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.

 

Can you remember the first single that your purchased, or a favorite song from the very first album that you bought? ... on vinyl or compact disc? ... we're building a Member's MixTape compilation on our website ... the MixTape page is being developed and will be published as soon as we get enough songs to fill our MixTape ... and when we do, you'll be the first to know! The page will contain a media player with all of the songs uploaded so that you can enjoy listening to the compilation as you browse and surf ... we'll create a new compilation every couple of months or so. If you have anything to contribute to the compilation, send it to steve@foxvalleymusicfoundation.com ... Song Title ... Artist ... and a MP3 file of the song would be great! ... See MoreSee Less

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Contact us at FVMF.org to purchase vintage posters from the past 19 years! ... See MoreSee Less

THE MAN BEHIND THE MUSIC (POSTERS) The very talented Rex Bohn has been designing BLUES ON THE FOX posters for over a decade. Watch below for an inside look at how Rex gets his inspiration for these awesome pieces of art, and be sure to pick up one of his cool posters THIS WEEKEND at BLUES ON THE FOX 2015. Then, swing by the Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora and check out the June gallery exhibit honoring Rex’s work. bit.ly/1xCVbLF

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