Library's outdoor concert features American classics

  • Mark Dvorak will present a free, outdoor concert Thursday, June 24, at the Vernon Area Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire.

    Mark Dvorak will present a free, outdoor concert Thursday, June 24, at the Vernon Area Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Courtesy of Mark Dvorak

 
 
Updated 6/11/2021 2:06 PM

The Vernon Area Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, will present a special, free outdoor concert, "The American Folk Song," with singer songwriter, storyteller and banjo player Mark Dvorak at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 24.

The program is Dvorak's exploration into the roots of American song. He will perform folk classics like "This Land is Your Land," "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" and "Oh, Susannah." He'll mix in standards from the Great American Songbook like "Someone To Watch Over Me" and "It's a Sin to Tell a Lie."

 

Dvorak will also include stories about growing up in the Chicago area, songs he remembers from his grandparents, and songs he learned while a student at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Dvorak is busy at work on his 19th CD, "Live & Alone," recorded for a live WFMT broadcast in an empty concert hall. He is also planning to release a new collection of essays, "31 Winters," also due out later this year.

He has performed in 38 states and in parts of Europe and Canada. He has won awards for journalism and children's music. In 2013, he received the FARM Lantern Bearer Award from Folk Alliance International and, in 2008, he received the Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award.

The rain date is 1 p.m. Monday, June 28.

Register online at www.vapld.info or call (847) 634-3650. For more information about Mark Dvorak, visit www.markdvorak.com.

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