John Primer

Two-time Grammy nominated artist and American blues legend John Primer was the bandleader and guitarist for Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Magic Slim & The Teardrops. Having played or recorded with a who’s who of blues greats including Junior Wells, Gary Clark Jr., Derek Trucks, Johnny Winter, The Rolling Stones and Buddy Guy to name a few, John Primer’s personal accolades, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, reflect his countless contributions to the history of Chicago blues. John’s father died tragically in Mississippi when he was young. When his mother found work in Chicago, John followed, bringing the sounds and spirit of Mississippi with him in 1963. Falling for the music of both the city’s west and south sides, John fronted his first band, The Maintainers. He was asked to join and eventually lead the house band at the world famous Theresa’s Lounge in 1974. Over the next seven years, John would play with such blues originators as: Sammy Lawhorn, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Smokey Smothers, Lonnie Brooks and many others shaping the foundations of the Chicago blues to come. John Primer has undisputedly helped build the sound and style of Chicago blues as we know it today. The echos of tradition bellowing from the birthplaces he played such as: Maxwell Street, Theresa’s, Checkerboard and Rosa’s Lounges, pulse from every chord in his fingers today. John Primer is a Chicago Blues Living Legend. He has received 2 Living Legend honors as well as a Blues Music Award for Best Traditional Blues Artist from the National Blues Foundation. There are very few fans, critics or musicians who will deny the fact that John Primer is the real deal.

2018 Blues Fest Line-Up

Friday, July 27th

5:00pm Kevin Burt (2018 IBC Winner)

7:00pm Altered Five Blues Band


9:00pm Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal


11:00pm Samantha Fish


Friday Beer Tent Paul DesLauriers Band

Saturday, July 28th

12:30pm Mama’s Worry


2:30pm John Primer

4:30pm Corey Dennison Band


6:30pm Scottie Miller Band


8:30pm Dana Fuchs


10:30pm Terry Quiett Band


Saturday Beer Tent Kris Lager Band

Famous Prairie Dog Beer Girls


At the Prairie Dog Fest, you don't have to get out of your chair for a beer. These friendly, beautiful ladies will fetch 'em for ya!

Past Blues Fest Photos

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All Kinds of Blues!

Dana Fuchs

A part of the great variety of blues music you will hear at the Prairie Dog Blues Festival.
Kevin Burt at IBC Finals