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.

 

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Saturday Morning Cafe with Noah Gabriel

November 5, 2016, 10:30am - November 5, 2016, 12:00pm

A beautiful Saturday Morning for music ... to quote JM ... "it's been zero years since the Cubs have won the World Series"! Can you believe it? It's going to push 70 degrees today and it's the first weekend in November! Nevertheless, we will be brewing up some Two Brothers gourmet coffee and some of Steve's Special Blend of Herbal Tea as Aurora's very own Noah Gabriel treats us to some of finest musical offerings. Perhaps he'll treat us to an interpretation of "Go Cubs Go"! All the used stuff (vinyl, compact discs, dvd's) are on a Buy 2 Get a Third for Free Sale from 10am until noon. Once the clock strikes 12, the sale is over. Come on down and take a load off your feet and enjoy Noah in the friendly confines of Kiss The Sky. We too have some Ivy growing on the wall behind the stage amidst the Kiss The Sky orange sign that use to adorn the building on Randall Road where we spent our first ten years in existence. See you soon.

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Saturday Morning Cafe with Dave Ramont

October 29, 2016, 10:30am - October 29, 2016, 12:00pm

Dave Ramont ... Singer/Songwriter/Soothsayer/Wisemen/Philospher and Storyteller extraordinaire ... Great to have Dave back for a return engagement ... been a while. Well, we hope that you all can get out of bed after a long night of watching the Cubs take game three ... be cool as we have a few more games to go ... got to pace yourself. Gourmet Coffee and Tea and vittles will be availabe ... on the house of course ... picked up some Two Brothers Coffee Beans today to test out tomorrow and the Tea is courtesy of the Coffee Drop in Geneva. Hope to see you here! Oh yes, it's Halloween weekend ... don't know what that means, but we'll have some tricks and treat up our sleeves for sure!

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Master Class - String Bass & Cello (FREE)

October 22, 2016, 10:00am - October 22, 2016, 12:00pm

All are welcome to attend this free, all ages Master Class for string bass and cello, directed by Ryan Carney on Saturday October 22, 2016 from 10am – 12pm at Kiss The Sky record store in downtown Batavia. This is a great opportunity for young bassists and cellists to experience a fun and experimental event focused on their instruments – all in the magic of a music store. The event will be filmed and streamed on local BATV cable station.  Keep music fun  Stay engaged with music through school programs  Prepare for school or community music program auditions  Learn new styles of music Performances on cello and string bass by Ryan Carney as well as student performances

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Reminder that Moreland & Arbuckle and The Joe Moss Band are live in Elgin tonight! Don't miss it! ... See MoreSee Less

Autumn Blues Bash

October 14, 2016, 7:00pm - October 14, 2016, 10:30pm

Join us for an evening of BLUES! VIP Seats are $45 and include an upfront table seat and 2 drinks...General Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door Doors at 6pm, theater doors at 7pm, music at 7:30 9:00pm Moreland & Arbuckle - "Raw, dirty, primal & infectious…sizzling guitar, sturdy vocals & rude harmonica” –USA Today “Deeply satisfying...gritty soul & blues with garage overtones & fire-and-brimstone vocals” –Living Blues Guitarist Aaron Moreland — co-founder of the groundbreaking Kansas-based trio — describes their music as “gritty blues and roots rock from the heartland.” Moreland, harmonicist/vocalist Dustin Arbuckle and drummer Kendall Newby bring fierce electric fury & unrelenting punk rock energy to their original songs, inspired by raw Delta & Mississippi Hill Country blues. Their songs are expertly executed with musical muscle and fifth-gear urgency. When they perform more traditional blues, they play with the same decisive command. The band continues to grow musically & lyrically, creating a signature sound while earning a large and loyal worldwide fan base. Their legendary raw & raucous live shows. The Joe Moss Band kicks the night off at 730pm Few blues performers walk the walk to the degree of Chicago based guitarist/bandleader Joe Moss. One of the hardest working performers on the scene today. Not just an imitator of the music's glorious past, he strives to find his own sound and material within the styles he chooses to play. And the music world is taking notice. The band is tight, featuring some of Chicago's finest blues musicians. A talented singer, writer, and guitarist, Joe is a consistent and entertaining performer with a monster groove. 2013 Inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame! Joe has recorded 5 Albums with his own band The Joe Moss band.

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