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What a Wonderful World family concert


Family folk concert in Eagle River May 25

EAGLE RIVER WI - The Walter E. Olson Memorial Library welcomes Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak for special musical presentation “What a Wonderful World,” on Saturday, May 25 at 1:00 pm. The Library is located at 203 N. Main Street.

Dvorak who accompanies himself on guitar, 5-string banjo and 12-string guitar, has performed in thirty-eight states and in parts of Europe and Canada. He has released seventeen albums and has won awards for journalism and children’s music. In 2008 he received the Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award and received the Lantern Bearer Award from Folk Alliance International in 2013.

Showcasing SERFA

12th annual SERFA Conference in Chattanooga TN  May 16 - 19

CHATTANOOGA TN  - The 12 annual SERFA Conference & gathering takes place Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19, 2019. The event takes place at the Chattanoogan Hotel, 1201 Broad Street.

SERFA is the Southeast regional conference of Folk Alliance International (SouthEast Region Folk Alliance). About 300 musicians, presenters, broadcasters, podcasters, publicists & agents 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.

Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers


Music & Potlucks on the air Hitting Left  April 19

Celebrating Pete Seeger’s centennial birthday a little early on Hitting Left, Lumpen Radio 105.5 fm April 19, 2019. Hosts Mike & Fred Klonsky broadcast each week from sunny Bridgeport on Chicago’s near south side. They talk education, politics, culture, media and social justice for an hour every Friday at 11:00 am. They are red diaper babies, opinionated, fun, thoughtful and committed. 

Stephanie Schrodt came along to talk about a very remarkable grassroots organization Music & Potlucks which is presenting “A Tribute to Pete Seeger” Friday, May 10

Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers


MD on the air Hitting Left  April 19

The Klonsky  brothers talk education, politics, culture, media and social justice for an hour each Friday at 11:00 am.  

On Friday, April 11, Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak will join the Klonsky brothers to celebrate the 100th birthday of the great Pete Seeger. Songs, stories and interview. 

 Tune in at 105.5 fm in the Chicago area or log on to for live stream.

A R T I C U L A T I O N : a workshop with Mark Dvorak

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Acoustic workshop focuses on songwriting, finger-picking and harmony May 11 in Lombard IL

LOMBARD IL - The Plank Road Folk Music Society will present “Articulation:a workshop with Mark Dvorak” at the First Church of Lombard, 220 S. Main Street on Saturday, May 11 at 1:00 pm.


“We’re very proud of our workshop series,” said Plank Road President Bob O’Hanlon. Each year we offer several educational opportunities to our members that are also open to the general public. We surveyed our membership and the most popular subjects, were songwriting, fingerpicking and harmony. We could only think of one teaching artist who might be able to integrate these into a single session.”

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