The Cannery Lodge Presents: Kenai River Blues Concert – July 15, 2016!

May 20
Kenai River Blues Letter 15

The Cannery Lodge Presents: Kenai River Blues Concert – July 15, 2016!

Join us at The Cannery Lodge Friday, July 15th, 2016 for an amazing line up of authentic Chicago Blues Artists at an unbelievable venue! The concert will be held at The Cannery Lodge’s new River’s Edge Stage and Amphitheater overlooking the world famous Kenai River.

An assortment of picnic style food, beverages, & spirits will be available for purchase at the event.

General Admission tickets are $104.49 + KPB Tax
VIP Meet & Greet Tickets are $207.99 (only 30 available) + KPB Tax

Doors Open at 4:30PM, Concert begins at 6:00PM with over 3 hours of live music!

This is a 21+ event, no exceptions. Valid State ID or Passport will be required to enter the event.

Parking will be available onsite, but is limited to the first 300 vehicles.

Artist Line up:

Blues Diva – Nellie “Tiger” Travis
Two-time Grammy Nominee – John Primer 

Nellie “Tiger” Travis

Nellie Travis has headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and at numerous festivals/clubs around the world in countries such as Japan, Greece, Italy, Germany, Brazil, as well as her hometown of Mississippi. In November 2013 Nellie’s just finished another very successful twenty-one date concert tour of Europe to packed houses everywhere she performed.She’s a permanent headlining personality at Chicago’s most successful blues clubs, The Kingston Mines, Buddy Guy’s Legends and Blue Chicago where she continues to pack them in.She has shared the stage with such legendary greats as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Koko Taylor, Glady’s Knight, Ronnie Baker Brooks just to name a few. Her influences are such powerful performers as Big Mama Thornton, KoKo Taylor (of course) and Etta James.The nickname “Tiger” was born after Nellie came to Chicago. She and a cousin were hanging out at B.L.U.E.S on Halsted brainstorming about what to call her. Nellie wanted the nickname “Angel”, but her cousin quickly rejected that and came up with “Tiger” which aptly describes her feline-like, intense vocal style as well as her feisty, independent personality.In addition to being an outstanding singer and songwriter, Nellie is an accomplished actress. She has performed in plays “The Lust Of A Man” and “I was There When The Blues Was Red Hot”.Nellie has won several awards and many nominations.Nellie “Tiger” Travis is one the best of Chicago’s Blues and R&B/Soul music exports. She is a worldwide touring headliner.

John Primer

As the title of his critically acclaimed Atlantic Records CD suggests, Grammy Award and Blues

Music Award Nominee, John Primer is truly “The Real Deal.” At 8 years old, John borrowed his

first guitar and started to strum. Before that he played a homemade guitar built on the wall of the

house with a broom wire, 2 nails, and 2 rocks to make it tight. With the sounds of Jimmy Reed,

Muddy Waters, Little Milton, Elmore James, BB & Albert King reverberating through his

Grandmother Laura Nell’s tube radio, John was instantly hooked. Early inspiration came from

his family steeped in spiritual, gospel, blues and R&B tradition. As a young boy John’s mother

knew he would be a singer, “he came out singing” she would say. John first appeared on stage

at the local Baptist church, in his hometown of Camden Mississippi.

At the age of eighteen, feeling restless and in search of further audiences, John followed

the path of his mentors and migrated to Chicago in the fall of 1963. He quickly found work in an

era when Chicago’s modern electric Blues sounds were first taking shape. Forming his first

band, The Maintainers in 1964, John and his old Harmony guitar rocked such West Side clubs

as, The Place, The Bow Tie, and Lover’s Lounge. By 1968 John had left The Maintainers when

the opportunity arose to front the Soul and R&B group The Brotherhood. Jamming late into the

night and practicing by day, John was forming his own unique style and expanding his

repertoire. John’s success would lead him in 1974 to replace John Watkins in the house band

at the world famous Theresa’s Lounge on the South Side of Chicago. Over the course of the

next 7 years, John would play with such originators as Sammy Lawhorn, Junior Wells, Buddy

Guy, and Lonnie Brooks, all innovators sculpting the sound of Chicago Blues.

It was during this point in John’s career that quite a few people were taking note of this

outstanding performer. In 1979, master songwriter and bassist Willie Dixon persuaded him to

join his band The Chicago All Stars. Traveling through the US, Mexico and Europe, John

developed his skills as a rhythm guitarist, a lead slide player, and a powerful singer. Another

blues master who believed in John Primer was none other than the “Hoochie Coochie Man”

himself, Muddy Waters. Muddy recruited John not only as a guitarist, but also as an opening

act and bandleader. As he did with so many other great musicians, Muddy served as a father

to John, instilling in him an unrelenting passion for the music that gave birth to Rock and Roll.

John stayed loyal to Muddy until his untimely death in 1983.

Fresh off the heels of his success with the Muddy Waters Band, John signed on with the

legendary Magic Slim. For the next 14 years, he toured with Magic Slim & The Teardrops,

bringing tight, house rocking sounds to every corner of the planet. While John was the

bandleader of Magic Slim & The Teardrops, they were voted the best blues band in the world

year after year and are still today thought of as the inventors of “the lump”, Chicago Blues


In 1981 John began playing at the Legendary Checkerboard Lounge on the South-Side

of Chicago. He was the house bandleader, holding open jam nights and teaching the next

generation how to play the Blues until the original nightclub closed its doors in 2001.

But John’s days as a sideman were numbered, and in 1995 the veteran blues man

released his major label debut “The Real Deal”, on Atlantic Records. Deciding to make it out on

his own, he began touring extensively in support of his twelve solo albums to date. John formed

his independent record label, Blues House Productions in 2008 and released “All Original” his

debut CD and then his second CD “Blues on Solid Ground”. John’s first 2 CD’s “All Original” and

“Blues on Solid Ground” have been nominated many, many times by the National Blues

Foundation, Chicago’s Blues Balst Awards, and have won Living Blues Critics Polls as well. His

new record label is off to an amazing start. The people love John’s music and he intends to

keep manking it for a long, long time.

John is a Living Legend and has been giving the Lifetime Achievement Award many

times. He is a Grammy Nominated Blues Artist and is one of the last Traditional Blues Artists

with original Mississippi roots. He was taught by our founding father’s of the Blues, the old way

(some say, “the right way”). We need to cherish his history and celebrate his amazing music!

For a full list of concert rules, please visit our website: and select the Event Rules Page.