April 17, 2013 • 08:05:13 p.m.

New RiverEdge outdoor venue announces lineup


B.B. King will perform with guitar legends Sonny Landreth and Peter Frampton at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 16, at the RiverEdge Park Music Garden in Aurora. (Provided photo)

AURORA – Aurora’s new outdoor entertainment venue – RiverEdge Park Music Garden – will kick off its inaugural season June 14 and 15 with the 17th annual Blues on the Fox festival.

Nestled on the banks of the Fox River, the RiverEdge Park is located at 360 N. Broadway St., near downtown Aurora, and across from the Metra station.

The John C. Dunham performance pavilion offers state-of-the-art acoustics and various seating options.
The venue can pack in between 8,500 to 10,500 people. There are 2,500 seats in front of the stage, 6,000 to 8,000 spots for general admission seating, and a rooftop deck that can accommodate 300, states a news release.

Rooftop seating includes nice views of the stage, private restrooms, food and beverages. 
In the release, Aurora Mayor Thomas Weisner said: “The opening of RiverEdge Park Music Garden ushers in a new and exciting era of culture, music and celebration for Aurora that will be enjoyed by families across the entire Chicago region. This world-class facility is destined to become a source of community pride and will serve as an economic catalyst for the future growth of downtown Aurora for years.”  

The venue will feature a slew of festivals, concerts and athletic competitions this summer.
The highlights among the initial lineup of events (check for updates) that are scheduled for the inaugural season include country-music crooners Loretta Lynn and Randy Travis; Peter Frampton’s Guitar Circus featuring Sonny Landreth and B.B. King; Trace Adkins Country Lineup; and Sail Rock.

The initial schedule – with more acts to come – will begin  with Blues on the Fox artists Dr. John, JJ Grey & Mofro, The Stone Foxes, Tommy Castro and The Painkillers, Robert Randolph and The Family Band and more.

Other acts and events include:

 June 16 
Amped Up Adventure Race
 • Amped Up is a combination of sprinting, running, biking, paddling and an urban obstacle course.
Participants will run six miles, bike eight miles, paddle four miles and complete a mud-free obstacle course.

June 28
97Nine and American English
• The Classic rock cover band 97Nine will perform hits from Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Lynryd Skynyrd, AC/DC, Billy Idol, Queen and more.
Beatles-tribute band American English will follow. The concert will take place beginning at 7 p.m. and costs $5.

June 29
 Loretta Lynn and Randy Travis
 • Country music stars Loretta Lynn and Randy Travis will perform at 8 p.m. Tickets cost between    $45 and $55.

July 4
July Fourth Celebration
• The free Fourth of July festival will begin with Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band tribute from 6 to 8:30 p.m., followed by the Fox Valley Orchestra and ending with a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.

July 6
Color Vibe 5K Race
 • The Color Vibe 5K is more about getting doused with colored powder than crossing the finish line first. Runners wearing white will race from 8 a.m. to noon through downtown Aurora, along the Fox River and end at RiverEdge Park, while being blasted with vibrant color powders on the way.

July 13
Trace Adkins Country Lineup
• Trace Adkins will be joined by Aaron Lewis, Drake White and Blackberry Smoke for the Trace Adkins Country Lineup beginning at 4 p.m. Tickets cost between $35 and $50.

Aug. 9
Sing-a-long-a “Grease” movie in the park
• The 1978 musical “Grease” will hit the big screen at 8 p.m. Dancing, dressing up in ’50s garb and singing is encouraged. The event costs $5.

Aug. 10
Sail Rock
• Sail Rock features Christopher Cross, Orleans, Gary Wright, Firefall, John Ford Coley, Robbie Dupree and Player, who will perform at 8 p.m. Tickets cost between $30 and $60.

Aug. 16
Peter Frampton’s Guitar Circus
• Peter Frampton will be joined with guitar legends Sonny Landreth and B.B. King at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost between $35 and $55.
Aug. 17
The Pink Floyd Experience 
• Laser, music and imagery will combine for this Pink Floyd-based concert. The show begins at 8 p.m. and costs between $20 and $60.

Aug. 30
Get the Led Out
• Tribute band The American Led Zeppelin will perform the bands hits beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $8.
“ ... There’s something for every live music fan throughout Chicagoland, and we are not done programming yet,” Tim Rater, president and CEO of the Aurora Civic Center Authority, said in the release. “ In fact, we have a couple of major concert announcements coming within the next few weeks. Our goal is to offer a strong combination of national headliners, local performing arts productions, and stage a wide variety of exciting special events all aimed at boosting Aurora’s profile as a growing and vibrant destination for live entertainment.”

Tickets to Loretta Lynn and Randy Travis will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20. Tickets to all performances will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, April 22 Call 630-896-6666 to purchase tickets.

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