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 will be celebrating its 21st anniversary, 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.

 

Come celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the release of the Beatles' Sgt. Peppers at Kiss The Sky with Brian Beer performing a free show as part of the weekly Saturday Morning Cafe program ... Brian doesn't know this yet but we are expecting him to perform the album in it's entirety ... backwards!! ... as in last note to first ... not simply in reverse order ... in REVERSE ... as if the turntable were to spin the record counter clockwise ... REALLY??? ... Are we merely pulling your leg? ... probably! ... See MoreSee Less

Saturday Morning Cafe with Brian Beer

May 27, 2017, 10:30am - May 27, 2017, 12:00pm

Brian Beer plays in a band called Redhorse ... he also goes solo from time to time but can sound as if the entire Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is with him even though it may just be HIS longely heart, alone, that is up on stage producing all of that music. And, coincidentally, his performance this morning coincides with the 50th Anniversary release of a remastered and remixed Sgt. Pepper's album, which is being offered up on compact disc and vinyl record ... we have a few left but they won't last the weekend I am sure. Am stopping at Harner's for some fresh baked cookies ... I'll be brewing up some of Geneva's Coffee Drop's gourmet blended Tea and Coffee as well. Used vinyl, cd's and dvd's are on sale from 10am until noon ... buy two items and get a third for free ... not a bad deal at all. Pick up your tickets for the upcoming Blues & Roots on Water Street festival while you're at it ... Wayne Baker Brooks is headling and cast of some mighty fine Blues, Roots, Folk, Bluegrass and Americana music that the region has to offer ... the festival will take place inside the friendly confines of Kiss The Sky and Water Street Studios on June 10. Happy Memorial Day weekend ... a special time to remember and honor those that served and gave their lives for our country. Memorial Day was originally started in Decatur, Illinois back in 1868 as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of those Union soldiers that served in the Civil War. The holiday evolved over time and merged with the Confederate tradition of honoring fallen Civil War soldiers. Today, the holiday celebrates all miliary personnel that have died while serving in the miitiary.

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The Desperate Bastards will be feeling desperate if you don't make it down to Kiss The Sky this Saturday morning to hang out with them! ... See MoreSee Less

Saturday Morning Cafe with Anderlik, Church & Watson

May 20, 2017, 10:30am - May 20, 2017, 12:00pm

Rob Anderlik! One hell of a dobro player and fantastic string man in general. Rob likes his Bluegrass jazzed up a bit, on the rocks, or neat! He delivers his music via many genres and interpretations. He has a special place in his heart for the Blues as well. Mike Church! One of finest guitar players to make his way from out east and settle down here in the Midwest. He and Rob are good buddies and therefore have this musical rapport that often makes for a special and enchanting musical voyage. Chad Watson! When you think of some of the finest bass players that the planet has produced, such as Jack Bruce, Jaco Pastorius and Larry Graham, you have to add Chad Watson to that list. Chad may not have played in Cream or Weather Report or the Family Stone but we like to think that he should have and could have. He's one of the finest in this here Valley, that's for damn sure! Anderlik, Church & Watson ... a perfect three! It's gonna be a rainy day to dream away type of morning ... fresh gourmet coffee and tea will be offered up free of charge, and we may even stop at Harners on the way to the store and pick up some baked goods to share with you as well.

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Fox Valley Music Foundation shared Kiss The Sky's event. ... See MoreSee Less

Saturday Afternoon Cafe with The Aviators

May 20, 2017, 1:00pm - May 20, 2017, 2:30pm

The Aviators ... I don't know much about the band ... I haven't seen them! Zach Goforth is in the band ... I know him! ... he's a talent ... fantastic musician, producer and arranger. Anything that Zach is associted with musically, has to be good. Hence, the booking without knowing a thing about the band other than what I've just shared. Oops ... just hot off the press! The band includes Adia Clark Lay on guitar and vocals, Logan Anderson on guitar, keys and vocals, Dexter Empleo on drums and ukelele and Zach on bass and vocals. Now I know more than I did before, when I started preparing this Facebook Event! A ukelele in the group? Very interesting indeed ... George is smiling up above! I believe that the band is using this gig as a kick off to their upcoming world tour that will take them to places such as Tokyo, London, Paris, Munich, Vienna, Moscow, Rio, Carracas, Nairobi, Cairo and places yet to be determined. We are happy and feel fortunate that they have chosen Batavia to use as a launching pad, so to speak. Rain will be the name of the game on Saturday, however, it will be warm, cozy and dry within the friendly confines of Kiss The Sky. Come on down and take a flight with The Aviators. Hope to see you here!

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Want to hear some great live music this Wednesday night? Come on down to Kiss The Sky in Batavia for a very special performance and CD Release Show by St. Louis natives Crystal Lady! ... See MoreSee Less

Crystal Lady - Live from Kiss The Sky Wednesday night special

May 17, 2017, 8:00pm - May 17, 2017, 10:00pm

A very special Wednesday night Live From Kiss The Sky featuring a band out of St. Louis called Crystal Lady, whose drummer is originally from Batavia. Here's what the band has to say regarding this particular Live From Kiss The Sky event: Crystal Lady hosts a CD release party for their debut album at Kiss The Sky in Batavia, IL! The doors open at 8:01pm and the music stars at 8:30pm. There is a $5 cover to get in and CDs will be sold for $15. We can't wait to party with you, Batavia! Chela Mancuso - Voice Aaron Brown - Guitar John Walker - Mandolin Ben Stitzel - Key Bass David Michelson - Drums The band "Crystal Lady" is a five piece band, native to St. Louis, that formed in December of 2014. Crystal Lady is made up of Webster University, trained, jazz musicians Chela Mancuso (voice), Aaron Brown (guitar), John Walker (mandolin), Ben Stitzel (keys) and David Michelson (drums). Crystal Lady plays a mix of rock and pop music with a jazz influence as well as jazz standards and original music. Crystal Lady has played at several St. Louis music venues including The Sheldon Concert Hall, Blueberry Hill, Nathalie’s, Foam, The Kinda Blue club, The Dark Room and Cicero's. The band named themselves as a tribute to Mancuso’s aunt and musical inspiration, Josephine Mancuso, who owned the Crystal Lady Production company in Los Angeles in early 70s. Crystal Lady Production was dissolved after the passing of Mancuso’s aunt and the band has adapted the name to continue it’s legacy. Crystal Lady is currently playing very regularly throughout the St. louis area and is working on recording and producing their first album. The band’s current recording project, to be released in early 2017, is going to feature all original music, that will explore a broad range of genres and styles.

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