Summer concert series dampened by wet June

A popular summer concert series in downtown Aurora has been affected by the rain this June.

Wednesdays at the Plaza was supposed to start on June 12 with Blues on the Fox Preservation Band performing and Harvey’s Fire Box feeding the crowd.

The posters were up, the Facebook invite was promoted, and organizers were ready. The weather had different plans, and the series kickoff during Aurora’s Blues Week was cancelled.

The second week was to feature AKA Dance students performing and offering a free dance class. Grumpy Gaucho was set to park on Stolp Avenue with hot empanadas. No dice. More rain.

“It’s been a bit frustrating since the series has been planned since the late winter months, and we were looking forward to warm summer days listening to music in the gazebo,” said Marissa Amoni, manager of Aurora Downtown.

Aurora Downtown hosts the free concert series at the Millennium Plaza gazebo at 21 S. Stolp Ave. It’s a sponsored series, Amoni said, which adds to her eagerness to get it going.

“We’ve had to cancel due to rain in the past, but never the first two dates of the season,” she said.

Amoni remains optimistic about upcoming dates, however.

“We still have a handful of concerts scheduled, and we hope to reschedule the ones that were rained out. It’ll be great to fill the plaza with music soon,” she said.

Mirabelle Skipworth and Olivia Ports perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 26. Don Pez Fish Tacos will serve food in the lawn.

Future dates include Empty Can Band on July 10, Ron Porter Trio on July 17, Zen Loft Night on July 24, Lisa G and the Lucky Ones on July 31, Etha and Friends on August 7, and The Heavy Lifting on August 14.

All concerts start at 6 p.m. and feature a visiting food truck.

Photo by Guy Balding: Marissa Amoni, manager for Aurora Downtown, stands across the Fox River from the gazebo at Millennium Plaza where a summer concert series has been stalled due to the frequent rains.