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Schubas Acoustic Brunch with troubadour Mark Dvorak November 10

CHICAGO IL - Schubas, 3159 Southport, welcomes Mark Dvorak, Chicago's official troubadour, to the Acoustic Brunch stage Sunday, November 10 from 12 noon to 2:00 pm. The show is for all ages and there is no cover charge.

“The Acoustic Brunch is very popular here at Schubas,”said general Manager Mike Schuba. "Mark is our favorite brunch stage artist, and we’re always glad to have him back,” he said.

“Schubas underwent a major renovation and we’ve been off for over a year,” said Peggy Browning of the Old Town School of Folk Music. …

August Hill Winery

Chicago folk troubadour performs in Utica November 8

UTICA IL - August Hill Winery, 106 Mill Street welcomes Chicago’s "official troubadour" Mark Dvorak for an intimate acoustic performance on Saturday, November 24 at 4:30 pm. 

When the singer-songwriter began his career in music, he knew right away he was in it for the long haul. Thirty-four years later he is still on the road and recording.

“At this stage of the game,” said Dvorak, “I feel like I’m doing my best work. I’m hoping to get the new CD out this year and am very excited about it. I’ve got some new material coming along, and I’m including a bunch of different things I like to do before a live audience.

On the Road Again


We’re planning for the new year over here at! A new CD Let Love Go On, is due in February and we’re keeping busy accepting tour dates, community concerts, local Chicago-area venues and cultural arts opportunities. Stay in touch!

Thank you to Kellyanne in IL, Jacquelyn in MO, Dani in KS & Dave in MI for adding 2020 dates!

We will be traveling onto the following areas in 2020. If you know of a venue or person we should contact, please get in touch right away at

Mark tours coast to coast and welcomes all reasonable inquiries. Find out how easy it is to bring Mark to your performance series, venue or event.

5th grade arts festival


BELVIDERE IL - The Boone County Arts Council sponsored the 7th annual Fifth Grade Arts Festival that took place on October 22, 23 and 24 at the Belvidere Community Building, 111 W. 1st Street. More than seven hundred fifth graders participated in the day long event which began with a music program, “Old Songs & New People” presented by Mark Dvorak of the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.

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Students then broke out into forty-five minute sessions and worked with artists with various skills and disciplines. Mary Read taught dance, Norm Knott has the groups create junk art, Dan Holmes taught theatre improv, Gary Tate brought students into the world of puppetry, while Bill Ecklund and Jeremy Schultz worked with students on photography. 

Showcasing FARM


27th annual FARM Conference & Gathering • Grand Rapids MI

October 24 - 26

GRAND RAPIDS MI  - The 27TH annual FARM Conference & Gathering takes place Thursday, October 24 through Sunday, October 27, 2019. The event is hosted by Crown Plaza Grand Rapids, 5700 28th Street SE.

FARM is the Folk Alliance Region Midwest conference of Folk Alliance International (Folk Alliance Region Midwest). Three to four hundred musicians, presenters, broadcasters, podcasters, publicists, agents and music fans will be in attendance. 

“it’s a great opportunity to reconnect with the music community,” said Mark Dvorak who will be showcasing at the conference.

True, Beautiful and Strong


On August 23, 2012 MD sat down for a visit with Chicago's artistic treasure, Peggy Lipschutz. In 1970, the Old Town School of Folk Music moved from its original location at 333 W. North Avenue, to the Aldine Building at 909 W. Armitage in Lincoln Park.

In 1970 Lipschutz created three portraits for the new site of the Old Town School where the images of folk icons Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, along with blues legend Big Bill Broonzy have hung ever since.

Watch the 24 minute film, “True, Beautiful and Strong,” produced for WLUW 88.7 fm and directed by Jason McInnes, Lipschutz talks about the famous  paintings, her life in art, and her show that opened later that autumn.

Elk Grove Village Library


Senior Moments features Chicago’s folk troubadour Mark Dvorak on September 19

ELK GROVE VILLAGE IL - The Elk Grove Village Library, 1001 Wellington Avenue, will present Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak for a special “Senior Moments’ program on Thursday, September 19 at 11:30 am.

"Senior Moments is our special gathering program for adults aged 55 and older,” said Donna McCarthy, Program and Events Coordinator for the library. “Mark had been recommended to us by several of our members and we’re excited to have him entertain our group.”

Dvorak has taken time off of the road this summer work on his eighteenth recorded release, 

Songwriters three in the round


Songwriting legend Michael P. Smith headlines Fitzgerald’s charity event October 6

BERWYN IL - Music & Potlucks, a community organization, will present songwriting legend Michael Smith in-the-round along with Heather Styka and Chicago’s "official troubadour” Mark Dvorak on Sunday, October 6 at 6:00 pm. The event takes place at Fitzgeralds’s Night Club, 6615 Roosevelt Road. All profits from the event will support Beyond Hunger Food Pantry, Housing Forward and the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation.

Michael Smith, who was born in South Orange, New Jersey in 1941 has written close to five hundred songs in his long and diverse career.

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