The Venue, the 200-seat music performance space in Aurora, will deliver several livestream shows this month, in addition to a live audience grand reopening with bluesman Larry McCray at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 18.
The live show will be before a audience of 50 patrons and also will be livestreamed, a news release stated. All of this month's shows will be livestreamed from the Venue’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheVenueAurora. Ticket purchase and donations for the event can be made at themusicvenue.org. Proceeds from the shows directly benefit the performing artists and Fox Valley Music Foundation.
Every Monday night in July will feature livestream performances at 8 p.m. On July 20, The Venue’s Music Director Scott Tipping will perform with vocal standout Ellie Kahn.
"Their rendition of 'Killing the Blues' is goose bump-raising," concert organizers stated.
On July 27, songwriter Dave Sills will perform songs from his critically acclaimed album, “The Stars That Hang Above.”
Local favorite Noah Gabriel will release his new album, “Summer’s Gone,” virtually at The Venue on Friday, July 17, with a livestream performance co-sponsored by record store Kiss The Sky in Batavia. Gabriel’s band will include John Abbey on bass, and Gerald Dowd on drums, two nationally renowned musicians. Gabriel has grown up literally and musically in the Fox Valley and has reached a very high level of songwriting and performance, the release stated.
On July 18, The Venue reopens for a solo performance by beloved bluesman Larry McCray. He's a three-time Blues on the Fox performer and a regular at Fox Valley music clubs over the years. The show also will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend.
McCray’s heart and soul are in the blues, the release stated, noting it’s been 25 years – award-winning ones at that – of scalding hot and tasteful blues from the Arkansas-born, Michigan-based singer, guitarist, bandleader, songwriter and heir apparent to a lineage that includes personal influences and heroes such as B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, all of whom he’s had the chance to meet and play with. McCray’s eight albums have blended reverence for that tradition with his own soulful spin on the art form, and those achievements have been noted with an Orville H. Gibson Male Blues Guitarist of the Year award, as well as the Top Guitarist prize in International Blues Matters' 2014 writer’s poll.
“Rules of engagement for a live audience will be in play for the Larry McCray show,” Fox Valley Music President Dave Glynn stated in the release. “Masks will be worn by staff and patrons, optional only [for] patrons when seated at their tables. Each table is more than 6 feet apart and only two patrons per table. Temperatures will be taken of staff and patrons at the entry point. The Venue will be deep-cleaned prior to the show. We want to provide a safe environment for patrons, volunteers, staff and performing artists. Only 50 tickets will be sold [for] our 200-seat music room.”
To learn more about the Fox Valley Music Foundation, visit foxvalleymusicfoundation.com.