The Hanover Township Senior Center, 240 S. Route 59, hosts Chicago’s “official minstrel,” Mark Dvorak, at the Stars & Stripes Cafe for an afternoon of song and story at 1 p.m. Thursday, August 11.
Dvorak, who accompanies himself on guitar, five-string banjo and 12-string guitar, has performed in 38 states and parts of Europe and Canada. He has released 17 albums and won awards for journalism and children’s music. In 2008 he received the Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award and received Folk Alliance International’s Lantern Bearer Award in 2013.
“We are happy to welcome Mark back to our series,” said program coordinator Devora Murillo. “He’s an incredible musician and a favorite with our audience.”
Dvorak is busy working on his 20th CD “Live & Alone”, recorded in an empty concert hall at the height of the pandemic. He also plans to publish his fourth book of essays, “31 Winters”, which reflects his long journey through music and teaching.
“At this point in the game,” the singer said from his home outside of Chicago, “I feel like I’m doing my best.”
The Chicago Tribune called Dvorak “masterful” and the Fox Valley Folk Festival described him as “a living archive of songs and styles”.
Dvorak has won awards for journalism and children’s music, and was honored in 2013 with Folk Alliance International’s FARM Lantern Bearer Award. In 2008 he received the Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2012 Rich Warren, longtime host of The Midnight Special radio show, named Dvorak “Chicago’s Official Troubadour”.
For more information, call (630) 483-5600 or visit www.hanover-township.org.
To learn more about Mark Dvorak, visit www.markdvorak.com.