Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, all Music & Potlucks in-person gatherings are postponed.

Stay tuned, we are cooking up ideas and adapting our recipe for fun! Share your ideas for virtual gatherings, or small gatherings in accordance with State of IL guidelines at musicandpotlucks@gmail.com

Stay safe, take care of each other, and be well. "It'll be better when it's better" and that is when we will gather.



2020 jams/gatherings/cabin fever remedies are brewing. 

Memories are made when there is live music in your home! Host a House Concert, special event or jam, Music & Potlucks will help with the details and planning.  Happy to hear from you: musicandpotlucks@gmail.com or 312-451-5101




Music & Potlucks, presented a special concert, "Let Love Go On,” at the La Grange Public Library. We welcomed yogamohr.org as a co-sponsor of the concert! We celebrated Let Love Go On, the latest CD from Midwest folk troubadour Mark Dvorak.Those who attended brought store-bought desserts to share and in-date canned food items were accepted for donation to Share Love Share Food Pantry.


A Folk Festival Event Night at WDCB Public Radio with Mark Dvorak in concert, to benefit the Music and Potlucks organization. We heard Mark in concert in the comfy 'living room' at WDCB to a limited audience.


Jam & Potluck at the Priory Campus Auditorium of Dominican University. Acoustic instruments, singing voices, and appetizers  and desserts for the potluck. Listeners were especially welcome.


A folk music & dessert potluck at  River Forest Library in River Forest, IL. Mark Dvorak performed The American Folk Song, a program that examined the roots of American music through examples from African-American and British Isles traditions. Featuring songs, oral history, demonstrations, and the music of American folk artists such as Lead Belly, Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. 


3rd Annual Folktober Fest at FitzGerald's SideBar celebrated folk music and the fall season.

Michael Smith, Heather Styka and Mark Dvorak performed. The event also featured a vocal workshop by Mark Dvorak, heavy appetizers/lite supper and acoustic jam, Songwriters in the Round and a closing jam.


Thursday Night Out – We love Folk Park

Hundreds of neighbors visited Marion Street on June 13th for a breezy summer evening of food from local restaurants, catching up with friends, and live folk music performed by Jenny & Robin Bienemann  and Mark Dvorak. Showcase “setlets” were performed by Exit Left and The Tell.  Thanks for coming out . Downtown Oak Park’s Thursday Night Out is a terrific way to spend a summer evening.


Pete Seeger 100th birthday celebration and Tribute Concert with Mark Dvorak and the Power of Song Singers

Martin Recital Hall is a terrific venue to try out a harmony. What fun we had singing together in memory and honor of the legendary Pete Seeger. We also enjoyed hearing some of Mark Dvorak’s outstanding original music.  Pete once said, “Being generous of spirit is a wonderful way to live.”   Concert attendees helped us forward more than $2,000 to area agencies. Thank you to our generous partner Dominican University!

Acoustic Jams 2/10/19 & 3/16/19

Acoustic Jams were held on 2/10 and 3/16, here is the press release:



A potluck in a private home in Chicago followed by an Acoustic Jam at The Grafton Pub. We raised enough money on 1/1 to purchase more than 1,000 meals for our neighbors experiencing hunger, as well as dozens of toiletries and more than 100 pounds of food.