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 will be celebrating its 21st anniversary, 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.

 

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Saturday Morning Cafe with Tennessee Slim & The Whiskey Hounds

February 11, 2017, 10:30am - February 11, 2017, 11:00am

For the most part, y'all should be quite familiar with the concept of the Saturday Morning Cafe program here at Kiss The Sky as we've been creating and posting events for it going on nearly three years now, in part, thanx to Mr. Greg Boerner (GB). However, in case you're a newbie to all of this, it's a combination of hanging out at the store whilst some great live music is taking place on the Are You Experienced Stage, sipping on a wonderful hot cup of gourmet coffee or tea, munching on some vittles, looking through the record and cd racks for that missing link, or just shootin' the sh*t with fellow friends and music lovers of the same, or quite different, ilk. Today, it's not going to be any different as Tennesse Slim and The Whiskey Hounds make their inagural debut at the Kiss. Seeing as to how we've never seen Slim or the Hounds in this particular configuration, we're not sure what to expect. However, the name, in itself, is intriguing enough for me to get up earlier this morning and put this Facebook Event together after having spent Friday evening and the early's of Saturday morn up in Hanover Park at my good friend Rueben's home participating in a Pop Goulash Podcast (got home at 1:30am and to bed around 3. (This business of music can be quite tough and hard on the body, mind and soul from time to time to say the least). In any case ... we hope you stop on by and check out T. Slim and the Hounds (literal whiskey will not be on the menu this morning, just the music kind will be poured). Gonna be relatively warm today so put on that favorite sweater and forget about the heavy coat and trapes on down to Kiss The Sky for some free live music ... Saturday Morning style!

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Robbie Fulks, Nora O'Connor, Chicago Farmer, Rick Sherry and other greats join Scott Tipping, Dave Nelson, Scott Stevenson and friends for the Leland Record Release Party. Don't miss this spectacular line-up! ... See MoreSee Less

The Leland Bluebird Sessions Record Release Show

February 19, 2017, 6:00pm - February 19, 2017, 9:00pm

The band Leland will perform at the Copley Theater in Aurora, Illinois in celebration of the vinyl release of the album, The Leland Bluebird Sessions, which is a tribute to the original Bluebird recordings made in the Sky Club of the Leland Hotel back in 1937-1938. Leland is lead by Scott Tipping and includes Dave Nelson, Scott Stevenson, Rick Sherry, Matt Thompson and Chuck Lacy. Mick Ducker, Mae Koen and Mary Lou O'Brien will be front and center at various times during the show as lead vocalists. In addtion, there will also be special appearances by others who contributed to the tribute project and announcements will be made sporadically as we get closer to the event, which is only a month away! Be sure to visit our Event Brite site for more information and to purchase tickets.

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This is a once in a life time type of show, given the list of artists that will be performing up on the stage of the Copley Theater in downtown Aurora! It's mind boggling to think about the fact that the original recording sessions, from which this album was culled, and to which it is dedicated, took place some 80 years ago beginning this coming May. If Chicago is the Home of the Blues, then Aurora was, and is, a nice Blues Getaway ... some beautiful Blues Babies were born in Aurora back in 1937 and 1938 ... evidence of that will be provided on February 19 at the Copley. ... See MoreSee Less

Here is the poster that is being put up throughout the town. This is our full list of performers for the evening. Check it out! A ton of great musicians coming together to celebrate our new record and to celebrate this historic music that came from Aurora, Illinois. And to wish you all a happy Tuesday, how about a track to listen to! Here is a song from the upcoming release as sung by Chicago Farmer. Chicago Farmer is a fantastic singer songwriter from central Illinois. He tours nationally, writes and sings from the heart. Here's his take on the John D. Twitty song, Sold It To The Devil. soundcloud.com/magic-box-1/sold-it-to-the-devil

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