“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 www.acorncoffehouse.com.