The Venue, the 200-seat music performance space in Aurora, will continue livestream performances only in the month of January because of COVID-19 restrictions.
All performances will be broadcast live from The Venue’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. At each performance, a donation is suggested and donations are split between the artists and the Fox Valley Music Foundation, a news release stated. All information and schedules can be found at themusicvenue.org.
Maurice John Vaughn is a true blues original who kicked off the series Jan. 6. A triple threat on guitar, saxophone and vocals, Vaughn writes powerful, innovative and often humorous songs that spring directly from his vast musical experience. Releasing his new CD, he joined with some famous blues sons, Freddie Dixon, John Watkins and Tim Taylor. Get rid of those post-holiday blues with some Chicago-style blues.
At 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, the Album Cover Tribute Series will present “Jimi Hendrix: Band of Gypsys.” The show will feature musicians Mendell Beckford, Chuck Lacy and Scott Tipping. This rendition will be hot enough to melt your screen; make sure you turn your volume up to 11, The Venue invites.
At 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, Los Perros Cubanos will present the music of Cuba’s golden age of the 1940s and 1950s. Since its inception in 2009, Los Perros Cubanos has become one of the Midwest’s hottest Latin acts. The band’s music combines the traditional Cuban music styles of Son Cubano, Salsa, Cha Cha, and Charanga with modern instrumental prowess to produce a captivating sound that moves your feet. Put your dancing shoes on and roll up the living room rug.
At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, The Venue begins a new monthly series, Collector’s Edition. Streaming live every third Wednesday of the month from The Venue, Steve Warrenfeltz, owner of Kiss The Sky Records in Batavia, will explore the personal record collections of the not so rich and famous.
At 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, the monthly Venue For Venues series will feature Reggie’s, the Chicago rock club. This series, held the last Sunday of each month, seeks to raise awareness of the plight of iconic music venues in the Chicago area, and will feature a symposium of live music, history and a brief look at how COVID has affected them. It’s presented by the owner and key artists; all monies raised from ticket sales and livestream donations will go to the featured venue.
February is lining up to be a stream-filled month, so keep your eye on themusicvenue.org.
“All of The Venue livestreams remain available after the performances on both The Venue’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, but donations are only shared during the real-time livestreams with performers and other venues, so best to catch them while they are in progress,” the release stated.
The Venue is owned and operated by the nonprofit Fox Valley Music Foundation at foxvalleymusicfoundation.com.