Since The Blues was the common denominator and impetus for the formation of the Fox Valley Music Foundation, it is appropriate that a section of this website has been dedicated to that genre, even though the Foundation’s sphere of influence and work is intended to encompass all forms of music. That being said, we would like to point you in the direction of the cornerstone of the Fox Valley’s blues scene, which is The Blues On The Fox Festival.
The Festival was stared in 1997 by the Fox Valley Blues Society and is currently celebrating 20 years of providing the finest in live blues music. This year’s lineup, which takes place on Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, 2016 and you can learn more here. The Festival takes place at RiverEdge Park just north of downtown Aurora.
The Fox Valley Music Foundation has created a Blues Month Program. It is a month long celebration of the Blues leading up to the Blues On The Fox Festival.
The following is a complete listing of this year’s Blues Month activities:
May … All Month … Blues Art Exhibit: Rex Bohn Poster Retrospective
Paramount Theater Grand Gallery
June … All Month … Poetry in Public Places
Blues themed poems displayed throughout Downtown Aurora
June … All Month … Paint the Town Blue Window Contest
Blues themed windows throughout Downtown Aurora
June 9 … 1pm … Jake Mack Trio: Thursday in the Park Concert
Riverfront Park, North Aurora
June 11 … 1pm … Songwriter Workshop & Performance: Greg Boerner
Aurora Public Library (West Aurora Branch)
June 11 … 3-11pm … Blues on Water Street-Live Music, Art & More!
Kiss The Sky and Water Street Studios, Batavia
Sponsored by Water Street Studios, Batavia Main Street, Kiss The Sky & the Fox Valley Music Foundation
June 14 … 7pm … Leland Tower Blues Symposium with Steve Warrenfeltz & Scott Tipping
Batavia Public Library-New Lyceum Lecture Series
June 15 … 6pm … Music in the Plaza: Scott Tipping
Millenium Plaza, Stolp Ave., Aurora
June 16 … 7pm … Blues on the Fox Film Screening … In Search of Blind Joe Death
Aurora Regional Fire Museum, N. Broadway, Aurora
June 17 … 5pm … Blues on the Fox: Robert Cray & Marcia Ball
RiverEdge Park, Aurora
June 18 … 3pm … Blues on the Fox: Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Los Lobos, Larry McCray and Leland
RiverEdge Park, Aurora
June 25 … 1pm … Songwriter Workshop & Performance: Scott Tipping
Batavia Public Library
Stay tuned for the upcoming events associated with Blues Month 2016, and all Foundation activities, by signing up for our newsletter here!