Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton!
This duo will play Aurora's Riveredge Park on July 20 - this is the only Chicago-Area stop on their 2017 North American Summer Tour
Coming off an extraordinary 63 shows in 2016, Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller announced today his 2017 summer tour campaign, and Aurora's Thomas J. Weisner RiverEdge Park is the tour's only Chicago-area stop.
Steve and his band look forward to delving into their deep catalogues of hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s under the summer sky at RiverEdge, one-night-only, Thursday, July 20. Joining the Steve Miller Band on the 2017 tour is special guest Peter Frampton.
RiverEdge Park is located in downtown Aurora at 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, directly across from Metra's Aurora Transportation Center, on the banks of the Fox River. Gates open at 6 p.m. Frampton takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Online ticket sales start Friday, February 3 at 10 a.m. at RiverEdgeAurora.com. Phone and walk-up sales begin Monday, February 20 at 10 a.m.
Early-bird tickets are only $45 through May 31. Tickets purchased June 1 and beyond are $55. To purchase, call the RiverEdge box office, 630.896.6666, or stop by in-person at RiverEdge's satellite box office, the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Tickets will also be sold on-site day-of-show, starting at noon. All tickets are general admission. Ticket fees not included.
"Steve Miller was a mainstay of the San Francisco music scene that upended American culture in the late '60s. With albums like Children of the Future, Sailor and Brave New World, Miller perfected a psychedelic blues sound that drew on the deepest sources of American roots music and simultaneously articulated a compelling vision of what music - and society - could be in the years to come.
Then, in the '70s, Miller crafted a brand of rock 'n' roll music that was polished, exciting and irresistible, and that has dominated radio through today. Hit followed hit in an endless flow: "The Joker," "Livin' in the USA," "Take the Money and Run," "Rock'n Me," "Fly Like an Eagle," "Jet Airliner," "Jungle Love" and "Abracadabra" among them. To this day, these songs are instantly recognizable when they come on the radio-and impossible not to sing along with.
Running through Miller's catalogue is a combination of virtuosity and song craft along with melodic vocals and signature guitar riffs. His parents were jazz aficionados - Les Paul was his godfather - so as a budding guitarist and singer, Miller absorbed valuable lessons from their musical tradition. When the family moved to Texas, Miller deepened his education in the blues, meeting T-Bone Walker and learning to sing and play listening to him and Jimmy Reed.
Miller then moved to Chicago where he played with Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, Buddy Guy and Paul Butterfield." (bio credit: Anthony DeCurtis)
The Steve Miller Band has played to more than 15 million people in the last 20 years. The 2017 tour kicks off in the metro New York area at PNC Bank Arts Center and Jones Beach Theatre (June 15th & 17th) and then makes its way across the country before wrapping August 14th on the west coast.
In addition to touring with his band, Miller is also contributing his time to serving on the welcoming committee of the Department of Musical Instruments of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and as a board member of Jazz at Lincoln Center, where he curates and hosts shows at both institutions celebrating blues, jazz and early American music. In 2016, Miller presented five sold out shows at JALC: "Ma Rainey Meets Miles Davis" and "T Bone Walker - A Bridge From Blues to Jazz." His 2017 plans for JALC will be announced soon.