Blues on the Fox Festival, Aurora

UPDATED INFORMATION, 6/28:

I plan to be there between 3 and 3:30. I will have Meetup signs on the back of a few of our lawn chairs. I'm hoping they will allow me to have red and white balloons tied to my chair. I called and asked, and was told I could bring them in, but can't fly them high during the music. There's no guarantee, though, that I will be allowed in with them.

When we get settled I also will post an approximate location in the comment section below, so please check that when you arrive.

Gates open at 2, and the first band starts at 3.  It was pretty crowded there last night, so the earlier you get there the better.

I was there last night and parked across the street in the Metra lot for $5. It might fill up fast, so the earlier you arrive, the better. Please allow plenty of time to find parking, and plan to bring a blanket or a lawn chair. We will likely sit on the concrete area, so a bag chair is highly recommended.  Bad chairs, purses, etc., are subject to inspection.

WEATHER HOTLINE:[masked]-2480. Concertgoers can check the status of a concert by calling this number if inclement weather is pending.

PARKING AND OTHER INFORMATION: http://riveredgeaurora.com/visit/


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The West Suburban Cheers Group and The Fox Valley 30s and 40s Singles Group will be joining us.

One of the most heralded Blues Festivals in the Midwest takes the stage to celebrate its 18th Season, and man, it’s going to be phenomenal! Friday, June 27 through Saturday the 28th, it’s smoking music, cold beers and beautiful scenery right on the Fox River. If you’ve never been to Blues on the Fox, then you need to experience it for yourself. If you have, then you know why you need to be there again.

 Los Lonely Boys will be the headline band. To see videos of Los Lonely Boys as well as the other bands, click on the link below. 

http://riveredgeaurora.com/events/blues-fox-festival-2014/

Gates: Open at 2 p.m. I plan to be there at 5--maybe even earlier. I will provide more information about how to find me a few days before the event as well as on the message boards when I get there. 

Price/General Admission Only: Before June 2: $10 per day; after June 2 & Day Of: $20 per day. 

https://tickets.paramountaurora.com/public/show_events_list.asp?shcode=62

Samantha Fish:  3 to 4:30 p.m.

Don’t let her youthful looks fool you.  Samantha Fish may be in her mid-20s, but her soul and artistry are filled with decades of powerful experience.  Fish has channeled that power into a career that has been blowing audiences away first on Kansas City, Missouri’s blues circuit, and now on a national scale. Her lyrics are piercing, her chemistry is inviting and her guitar prowess has been described by American Blues Scene Magazine as “pure fret board badassery.”

Tab Benoit: 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Tab Benoit got his education in blues from one of the coolest schools around, the Blues Box--a ramshackle, well-known blues club in Baton Rouge. It was there that he played as a teenager alongside a faculty of living legends and where his love for the blues flourished. With that seasoned Telecaster hung around his neck and that leathery voice belting out those Delta lyrics, Tab has gone on to be a Grammy-nominated artist that has stayed true to his roots while collecting a legion of fans nationwide.

Taj Mahal: 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Taj Mahal has been globally influenced when it comes to his music and the blues.  His dad was a jazz pianist/composer from the Caribbean and his mom was a teacher and gospel singer. Their home was filled with music and visiting musicians from around the world, and Taj absorbed every sight and sound. That foundation led Taj to be one of the most influential blues artists of the 20th century, injecting those various influences into his blues backbone. He’s recorded more than 40 albums, won two Grammy Awards and has collaborated with a diverse group of artists including Etta James, Howlin’ Wolf, Eric Clapton, Cyndi Lauper, The Rolling Stones and Willie Nelson.

Los Lonely Boys: 9 to 10:30 p.m.

Henry, Jojo and Ringo, Jr., blew onto the music scene with the power of a Texas tornado when “Heaven” hit the airwaves back in 2004. The song went on to hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts, won a Grammy and firmly placed the trio of brothers on the radar of music lovers everywhere.  But it’s their unique sound of “Texican Rock n Roll” – which melds Texas blues along with brown eyed soul, country and Tejano – along with their legendary live shows that have made the talented artists one of the most popular bands on tour today.

Hope to see you there!

Donna




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  • Joe Y

    Tab Benoit - Great show, Los Lonely Boys - Awesome, Samantha Fish - I only caught one song but WOW!
    Big Time Blues Festival in the perfect location!!!

    July 1

  • Daniela ♥

    Great time!!! ... with old friends ... and new. Thanks for organizing Donna and Gerry! Feel free to tag yourselves in the pictures you like.

    1 · June 29

    • Donna

      Thanks for taking all the photos, Daniela. I might have to give you an official photographer title!

      2 · June 30

    • Daniela ♥

      Thanks Donna but a title is not needed ... :)... I enjoy capturing beautiful moments with my friends! ...

      1 · June 30

  • Trisha

    Had a great time despite leaving my umbrella in the car.

    1 · June 29

    • Donna

      It was great to meet you, Trisha. Hope to see you again soon at a drier event!

      June 30

  • Donna

    Thanks to everyone who came out to make this a truly wonderful evening on my birthday (even though no one was supposed to know, LOL!). We braved a few downpours but it was such a great time with an awesome group of friends. Thanks, too, to everyone who took and posted photos!

    1 · June 30

  • Joe Y

    Awesome Blues! Thanks for organizing this. A little bit of water at the end didn't keep this party from shining. Some Picts to follow.

    1 · June 29

  • Meg

    Thank you Donna and Gerry, fabulous time yet again!
    it was wonderful to see so many friends enjoying themselves in such a relaxed atmosphere!

    2 · June 29

  • SueZ

    Saaaaave me from this heaven...opening up and drenching me. Little rain didn't stop me from having a good time. Thank you for organizing Donna & Gerry.

    2 · June 28

  • Donna

    Rain killed the balloons. Look for us just to the right of the beverage tent with the orange roof and in front of the funnel cake truck. We are along the river.

    June 28

  • Gerry

    I am in an orange shirt and hat.

    June 28

  • Donna

    There is a funnel cake truck right in back of us. On the side close to river on the concrete. 3 balloons on my chair.

    June 28

  • Gerry

    We are on left side near funnel cake vendor with balloons.

    June 28

  • Christine

    What part of the park are we meeting at?

    June 28

  • Daniela ♥

    I'll be there later.

    June 28

    • Donna

      Looking forward to seeing you!

      1 · June 28

  • SueZ

    I'm not going to make 3pm, but will catch up with you a bit later.

    June 28

    • Donna

      Thanks Sue. See you later!

      June 28

  • Donna

    Here is the link for the 24-hour flash sale tickets for $10. This expires at 11 a.m. on June 26.

    http://riveredgeaurora.com/even...­

    If you are having difficulty with the link on your device or have questions, call the box office at[masked]-6666. You can also order over the phone.

    June 25

  • SueZ

    Oops. Tried to post a link for ticket sale. 24 hour sale from Weds, June 25 11am-Thurs, June 26 11am. $10 each.

    June 24

    • Donna

      Thank, Sue. I got an e-mail about this today but I don't think it becomes live until the sale. I will e-mail it to the group and/or post it tomorrow.

      1 · June 24

  • Christine

    Of anybody wants to sell their ticket...please contact me

    June 20

    • C.j.

      Tickets are still available online, just not at the $10 price (+ handling fee).

      June 20

    • Donna

      There will be a 24-hour ticket flash sale beginning at 11 a.m. June 25 to 11 a.m. June 26. Tickets will be back down to $10 for that 24-hour period only. I will try to either post or e-mail a link to everyone tomorrow, or you can call the box office at[masked] or click on the link in the event listing above that will take you to the site to order tickets. If you have any questions, please contact the box office.

      June 24

  • Sharon

    email me and we'll set up a time to meet.

    June 20

  • C.j.

    Glenn & I will be there, but may be circulating between groups so I'm not going to RSVP here. We'll look for the group to say "hi."

    June 19

  • Christine

    Sharon...I'll buy it!!

    June 19

  • Sharon

    I bought a ticket but now am not going. Anybody want to buy it from me for $11?

    June 19

  • marge

    Hi Donna,
    When I purchased my ticket on line (a couple of weeks ago) I was unable to print it out at the time.
    Any suggestions on how I can get the actual ticket?

    June 14

    • Donna

      You should have received an e-mail confirmation of the purchase with a link to print it out. I would suggest going into the account that you created and viewing the ticket or call the customer service number for Paramount.

      June 14

  • Donna

    The link for purchasing tickets is posted in the event listing above.

    1 · May 29

    • Donna

      It's directly under the paragraph that reads Price/General Admission in the listing above. When you click on the link it will take you to a list of events sponsored by Paramount. Scroll down the list and you'll find it.

      May 29

    • Daniela ♥

      Got it, thanks Donna!

      1 · May 29

  • Donna

    Reminder: Ticket prices for Blues on the Fox are $10, so if you want to take advantage of the discounted price be sure to purchase them ASAP. The price increases to $20 on June 2.

    1 · May 29

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