3rd Friday Folk
Coffeehouse at the Carnegie

Carnegie Community Arts Center
107 North Main Street
Somerset, KY 42501

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3rd Friday Folk Coffeehouse at the Carnegie carries on the tradition of the American folk music venue by providing a listening space for artists and audiences to enjoy each other's company, music, and mutual encouragement.

Folk music has a broad definition, but remains centered in the traditional music brought to our shores by early immigrants - primarily from the British Isles - and filtered through the Appalachians to evolve into today's folk music.

In the 1960's just about every town in North America had a coffeehouse. Usually volunteer-run and held once a month, these were the musical breeding grounds for artists like Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Don McLean, John Denver and so many others. Very often, the coffeehouses would be held in schools, church basements, clubs or even in living rooms.

Time moved on and the music scene changed, but the coffeehouses continued to present wonderful concerts. By the late 1980's and into the 90's artists like Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman, John Gorka, and Dar Williams cut their musical teeth in these small, hometown music venues.

The 3rd Friday Folk Coffeehouse at the Carnegie is our way of encouraging the resurgence of this musical tradition. Our mission is to present local, regional, and national touring folk musicians and songwriters, with an emphasis on roots music and its traditions.

Our monthly coffeehouse meets in the basement of the Carnegie Community Arts Center in Somerset, KY, on the third Friday each month*. The music goes from 7 to 9 PM.

Donation is $7.00, and reservations are suggested. To reserve a seat - call, email, or text.

Folk musicians interested is a possible booking, please call, email, or text a description of your music style and a website address.

* Schedule conflicts may move the concert to the 4th Friday.


When MARK DVORAK started his career in music, he knew he was in it for the long haul. "For me, folk music has always been a part of our shared history," says Dvorak, who is based in Chicago. "But it also gives us a language we can use to express ourselves and to let others know what we are thinking and what we are feeling. For years I've been trying to figure out a way to bring this music to more people. I've wanted to find the right situation where folks can get into the songs, and also sustain myself as a touring musician."

Dvorak thinks he may have found a way with his latest project, the Community Concert Partnership, which will make it's debut with civic and public performances in Somerset, Ludlow, and Lexington, begining March 18th.

"It's pretty simple, really," explains Dvorak, who is artist-in-residence at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. "This music has always thrived in small spaces. It has grown by being needed and used. It carries along with it the essence of our shared heritage and invites participation. Folk music is family music."

"He's the real deal," says Bau Graves, Old Town School of Muisc executive director. "Mark has made music his life and his livelihood. He's been a top faculty member at the school for more than twenty-five years.His performances are elegant, rich, and powerful."

Mark Dvorak has performed in thity-eight states, and in Canada, Ireland, and Finland. In 2013, he was honored by Folk Alliance International withthe FARM Lantern Bearer Award for his contributions to folk and community music.

John Polk is a well known Somerset folk musician and a member of the Somerset Songwriters Group.