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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.



Concessions for a Cause

Dominican University Performing Arts Center

April 25th, 2020, 6:30 PM

River Forest, IL

Get your tickets to 2020 grammy award winners Ranky Tanky at DUPAC! Your friends from Music & Potlucks will provide pre-show music and concession sales to benefit local non for profit organizations.



A Tribute to Pete Seeger

May 4th, 2020, 7:00 PM

408 S. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park

Music & Potlucks presents Mark Dvorak and the Power of Song Singers for a special FREE concert honoring the work and music of Pete Seeger. We will gather at Oak Park Arms. Feel welcome to bring canned food items for donation to Beyond Hunger. Pete would have been 101 on 5/3 - let's celebrate his generous spirit and gifts to folk music and humanity.



June 18th, 2020, 5:00 PM

Thursday Night Out, Marion Street, Oak Park

There's nothing like a summer evening on Marion Street in "Folk Park!" Join us for this true community event of folk music, food for purchase from local restaurants, and time with friends and neighbors. Folk musician line up to be announced. 



August 19th, 2020, 7:00 PM

Songs for Peace and Justice

CliffDwellers Club

Chicago, IL

A special program of music and spoken word is in the works. Details and ticket information to be announced. Save the date!



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.