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.

 

Fox Valley Music Foundation added an event. ... See MoreSee Less

Summer Songwriter Workshop and Performance Featuring Noah Gabriel

July 23, 2016, 1:00pm - July 23, 2016, 3:00pm

The Fox Valley Music Foundation and the Batavia Public Library are proud to announce gifted local singer/songwriter Noah Gabriel will provide a workshop and performance this Saturday at the Batavia Public Library. Honesty is where the best songs come from, and a decade ago - within the first lines of the first song from his very first album, no less - Noah Gabriel was already making that abundantly clear. "I don't know what to say, but I won't turn away," from the appropriately-titled "Pride," ushered Gabriel into the Chicago roots-rock scene, crafting his own blend of amiable roots-rock that pulls equally from fiery blues of Stevie Ray Vaughn or BB King and wry folk witticisms a la Lucinda Williams or Ryan Adams. From 2005's debut solo effort In Aurora to this year's Easy (as part of the power-trio Noah's Arcade), Gabriel's songs are powerful dissections of characters in desperate times or taking even more desperate measures. www.noahgabriel.com/ Don't miss this very special event!

View on Facebook

One of the world's great lyricists and song writers living right here in our backyard! Come on out and hear Dave's thoughts on songwriting and get a rare opportunity to witness his mighty fine guitar playing and vocalizations ... ... See MoreSee Less

Summer Songwriter Workshop and Performance Featuring Dave Ramont

July 9, 2016, 1:00pm - July 9, 2016, 3:00pm

Learn all about how Dave Ramont writes songs! This is both a workshop and performance and it's free! Dave Ramont is a singer/songwriter and private music instructor who’s been playing his folk-pop-roots-slop throughout the Midwest and points beyond for years, whether solo or with band. He’s released several CDs, his music being heard on public/college radio across the U.S. and Europe. He carries a rock in his shoe and a song in his head. www.daveramont.com

View on Facebook

Fox Valley Music Foundation added an event. ... See MoreSee Less

Summer Songwriter Workshop and Performance Featuring Dave Ramont

July 9, 2016, 1:00pm - July 9, 2016, 3:00pm

Learn all about how Dave Ramont writes songs! This is both a workshop and performance and it's free! Dave Ramont is a singer/songwriter and private music instructor who’s been playing his folk-pop-roots-slop throughout the Midwest and points beyond for years, whether solo or with band. He’s released several CDs, his music being heard on public/college radio across the U.S. and Europe. He carries a rock in his shoe and a song in his head. www.daveramont.com

View on Facebook

Here! Here! Congratulations to the Leland ... may the Legend live on! ... See MoreSee Less

Soooo, drum roll please ! We are happy, excited and proud to announce that Leland Legends will open their doors at 4pm Friday, to all of our friends !! We will be open Saturday and Sunday as well and closed for the Fourth of July, however Blue Bird Cafe will be open our usual hours.

View on Facebook