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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On Sunday, February 19 at 7pm, the band Leland will perform at the Copley Theater in Aurora, Illinois in celebration of the vinyl release of The Leland Bluebird Sessions, produced by Scott Tipping. The Sky Club Record's 180 grams double LP gate-fold album will be released on that day, at that show. In addition to the band Leland, special guests, to be announced soon, will also be making an appearance and performing. You can purchase a ticket to the show here: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-leland-bluebird-sessions-record-release-show-tickets-31113321783. There are two types of tickets available. There is a Show Only ticket that sells for $25, and there is a Show + Music Package ticket available for $50. The Music Package includes a copy of the vinyl record and a compact disc for The Leland Bluebird Sessions, in addition to a ticket to the show. For more information regarding the event, check out the Event Page at the Sky Club Records Facebook Page or the listing on the EventBrite website. The record will soon be available for pre-order on line in the event that you can not make the show, and will be available at Kiss The Sky record store in Batavia beginning on February 20. Plans are to also have the records available at a select few independent record stores around the Chicagoland area after the show as well. Stay tuned for more information as it develops. The Fox Valley Music Foundation, in conjunction with Sky Club Records, is a proud sponsor of this event! ... See MoreSee Less

The Leland Bluebird Sessions Record Release Show

February 19, 2017, 6:00pm - February 19, 2017, 9:00pm

The band Leland will perform at the Copley Theater in Aurora, Illinois in celebration of the vinyl release of the album, The Leland Bluebird Sessions, which is a tribute to the original Bluebird recordings made in the Sky Club of the Leland Hotel back in 1937-1938. Leland is lead by Scott Tipping and includes Dave Nelson, Scott Stevenson, Rick Sherry, Matt Thompson and Chuck Lacy. Mick Ducker, Mae Koen and Mary Lou O'Brien will be front and center at various times during the show as lead vocalists. In addtion, there will also be special appearances by others who contributed to the tribute project and announcements will be made sporadically as we get closer to the event, which is only a month away! Be sure to visit our Event Brite site for more information and to purchase tickets.

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Live Art Series: Jazz & Mythology

January 27, 2017, 6:00pm - January 27, 2017, 9:00pm

Water Street Studios Live Art Series Presents Too Close To The Sun An Evening of Jazz and Mythology with Dan Anderson and Steve Ramsdell Doors open at 6p Music at 7p Beer, wine, soda, and water will be available for purchase $5 suggested donation The Live Art Series is made possible by a grant from the Batavia Arts Council. Part one will explore the beauty of jazz. In interpretation and dearness of tradition, Dan Anderson (bass and tuba) and Steve Ramsdell (guitar) will whimsically render chorus and verse of select standards from the jazz repertoire, including songs from Brazil. Popularized by Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto in the 1960s, this music is a delicate union of Brazilian melody and rhythm celebrated with excerpts of American vernacular. The fondness of this music radiates from Ramsdell’s guitar with warmth and precision. Anderson’s inclination of intonation bumps the curves and valleys of these foreign forms, reluctant to find an ending. Tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Gilberto Gil will fill the bill. The play of Anderson and Ramsdell is energetic and spontaneous. Both musicians are delighted to be guests of the Water Street Studio’s Live Art Series. Part two will be a reading of the Greek myth of Icarus along with musical introduction and diversions. Irene Anderson will be bringing the text to life. Dan Anderson and Steve Ramsdell will balance out the reading with musical commentary and medium. The music will include Ralph Towner’s title tune “Icarus” and other thematically complementary tunes from the jazz repertoire. www.danandersonbasstuba.com steveramsdellmusic.com

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Tipping Transmits Bowie

January 8, 2017, 7:00pm - January 8, 2017, 9:00pm

Scott and Emily have created a new series called TRANSMITS. The show will happen once a quarter at Kiss The Sky. TRANSMITS will showcase albums, eras, artists and/or other meaningful bits of music we would like to celebrate with you. Our first show is a big show. We will be celebrating the life of David Bowie on what would have been his 70th birthday a few days before the year anniversary of his death. We have the most killing band lined up for this event: Chuck Lacy - Drums Matt Thompson - Bass Scott Stevenson - Keyboards Phil Roach - Guitar There will be two sets. Lots of hits, deep cuts, personal favorites will be present. Diehards and casuals should be pleased. I believe there will be a 5 dollar donation at the door to pay the band. Kids are free.

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