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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Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues and Sam Lay - Music are in the house! Tix still available and just $24/$12 for ages 18 and under. Box office opens at 6 pm in the Ramsey Auditorium lobby of Fermilab! Pre-Performance talk by the Fox Valley Music Foundation at 7 pm on the historic blues recordings that took place in Aurora in 1937-38. Concert at 8 - hope to see you here!

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Summer Songwriter Workshop and Performance Series Featuring Gerald Dowd

August 27, 2016, 1:00pm - August 27, 2016, 3:00pm

Don't miss a treasure of a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and GRAMMY AWARD©-nominated drummer Gerald Dowd at the Batavia Public Library this Saturday. A guy with a great sense of humor and plenty of musical street creds, Gerald will be certain to entertain you. Gerald hails from the Boston area. Since moving to Chicago in the late 1900s, he has played/sung/recorded with Robbie Fulks, Justin Roberts, Dave "Dave" Ramont, Mavis Staples, and Rich Little. He's released two albums of original songs under his own name, and he's never hang-glided. (Is that even a word? Sounds weird.) www.geralddowd.com/ **THIS EVENT WILL BE MODERATED BY 'DIAMOND' DAVE RAMONT** This event will weave stories and songs together and give some insight into the creative process. The audience is encouraged to ask questions and challenge the artist! This event is sponsored by the Fox Valley Music Foundation and the Batavia Public Library. About the Fox Valley Music Foundation. The 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. You can contact the Foundation by visiting: foxvalleymusicfoundation.com/

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Just outside the Dark Side Coffeehouse in Walnut Ridge, AR is this memorial to Washboard Sam, one of the blues artists who recorded in the Sky Club at Leland Tower for Bluebird in the late 1930's. It turns out that he is from Walnut Ridge, AR, and his cousin, Big Bill Broonzy, another Leland Tower recording artist, was from Pine Bluff, AR, not far from here. The two of them played along the Route 67, the Rock and Roll Highway, in the 1920's with Jazz Gillum and others before striking out for Chicago in the early 1930's. Jazz Gillum also recorded for Bluebird at Leland Tower in Aurora. ... See MoreSee Less

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Eric Peter Schwartz-Saturday Morning Cafe

August 13, 2016, 10:30am - August 13, 2016, 12:00pm

Eric Peter Schwartz will once again grace the Are You Experienced Stage here at Kiss The Sky this Saturday morning as the gourmet coffee and tea are a brewin'. Eric is fresh offf a tour that has taken him to places near and far such as Rio, Cabo, Barcelona, Tokyo, Stockholm and now Batavia ... at least, so we've been told by very reputable sources! In addition, Eric has just completed a new album and has released it on cassette ... the title of the album is State of Entropy and Eric is presenting this recording under the pseudonym of Barry Newton and the Plaques. The release appears on Crapping Badger Records and is destined for a quick rise to the top of the Billboard Pop, Rock and Heavy Metal charts! As is generally the case, Eric's performance will be a tad bit more intimate than his gig at the Maracana in Rio. And, we anticipate that he might also be ridding himself of the the stack of Marshalls, opting for an acoustic vibe, for his gig here at the Kiss. In any case ... Eric always succeeds in giving it his all and everyone leaves the encounter a bit better for it. His songwriting is full of wit and humor and always tainted with a perspective that leaves you wondering why you didn't think of that. Yet, at the same time, he injects a special view from his heart while giving the audience a glimpse inside of his soul. Hope to see you here ... as does Eric.

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