Blues on the Fox 2015imgresThe Fox Valley Music Foundation is a not-for-profit organization comprised of music lovers, music educators, arts enthusiasts and people who have spent many long hour days and years in this business of music.

The Foundation’s reason for being is to preserve, promote and protect the wonderful music of the Fox Valley area of Illinois while providing Music Education to people of all ages and from all walks of life.

The initial spark for the forming of the foundation was rooted in the annual Blues On The Fox Festival which takes place in downtown Aurora, Illinois during the month of June, and is currently enjoying its 18th year in providing area music lovers with some of the finest in live blues on the planet. And, that festival was the baby of the now defunct Fox Valley Blues Society, which was formed by a group of blues lovers hailing primarily from Aurora, Illinois, who “rediscovered” the fact that some very historic blues recordings were made in the Sky Club of the Leland Hotel in downtown Aurora back in 1937 and 1938.

From 2004 until 2009, the Blues On The Fox Festival was managed by The City of Aurora and a group of volunteers, steeped in their love of the blues. In 2010, the reins were handed over to the Aurora Civic Center Authority with the Paramount Theatre leading the charge. The volunteer group would remain involved with artist selection and the festival in general, all the while a new performance venue was on the drawing board.

RiverEdge Park, once a seemingly distant dream, became a reality whilst the festival was becoming the premier blues festival in the Midwest, outgrowing the confines of Galena Boulevard in downtown Aurora. In 2013, Blues On The Fox kicked off the inaugural year for RiverEdge Park with Dr. John and Buddy Guy headlining the weekend event.

As all of this was taking place, the volunteer group that nurtured the festival during the years that it was managed by The City of Aurora’s Special Events Division became less involved in the festival but reinvented itself and became a foundation. And here we are, The Fox Valley Music Foundation.

 

Saturday Afternoon at the Kiss ... Kiss The Sky ... Batavia ... Music ... Free ... Guitars that Slide! ... See MoreSee Less

Sounds of the Slide Guitar

May 21, 2016, 1:00pm

In this third installment of Rob Anderlik's Sounds of the Slide Guitar series he'll be joined by one of the finest bottleneck blues slide guitarists in the MidWest - Donna Herula. The two guitarists will be exploring the intersection of the blues and American Roots Music and different playing styles on their respective instruments. If you like slide guitar - and who doesn't? - we hope you'll join us for this show! Rob Anderlik - Biography Rob started his musical journey in high school as a guitarist trying to emulate his heroes - Duane Allman and Dickey Betts. A few years after college he was thunderstruck by the possibilities of switching to square-neck style slide guitar after discovering bluegrass legend Jerry Douglas and multi-instrumentalist David Lindley. Shortly after switching to squareneck guitars Rob was welcomed into the acoustic music scene in Chicago and quickly developed a reputation as one of the top Dobro and Weissenborn guitarists in the area. Rob was a teaching artist at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music for over 10 years and has forged a style of playing and singing which incorporates elements of bluegrass, rock and the blues. Rob has appeared on numerous studio recording sessions, including CD's by artists including Charming Axe, The Wandering Endorphin, Sunnyside Up, Camila Ballario and Kara Kesselring. Rob currently plays with his own bluegrass/jamband - Anderlik, Otto & Church - as well as part of an all acoustic blues band - Kevin Purcell & the Root Doctors. www.anderlikottochurch.com/home.html www.facebook.com/Kevin-Purcell-the-Root-Doctors-847995105323283/ Donna Herula - Biography With a percussive guitar style and soulful voice, Donna plays fingerstyle as well as blues slide guitar on her resonator guitars, including a 1930’s National Steel Triolian and National Steel Tricone. Donna was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago. She began playing guitar at the age of 10. By 16, she was playing lead guitar in bands and writing original blues songs. Influenced by slide guitar players Rory Block, Bob Brozman, Bonnie Raitt, John Hammond, Jr., Eric Sardinas, and Johnny Winter, Donna set out to discover the early blues musicians that inspired these players, which included Son House, Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. An accomplished slide guitarist, Donna performed a tribute to slide guitar master Robert Nighthawk at the 2009 Chicago Blues Festival for his centennial celebration. She also performed as part of a Nighthawk symposium for the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas (Nighthawk’s hometown), the King Biscuit Blues Festival (Helena, Arkansas), the Mother’s Best Music Festival (Helena, AK), the Bayfront Blues Festival (Duluth, MN), Blues By The Bay (East Twas, MI) and The Festival for the Eno (North Carolina). With harpist John Jochem, Donna won the 2010 Chicago Blues Challenge, solo-duo category, and represented the Windy City Blues Society at the 2011 International Blues Challenge. Donna’s second CD “The Moon Is Rising: Songs of Robert Nighthawk” was released in February 2011. The CD reached #32 on the Roots Music Report for most played blues album on the radio. In October 2011, Donna was nominated for the Best Female Blues Artist by the Chicago Black Music Awards. Donna plays National steel guitars and is a featured artist on the National Reso-Phonic Guitars website. She has been on blues radio programs including King Biscuit Time and Delta Sounds, with Sonny Payne, legendary host and member of the blues hall of fame, and Terry Buckalew, both on www.kffa.com through the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas. Donna plays as a soloist, and in a blues duet with her husband singer/guitarist, Tony Nardiello. For more information, visit: www.donnaherula.com

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Dave Nelson-Saturday Morning Cafe

May 21, 2016, 10:30am

Whether it be the Revernd Cinchy Pickins or Stoopid Tiny, the music of Dave Nelson is always more than just music ... Dave is an Art Form. One of the finest players on the planet, Dave is always in search of the lost chord whilst always having a rabbit or two hidden in that hat of his. With the Blues on Water Street and Blues on the Fox festivals just around the corner, Dave had thought to feature some of his favorite Blues this Saturday Morning, so we shall see if it's Tiny or the Rev or some other persona that may appear at the Kiss this fine and beautiful spring morning. As always, we will have some gormet coffee and tea brewin' up, courtesy of the Coffee Drop in Geneva, and TeleJim Sound Incorporated will be providing the wonderful sound. Hope to see you here ... Blind Willie Peg-Legged Muddy Mississippi Steve

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Sounds of the Slide Guitar

May 21, 2016, 1:00pm

In this third installment of Rob Anderlik's Sounds of the Slide Guitar series he'll be joined by one of the finest bottleneck blues slide guitarists in the MidWest - Donna Herula. The two guitarists will be exploring the intersection of the blues and American Roots Music and different playing styles on their respective instruments. If you like slide guitar - and who doesn't? - we hope you'll join us for this show! Rob Anderlik - Biography Rob started his musical journey in high school as a guitarist trying to emulate his heroes - Duane Allman and Dickey Betts. A few years after college he was thunderstruck by the possibilities of switching to square-neck style slide guitar after discovering bluegrass legend Jerry Douglas and multi-instrumentalist David Lindley. Shortly after switching to squareneck guitars Rob was welcomed into the acoustic music scene in Chicago and quickly developed a reputation as one of the top Dobro and Weissenborn guitarists in the area. Rob was a teaching artist at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music for over 10 years and has forged a style of playing and singing which incorporates elements of bluegrass, rock and the blues. Rob has appeared on numerous studio recording sessions, including CD's by artists including Charming Axe, The Wandering Endorphin, Sunnyside Up, Camila Ballario and Kara Kesselring. Rob currently plays with his own bluegrass/jamband - Anderlik, Otto & Church - as well as part of an all acoustic blues band - Kevin Purcell & the Root Doctors. www.anderlikottochurch.com/home.html www.facebook.com/Kevin-Purcell-the-Root-Doctors-847995105323283/ Donna Herula - Biography With a percussive guitar style and soulful voice, Donna plays fingerstyle as well as blues slide guitar on her resonator guitars, including a 1930’s National Steel Triolian and National Steel Tricone. Donna was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago. She began playing guitar at the age of 10. By 16, she was playing lead guitar in bands and writing original blues songs. Influenced by slide guitar players Rory Block, Bob Brozman, Bonnie Raitt, John Hammond, Jr., Eric Sardinas, and Johnny Winter, Donna set out to discover the early blues musicians that inspired these players, which included Son House, Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. An accomplished slide guitarist, Donna performed a tribute to slide guitar master Robert Nighthawk at the 2009 Chicago Blues Festival for his centennial celebration. She also performed as part of a Nighthawk symposium for the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas (Nighthawk’s hometown), the King Biscuit Blues Festival (Helena, Arkansas), the Mother’s Best Music Festival (Helena, AK), the Bayfront Blues Festival (Duluth, MN), Blues By The Bay (East Twas, MI) and The Festival for the Eno (North Carolina). With harpist John Jochem, Donna won the 2010 Chicago Blues Challenge, solo-duo category, and represented the Windy City Blues Society at the 2011 International Blues Challenge. Donna’s second CD “The Moon Is Rising: Songs of Robert Nighthawk” was released in February 2011. The CD reached #32 on the Roots Music Report for most played blues album on the radio. In October 2011, Donna was nominated for the Best Female Blues Artist by the Chicago Black Music Awards. Donna plays National steel guitars and is a featured artist on the National Reso-Phonic Guitars website. She has been on blues radio programs including King Biscuit Time and Delta Sounds, with Sonny Payne, legendary host and member of the blues hall of fame, and Terry Buckalew, both on www.kffa.com through the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas. Donna plays as a soloist, and in a blues duet with her husband singer/guitarist, Tony Nardiello. For more information, visit: www.donnaherula.com

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