In collaboration with Music & Potlucks, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Library welcomes folk singer-songwriter Mark Dvorak to a special acoustic evening of American folk music and community food drive. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or toiletries which will be donated to Saint Peter Food Pantry. Mark will accompany himself on guitar and 5-string banjo, and will present folk classics like This Land Is Your Land and Kisses Sweeter Than Wine, standards from the Great American Songbook like It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie and Someone to Watch Over Me, and mix in his own well-crafted and often poignant originals. Light refreshments will be served.
A popular musician at the Fox Valley Folk Festival, Mark Dvorak has performed in 38 states and in parts of Europe and Canada. He has released 20 albums to date and has won awards for journalism and children’s music. In 2013 he received the Lantern Bearer Award from Folk Alliance International and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Woodstock Folk Festival. In 2012 the Midnight Special radio program named him “Chicago’s official troubadour.”
“Mark is one of those special artists who has used his gift of song to bring people together," said Music & Potlucks co-director Stephanie Schrodt. “Our organization presented its first event six years ago, and Mark has been with us every step of the way.” Since 2017, Music & Potlucks has presented 90 live and live stream music events and cultural programs and raised thousands of dollars supporting other non-profits who serve the greater community including Beyond Hunger Food Pantry, Housing Forward, BEDS plus, Share Food, Share Love Food Pantry, and others.