A look back at 2019's Headlining Bands
The Solar Roadshow
The Solar Roadshow is a million-dollar rig that is covered with solar panels on top, and inside it’s a “museum on wheels,” all about renewable energy - like wind and solar. The Roadshow’s solar panels are going to drive a “Solar-Powered Concert”. Solar power in action! Come and see the future of energy! We are grateful to the Illinois IBEW Renewable Energy Fund and IBEW Local 134 from Chicago for bringing the Solar Roadshow to the Aurora GreenFest.
Hix Brothers Main Stage
Danzantes Unidos MITOTILIZTLI
As you know most of the culture of the various Native American groups has been lost due to different agents and factors. The focus of our group is to try to preserve what is left of them and also to learn and rescue some other aspects of them including their values. We share them and frame them in a way that may be relevant in today's world. We have learned that one of the strongest values across different groups in the Americas is the respect for Nature
In our group we have participants from various Indigenous nations such the Totonacs, Aztecs, Purepexas, and Huicholes from Mexico as well as Apache and Pueblo Nations from USA.
Chanson du Chat
Chanson du Chat is a gypsy jazz style trio/quartet/quintet led by guitarist John Papadolias. Steeped in 1930s style of gypsy swing paying homage to Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli with the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, Chanson du Chat plays lively and energetic music that turns heads.
Featured members are Dave Bowers and John Papadolias on guitars, Chad Watson on upright bass, and Jim LeFager on drums and percussion, Chanson du Chat performs standards of the gypsy swing era, the Edith Piaf songbook as well as jazz standards and original compositions.
Simply Destinee is a youth inspired Dance Team that promotes suicide awareness in Memory of Destinee A. Oliva.
We are dedicated to caring for Aurora’s youth and inspiring positive development in their lives, families, and the community, helping overcome everyday challenges.
Hix Bros Ukulele Band
The Hix Brothers Ukulele Band was formed in 2011 at Hix Brothers Music in Aurora. The group has grown to more than 30 members of all ages who meet once or twice a week to learn new songs and practice. The Ukulele Band, led by Carl Hix, plays a wide variety of songs: Hawaiian, rock and roll, songs from the “Great American Songbook”, contemporary songwriters, even a show tune now and then.
The Hurricane Project
Al “Hurricane” Spears is a working Chicago blues musician currently playing guitar with “The Hurricane Project”. Being a Chicago Blues musician carries the responsibility of continuing the legacy of some of the worlds renowned Blues artists, and “Hurricane” is a blues guitarist who embraces this legacy by promoting the Blues art form wherever he can.
Hurricane works hard to keep the blues art form alive. He operated three of the longest running blues jams in the western suburbs, in an effort to keep this great music in front of the public.
Good-time family band SM6 is George (keys, violin, ukulele, vocals), Isabel (vocals, bass, ukulele), Adam (guitar, vocals), Emily (drums, ukulele, vocals), Eliana (percussion) and Jack (ukulele, steel pan, vocals), a tight-knit group of siblings who put out high-energy songs with catchy melodies, ear-pleasing harmonies, dance-worthy rhythms and relatable lyrics that celebrate their love of spreading joy through music. Wise beyond their years with a thoughtful, playful approach to writing and arrangements, the group performs a combination of imaginative covers and fresh originals that ring out with elements of indie pop, rock and folk.
Dunham Fund Main Stage
Fox River Academy of Music/Art
Plato once said that music “is a more potent instrument than any other for education”.
Recent research has found that music uses both sides of the brain simultaneously, a fact that makes it valuable in all areas of development. Music affects brain growth academically, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
The Fox River Academy’s music classes provide private, semi-private and group sessions for preschoolers through teens, adults, and seniors. Enrollment includes opportunities for students to participate in theory classes, community recitals and events, evaluated performances, and other programs.
Ron and Ryan Stark
11:30AM - 3:30PM
Fox River Academy’s guitar faculty has outstanding credentials and years of diverse performing and teaching experience to offer the best in musical education for classical, rock, folk, Latino, and jazz styles, among others. Our instructors can open your mind to the many and varied possibilities of music-making with the guitar.
Get ready to CELEBRATE!
There will be cake from Cinco de Mayo Bakery in Aurora!
Happy 10th Anniversary to the Aurora GreenFest. Thank you to everyone who has made this amazing festival possible all these years.
Activities throughout the GreenFest
Daniel and Sharon Peterson, along with our Egyptian Fruit Bats and African Straw-colored Bats, have been educating people about bats since 1996. We love bats, and with our experience and knowledge we want to dispel the myths surrounding these misunderstood creatures. We give multi-media presentations on Bat Education. Thousands of people, adults and children, have learned how beneficial these creatures are to the world around us.
SOAR (Save Our American Raptors, Inc.) is a non profit organization dedicated to the welfare of our native birds-of-prey.
~to EDUCATE the public on the importance of raptors and habitat;
~to PROMOTE the scientific study of free-living raptors;
~to TRAIN raptor handlers, and help improve conditions for all raptors in captivity;
~to help RESOLVE human/raptor conflicts.
The FVEAA (Fox Valley Electric Auto Association) was formed in 1975 (around the time of the first oil embargo) and was incorporated in the State of Illinois in 1979. We became a chapter of the EAA (Electric Auto Association) in 2004.
We promote efficient and clean electric vehicle use and educate the public on these issues. We help our members to become electric vehicle drivers.
ISEA Solar House
The Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) Solar House is a self-contained demonstration lab containing photovoltaic (pv) panels.
The ISEA Solar House, one of the first of its kind, has been displayed at Illinois State Fair and at many educational events in Illinois.