GRAYSLAKE – The Lake County Folk Club welcomes Chicago’s official troubadour Mark Dvorak back to their livestream concert stage at 7 p.m. June 20.
“Mark is a Midwest treasure,” concert director Scott Engstrom said in a news release. “He’s been on the road for a lot of years, it seems, and like fine wine, he just gets better with age. We’re thrilled to have him back at the club.”
Dvorak, who is working on a new collection of essays and a new CD release, is a charter member of the Lake County Folk Club.
“I feel like at this stage of the game,” the singer said, “I’m doing my best work.
“Like every other musician, I’ve had some time on my hands,” he said. “I decided to use the time to go back through my notes and notebooks to see what was in there, and what I might be able to come up with. I’ve been writing and recording for the last nine months, and attending to projects I didn’t have time to dig into before the pandemic.”
Dvorak’s upcoming book, “31Winters,” reflects on his long teaching career at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music and is due out later this year. “Live & Alone” will be his 19th recorded release. It was a set recorded in an empty concert for a live WFMT 98.7-FM broadcast.
The Chicago Tribune has called Dvorak “masterful,” and the Fox Valley Folk Festival describes him as ”an archive of song and style.” Dvorak has won awards for journalism and children’s music, and was honored in 2013 with the FARM Lantern Bearer Award from Folk Alliance International.
In 2008, Dvorak received the Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012, the “Midnight Special” radio program named him “Chicago’s official troubadour.”
A donation reserves a seat for the virtual “Zoom Concert Room.” Reservations can be made at www.thelakecountyfolkclub.org.
For information on Dvorak, visit his website at www.markdvorak.com.