Chicago has a long history of making blues music. As African-Americans moved to the North during the Great Migration period of the early 1900s, Chicago musicians added their own touches to the Delta blues music.
And it took root -- the Chicago area became the home of many blues clubs and record labels, such as Chess Records.
The upcoming Blues on the Fox festival, held in downtown Aurora on June 17-18, will feature many popular blues artists. The legendary Buddy Guy rocks the festival on June 18 at 8:30 p.m. Get there early as this will undoubtedly be a popular performance.
The melodic tones of The Robert Cray Band highlight the Friday night schedule, where they will be performing at 8:30 p.m. Cray and his band are well known for their hit "Smoking Gun" which was released in 1986.
Rounding out the schedule are Chicago-born Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues, one of current hot blues bands touring today. You can catch them Saturday at 3 p.m.
The festival also offers plenty of good food and libations. What would the blues be without barbecue? Comfort Zone BBQ of Aurora will be serving up pulled pork and pulled turkey sandwiches and, of course, ribs.
Wash it down with a cold beer and enjoy the fabulous music. It's a great chance to catch homegrown blues without trekking into the city.