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.

 

Start your day on Saturday June 11th down river with Greg and then go up river to Blues on Water Street. ... See MoreSee Less

Songwriter's Workshop and Performance Featuring Greg Boerner

June 11, 2016, 1:00pm

Aurora Public Library - West Branch, 233 S Constitution Dr, Aurora, IL 60506

The Fox Valley Music Foundation and Aurora Public Library are sponsoring this free event open to the public! Greg Boerner will provide a one-hour songwriting workshop that will be directly followed by a sixty-minute live performance. Greg will feature some Blues songs in commemoration of Blues Month in the Fox Valley. Andre Salles will moderate the workshop. Greg Boerner ("Burner") is a Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter originally from Augusta, Georgia now living in a far west suburb of Chicago. His music is an original blend of blues, folk, country and all that comes between--Southern style. He will be performing songs from his 4 cds...plus new material from his upcoming 5th cd and favorite covers. After the performance, head up river to the Blues on Water Street festival.

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Songwriter's Workshop and Performance Featuring Greg Boerner

June 11, 2016, 1:00pm

Aurora Public Library - West Branch, 233 S Constitution Dr, Aurora, IL 60506

The Fox Valley Music Foundation and Aurora Public Library are sponsoring this free event open to the public! Greg Boerner will provide a one-hour songwriting workshop that will be directly followed by a sixty-minute live performance. Greg will feature some Blues songs in commemoration of Blues Month in the Fox Valley. Andre Salles will moderate the workshop. Greg Boerner ("Burner") is a Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter originally from Augusta, Georgia now living in a far west suburb of Chicago. His music is an original blend of blues, folk, country and all that comes between--Southern style. He will be performing songs from his 4 cds...plus new material from his upcoming 5th cd and favorite covers. After the performance, head up river to the Blues on Water Street festival.

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Our good friends and Kiss The Sky neighbors, Water Street Studios, are hosting a wonderful Open Gallery event in May ... they are featuring the marvelous creations of Nancy Jean Carrigan ... if you haven't been to Water Street Studios, then I strongly encourage you to do so ... it's a beautiful art space complete with galleries, educational facilities and artist workshops ... they are a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to spread the love of art, among other things ... please, check them out when visiting us or at any time that they are open for business! Subscribe to their Facebook Events ... they have lots going on. Shoot! Subscribe to our Facebook Events too as well as Kiss The Sky's ... all of us have a lot of art and music events taking place, so stay in touch and in "tune". ... See MoreSee Less

Nancy Jean Carrigan: A Retrospective Gallery Opening Reception

May 13, 2016, 6:00pm - May 13, 2016, 9:00pm

Water Street Studios

IL CHINO E LA SIRENA Nancy Jean Carrigan: A Retrospective May 13-June 4, 2016 FREE ADMISSION, ALL AGES $5 Suggested Donation to Support WSS Sponsored by Gaetano's Batavia and Penrose Brewing Next Gallery Opening Reception will be Stars & Stripes Show on June 10, 2016 from 6-9pm. If you are interested in submitting a piece for this show please visit: waterstreetstudios.org/call-for-entries/

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