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 reigns were handed over to the Aurora Civic Center Authority with The Paramount Group 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 mid west 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 Department of Special Events became less involved in the festival but reinvented itself and became a foundation. And here we are, The Fox Valley Music Foundation.

 

Join us this Wednesday from noon-2pm for our Blues on the Fox window display workshop! Sponsored by Waubonsee Community College, Aurora Campus, Aurora, Illinois & Waubonsee SBDC ... See MoreSee Less

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Recording Session taking place at Kiss The Sky ... here's a little taste of Dave Sills doing "To Love Somebody" ... ... See MoreSee Less

Dave Sills paying homage to some pre-disco Bee Gees ... a wonderful track off of their first US Release called Bee Gee's 1st (of course) ... a song rumored to be written for Otis Redding ... check it out!

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You will be blown away by Rex's Illustrations! Everyone has seen his Blues on the Fox Posters, they are keepers, but they haven't seen the concepts that never made it to print, which in my opinion are often cooler than the ones that did. Come see for yourself. And by the way Blues fans, we are starting the Blues on the Fox Fest early with a free kick off concert sponsored by the Fox Valley Music Foundation featuring Chicago Blues Legend John Primer! Doors open at 6pm, concert starts at 7pm. We will have Blues art upstairs and Blues music on the main level. It's going to be an awesome First Friday in June!!!! See you there.

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