A Summer of Memorable Performances

Whether you prefer theater productions or live concerts, the Paramount Theatre and RiverEdge Park in Aurora have an exhilarating summer lineup that’s sure to entice anyone.

“There’s not a single show I’m not excited about, and I mean that,” says Tim Rater, president and CEO of the Aurora Civic Center Authority, which oversees both Paramount and RiverEdge. “We’ve got a little bit of everything for everyone.”

RiverEdge Park keeps the outdoor entertainment going all summer long. Following an Independence Day bash, RiverEdge welcomes high-energy Chicago band 7th Heaven on July 7. Then, rock icons STYX take the stage July 11 with unforgettable classics like “Come Sail Away” and “Renegade.”

Hollywood Nights, a Bob Seger tribute band, takes a nostalgic journey on July 28 as it captures the spirit of one of America’s rock icons.

Led Zeppelin fans won’t want to miss Get The Led Out on Aug. 18, as they pay tribute to one of the greatest rock bands in history.

The genre-bending Poi Dog Pondering bring their unique blend of rock, folk, jazz and world music on Aug. 26. A few days later, Rick Springfield, The Hooters and Paul Young grace the stage for a trip back in time.

To close out the season, REO Speedwagon lights up the night with classic hits like “Keep on Loving You” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling.”

“RiverEdge is kind of a west suburban secret for some people,” says Rater. “People are looking for a good time, and when you have a place where you can sit outside with fresh air, have a beer or soda and make an evening of it. It’s pretty great.”

Just as RiverEdge’s season comes to a close, things heat up at Paramount Theatre as it opens “Little Shop of Horrors,” which runs Aug. 30 through Oct. 15. Next door at the Copley Theatre, the second BOLD series launches with the edgy musical “Next to Normal” from July 26 to Sept. 3.

For the latest information and to order tickets, head to paramountaurora.com.

Paramount Theatre is located at 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. RiverEdge Park is located at 360 N. Broadway, Aurora. Contact the box office at (630) 896-6666.