Monthly Archives: August 2014

Folksinger Dvorak to open new music series in Wheaton IL at Acorn Coffeehouse

The Acorn Coffeehouse at the Burning Bush Art Gallery, 215 N. Main Street, Wheaton, IL will present an intimate evening with folksinger-songwriter Mark Dvorak on Saturday, September 13 at 8:00 pm.

“Concerts will be presented on a monthly basis.  Our goal is to provide high caliber artists in an intimate setting,”said Acorn Coffeehouse music director Dona Benkert, about the new coffeehouse music series. Benkert has been teaching, performing and producing events for the last quarter century.  “It’s a wonderful experience to be close to the performing artist as if the concert was in your own living room.  There’s a natural bond that the audience forms with the music and the performer.  The newly renovated late 1890/s house is a perfect venue for concerts.  Along with hearing some of the finest live music, you will also be treated to an inspiring art exhibit.  It’s a great blend of auditory and visual arts.”

“We are especially excited to present Mark Dvorak as our opening concert” , added Benkert. “Mark is a well respected and talented musician that delights any audience.   He has a very natural way of bringing everyone into his presentation.  It’s definitely a concert not to be missed.”

“Dona and I go back a long time,” said Dvorak. “She and her husband Dan have done a lot of important work in the folk community over the years.”

Dvorak has recorded sixteen albums to date, including his acclaimed 2011 Waterbug release, Time Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Me. Last year he was honored with the FARM Lantern Bearer Award by Folk Alliance International, and in 2012 was named “Chicago’s official troubadour” by WFMT 98.7 fm Midnight Special host Rich Warren.

The Chicago Tribune has called him “masterful,” and the Fox Valley Folk Festival describes him as “a living archive of song and style.” In 2013 he published his second collection of essays and poetry, “Bowling for Christmas & Other Tales from the Road.”

The concert series is sponsored by the Folk-Lore Center. General admission is $10. Doors open at 7:30pm. Reservations can be made by phoning 630 393 1247 or on at

Richard Bennett & Wyatt Rice in WV & TN

Johnson City, TNThe Down Home welcomes Richard Bennett & Wyatt Rice

Friday August 22, 2014 8:00pm – 10:30pm. $15 at the door. 300 W. Main Street Johnson City TN 423-929-9822.

Milton WV– Mountaineer Opry welcomes Richard Bennett & Wyatt Rice

Saturday August 23 2014 7:30pm. The Mountaineer Opry is located off of I-64 exit 28 in Milton, WV. Tickets Adults $15, Seniors $12, Children $5.

Richard Bennett is a singer/songwriter and flatpicking guitarist who has made noted contributions to bluegrass and acoustic music.

Bennett is on the road promoting his new CD In The Wind Somewhere, which includes three tracks with the legendary Tony Rice recorded at Wyatt Rice’s studio. These three songs became the anchor for the new project.

Coming from an Eastern Tennessee musical family, Richard started playing guitar at the age of seven, and by 15 he was playing guitar for former Flatt & Scruggs fiddler Benny Sims. 1983 brought Richard’s first recording session in Nashville with Vassar Clements, Mark Shatz and Randy Howard. The same year he landed a job at Dollywood, a stint he would revisit throughout his career.

Richard left a powerful mark on bluegrass music in the 1990s as lead vocalist and guitarist for J.D. Crowe & The New South and contributed to the Grammy nominated Flashback record. Richard then appeared on three albums with Jimmy Gaudreau and Mike Aldridge and toured as Aldridge/Bennett/Gaudreau.

Richard also released three solo CDs between 1997-2002 on Rebel Records and continued to tour in support of the new releases. In 2004 Richard joined Bobby Osborne & the Bluegrass Express and made several appearances on the Grand Ole Opry.In 2012 Richard Bennett released Last Train From Poor Valley on Lonesome Day Records, which garnered airplay on Bluegrass, Folk and Americana Radio.

Wyatt Rice

Wyatt Rice was first spotlighted as an original member of The Tony Rice Unit where he played primarily rhythm guitar, with many opportunities for soloing, traveling extensively with the band. He played lead and rhythm guitar with his own band Wyatt Rice & Santa Cruz and with The Ronnie Bowman Committee.

Wyatt has recorded or performed with players such as Dave Grisman, JD Crowe, Sam Bush, Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, The Lonesome River Band, Ricky Skaggs, and with his brothers Larry, Tony and Ronnie. Wyatt continues to work with a varied palette that includes teaching, recording and producing well-known artists in his own studio Rice Recording.