Kiss The Sky of Batavia founder helps build The Venue on music heritage By ERIC SCHELKOPFJuly 26, 2019[Steve Warrenfeltz, co-founder of Kiss The Sky record store in Batavia, gives a tour of The Venue during its build-out shortly before its launch.] Steve Warrenfeltz, president of the Fox Valley Music Foundation Board and a partner in Kiss The Sky record store in Batavia, long has celebrated the music that has been a vibrant part of Aurora's history. In 1937 and 1938, Sonny Boy Williamson, Henry Townsend and other notable Bluebird artists made recordings at the Leland Hotel high-rise in downtown Aurora. A few blocks from that building, the Fox Valley Music Foundation's live music venue – appropriately named The Venue – is located at 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25) between Galena Boulevard and Downer Place. The Fox Valley Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization created in 2014, with the mission of preserving, promoting and presenting the music of the Fox Valley, while providing music education to people of all ages and walks of life. The foundation's roots are intertwined with the Blues on the Fox festival held every summer in Aurora. The festival had been located for years on Galena Boulevard in downtown Aurora prior to the opening of RiverEdge Park in 2013. Warrenfeltz and others were members of the Blues on the Fox volunteer committee that ran the festival prior to its move to the riverside park. The Aurora Civic Center Authority manages RiverEdge Park, as well as both the Paramount Theatre and Copley Theatre. "We started pushing the limits of Galena Boulevard," Warrenfeltz said. "It was getting to the point where we couldn't do what we were doing down there. Kenny Wayne Shepherd was one of the acts that we had on Galena Boulevard. I don't know how many people showed up for the show, but it was jam-packed." After the committee was no longer organizing Blues on the Fox, Warrenfeltz suggested the members look for a new project. "During a meeting, I just kind of said, 'Why don't we continue on doing what we're doing and let's form a foundation and maybe open up a live music venue,''' Warrenfeltz said. "We formed in 2014, and for three years, we were looking for a place to call our home. And we finally found it here."