The Venue, the Fox River Valley's new 200-seat music performance space, presents a February lineup with a wide range of musical styles featuring young rockers, powerful vocals, soulful songs, rock and reggae tributes and best-of-the-best folk and Chicago blues.
Tickets range from $5 to $30 and are available at themusicvenue.org. Located at 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25) in downtown Aurora, The Venue was created by the Fox Valley Music Foundation, a news release stated. On the foundation board is Steve Warrenfeltz of Kiss The Sky in Batavia.
The month's musical offerings will be bookended by young rockers. Local heroes JDR and The Broadcast will kick it off at 8 p.m. Feb. 1. The Broadcast offers tight arrangements in its pop-rock music. A complementing show at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 will highlight indie hard rockers 4th Point, a group that grew out of the members' Christian ministry. Tickets cost $10 to $15 per each show.
The Flat Five supergroup will blend their platinum voices at 8 p.m. Feb. 22. Kelly Hogan, Nora O’Connor, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough and Alex Hall individually spend much of their time touring and recording with bands such as Neko Case, NRBQ, The Decemberists, Mavis Staples and Jakob Dylan. Tickets cost $20 to $25.
"An Evening of Heart and Soul" for Valentine’s Day will pay tribute to Memphis soul with the Heavy Sounds at 8 p.m. Feb. 15. Dinner packages from Moro Asian Kitchen are available. Concert tickets cost $20 to $30.
The Songwriters Showcase series at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 will lead up to the valentine’s show, featuring songs of love and heartbreak with host Dave Glynn and songwriters Pete Jive, Nicole Amine and Paul Moody. Tickets cost $10.
Tributes this month will include a salute to Bob Marley with reggae group Dabylon at 8 p.m. Feb. 8. Tickets cost $8 to $12.
The Rolling Stones’ "Sticky Fingers" will be performed by Scott Tipping and friends for the Album Cover Series at 7 p.m. Feb. 9, with tickets from $15 to $20.
Rounding out the month of homage to musical greats will be Deacon Blues, the all-star tribute to Steely Dan at 8 p.m. Feb. 15, with tickets from $25 to $30.
Acoustic Bluegrass Invite Night at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 will showcase special guests Rob Anderlik and Mike Church. Tickets cost $5.
Virtuoso guitarist Richard Smith will be in concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 16. Tickets cost $15 to $20.
Veteran folk music artist Lee Murdock will bring his Lake Michigan songs and stories at 2 p.m. Feb. 23. Tickets cost $10 to $15.
Back-to-back Blues Saturdays start with Guy King at 8 p.m. Feb. 22. Tickets cost $20 to $25. Guitar slinger Joanna Connor will be shredding the following week at 8 p.m. Feb. 29. Tickets cost $17 to $22.
To honor Black History Month, a lecture on "African American Musical Brilliance in Film" will be presented at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 by Gerald Butters of Aurora University. The program describes the far-reaching influence and musical excellence of African American artists in the American film industry.
Visit themusicvenue.org for tickets, more information about the artists and a full calendar of upcoming shows. Adjacent to Mundy Park, The Venue was created and built by the Fox Valley Music Foundation with help from the city of Aurora, Invest Aurora, the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, the Dunham Foundation and private donors. To learn more about the foundation, go to foxvalleymusicfoundation.com.