The line-up for the 24th Blues on the Fox Festival at RiverEdge Park, June 17-18, 2022, includes Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers, Billy Branch, Melody Angel and Shemekia Copeland.
After a two-year hiatus, downtown Aurora’s 24th Annual Blues on the Fox Festival is roaring back this summer, with a killer line-up of longtime favorites and fresh new talent playing live blues on the banks of the Fox River, Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, 2022 at Thomas J. Weisner RiverEdge Park.
Friday night’s opener Shemekia Copeland kicks off suburban Chicago’s largest summer blues festival, followed by headliner Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy is Saturday’s star attraction, with Billy Branch, Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers, and Melody Angel paving the way for a full day of food, fun and fantastic live blues music.
Coinciding with this year’s Blues on the Fox Festival, on Saturday, June 18, the city of Aurora will host the Grand Opening of its new Wilder Park Promenade with a free event, Party on the Promenade, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“Aurora’s Blues on the Fox weekend is about to get much bigger, boasting a whole new vibe with the addition of Saturday’s all-ages Party on the Promenade, happening simultaneously on both sides of the Fox River,” said Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin. ”We can only do this because Aurora has realized its dream of having a beautiful new, $3 million pedestrian bridge spanning the Fox River, linking RiverEdge Park on the east to Wilder Park on the west. By bringing more food, fun and live music to Wilder Park on June 18, Promenade on the Park will make Saturday’s Blues on the Fox feel like it’s almost twice the size and twice the fun.”
Wilder Park is located on the west side of the Fox River at 350 N. River St. Party on the Promenade hours are 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free. Food and beer trucks will be lined up along Wilder Park’s newly paved promenade, serving up a variety of festival fare including bar-b-que, burgers, brats, pizza, ice cream and more. Live music will play between sets across the river at RiverEdge Park, and activities for kids will make this grand opening party fun for the entire family.