The Fox Valley area of Illinois is rich in music … from the historical foundation built in the 1930’s via the Sky Club in Aurora, to the Hemens Cultural Center in Elgin and the Paramount Theater and RiverEdge Park groups in Aurora of today, the Fox Valley boasts a vast array of music and arts communities involving nearly every form of music known to mankind. Blues, Metal, Classical, Gospel, Rock & Roll … it’s all here in some form, shape or fashion. Artists, venues, organizations, retailers and enthusiasts of all kind are scattered throughout the Fox Valley area. The history of some dates back to the Roaring Twenties while some are brand spanking new. The landscape is constantly changing. This page is dedicated to an attempt to present as many of these artists, venues and “other music things” as is possible. The lists will undoubtedly change often and will certainly need input from you … the Fox Valley Music Community.

Greg Boerner (Americana)
CattleProd (Americana, Blues, Rock)
Dick Smith (Swillbilly)
Fox Valley Festival Chorus ()
Noah Gabriel (Roots)
Jim Green (Folk, Percussive Acoustic)
Patrick James (Singer-Songwriter)
Jake Mack ()
Dave Ramont ()
Eric Peter Schwartz ()
Mike Schwebke (World Music)

Culture Stock-Aurora
Kiss The Sky-Batavia
RiverEdge Park
Two Brothers Roundhouse-Aurora

ACTV (Aurora Public Access TV)
BATV (Batavia Public Access TV)
BackThird Audio (recording studio)
Culture Stock (book and music retail)
Hix Bros. Music
 (music retail)
Kiss The Sky (music retail)
Sound Sculptor (recording studio)
Waveform (recording and media studio)
Fox Valley Music Festival (86th Annual Music Festival)
Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival (39th Annual Music Festival)


7-1-2015: The Fox Valley Music Foundation would like to welcome our newest Artist Member, Mike Schwebke, to the community.

Mike Schwebke is an Illinois-based recording and performing artist on steelpan and percussion. He studied steelpan and percussion at Northern Illinois University under Liam Teague, Cliff Alexis, Robert Chappell, Mike Mixtacki and Dr. Greg Byer. While at NIU Mike played in the NIU Latin Jazz Ensemble, NIU Bata trio, several classical ensembles, and the internationally renowned NIU World Steelband.

Mike is also an active educator and clinician working internationally on different projects. In Illinois, he has students of steelpan, drumset and percussion. He has taught drumset classes at the Triple Threat Mentoring Organization. He recently assisted in a clinic on promoting the growth and future of the steelpan at the Montréal International Steelpan Festival where he also performed as a featured artist with the Potts and Pans Steelband.

Mike is an alumni of the Hix Brothers Junior All-Stars and has performed at the Blues on the Fox festival in Aurora.

For more on Mike and his music, please go to his website at