Monthly Archives: April 2014

Mark Dvorak & Friends Concert Celebration – Lombard May 10

LOMBARD IL – Vicki Ingle of the folk duo Comfort Food is throwing a “When I’m 64” birthday bash, with a little help from her friends, and you are invited.

The concert celebration takes place Saturday, May 10, 7:30 pm at Maple Street Chapel, 220 S. Main Street, Lombard IL. Chicago troubadour Mark Dvorak headlines the event and will perform a set of music, as will Comfort Food (Vicki & Rich Ingle), the George Mattson Trio and Dean Milano & John Benischek.

Jamie O’Reilly, Amy Dixon-Kolar and Ron Holm will also make special guest appearances. Lilli Kuzma, host of the “Folk Festival” show on 90.9fm WDCB, will be the emcee for the evening.

“I was raised in a musical family,” said Ingle, “ so it’s just natural to celebrate this landmark birthday with music. This concert is special for Rich and I, as we get to share the stage with some of our favorite musicians, performing for people who love music as much as we do.”

Mark Dvorak was named “Chicago’s official troubadour by WFMT 98.7 fm Fine Arts Radio. He has sustained a career of performing, recording and teaching that has spanned more than twenty-five years. He has performed in thirty-seven 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 also recently published a book of essays and poems, “Bowling for Christmas and Other Tales from the Road.”

Comfort Food is Rich and Vicki Ingle. Three weeks after they met, they performed together for the first time at an open stage and their musical partnership was born. Vicki sings, writes, and plays guitar, fiddle and bass. Rich is a singer songwriter deeply rooted in the local folk scene with a no-nonsense Chicago-style attitude. Their sound spans a variety of styles including bluegrass, folk, country, blues and of course, original compositions. The self titled CD, “Comfort Food” was a 2010 top-ten pick by WDCB’s Folk Festival.

The George Mattson Trio is George Mattson (lead vocals, guitar, banjo), Mike Hazdra (bass) and Tommy Re (fiddle). GM3 has performed throughout the area for the past eight years, with their eclectic repertoire and strong musicianship. American, classic country, swing, folk, blues and old-timey are all part of the mix.

Since the 1960s, the versatile journeyman Dean Milano has played in too many bands to list. He was on tour with The New Seekers for four years, and as a solo performer has opened shows for Jan and Dean, The Kingston Trio, Bo Diddley and many others. His book, “The Chicago Music Scene; 1960s & 1970s” is available from Arcadia Press and his latest CD is “Something to Think About.” Milano’s music ranges in styles from folk, country, rock, bluegrass, pop and novelty songs.

John Benischek began his show biz career by appearing on the ABC radio show, “Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club” when he was just six years old. Since that time, John has performed at hundreds of nightclubs, coffee houses, colleges, festivals and made appearances on radio and television across the country. John was a quarter-finalist in the American Songwriting Contest, is an award-winning Toastmaster, and has appeared in many plays and musicals.

General admission to the “When I’m 64 Concert Celebration” is $15 and includes complimentary cake and a special gift for you. For more information phone 630-627-0171.

Parallel Paths: Carl Sandburg and Chris Vallillo Oak Park Library Presentation

Oak Park, IL – Award winning folksinger and songwriter Chris Vallillo will present his new one-man show Parallel Paths at the Oak Park Public Library on Saturday April 26, 2014  at 2pm.

The highly acclaimed new show combines Carl Sandburg’s poetry with Vallillo’s original songs and instrumentals.  Much as Sandburg himself, Vallillo spent several years collecting and documenting the music of rural Illinois, which in turn, influenced his own work.

Vallillo’s writing has long been compared to that of Sandburg.  He has been described as “Illinois’ pre-eminent prairie-poet singer-songwriter” and is well known for incorporating original and traditional material to make the people and places of “unmetropolitan” America come to life.  “For years people have been telling me my work reminded them of Sandburg’s poetry.” Vallillo said.  “Carl Sandburg Days seemed like a perfect place to put the two together to celebrate Sandburg and the legacy he inspired.  When I began to explore the possibilities, I was struck by just how powerful the combination was.”

A singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist with an affinity for American roots music, Vallillo is a skilled six-string and bottleneck slide guitarist who incorporates original and traditional material to form a musical portrait of the Midwestern way of life.  Perhaps the archaeology degree Vallillo earned at Beloit College helped him see the important little details of life which imbue his songs with a sense of history.   Along with his own compositions, Vallillo will perform several traditional songs Sandburg himself collected and later published in his highly regarded masterpiece “The American Songbag”.

The show is free to the public.  Oak Park Public Library is located at  834 Lake St., Oak Park, IL 60301  Call 708-452-3440 for additional details.