Guitarist Mark Dvorak: A Pete Seeger Tribute

Guitarist Mark Dvorak

The Monday Night Concert Series presents a free concert titled “A Pete Seeger Tribute,” performed by musician Mark Dvorak, at 7 p.m. Monday, October 7, at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave.

“The Monday Night Concert Series is dedicated to presenting small ensembles, primarily solos, duos and trios,” said Desi Vasquez, social director at the Oak Park Arms. “The concerts are popular, free and open to the public.”

Dvorak is a touring musician, song writer, educator and folk historian. When he was in high school, he read Anthony Scaduto’s biography of Bob Dylan, and his passion for American folk music exploded. He is an ardent fan of Pete Seeger.

In 1982 Dvorak borrowed a five-string banjo and began to master the claw hammer stroke. Dvorak continues to be an integral member of the Old Town School faculty, where he is artist-in-residence.

Pete Seeger was an American folksinger, composer, song collector and five-string banjo virtuoso. He was born in New York City in 1919 into a family of Juilliard music professors. He studied sociology at Harvard College, but in 1938 he dropped out and immersed himself in folk music. Songs he wrote include “If I Had a Hammer,” “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine,” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides senior independent living and assisted living apartments. Additional services include respite care and an adult day care program. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 708-386-4040.