Monthly Archives: February 2014

Chicago Troubadour Mark Dvorak Celebrates Pete Seeger

Chicago, IL- Chicago folksinger, songwriter, teacher and touring musician Mark Dvorak will be performing concerts and conducting classes and workshops to celebrate the music and life of the Pete Seeger.

Dvorak, who was named “Chicago’s Troubadour” by WFMT 98.7 FM fine arts radio, has sustained a career of performing, recording and teaching that has spanned more than twenty-five years. He has performed in thirty-six states and several countries abroad with only his guitar, 5-string banjo and his songs. He is also known for conducting community sings and jams in the Pete Seeger style. Classes and workshops will be held at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, where Dvorak has taught since 1986.

Old Town School of Folk Music • Beginning Tuesday March 4 • 6:30 pm • Pete Seeger & the Power of Song • An 8 week class for players of all acoustic instruments • Old Town School of Folk Music • 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue • Chicago IL • 773 728 6000 •

Woodstock, IL  • Saturday March 15 • 8:00 pm • We Remember Pete • A very special concert of songs and stories celebrating the life and music of Pete Seeger • Sponsored by Off Square Music • Unity Spiritual Center • 225 Calhoun Street • 815 338 5164

Evanston IL • Friday March 28 • If I Had a Hammer: A Tribute to Pete Seeger • a cast of Chicago All-Stars • Evanston SPACE • 1245 Chicago Avenue • Tickets $30-50 • Proceeds to benefit the Sloop Clearwater Foundation • tickets on sale now •  847 492 8860

Lexington KY • Monday March 31 • WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour • An historic Old Town School reunion celebrating the life and songs of Pete Seeger • with Mark Dvorak, Frank Hamilton and Christopher Walz

Chicago IL • Sunday April 20 • 2:00 pm • How to Play the 5-String Banjo by Pete Seeger • For beginners • A 80 minute hands on workshop to get you headed down the banjo trail first blazed by the legendary songwriter, activist and folk icon Pete Seeger • Old Town School of Folk Music • 4545 N. Lincoln Avenue • 773 728 6000 • $25

Chicago IL • Sunday April 20 • 3:30 pm • How to Play the 5-String Banjo by Pete Seeger • For intermediate players • A 80 minute hands on workshop Pete Seeger’s classic book & recording, “How to Play the 5-String Banjo.” • Old Town School of Folk Music • 4545 N. Lincoln Avenue • 773 728 6000 • $25

Chicago, IL  • Tuesday April 29 • 6:30 pm • Pete Seeger & the Power of Song • An 8 week class for players of all acoustic instruments • Old Town School of Folk Music • 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue • Chicago IL • 773 728 6000

Glenview IL • Tuesday, June 10 • 7:00 pm • Pete Seeger & the Power of Song • a special free one hour concert and singalong celebrating the life and music of America’s folk master • Glenview Public Library • 1930 Glenview Road • 847 729 7500

Two Way Street Coffee House Welcomes Michael Johnathon- Recording artist, radio and PBS TV host of WoodSongs

Downers Grove, ILTwo Way Street Coffee House welcomes Kentucky-based singer-songwriter Michael Johnathon for a special concert introducing his new CD Front Porch on Friday March 7,  2014, 8:15 pm. $7. Two Way Street Coffee House is located at 1047 Curtiss Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515  More information at www.twowaystreet.org  or 630-969-9720.

Michael Johnathon is a folksinger, songwriter, concert performer, and author who created and hosts the worldwide broadcast of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, with a radio audience of over a million listeners each week on 500 public radio stations, PBS-TV coast-to-coast plus American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations. He also created the world’s first multi-camera weekly music series broadcast on the Internet. His play Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau has over 8,000 registered performances in 42 countries and has been translated into four languages. He wrote a full symphony opera to commemorate the 2012 Centennial of Woody Guthrie titled Woody: For The People, set on February 23, 1940 – the day he wrote “This Land Is Your Land.” His new CD is Front Porch.

Growing up in New York, Michael Johnathon was Pete Seeger’s neighbor. Now settled in the foothills of Appalachia, the Kentucky-based songwriter is a prolific artist with ten albums, two published books and several national projects to his credit. He performed two thousand Earth Concerts, plus benefits for the homeless, farm families, and shelters helping battered women and children. In all, he sang to over two million people in one four-year stretch. Billboard Magazine headlined him as an “UnSung Hero.” He has been featured on CNN, TNN, CMT, AP, Headline News, NPR, Bravo and the BBC.

Inside Out Studio Premier Collection is Released

Sparta, IL – Inside Out Studio has released a Premier Collection CD to radio.
This work contains 14 songs by 14 select artists, all of whom shared one
selection from their CD produced at Inside Out Studio.
It not only showcases the great sonic quality that Gary Gordon achieves
with recording, mixing and mastering, but also reveals the talent and
musicianship coming from Inside-Out Entertainment.

The CD features;

1.Poor Little Girl-The Gordons (Original -Mountain Folk)
2.River Raft – Adam Yount (Original – New and Old Time)
3.Peaks & Valleys – Mel Besher (Original – Classic Country Flavor)
4.Hobo Blues – Gary Gordon (Original – New Classic Blues)
5.Carry Me Home – Tom Irwin (Original – Folk)
6.Bound for Tennessee – Mandy Heinemann-(Original – Classic Country)
7.Without You-Jeff Davidsmeyer (Original – Singer/Songwriter/Folk)
8.Spooky Creatures – Erin O’Toole (Original Singer/Songwriter/Folk)
9.Red Rocking Chair – Marty Hayes (Traditional Bluegrass)
10.Mudball – Adina & Rich (Original – Singer/Songwriter/Folk)
11.Julian Dunn – Dale Hannah (Original – Roots/Folk)
12.Clean Slate – The Wilhelms (Original-Singer/Songwriter/Folk)
13.Remember the Alamo – Don Hamann (Traditional Folk)
14.I’ll Be There – Hunter Beattie (Original –  Classic Acoustic)

The album is available here.

Folk Troubadour Mark Dvorak to make guest appearance at Park Ridge Benefit

The Sixth Annual Paul Seiwert Foundation Dinner/Dance to benefit children with cancer will be held on Saturday March 1, 2014. This years “Campfire” theme event will take place at the Park Ridge Country Club, 636 North Prospect, Park Ridge, IL 60068, 6pm-Midnight.

Enjoy songs by Folk Troubadour Mark Dvorak from 6:15-7:30pm during the social/cocktail hour.

Mark Dvorak, who was named “Chicago’s Troubadour” by WFMT 98.7fm fine arts radio, has sustained a career of performing, recording and teaching that has spanned more than twenty-five years. He has performed in thirty-six states and several countries abroad with only his guitar, 5-string banjo and his songs. His 2011 Waterbug release, Time Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Me, received national airplay and rose to number 14 on the Cashbox Roots Music report. He recently published a book of essays and poems titled Bowling for Christmas & Other Tales from the Road.

After dinner dance music by Josh & The Empty Pockets.

$150 per guest (or a table of ten for $1,250) includes; dinner, cocktails, and one $10 raffle ticket per attendee.

For more information visit www.paulseiwertfoundation.org, email Paulforkids@paulseiwertfoundation.org, or call 773-407-1120. Please register for the event by February 24, 2014

The Paul Seiwert Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was established in 2008 in memory of Paul Thomas Seiwert 12/20/98 – 3/21/08.  This is a continuation of Paul’s charitable spirit aiding other children afflicted with cancer, through philanthropic donor support.  Paul dreamed of becoming a doctor, desiring to provide other children and their family’s medical treatment with favorable health outcomes, while never losing hope to heal.  The Paul Seiwert Foundation supports Paul’s dream for his special friends to live cancer free.

Proceeds support Advocate Children’s Hospital, Park Ridge, IL and Paul’s special friends within the community.