The 2018 Blues & Roots on Water Street festival is set for Saturday, June 9. The event will take place at the Kiss The Sky and Water Street Studios complex. Two stages … five artists … food and beverage … all taking place inside and within the friendly confines of the Kiss and Water Street Studios (and the BEI Dock). The festival is a collaboration between Water Street Studios, Batavia MainStreet and the Fox Valley Music Foundation.

The line up this year is our best ever … a nice mix of Blues and Americana and Roots with a slice of Jazz and Rock. Alligator recordings artists, The Cash Box Kings, will be headlining the festival, and the Blues Stage, while Devil in a Woodpile are headlining the Lounge Roots Stage. Rounding out the line up for the Blues stage is Delmark recording artist, Dave Specter, while the Lounge Roots Stage will also feature Beth Lee & The Breakups and Anderlik, Otto & Church. We are excited, delighted and tinkled pink to have all of these mighty fine musicians playing our fest this year! A little mix of Blues Rock, R&B, Soul, Bluegrass, Truegrass, and real deal Chicago-Style Blues.

The doors to the festival will open at 6:00pm with the first performance being scheduled to kick things off on the Roots Lounge Stage at 7pm. Here’s the complete Performance Schedule:

The Cash Box Kings

6:00pm Doors Open
7:00pm Anderlik, Otto & Church (The Roots Lounge)
8:00pm Dave Specter (Blues Stage)
8:45pm Beth Lee & The Breakups (The Roots Lounge)
9:45pm The Cash Box Kings (Blues Stage)
10:30pm Devil in a Woopile (The Roots Lounge)

As was the case last year, tickets will be limited and are available on line at Eventbrite. This year, only 300 tickets will be made available for purchase. Tickets purchased in advance are $25. Tickets purchased at the door the day of will be $35 (if any tickets are available at that time). So, it’s a good idea to get them early and cheap. Last year, the festival sold out and people were turned away at the door the day of.

Tickets can also be purchased at Kiss The Sky and Water Street Studios.

Get Tickets online here.

Block out June 9th on your calendar. Look for more details on this page and Facebook, including the rest of the musical lineup which will feature a total of five acts on two stages with lots of room in between for hanging out, art viewing, good conversation, food from River Edge Bar & Grill, beer from a variety of sources, aged bourbon from Whiskey Acres and libations from Solemn Oath Brewery. FreshGround Roasting is the “official” coffee supplier.

And, to our festival sponsors, lots of hugs and thank yous for your support and generous donations, without which, the festival would only be a thought. To those of you reading this, please consider these organizations when in the market for services or products that they provide realizing that the dollars spent help to support endeavors such as this festival. Your support of them, supports us, which supports art and music, which benefits the community.

Thank You … The 2018 Blues & Roots on Water Street Sponsors

K.Hollis Jewelers
Drendel & Jansons Law Group
Old Second National Bank (Aurora)
Kluber Architects + Engineers
Du-Call Miller Plastics
SmithAmundsen LLC
Kiss The Sky
Bulldog Plumbing
Boyce Body Werks
Amy Schoenthall
Edward Jones/Ronald Pryer
Corkill Insurance Agency
Anonymous Donor
Batavia Enterprises Inc.

Here is a little bit of The Cash Box Kings for your listening enjoyment while you order tickets!

Dave Specter

Devil in a Woodpile

Beth Lee & The Breakups

Anderlik, Otto & Church