We are beyond thrilled to confirm on the heels of the announcement by Mayor Tom Weisner and the Paramount Theatre Group that the Tedeschi Trucks Band will be headlining the 20th Anniversary Festival of Blues on the Fox!
The Tedeschi Trucks Band carries on the Southern Rock-Blues legend of days gone by with timeless, familiar soul. Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi had their own separate gigs going for years, but their coming together to form the Tedeschi Trucks Band proved that two plus two can sometimes equal five. Derek Trucks’ smooth, ubiquitous guitar riffs reminiscent of the Allman Brothers’ heritage of his father, combined with the strong, soulful voice of Susan Tedeschi is a marriage that has had the World celebrating since the consummation of the two groups into one. Add to that a host of excellent musicians filling in around them, and there has been no band hotter on the music tour in the last several years than the Tedeschi Trucks Band.
What a great way to celebrate 20 years of Blues on the Fox!
Blues on the Fox was the inspiration of the members of the Fox Valley Blues Society who came together and galvanized around the rediscovery of the Blues recordings made in the Sky Club of the Leland Tower in 1937 and 1938. Well over 300 Blues songs were recorded by a powerful mix of Chicago and St. Louis Blues’ artists who brought the Delta up to the Midwest, and helped spawn the Chicago Blues with songs that became staples of the legendary Chicago Blues artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and many others.
Blues on the Fox began as a street festival in downtown Aurora where it took root and grew over the years, spilling from street to street until the City of Aurora was compelled to build RiverEdge Park to accommodate the popular festival. In the early years, Blues on the Fox was able to draw artists from the Chicago Blues Fest, which traditionally takes place a week prior, in order to bring legitimate Blues’ artists to the streets of Aurora. Over time, Blues on the Fox has grown into an independent festival in its own right, attracting artists by its own merit and complementing the Chicago Blues Fest as the premier Blues festivals in the Midwest.
Blues on the Fox is a two-day celebration of some of the finest Blues acts in the World today, with Marcia Ball and Robert Cray performing Friday, June 17, and Leland, Larry McCray, Los Lobos, and The Tedeschi Trucks Band carrying the musical load on Saturday, June 18. All tickets are General Admission. Lawn chairs, comfortable clothing, and sunglasses are normal fare for festival goers, with plenty of food and drink and places to relax throughout RiverEdge Park, while listening to a great mix of contemporary Blues.
The Fox Valley Music Foundation is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Blues on the Fox with “Blues Month in the Valley” with a host of Blues-themes activities planned. One week before Blues on the Fox, the Fox Valley Music Foundation is partnering with Batavia MainStreet and Water Street Studios to bring Blues on Water Street to Batavia to prime the pump for the big festival the following weekend. Blues on Water Street will include multiple stages in the Batavia Enterprise building on the corner of First and Water Street in Batavia, utilizing space in Kiss the Sky, Water Street Studios, and “the Dock”, and will feature multiple artists, including Toronzo Cannon headlining on the Electric Stage in the Dock, and Edward David Anderson headlining on the acoustic stage in Kiss the Sky. Stay tuned for tickets that will be sold in advance. (Tickets will be strictly limited to 300 for Blues on Water Street.)