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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Blues take center stage this weekend in Aurora


By ERIC SCHELKOPF

When Chicago blues musician Lurrie Bell howls "the devil ain't got no music," he does it with so much conviction that you have to believe him.

"The Devil Ain't Got No Music" is the title track of his latest album. Bell's deep and honest vocals are allowed to shine on the stripped down, gospel-fueled record.


Bell is sure to add a lot of excitement when he appears at this weekend's Blues on the Fox festival in Aurora. Bell will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday as part of Chicago Blues: A Living History, also featuring Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Billy Branch and Carlos Johnson.

Blues on the Fox will take place Friday and Saturday at North River Street Park in downtown Aurora, just west of Hollywood Casino. Kicking things off in exciting fashion Friday night will be singer and guitarist Shane Dwight, who will take the stage at 6:30 p.m, followed by blues rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd at 8:30 p.m.

Also set to perform during the festival are Chicago's own Shemekia Copeland, sacred steel band Lee Boys and New Orleans musicians Art, Charles and Cyril Neville, performing together as The Nevilles.

Admission to the Blues on the Fox festival is $5 per day, with children 12 and younger entering for free. More information is available at www.bluesonthefox.com.