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Music

The Venue creates havens for music lovers indoors and out; Dave Specter to star

Dave Specter's new album is No. 1 on the Living Blues Radio Chart and earned raves from Downbeat.
Dave Specter's new album is No. 1 on the Living Blues Radio Chart and earned raves from Downbeat.

The Venue, the noted music performance space that launched last year in Aurora, will host a series of shows in adjacent Mundy Park throughout the month of September. Music will be in the air most Thursdays through Saturdays.

Ticket prices range from $10 to $30 and most shows begin at 8 p.m. Social distancing rules will be in effect in the roomy outdoor park that has professional sound and lights supplied by The Venue. Show schedule and ticket information can be found at themusicvenue.org.

“For those who have missed their music festivals this summer, this is an opportunity to see some top musical acts at a reasonable price outside while the weather’s good; we take social distancing seriously and will keep things as safe as we can,” the Fox Valley Music Foundation's Dave Glynn stated in a news release. “There’s no reason not to visit every night we have music, hear some amazing bands, bring your bag chair and enjoy a cold beverage.”

Here’s the September schedule for the Music in Mundy Outdoor Series. Be sure to bring bag chairs, the foundation suggests.

Saturday, Sept. 12: Guy King – Sophisticated blues, jazz, soul and R&B; if you love B.B. King and Ray Charles, you’ll love Guy King, concert organizers said. Tickets cost $20; 8 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 13: Album cover tribute series: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Dam- the Torpedoes." The indoor performance has sold out, with general admission tickets offered in Mundy Park for $10 for the 7 p.m. event. The show will be projected on the brick wall. The ensemble includes Scott Tipping, Scott Stevenson, Adam Gardner, Chad Watson and Justin O’Connell.

Thursday, Sept. 17: Majors Junction – Rich textures created by the band have been described as “Plush lonesome Western blues.” Melding genres, the band is one of the original founders of the Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival. Tickets cost $10; 8 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 18: Chicago Blues Angels – Mondo Cortez will lead this high-energy, high octane blues band. Tickets cost $15; 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 19: Maurice John Vaughan – A powerful songwriter and true blues original. A triple threat on guitar, saxophone and vocals. Tickets cost $20; 8 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 20: Dave Specter – Dave and his friends will play selections from his latest album, which has garnered a four-star review in the new Downbeat and is No. 1 on the Living Blues Radio Chart. Tickets cost $20; 8 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 24: Andrew Diehl and The Nightmen – A favorite from past Blues on Water Street fests in Batavia, you will love the blues as much as Andrew when he’s performing. Tickets cost $10; 8 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 25: Joanna Connor – a total blues guitar shredder, never a dull moment with Joanna and her band. Guitar World writes: “Joanna Connor might be the best – or most original – blues-based slide guitar player you’re likely to come across today. Or tomorrow.” Tickets cost $15; 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 26: Brother John Kattke – smooth blues vocals and fast keys; you’ll never sit down. Tickets cost $20; 8 p.m.

October outdoor concerts also are offered. In case of bad weather, shows will move inside The Venue and will be limited to the first 50 ticket buyers. Indoor shows in the 200-seat space will follow rules with regard to face coverings and social distancing. Each table is more than 6 feet apart, with 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," Glynn said.

The Venue is owned and operated by the nonprofit Fox Valley Music Foundation, which is comprised of music lovers, music educators, arts enthusiasts and people who have spent years in the business of music. To learn more, visit foxvalleymusicfoundation.com.

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