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New Fox Valley Music Foundation preserves, educates

Providing education about blues this week

Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Fox Valley Music Foundation wants to make sure those attending this weekend’s Blues on the Fox festival in Aurora get a history lesson on the blues and learn about the city’s musical heritage.

“We want to preserve, protect and educate regarding music in the Fox Valley area,” said Steve Warrenfeltz, owner of Kiss The Sky record store in Batavia and one of the principal board members of the Fox Valley Music Foundation, a new nonprofit music foundation.

The Fox Valley Music Foundation is helping put on a weeklong series of events leading up the Blues on the Fox festival on Friday, June 27, and Saturday, June 28. At 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 26, “Story Time: Rockin’ the Blues” will be presented at Culture Stock Bookstore, 43 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, and “The Blues Brothers” movie will be presented at 8:30 p.m. June 26 at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway Ave., Aurora.

Aurora has a rich blues history. In 1937 and 1938, Sonny Boy Williamson, Henry Townsend and other notable Bluebird artists made recordings at the Leland Hotel in downtown Aurora.

Warrenfeltz was one of the volunteers who helped put on Blues on the Fox until the Paramount Theatre took over running the festival. He said he sees the Fox Valley Music Foundation continuing to grow.

“After the festival is over and done, then we are going to focus on what do we do from here,” Warrenfeltz said. “We’ve got some thoughts of creating a Fox Valley Music Hall of Fame, modeling it after The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We would induct people into this hall of fame and have an induction ceremony concert and all that. We’ve got a lot to do in the latter part of this year.”

The first group of musicians might be inducted later this year or next spring, he said. Those who are inducted would have some sort of connection to the Fox Valley area.

More information about the Fox Valley Music Foundation is available at its website, www.foxvalleymusicfoundation.com.

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