The Venue presents Stephen Hull on May 17, Heartsfield on May 18

The Venue, a live music performance room in downtown Aurora, will host The Stephen Hull Experience on May 17 and Heartsfield on May 18.

The Stephen Hull Experience will bring blues to The Venue stage at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 17. At age 25, Stephen Hull has been playing guitar for more than a decade. The Wisconsin native developed his sweet, soulful sound from listening to such greats as Albert King and B.B. King. Tickets cost $15-$20 in advance; $5 more at the door.

“Stephen is from Wisconsin and one of the most exciting new blues performers I’ve seen in awhile. His band just won second place in the 2024 International Blues Challenge awards. Stephen also won 2024 IBC’s best guitarist award. He tours the globe and has been garnering a reputation as one of the best in the business,” said Scott Tipping, talent buyer at The Venue. “We are extremely lucky to have Stephen and his band coming here this Friday,” he said.

Heartsfield will bring their country rock and Southern rock sound to The Venue on Saturday, May 18. Courtesy of Vinny Gragg

On Saturday, May 18, Americana originators Heartsfield will perform on The Venue stage. Since the 1970s, Heartsfield has won over audiences around the world with their country rock and Southern rock sound. Tickets cost $20-$25 in advance; $5 more at the door.

On Sunday, May 19, Chamber Music on the Fox will celebrate their 10th anniversary season with 3rd Coast Brass at 2:30 p.m. at The Venue.

They will be paying tribute to the legacy of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. Conducted by brass legend Mark Fisher, the program includes the Elgar Howarth arrangement of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at An Exhibition” as well as Gunther Schuller’s Symphony for Brass and Percussion. This special assemblage of 18 of the finest brass and percussion musicians in the Chicago area is a concert not to be missed.

Unless otherwise noted, doors open for all shows at 7 p.m. Shows start at 8 p.m.

The Venue, located at 21 S. Broadway in downtown Aurora, offers a wide selection of craft beer and other beverages at the bar which is open for all shows.

Les Fleur “The Minnie,” a cocktail collaboration with Wyckwood House will be available at The Venue bar this spring for $10. The cocktail honors singer-songwriter Minnie Riperton.

Free street parking is available along with free surface lot parking located across from City Hall, 44 E. Downer Place, at the corner of Downer Place and Water Street. The Venue’s entrance is located along Water Street Mall, adjacent to city hall and Mundy Park.

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The Venue, a community-focused live music and performance room, is located at 21 S. Broadway in downtown Aurora. The Venue opened in 2019, and is owned and operated by the Fox Valley Music Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to local music awareness, education and preservation.

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