July 25, 2013 • 12:03:33 p.m.

RiverEdge Park continues to make its mark


Festival-goers listen to music by Buddy Guy at this year’s Blues on the Fox – RiverEdge Park’s inaugural event of the summer. (File photo by Kara Silva –

AURORA – RiverEdge Park in Aurora last weekend took another step in cementing its reputation as the Ravinia of the western suburbs.

The venue July 19 played host to Broadway star Idina Menzel, another fine choice for RiverEdge Park early on in the venue’s inaugural season. RiverEdge Park kicked off its season in June with the Blues on the Fox festival, which featured two days of bands.

But the RiverEdge sound system proved it also was more than capable of handling the intricacies of the 55-piece Paramount Orchestra that backed Menzel. The sound was crystal clear as it wafted across RiverEdge Park, which also allowed the crowd to hear Menzel’s powerful voice in full clarity.

The preferred seating chairs that replaced the benches that were set up during the Blues on the Fox Festival also made the concert experience feel more intimate, creating an atmosphere more suited for a Broadway star.

Menzel struck all the right chords with the audience as well, drawing from her work in “Wicked,” which won her a Tony award, and even eliciting fans to help her in singing “Take Me Or Leave Me” from the musical “Rent.”

There still is plenty of music left at RiverEdge Park this summer, including Frampton’s Guitar Circus on Aug. 16, featuring Sonny Landreth, B.B. King, Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen, and Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers on Aug. 24.

A full schedule, along with information about RiverEdge Park, is available at or by calling 630-896-6666.

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