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Todd Kessler headlines this year’s event at 7:30 p.m. at the Millennium Plaza gazebo stage on Stolp Avenue in downtown Aurora.

Fans of NBC’s The Voice might recognize Kessler from being chosen as part of Team Ceelo. Kessler is a folk-rock star in his own right. His solo debut album “About Memory” was well-received and earned the Chicagoland native high praise for being a singer songwriter.

Joybird opens for Kessler at 6 p.m. Joybird is Chicago songwriter, fiddler, and multi-instrumentalist Jess McIntosh. McIntosh will be joined by her band comprised of traditional and improvisational musicians.
With subzero temperatures along with a windchill warning in the area, the nonprofit was eager to share something to look forward to this spring in downtown Aurora, said Marissa Amoni with Aurora Downtown.
“We’re excited to continue the tradition of supporting local music at our events. May 3 will begin our series of free, live music happenings throughout the summer,” Amoni said.

The concerts coincide with the fourth annual Food Truck Festival that the nonprofit hosts as a free community event along Benton Street from 5 to 10 p.m.

The night is part of First Fridays, in which several venues open to the public for a night of art and culture on the first Friday of the month in downtown Aurora.

“We’ll have dozens of food vendors lined up along the Benton bridges, and live music at Millennium Plaza on Stolp plus all of the First Fridays activities. It’ll be a great kickoff to the summer season,” Amoni said.

Aurora Downtown is also kicking off a new “Come In” campaign that encourages people to visit the many shops, museums, salons, restaurants, and more that downtown offers. First Fridays on Feb. 1 will display new signage outside of venues and on participating venue doors.

“It’s time for everyone to “come in” and discover all of the great things that exist in downtown like live theater, coffee houses, family-friendly museums, and more,” Amoni said.

For more information, visit www.auroradowntown.org.

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