information phone 734 433 4226 or visit

For more information on Mark Dvorak visit


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