Concerts in Aurora to showcase big band, Fox Valley favorite, Stax soul – Shaw Local
The Venue, a performance space in downtown Aurora, announces a trio of shows.
The Pete Ellman Jazz Big Band continues its weekly series of residencies on Tuesday, November 8. Noah Gabriel will celebrate his 20th birthday in Fox Valley on Friday, November 11. 12. The venue is at 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25) to Aurora.
The Pete Ellman Jazz Big Band will be preceded by an opening set at 6:30 p.m. by musicians from Hinsdale Central High School. General admission is $5. The concert is sponsored by the Fox Valley Music Foundation.
Noah Gabriel presents a look back at his music while celebrating two decades in Fox Valley, during which he delivered 12 albums. His influences, his collaborators, his sounds have always varied. Gabriel has planned a special night, performing songs he hasn’t played in ages. It will also spotlight a host of Fox Valley favorites, joined by collaborators past and present. He will share the stage with The Noah Gabriel Band, Noah’s Arcade, Dave Ramont, Dave Nelson and his new collaborator, Ryan Carney. The show starts at 8 p.m. General admission is $10; all ticket prices increase by $5 at the door.
The Heavy Sounds will pay tribute to Stax Records in an unforgettable soul show; the Chicago-based quintet has been making waves for years with their perfect rendition of soulful grooves, a press release said. The band is heavily influenced by bands such as Booker T & The MG’s, The Bar-Kays, The Meters and many more. Although their sets are usually instrumental, this evening is a special event, during which the group bring in some of the greatest soul singers of the moment. Gina Bloom, Oscar Wilson, Michael Avery and the legendary Renaldo Domino will all be on hand to sing some Stax classics. Stax Records was home to many integral soul artists, such as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas and Albert King. Dance shoes are suggested. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Premium seats are $20 and general admission is $15 ($5 more at the door).
The place, themusicvenue.org, is owned and operated by the Fox Valley Music Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization comprised of music lovers, volunteers, educators, and arts enthusiasts. Contact the Foundation at [email protected].