Acoustic Neighbors goes live at the 2WS!

Folk concert supports West Suburban Community Pantry December 30

DOWNERS GROVE IL - Music & Potlucks, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization will partner with Randomosity Records and the Two Way Street Coffee House for a special community concert on Friday, December 30 at 8:00 pm. The event takes place at the Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss.


The event will feature community music performances by Ed & Nora Ellis from La Grange IL, environmentalist and banjo picker Paul Klonowski of Waukegan, Randomosity recording artists Ashley & Simpson of Downers Grove, and Chicago’s official troubadour Mark Dvorak.

Ed Ellis has presented folk and community music concerts since the 1980s. He was an integral of the “Listening Place” which held coffee house - style performances in several venues in the Chicago area. He currently curates “Wesley’s Place,” a family-friendly listening room  that takes place at the First United Methodist Church of La Grange. Ed will be joined vocalist Nora Ellis, his daughter.

Banjo player and environmentalist Paul Klonowski celebrates the release of his first EP, Simple Gifts. Paul has been an integral member of the Plank Road Folk Music Society, based in Downers Grove and currently, volunteers for the Lake County Forest Preserve District.

Folk singer and songwriter Mark Dvorak has toured throughout the United States, parts of Europe and Canada. He currently working on his 21st recorded release due out in 2023. Dvorak first performed at the Two Way Street in 1982.

Ashley & Simpson are Jennifer Ashley and Joel Simpson. Jennifer and Joel are co-directors of the legendary Two Way Street Coffee House and are also co-owners of Ranomosity, a teaching and recording studio located in Downers Grove. Ashley & Simpson are gaining national attention for their commitment to traditional songs and styles. www.ashley

“We’re grateful to be partnering with Randomosity and the Two Way Street,” said Music & Potlucks co-director Stephanie Schrodt. “We’re always looking to connect with area non-profits to help further their mission, and help raise awareness and resources for our neighbors in need. The West Suburban Community Pantry does incredible work serving those who are facing food insecurity.”

Located within the First Congregation Church of Downers Grove, the Two Way Street Coffee House has been the Western Suburbs’ venue for folk, acoustic music and spoken word performances since 1970.

Admission to the live performance is $10. Visit for information and to access the live stream feed. Donations are accepted.

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