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Riveredge Park Releases Final 2019 Summer Concert and Event Schedule

Aurora’s Thomas J. Weisner RiverEdge Park has finalized its 2019 summer concert and event calendar. Here are two good things to know, though, before the start of Chicago’s summer concert season:

• Who doesn’t like to save money? RiverEdge Park offers early bird discounts to select concerts this season, but the deadline to purchase and save is this Friday, May 31.

• People with disabilities will find easier access to events this summer at RiverEdge Park. Thanks to an Illinois Office of Tourism grant of $43,131 to the City of Aurora, the City will improve the handicapped entrance and seating for those using wheelchairs, almost double the number of handicapped parking spaces and provide a small fleet of handicapped-accessible, large golf cars to safely shuttle patrons with disabilities.

Following is the complete 2019 summer calendar at RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora. For tickets and information, visit RiverEdgeAurora.com or call (630) 896-6666.

Friday & Saturday, June 14 & 15
23rd Annual Blues on the Fox Festival

Tickets: $10 per day through May 31; $20 per day starting June 1

Aurora’s summer kicks off with another killer line-up of longtime blues favorites and fresh new talent ready to jam next to the beautiful Fox River.

Friday: Taj Mahal Quartet and Ana Popovic

Gates: 6 p.m.
Concert: 7 p.m.

Saturday: Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Coco Montoya, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Jamiah Rogers

Gates: 2 p.m.
Concert: 3 p.m.

Saturday, June 22
Kings of Chaos

Gates: 6 p.m.
Concert: 8 p.m.
Tickets: $30 general admission; $35-$55 reserved

Bow to the Kings of Chaos: Lou Gramm (original member of Foreigner), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Sebastian Bach (the original voice of Skid Row), Warren DeMartini (original member of Ratt), Gilby Clarke (former member of Guns N’ Roses), James LoMenzo (Megadeth) and Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp). Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see rock royalty deliver a concert made for head-banging with their biggest hits and classic covers together live on stage.

Sunday, June 23
Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds: The Final Performances with special guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin

Gates: 5:30 p.m.
Concert: 7 p.m.
Tickets: $30 general admission; $40-$80 reserved; $195-$495 VIP packages

Brian Wilson is one of music’s most deeply revered figures, the main creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in rock history, like Beach Boys hits “Surfer Girl,” Don’t Worry Baby,” “Fun, Fun, Fun” and so many more.

Saturday, June 29
‘80s on the Fox – Eddie Money, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Patty Smyth & Scandal and The Romantics

Gates: 4:30 p.m.
Concert: 6 p.m.
Tickets: $30 general admission; $35-$55 reserved

Top rockers from the ‘80s perform live in downtown Aurora’s beautiful outdoor concert venue.

Thursday, July 4
Fourth of July Fireworks, Bruce in the USA and Aurora American Legion Band

Gates: 5 p.m.
Music: 5:30 p.m.
Fireworks: 9 p.m.
Admission: Free

This all-ages event opens with the Aurora American Legion Band, boasts the world’s No. 1 Bruce Springsteen tribute band, Bruce in the USA, the City of Aurora’s always-spectacular fireworks display, food trucks and vendors and cold drinks.

Friday, July 5
Dark Star Orchestra

Gates: 6 p.m.
Concert: 7 p.m.
Tickets: $25 through May 31; $35 starting June 1

A favorite of old and new Grateful Dead fans since 1997, this group of talented musicians came up with an original concept – to perform complete Grateful Dead shows from out of the beloved act’s long touring history – and they’ve been “Truckin’” ever since.

Saturday, July 6
The Royal Affair Tour – YES, Asia, John Lodge and Carl Palmer, presented by Live Nation

Gates: 5 p.m.
Concert: 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $29 general admission (4 for $99); $39-$89 reserved; $175-$299 VIP packages

Prog rock pioneers and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees YES headline this must-see best-of-British-rock show.

Friday, July 12
Downtown Alive! American English

Gates: 6 p.m.
Concert: 8 p.m.
Tickets: $2 through May 31; $4 starting June 1

While the time of The Beatles playing live may be over, these four guys look and sound just like them, and they’re ready to help you re-experience the amazing hit music over The Beatles’ spectacular career.

Sunday, July 21
Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Wheels of Soul tour with Blackberry Smoke and Shovels & Rope

Gates: 5:30 p.m.
Concert: 7 p.m.
Tickets: $42 general admission; $52-$98 reserved

Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Wheels of Soul tour with special guests Blackberry Smoke (bottom, left) and Shovels & Rope.

One of the most anticipated concert events of the summer makes its only Chicago-area stop at RiverEdge Park. Led by the husband and wife team of guitarist Derek Trucks and vocalist/guitarist Susan Tedeschi, the 12-member Tedeschi Trucks Band is unrivaled in their blend of American soul, blues, rock and country.

Friday, July 26
The Mavericks with special guest Los Lobos

Gates: 5 p.m.
Los Lobos: 7 p.m.
The Mavericks: 9 p.m.
Tickets: $35 through May 31; $45 starting June 1

Get ready for a hell of a fun night with Tex-Mex rockers Los Lobos, the three-time Grammy Award-winners and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees. Next up: The Mavericks, jamming their Latin and Caribbean influences mixed with rock-and-roll, rockabilly, pop ballads, blues, R&B and jazz.

Saturday, August 3
The Comedy of Errors: Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks

Gates: 5:30 p.m.
Concert: 6:30 p.m.
Free admission thanks to the support of the Dunham Fund

A specially equipped truck will roll into RiverEdge Park. A stage will unfold and a company of professional actors will share a 75-minute production of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors.

Friday, August 9
Downtown Alive! Hollywood Nights – A Bob Seger Experience

Gates: 6 p.m.
Concert: 8 p.m.
Tickets: $2 through May 31; $4 starting June 1

The ultimate tribute to Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, this 10-piece powerhouse sets out to re-create everything about Bob and his music right down to the smallest detail.

Saturday, August 10

Gates: 6 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35 general admission; $45-$60 reserved

This hard rockin’, head-bangin’ band literally pioneered thrash metal. See them rip through smash hits from seminal metal albums like Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!, Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? and their latest Dystopia.

Friday, August 16
Dionne Warwick

Gates: 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 8 p.m.
Tickets: $30 general admission; $35-$50 reserved; $164-$269 VIP packages

Do you know the way to San Jose? Don’t miss Dionne Warwick, the legendary, Grammy Award-winning cornerstone of American pop culture and music.

Saturday, August 17
Brandy, En Vogue and Arrested Development

Gates: 5 p.m.
Concert: 6:30 p.m.
Tickets $30 general admission; $35-$55 reserved

A star-studded trio of top R&B and hip hop acts, including multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning R&B/pop singer, songwriter and actress, Brandy.

Friday, August 23
Get the Led Out: A Celebration of the “Mighty Zep”

Gates: 6 p.m.
Concert: 8 p.m.
Tickets: $11 through May 31; $21 starting June 1

Don’t miss the best Led Zeppelin tribute band in the country. Their shredding guitars, piercing vocals and a head-banging drum solo make Led Zeppelin fans feel like they are seeing Jimmy, John, Robert and John Paul back on stage, together again.

Saturday, August 24
Poi Dog Pondering

Gates: 6 p.m.
Concert: 8 p.m.
Tickets: $30 through May 31; $40 starting June 1

This beloved, soul-lifting Chicago band has sold out every show it ever played at Paramount Theatre. Now it makes its outdoor debut in downtown Aurora.

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