Community concert & porch party to support BEDS Plus

‘I Hate to See the Summer Go’ community concert and porch party supports BEDs Plus Care August 27

BROOKFIELD IL - Music & Potlucks, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization will present “I Hate to See the Summer Go” on Saturday, August 27 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The all-ages community concert is part of the BEDS Plus “Porch Party” fundraising series and takes place at a private residence in Brookfield, Illinois.

“We’ve worked with BEDS Plus in the past,” said folk singer-songwriter Mark Dvorak who is producing the event. 

“I recently took a tour of the BEDS took offices and complex in La Grange and the whole place was bustling with activity, and totally impressive.”

Dvorak will headline the event, performing from the front lawn of a private residence. Other guest performers will also appear.

“One of the core values at Music & Potlucks,” he said, "is to simply bring people together around good music and a little food all to support our neighbors in need.”

"The pandemic has been tough on a lot of people and the time is here for us to reacquaint ourselves with each other in the community, and lend our support by volunteering,  by making a financial contribution or simply by showing up and lending another voice to our cause.”


Dvorak is busy at work on his 20th CD release Live & Alone, recorded in an empty concert hall during the height of the pandemic lock down. He is also planning to publish his fourth book of essays, 31 Winters,  which reflects on his long journey through music and teaching.

“At this stage of the game,” said the singer from his home outside Chicago, Illinois, “I feel like I’m doing my best work.” 

The Chicago Tribune has called Dvorak “masterful,” and the Fox Valley Folk Festival describes him as “a living archive of song and style.” Dvorak 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.” 

BEDS Plus Care delivers emergency services, including overnight shelter, housing services and homelessness prevention to reduce and end homelessness in Southwest Suburban Cook County.

Music & Potlucks has presented more than seventy-five live and live stream events since 2017 supporting organizations such as Beyond Hunger Food Pantry, Housing Forward, Share Food Share Love Food Pantry, the Old Town School of Folk Music Employee Support Fund, the Frank Hamilton School of Music, Helping Hand and dozens of others.

There is no admission charge to attend. Drop an email to to receive the address and other details. Those attending the family-friendly event should bring a chair and refreshments and snacks. 

For more information and to make a donation to BEDS Plus Care visit Learn more about Music & Potlucks’ community music initiative at

Find Mark Dvorak at

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