Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Lo Down Blog: January 2015

Special thanks to all the artists I have had the opportunity to work with during the past year, to the venues for the bookings and the DJs for the airplay.

LSA provided promotion and radio distribution for two new releases… Andina  & Rich Merry Humbug and David Hawkins Everything that Brought You Here.

Andina & Rich Holiday EP Merry Humbug charted #2 on Roots Music Report Holiday Chart – December, #4 on Roots Music Report Illinois Chart – December, and #25  on Folk DJ National Chart for December.

David Hawkins Everything That Brought You Here charted #24 on Folk DJ National Chart for December and Top 30 2014 albums list for The Back Porch Radio Show WVPE Radio, Elkhart, IN. Thank you, Al Kniola and Norm Mast!

The WoodSongs Front Porch Association “GATHERING” will be held Sept 25 and 26 at the historic MUSEUM OF APPALACHIA on the KY/TN border, right off I-75. It is a beautiful log cabin filled 11 acres. The two day Gathering will be filled with artist showcases, concerts, poetry stages, workshops, how-to sessions, mentoring, children’s stages and more. The cafe menu is full of garden-to-table homestyle dishes. Camping and hotels are right up the road.  Become a member today.

Stayed tuned for new projects by Mark Dvorak.

Looking forward to a musically wonderful 2015.
Happy New Year!


Chicago folk legend to perform in Princeton January 24

PRINCETON IL – The Princeton Coffeehouse welcomes Chicago’s “official troubadour,” Mark Dvorak to its concert series on Saturday, January 24 at 7:30 pm. The concert takes places at Open Prairie UUC, 25 East Marion Street, Princeton.

“We’ve had Mark on our ‘wish list’ for some time.” said coffeehouse director Bill Benecke. “We’re thrilled to be able to bring him back to Princeton.”

“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 twenty-five years. His performances are elegant, rich and powerful.”

Dvorak has released sixteen albums to date and performed in thirty-eight 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. “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.

General admission to the concert is $12. To make a reservation and for more information phone 815 875 4555.