Monday, September 6, 2021

With a little help from my friends – fellow musicians pay tribute to the late musician Michael Heaton



Dave Sills performs on Aug. 29 at the Peg Bond Center in Batavia as part of a tribute concert to the late musician Michael Heaton. 




A few of Michael Heaton's musician friends performed Aug. 29 at the Peg Bond Center in Batavia as part of a tribute concert to the late musician. The concert capped a fundraising effort by family, friends and fans to create a permanent plaque at the Peg Bond Center that will highlight Heaton's life, music and philanthropy, as well as create a Michael Heaton musical scholarship, which will be awarded annually to a local student. 

The scholarship will provide the student with a new guitar and a year of guitar and songwriting lessons. Rick Cremer of North Aurora-based Cremer Guitarworks is supplying the guitars, and Jeff Matters of Music Matters School of Music in Batavia is providing the lessons. The scholarship will be managed by the Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence.



Saturday, June 5, 2021

Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials to perform Saturday as part of grand-reopening concert at Mundy Park in downtown Aurora


Photo by Andy Lyons

By Eric Schelkopf

It only makes sense that Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials is playing Saturday at The Venue in downtown Aurora as part of a series of concerts these weekend celebrating outdoor concerts returning to Mundy Park, which is adjacent to The Venue.


Lil' Ed Williams and his bandmates were one of the last bands to play in front of a live audience at The Venue last year before the pandemic forced the music venue to switch to live streaming concerts. For those ready to hear live music again, Williams and his band will provide plenty of electricity.

The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets range in price from $20 to $25, available at The Venue's website,

The grand reopening weekend will wrap up on Sunday with a musical tribute to two of The Beatles most beloved albums, "Rubber Soul" and "Abbey Road." More information is available on The Venue's website,