Mark Dvorak performs at JustGoods Oct. 10

Mark Dvorak
Mark Dvorak

Staff Report

JustGoods Fair Trade Store welcomes Chicago troubadour Mark Dvorak to its listening room for a concert of folk and original song at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10. JustGoods is at 201 Seventh St., Rockford. The show is for all ages, and a donation of $10 is suggested.

He’s the real deal,” said Bau Graves, executive director of Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. “Mark has made music his life and livelihood. He’s been a top faculty member at the school for more than 25 years. His performances are elegant, rich and powerful.”

Dvorak has released 16 albums to date and performed in 38 states, and in Canada, Ireland and Finland. In 2013, he published his first book of essays and poetry, Bowling for Christmas and Other Tales from the Road. Also in 2013, he was honored by Folk Alliance International with the FARM Lantern Bearer Award for his contributions to folk and community music.

For me, folk music has always been a part of our shared history,” said Dvorak. “But it also gives us a language we can use to express ourselves; to let others know what we are thinking and what we are feeling.”

Dvorak plans to release three new projects in the coming months. He noted: “I’ve been working on an album of just banjo music, and I want to release a collection of older songs, standards like ‘Someone to Watch Over Me,’ by George Gershwin, and a song Fats Waller recorded in the 1930s, ‘It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie.’ I also want to release some spoken-word material.”

Contact JustGoods at (815) 965-8903 or online at Dvorak’s website is

From the Oct. 8-14, 2014, issue

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