Monthly Archives: March 2015

Chicago Folk Icon Eddie Holstein & Dave Rudolf at Uncommon Ground-Clark

Chicago,IL – The Uncommon Ground on Clark Street welcomes two Chicago area Award Winning songwriters; Eddie Holstein & Dave Rudolf on Sunday April 19th at 7pm.
The Uncommon Ground is located at 3800 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60613 $15 cover, Reservations recommended at 773-929-3680.
Eddie Holstein has been a mainstay of the Chicago Folk Scene for almost 50 years. His songs have been performed and recorded by such artists as Tom Rush, Steve Goodman, Bonnie Koloc, Bette Midler, Chad Mitchell, Martin Simpson and Pure Prairie League. Eddie performs throughout the Midwest. Besides his own CD, Eddie is features on the Grammy-winning Tribute to Steve Goodman, alongside John Prine, John Hartford, Richie Havens, Bonnie Raitt and many others. His unique blend of folk songs, blues and humor always entertain.
In the early days of the Chicago Folk Boom Eddie and his late brother Fred performed at legendary clubs like The Earl Of Old Town and Somebody Else’s Troubles where folks like Goodman, John Prine, Bonnie Koloc & others got their start. The Holstein brothers owned a self named club that featured national touring acts until the late ‘80s. Eddie Holstein is the resident folk icon at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music.
Dave Rudolf is a long time performer and a multi award winning singer/songwriter who is working on his 30th and 31st Album right now…He’s a Gold Record, Grammy nominated artist, 15 time nominee for Entertainer of the Year awards from NACA (The National Association for Campus Activities), has 30 albums many of which have won various awards. He is an award winning childrens author, wrote for Disney, did a TV pilot for the All New Captain Kangaroo several years back, written for Second City, and lots more stuff we won’t bore you with…Dave is currently touring in support of his new CD.. He’s shared the stage with Steve Goodman, John Hartford, The Smother Brothers, Michael Smith, Megon McDonough, The Gatlin Brothers, Sha Na Na,The Beach Boys, The Everly Brothers, The Mam as and Papas, and weirdly back in the day, Cheech and Chong to name a few…His latest CD, “Acoustic Live” is getting national airplay on various folk radio stations throughout the country…He also has writing workshops and music Biz workshops should you be interested . The 3 Wise Guys will be joining Dave on stage at Uncommon Ground.

Michael Johnathon: Concert and Walden Film celebrates Earth Day at the Leeds

Winchester, KY- The Leeds Center for the Arts is excited to present a concert and film combination on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7 p.m. The concert portion will feature Michael Johnathon – an internationally known folksinger, songwriter, concert performer and author. The concert will be followed by the showing of his one hour docu-drama film on Henry David Thoreau “Walden.”

The concert and film is presented in acknowledgement of Earth Day week and Arbor Day.

Michael Johnathon, a former resident of Winchester, created and hosts the worldwide broadcast of the “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour” with a radio audience with 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 created the world’s first multi-camera weekly music series broadcast on the Internet. The film is based on  his play “Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau” with over 8,000 registered performances in 42 countries and translated into four languages.

Johnathon grew up in upstate New York along the shores of the Hudson River. At 19 years old, he moved to the Mexican border town of Laredo, Texas, and found a job working as the late night DJ on a small radio station. One night, he played “Turn, Turn, Turn” by the 1960s folk rock group The Byrds. As the song played, he recalled seeing the song’s writer, his former neighbor Pete Seeger, performing in his Dutchess County hometown in New York. By the time the song had ended, Johnathon had decided to pursue a career as a folksinger.

Two months later, he bought a guitar and a banjo and settled into the isolated mountain hamlet of Mousie, Kentucky. For the next three years, he traveled up and down the hollers of the Appalachian Mountains, knocking on doors and learning the music of the mountain people. As his concert career blossomed he moved from the Appalachian hills to Winchester in the late 1980’s. Today, He lives in a log cabin on a hill surrounded by meadows, streams and woods, outside of Lexington, Kentucky

Families, fans, teachers and students are encouraged to attend. His Walden film, which will be shown in its entirety, is a one hour, four-character, two-act, one-set play about the final two days Henry David Thoreau spent in his cabin before leaving Walden Pond. The documentary/stage show has been shown on nationwide TV on PBS.

Tickets for both the concert and Thoreau/Walden film are only $12/$5 for students.  The Leeds Center for the Arts is located at 27 Main Street, Winchester, KY  859-744-6437 For more information on this visit the websites at

Michael Johnothan Looking Glass Performances

Michael Johnathon will be introducing his new CD Looking Glass at the following performances:

April 17- Granite City Folk – St. Cloud,MN
April 18-Hickory Ridge Concert Series, Lewistown, IL
June 20-Uncommon Ground-Clark, Chicago, IL
June 21-Lake County Folk Club-Gurnee, IL
Sept 11-Just Goods, Rockford, IL
Sept 12-Lupus General Store, Lupus, MO
Sept 18- WTBQ Hootenany Café, Warwick, NY
Sept 18-Princeton Folk Music Society-Princeton, NJ
Michael Johnathon is a folk-singer, songwriter, concert performer, author who created and hosts the worldwide broadcast of the “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour” with a radio audience with 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. Michael is also a playwright … his play Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau has over 8,000 registered performances in 42 countries and 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.”

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 released albums, two published books and several national projects.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.

Old Town School troubadour Mark Dvorak to perform in St. Joseph April 11

JOSEPH MI – Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad Street, welcomes Chicago’s official troubadour Mark Dvorak and Michiana favorite Andy Burd for a concert of folk and original music on Saturday. April 11 at 7:30 pm.

Dvorak last appeared at the Box Factory in August of 2014.

“Mark always gives us a very wonderful show,” said Box Factory concert director Tim King. “I’ve never seen anybody handle a guitar like he can.”

“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.”

“I’m thrilled to be coming back the Box Factory,” said Dvorak, who has been on the faculty of the Old Town School of Folk Music for twenty-seven years. “I’m especially happy to be reuniting with my old friend Andy Burd. We perform together only occasionally, and love listening to his banjo arrangements. Always direct, simple and dignified. Years ago, Andy was a student of mine for a short time at the Old Town School.”

Dvorak has performed in thirty-eight states and parts of Europe and has been working on a new CD between winter touring dates. “It’s been an unbelievable stretch,” he said. “I’ve had the chance to put up two special shows this year, one focusing on the music of Pete Seeger, and the other on the great Lead Belly, which debuted in Rockford, Illinois. I’ll be bringing some of that material the Box Factory, and Andy and I will collaborate on a few songs too.”

Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and students. Reservations can be made at The Box Factory for the Arts online at, or by phoning 269 983 3688.

Lead Belly comes to Rockford March 20

“The Life & Times of the Great Lead Belly” will debut Friday, March 20 at Just Goods, 201 7th Street, Rockford IL at 7:00 pm. A donation of $10 is suggested.  The show is a collaboration between folksinger and writer Mark Dvorak from Riverside IL, actor and singer David Causey from Rockford IL, and Dorothy Paige Turner, project administrator and co-producer, also from Rockford. Six arts-in-education performances are scheduled for Rockford area middle schools March 23-25.

The show was adapted from a script developed by Dvorak in the early 1990s after he sought out and found the grave of Huddie Ledbetter, better known as “Lead Belly,” outside the small town of Mooringsport, Louisiana, in the in northwest part of the state.Dvorak distilled his notes into a script which was produced into an audio documentary by WDCB 90.9 fm, Glen Ellyn IL. The show, “Lead Belly’s Legacy” aired in one hundred sixty cities and in 1993 earned Dvorak a Peter Lisagor Award  for Journalism.

“I have always wished to develop the script into a live presentation,” said Dvorak who has listened to and studied Lead Belly’s music since he took up the guitar in 1980. “A performance of the show was recorded in Chicago in 2008, and was quite exciting and well received. I am so thrilled to be working with David, a remarkable singer and charismatic performer, and of course Dorothy, who has pulled everything together. We’re hoping that Rockford will provide us the starting place to further develop the script. Hopefully we can bring Lead Belly’s amazing story to audiences across the country.”

This is a special concert celebrating the life and songs of Lead Belly, regarded as one of the great American folk song composers and performers. The program includes David’s compelling narrative and classic songs accompanied by Mark, including “Midnight Special,” “Rock Island Line,” “Bourgeois Blues,” “Irene Goodnight,” and 9 others. The evening will conclude with a folk, gospel and blues sing along. Bring your voices!

For more information on Just Goods phone 815 965 8903, or visit online at