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Aurora’s 21st Annual Blues on the Fox Festival opens Friday, June 16 with (middle, from left)
Mavis Staples and Shemekia Copeland. The Saturday, June 17 line-up boasts (bottom, from left) Jonny Lang, Elvin Bishop, Devon Allman and Guy King.

AURORA, IL, May 19, 2017 – For 21 years, blues musicians from across the world have descended on west suburban Aurora, Illinois to play their hearts out to blues-loving crowds in the thousands.

Once again, this year’s sizzling line-up for Aurora’s 21st Annual Blues on the Fox Festival – Shemekia Copeland, Mavis Staples, Guy King Band, Devon Allman Band, Elvin Bishop and Jonny Lang – is sure to attract music fanatics from around the globe to celebrate the soul, grit and power of American blues.

Dates are Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17, and RiverEdge Park,
360 N. Broadway in downtown Aurora, is the idyllic venue, serving up two days of sizzlin’ blues music, cold beer, tasty festival food and a damn good time, all overlooking the gorgeous Fox River.

Gates open Friday, June 16, at 6 p.m. for day one of Blues on the Fox, featuring an all-ladies lineup – three-time Grammy nominee and international blues favorite Shemekia Copeland at 7 p.m., followed by Chicago’s own living legend, the incomparable Mavis Staples at 9 p.m.

Come back Saturday, June 17, for day two. Gates open at 2 p.m. Chicago’s own Guy King Band’s classic jazz sound of yesteryear fused with a fresh spin starts at
3 p.m. Devon Allman, the son of musical royalty who delivers a thoroughly unique blend of blues and rock that is all his own, plays at 5 p.m. 

Blues on the Fox rocks into the night with Blues Hall of Famer, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy nominee Elvin Bishop at 7 p.m., climaxing at 9 p.m. with the legendary Jonny Lang shredding his brand of blues, gospel, pop, R&B, rock and soul.Don’t wait to get your tickets, blues fans. Early bird tickets are only $10 per day if purchased through May 31. Regular tickets are $20 per day starting June 1 and on-site. Children 12 and under are admitted free to Blues on the Fox but must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.For tickets and information, visit

RiverEdgeAurora.com, call the RiverEdge box office, 630.896.6666, or stop by in-person at RiverEdge’s satellite box office, the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday.The RiverEdge box office will also be open on-site both days for day-of sales, beginning at noon. All tickets are general admission. Ticket fees not included.

RiverEdge is easy to get to from Chicago via Metra’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) line. Paid public parking is available in the Metra lot, with additional private lots surrounding the park and in downtown Aurora.

Guests are encouraged to bring folding and bag chairs. Concessions at RiverEdge boast a diverse food menu and bar featuring domestic and craft beers, wine, sodas, bottled water and more. Outside food is welcome in the Park as well, with restrictions. Only soft collapsible coolers no larger than 12″ W x 12″ T x 12″ L are allowed. Coolers, as well as any other personal items, must fit in front of or under chairs and must not take up room on either side. No outside beverages are allowed in, with the exception of two sealed bottles of unflavored water per person. All coolers are subject to inspection. One cooler per patron.

Events at RiverEdge Park take place rain or shine, unless conditions endanger the safety of artists and the public. Concertgoers are advised to follow RiverEdge Park on Facebook and Twitter @RiverEdgeAurora for all concert updates, or call the RiverEdge Park Weather Line, 630.723.2480, to check status if inclement weather is pending.

The 21st Annual Blues on the Fox Festival premier sponsor is Old Second Bank. The festival is also sponsored by Rush-Copley Medical Center, Fox Valley Park District, EarthMover Credit Union, Chiro One Wellness Centers, Paramount Fence and Kane County Chronicle. The official radio station is 93.1 WXRT-FM.

More about the bands

Friday, June 16

Gates open: 6 p.m.

Shemekia Copeland: 7 p.m.
Whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else.
“She roars with a sizzling hot intensity,” raves the Boston Globe. She has “gale force singing and power” writes the  Chicago Tribune. NPR says she’s “fiercely expressive.” Growing up with her bluesman father, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Shemekia always knew she wanted to sing, but it wasn’t until she was 16 when she began opening for her father that her explosive voice began blowing audiences away. Since then, she’s been nominated for three Grammys and has been a mainstay on the blues circuit. She’s sung with legends like B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and opened for The Rolling Stones. Her newest album is the 2015 Alligator Records release, the Grammy-nominated Outskirts of Love. Recent honors include the 2016 Artist of the Year and Album of the Year at the 2016 Living Blues awards, and the Contemporary Blues Female Artist Award at the 2016 Blues Music Awards. For more, visit shemekiacopeland.com.
Shemekia Copeland -
Shemekia Copeland – “Married To The Blues”

Mavis Staples: 9 p.m.

Talk about a living legend. Mavis Staples has seen and done it all, but that doesn’t mean she’s ready to hang up the microphone. Not even close. Grammy Award-winner Mavis Staples – yes, the one who turned down a marriage proposal from Bob Dylan – was born right here in Chicago and began singing with her family at local churches in 1950 when she was just a little girl. Now, 67 years later, Staples is still belting out those eye-watering, jaw-dropping gospel and blues notes that made her a star enormously respected by her peers: Ice Cube and Ludacris have sampled her vocals, and she recently sang with Arcade Fire. When you think about the best freedom songs of the 20th century, Mavis is right there near the top of the list with “Down in Mississippi” and “I’ll Take You There.” And with a recent Presidential Medal of Freedom and Kennedy Center Honors, she is hotter than ever. Learn more at livinonahighnote.com.
Mavis Staples+Jeff Tweedy -
Mavis Staples+Jeff Tweedy – “You Are Not Alone” Acoustic

Saturday, June 17

Gates open: 2 p.m.

Guy King Band: 3 p.m.

If you’re looking for that classic jazz sound of yesteryear fused with a fresh spin that’s all his own, look no further than Guy King. He first came to the U.S. from Israel on tour at the age of 16 before later heading to Chicago and joining the band of legendary Willie Kent. In 2006, King began his own incredible solo career performing at House of Blues, Buddy Guy’s Legends and more. His own mind-blowing brand of blues, jazz, soul and R&B makes his amazing performances stand miles above the rest. King’s passion for music is so great that when growing up in a small village in Israel, he had to travel for hours to get to a record store in Tel Aviv. When they didn’t have the Albert King record he wanted, he placed an order for it and had to do the whole trip again a month later. While those days are over, King’s love for music and jazz has only grown, cementing him as a world-class musician that needs to be seen to be believed. His newest album, Truth, released by Delmark Records in 2016, is nominated for a 2017 Blues Music Award for Best Emerging Artist Album. For more visit guyking.net.

The Guy King Band salutes Buddy Guy at the 2016 Fifth Star Awards
The Guy King Band salutes Buddy Guy at the 2016 Fifth Star Awards
Devon Allman Band: 5 p.m.

He might share the same last name as his famous dad and uncle, but Devon Allman is his own musician – and an amazing one at that. Devon first picked up the guitar when he was a teenager and hasn’t put it down since. Instead of his name, Devon used his voice and incredible songwriting skills to break into the business, and what started as playing in local bands and working in a Guitar Center has skyrocketed into a critically-acclaimed career-hailed as “powerful” and “soulful.” With his own band behind him, Devon uses his custom blend of blues and rock to deliver a show that will leave you electrified and excited for what this son of musical royalty will do next. While you might hear echoes of his dad, Allman delivers a thoroughly unique sound that is all his own. For more visit devonallmanband.com.

Devon Allman Band -
Devon Allman Band – “I’ll Be Around”
Elvin Bishop: 7 p.m.
Having been inducted into not only the Blues Hall of Fame, but the Rock and Roll of Fame, Grammy nominee Elvin Bishop knows a little something about music, and he’s going to give a lesson impossible to forget. It’s all right here: “Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” “Let It Flow” and so much more. This is the man who sat in with the Grateful Dead, co-billed a series of concerts with The Allman Brothers Band and had one of his songs featured on the smash soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy, proving that his music has a timeless quality that attracts new and old listeners alike. Bishop’s musical career began in 1963 when he met Paul Butterfield and joined his blues band. For five years, they played together until he left to form The Elvin Bishop Group. Over the years, he’s released more than 20 incredible albums. His last studio album, Can’t Even Do Wrong Right, dropped in 2014. More at elvinbishopmusic.com.
Elvin Bishop with Mickey Thomas -
Elvin Bishop with Mickey Thomas – “Fooled Around And Fell In Love”
Jonny Lang:  9 p.m.
Lang was only 12-years-old when he first picked up a guitar. He must have felt a spark when he touched it, because what he’s produced since is nothing short of stunning. All you need to do is look at his five albums that have charted on the Billboard 200 and his two Grammy nominations, including a win for his 2007 album Turn Around. His sixth studio album, Signs, will be released in North America on September 8 via Concord Records. On all of his songs, Lang shreds with his own brand of blues, gospel, pop, R&B and rock, then he uses his smooth, soulful voice to tug at your heart, soul and mind. See and hear how at jonnylang.com.
Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy & Ronnie Wood (Watch for the Bill Murray cameo)
Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy & Ronnie Wood (Watch for the Bill Murray cameo)

RiverEdge Park’s 2017 summer season – chronological list of concerts and events:

Sunday, May 28
ColorVibe 5K Race

Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3
Two Brothers Summer Festival featuring X Ambassadors, Saint Motel, Blind Pilot, Knox Hamilton, Savoir Adore and The Way Down Wanderers

Sunday, June 11
Chicagoland Tour de Cure cycling event for the American Diabetes Association

Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17
21st Annual Blues on the Fox Festival

Sunday, June 18
Sacred Heart Festival

Saturday, June 24
Dark Star Orchestra: Continuing the Grateful Dead Concert Experience
Sunday, July 2
Good Vibes Music Fest featuring Dru Hill, Ginuwine, Jon B and moreTuesday, July 4
Aurora’s July 4th Celebration
Friday, July 7

Downtown Alive! The Chicago Experience

Thursday, July 20

Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton

Friday, July 21

Kesha and the Creepies

Friday, July 28


Friday, August 4

Downtown Alive! American English

Friday, August 11

Jason Derulo

Thursday, August 17

Southern Uprising Tour featuring Travis Tritt, Montgomery Gentry, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Outlaws

Friday, August 25

Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin

Saturday, September 16
Fiestas Patrias
About RiverEdge Park

RiverEdge Park, renamed Thomas J. Weisner RiverEdge Park in 2016 in honor of former Aurora Mayor Thomas Weisner, debuted in 2013. It is a general admission outdoor summer concert venue with a capacity of up to 8,500, boasting state-of-the-art acoustics and lighting, a warm community feel and gorgeous views on the banks of the Fox River. The venue is anchored by the contemporary John C. Dunham performance pavilion. 

RiverEdge Park is managed and programmed by the Aurora Civic Center Authority (ACCA), which also oversees operations for Aurora’s historic Paramount Theatre. The RiverEdge Park 2017 Season is sponsored by the Dunham Fund, Superior Beverage and the City of Aurora.

For tickets and information, visit RiverEdgeAurora.com or call 630.896.6666.

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