The Venue in Aurora will deliver a livestream concert by Alligator Records artist Toronzo Cannon to celebrate the music performance space’s first anniversary at 8 p.m. Monday, June 1.
Direct donations can be made at themusicvenue.org. Proceeds from the show will benefit the performing artist and Fox Valley Music Foundation, which created The Venue at 21 S. Broadway (Route 25) in downtown Aurora.
Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon defies all expectations.The blistering guitarist, soulful vocalist, singular songwriter and city bus driver fuses his muscular, rock-inspired blues guitar playing with his original, keenly detailed slice-of-life songs, blazing his own blues trail, a news release stated.
“We are excited to have Toronzo return to The Venue after headlining our opening one year ago,” said the foundation's Dave Glynn in the release. “These are tough times for musical artists and rough times for music rooms like ours. We are figuring out ways to continue to present live music and are thrilled that Toronzo is helping us out and we can help him by getting him in front of a live audience.”
Monday night concert series
The performance is part of the "Monday Night Live, Streaming on Broadway" series that The Venue and Fox Valley Music Foundation began last month. It's brought to you each Monday night at 8 p.m. from The Venue page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheVenueAurora.
Local singer-songwriter Jake Mack will be featured June 8; and leader of Functional Family, Anthony Padilla, will perform June 15.
Also planned for livestream in June at The Venue is the Blues & Roots Festival featuring Good Morning Bedlam and Dawson’s Creek on Friday, June 12, and bluesman John Primer with special guest Bill Grady opening Saturday, June 13.
A special tribute to the Blues on the Fox festival in conjunction with RiverEdge Park/The Paramount Theatre is planned Friday, June 19, with a feature film about the history of the festival and on Saturday, June 20, with a livestream performance from The Venue’s Facebook page. Watch The Venue’s website for more details at themusicvenue.org. Visit foxvalleymusicfoundation.com.