Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Blues legend Buddy Guy, Robert Cray headline this year's Blues on the Fox festival in Aurora


Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy along with Robert Cray will headline this year's Blues on the Fox festival in downtown Aurora as the festival celebrates its 15th anniversary in June.

The festival, presented by the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, will take place June 17 and June 18 at the North River Street Park on the banks of the Fox River.

An entry fee of $5 per day will cover the cost of admission and a wristband for the consumption of alcohol at the festival.

Blues on the Fox has featured many blues legends over the years, including Pinetop Perkins, who died this week at the age of 97.

This year's festival will kick off with festival favorite Eric Lindell taking the stage at 6:30 p.m. June 17, followed by Cray at 8:30 p.m.

The lineup on June 18 includes The Hix Brothers Junior All-Stars, featuring local students of the blues, taking the stage at 2 p.m., followed by Chicago-based Billy Branch and the Sons Of Blues at 3 p.m.

Louisiana native Kenny Neal will take the stage at 4:45 p.m. and Charlie Musselwhite will perform at 6:30 p.m. Guy will close the day when he plays from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Each year, the festival celebrates the rich music history of the RCA Bluebird recordings that were in made in the 1930s at the Leland Hotel (now Fox Island Place) in downtown Aurora.

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