Lynn, Frampton, King, Travis to headline RiverEdge season
By JENETTE STURGES firstname.lastname@example.org April 15, 2013 12:29AM
The RiverEdge website, RiverEdgeAurora.com, launches at 10 a.m. today.
Tickets to country music superstars Loretta Lynn and Randy Travis go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Tickets to all performances go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 22.
Tickets can be purchased by phone at 630-896-6666, or at RiverEdge’s satellite box office, the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora.
Once open, RiverEdge will also operate a full-service box office on-site on concert and event days.
Updated: May 16, 2013 6:19AM
AURORA — Country, blues and rock legends will kick off the first season of Aurora’s new outdoor music venue.
This morning, the Aurora Civic Center Authority announced the lineup for the new RiverEdge Park Music Garden, which opens along the banks of the Fox River, just north of downtown Aurora in June.
The first lady of country music Loretta Lynn and country legend Randy Travis will be among the first to headline at RiverEdge on June 29.
On July 13, Trace Adkins and Aaron Lewis will bring some honkey-tonk to the stage along with Blackberry Smoke and Drake White.
And on August 16, Peter Frampton, Sonny Landreth and B.B. King will take the stage as a part of Frampton’s Guitar Circus.
In between, the park will play host to charity races including the Color Vibe 5K and Amped Up Adventure Race, classic rock tribute bands, sing-along movies and a series of concerts produced by the Two Brothers Roundhouse, the park’s main food vendor.
“There’s something for every live music fan throughout Chicagoland and we are not done programming yet,” President and CEO of the Aurora Civic Center Authority Tim Rater said, promising major concert announcements in coming weeks. “Our goal is to offer a strong combination of national headliners, local performing arts productions, and stage a wide variety of exciting special events all aimed at boosting Aurora’s profile as a growing and vibrant destination for live entertainment.”
This summer’s concert series launches June 14 with Aurora’s annual Blues on the Fox -- this year’s lineup includes Dr. John, JJ Grey, The Stone Foxes, Tommy Castro and The Painkillers and Robert Randolph and The Family Band.
RiverEdge’s website launches this morning, and ticket sales for all shows begin April 22. Several events are free, and the most expensive seats in the park — on its sky deck, a rooftop VIP dining area — will cost $60 for big-ticket shows.
Mayor Tom Weisner called the park’s opening a “new and exciting era” for culture in Aurora and for the entire Chicago region. “This world-class facility is destined to become a source of community pride, and will serve as an economic catalyst for the future growth of downtown Aurora for years,” he said.
The RiverEdge Music Garden is the first phase of Aurora’s RiverEdge Park redevelopment project, a ten-year plan that will feature wetland and urban wildlife areas, expanded public park space with access to the Fox River, a pedestrian bridge, bike paths, a children’s playground and other amenities.
The live outdoor entertainment venue is anchored by the John C. Dunham performance pavilion, which boasts state-of-the-art acoustics, flexible seating allowing for up to 2,500 seats in front of the stage, general admission for 6,000 to 8,000, plus a rooftop deck that hosts 300 VIPs. The park’s capacity is approximately 8,500 to 10,500, according to the ACCA.
Rooftop deck guests enjoy a high-level view of the stage, private restrooms, plus food and beverages for their all-inclusive ticket price.
Concessions at RiverEdge will offer a diverse menu — the contract with Two Brothers signed by the Aurora City Council last month means the brewery will be the exclusive vendor at permanent food service area, and along with food will sell Two Brothers’ craft beers, Anheuser-Bush products, wine and non-alcoholic drinks.
Other food vendors will be allowed to set up tents in the park.
The official ribbon-cutting ceremony for RiverEdge is scheduled for June 7, and will be followed by backstage pass public tours on June 8 and 9.
For more information, go to RiverEdgeAurora.com.