LUDINGTON MI – Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak returns to Ludington for three performances July 20, 21 and 22.
Dvorak has released seventeen albums to date and performed in thirty-eight states, and in Canada, Ireland and Finland. In 2013 he was honored by Folk Alliance International with the FARM Lantern Bearer Award for his contributions to folk and community music. That same year he published his first book of essays and poetry, “Bowling for Christmas and Other Tales from the Road.”
“Mark has been on the road for a lot of years it seems,” said musician and Ludington resident Mike Lenich. “He’s a favorite in the Midwest and is gaining attention across the country. We’re really thrilled to have Mark back in town.”
On Wednesday, July 20, Dvorak will perform a FREE family concert at Ludington State Park, 8800 West M-116. Information at 231 843 2423 and online at www.visitludington.com.
On Thursday, July 21, he will perform from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at the Shagway Arts Barn, 5949 Shagway Road. General admission is $5. Information at 231 970 0222 and online at www.shagwayartsbarn.com.
On Friday, July 22, Dvorak will be featured at “Friday Night Live,” Ludington’s summer celebration that includes music, food and family activities. The event runs from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Information at 231 845 6237 and online at www.downtownludington.org.
“Mark is a master musician and story teller,” said Nancy Miller, director at Shagway Arts Barn. We presented him last summer for a special event and can’t wait to have him back for this year’s series at the Barn.”
“When I began my career in music,” said the singer, “I knew I would be in it for the long haul. And at this stage of the game, I feel like I’m doing my best work.”
“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 almost thirty years. His performances are elegant, rich and powerful.”