The Venue, the noted music performance space in Aurora, will host a series of shows in adjacent Mundy Park throughout the month of September. Music will be in the air most Thursdays through Saturdays.
Tickets range from $10 to $30 and most shows begin at 8 p.m. Social distancing rules will be in effect in the roomy outdoor park that has professional sound and lights supplied by The Venue. Show schedule and ticket information can be found at themusicvenue.org.
“For those who have missed their music festivals this summer, this is an opportunity to see some top musical acts at a reasonable price outside while the weather’s good; we take social distancing seriously and will keep things as safe as we can,” the Fox Valley Music Foundation's Dave Glynn stated in a news release. “There’s no reason not to visit every night we have music, hear some amazing bands, bring your bag chair and enjoy a cold beverage.”
Here’s the September schedule for the Music in Mundy Outdoor Series. Be sure to bring bag chairs, the foundation suggests.
Thursday, Sept. 3: Georgia Rae Family Band – Traditional music mixed with Americana – super talented youngsters – Tickets are $10; 8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 4: Mississippi Heat – Traditional blues with a twist – Tickets are $15 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 5: The Smiley Tillmon Band featuring Kate Moss – Blues funster Smiley leads an all-star band – Tickets are $10 – 8 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 10: Celebration: The Music of John Prine and Steve Goodman features local veteran folksters – this is a benefit - all proceeds go to Fox Valley Music Foundation. The show stars Dave Ramont, Dave Nelson of Heartsfield, Dave Glynn, Jim "Chevy" Chevalier, Todd Moffett from the Empty Can Band and the Pawnshop horns featuring Jim Barsanti, Chris Galor and Jay Olaszek. Tickets are $15 – 8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 11: John Hanrahan & Friends – Jazz, blues and rock from top national session guys – Tickets are $15 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 12: Guy King – Sophisticated blues, jazz, soul & R&B; if you love B.B. King and Ray Charles, you’ll love Guy King – Tickets are $20 – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 13: Album Cover Tribute: Tom Petty & The Heartbreaker's "Dam- the Torpedoes" - Reserved indoor table seating $15. Capacity 50 inside The Venue. General admission tickets offered in Mundy Park for $10. Show will be projected on the brick wall. Bring a bag chair if you’re outside. The ensemble includes Scott Tipping, Scott Stevenson, Adam Gardner, Chad Watson and Justin O’Connell.
Friday, Sept. 18: Chicago Blues Angels - Mondo Cortez will lead this high-energy, high octane blues band. Tickets are $15 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept.19: Maurice John Vaughan – A powerful songwriter and true blues original. A triple threat on guitar, saxophone and vocals – Tickets are $20 – 8 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 24: Andrew Diehl and The Nightmen – A favorite from our past Blues on Water Street fests in Batavia, you will love the blues as much as Andrew when he’s performing – Tickets are $10 – 8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 25: Joanna Connor – a total blues guitar shredder, never a dull moment with Joanna and her band.
Saturday, Sept. 26: Brother John Kattke – smooth blues vocals and fast keys, you’ll never sit down – Tickets are $20 – 8 p.m.
In case of bad weather, shows will move inside The Venue and will be limited to the first 50 ticket buyers. Indoor shows will follow rules with regard to face coverings and social distancing. Each table is more than 6 feet apart, with only two patrons per table. Temperatures will be taken of staff and patrons at the entry point. The Venue will be deep-cleaned prior to the show. "We want to provide a safe environment for patrons, volunteers, staff and performing artists," the release stated. Only 50 tickets will be sold from the 200-seat music room for indoor-only shows.
The Venue is owned and operated by the nonprofit Fox Valley Music Foundation, which is comprised of music lovers, music educators, arts enthusiasts and people who have spent many hours, days and years in the business of music. It works to preserve, promote and present the wonderful music of the Fox Valley area of Illinois while providing music education to people of all ages and from all walks of life, the release stated. You can contact the Foundation by visiting foxvalleymusicfoundation.com.