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Let's gather to Jam & Potluck

Sunday, February 9th 

2 PM - 4 PM

Meet us at the Priory Campus Auditorium of Dominican University, 7200 Division, River Forest, IL

Bring your acoustic instruments, singing voices, and an appetizer or dessert for the potluck.

Listeners are especially welcome.

Questions? musicandpotlucks@gmail.com or 312-451-5101



We are ON THE AIR!

Mark Dvorak in concert, to benefit the Music and Potlucks organization
A Folk Festival Event Night at WDCB Public Radio

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

  • Hear Mark in concert from 7 to 8 p.m. in the comfy 'living room' at WDCB to a limited audience
  • Advance seating reservations required, email host at LKupbeat@aol.com
  • Guests are expected to donate $15 or more, to benefit Music and Potlucks
  • Mark will also perform live in studio on the Folk Festival radio show from 8:30-9 p.m.
  • People who attend the concert can also sit in studio to hear Mark again!
  • Can't attend?  Listen at 90.9 FM in Chicagoland, stream the show live at WDCB.org



Let Love Go On - Album Release and Cabin Fever Remedy

Sunday, February 23, 2020  - 2 PM

LaGrange Public Library, 10 W Cossitt Ave, LaGrange, IL

Join us for an afternoon of folk music, a dessert potluck, and an opportunity to give to neighbors in need. Mark Dvorak will perform songs from his new album Let Love Go On. Warm up to the sounds of new music, old favorites, and connect with friends and neighbors. Feel welcome to bring a store-bought, unopened dessert to share. We will pass the tambourine and collect cash and checks in support of local agency Share Food Share Love food pantry. Canned food items are also welcome for donation! This event is presented by Music & Potlucks in cooperation with the LaGrange Public Library, and is free to the public. 



House Concert & Potluck 

Saturday, March 7, 2019

River Forest, IL

Gather with neighbors, meet new friends, delight in great music by Mark Dvorak, and delicious potluck offerings! Send along an email to musicandpotlucks@gmail.com if you would like to attend this event. Donations of canned food items, unopened toiletries, cash and checks will be accepted for local agencies Beyond Hunger, Housing Forward, and the Songs for Peace and Justice Fund at the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation.


Pre-show Music and Concessions for a Cause

Dominican University Center for Performing Arts

River Forest, IL

Music & Potlucks will provide pre-show music, and sell concessions to guests attending music events at Dominican University. Look for us on December 6th, January 11th, February 15th, and April 25th. Profits will be donated to Beyond Hunger.



Winter 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




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.