Big Dog Mercer

Blues Band from Chicago, IL - Will travel up to 300 miles
BOOKED 44 days ago

$650 - $2500 per event
My name is Marty Mercer aka "Big Dog" Mercer.
I am a full-time professional musician performing close to 200 jobs per year for the last decade here in the Midwest, but also abroad.

We are an award-winning Chicago Blues & Rock band that performs as a trio, 4 and 5 piece band.
The trio is guitar, bass, drums and vocals.
To fill out the sound we add horns. Typically a saxophone and a trombone.
We are a concert and festival band but we are also very adept at being a restaurant/ intimate venue band playing Jazz & Blues instrumentals in the corner.
As a trio, we can be as compact as 8'x8'.
We can carry our own sound production if needed.
We promote every performance.
We travel.
We have up to 4 hours of material.
We're punctual, easy to work with, volume conscious professionals.
We dress properly, do not drink on the job and perform a family-friendly show. We have a whole lot of fun while keeping it professional 100% of the time.

In 2016, I was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame at Legends in Chicago.
We are not JUST a Blues band. Please do not put me in that box. We play Blues & do it well. We perform original music and cover songs.
We cover Blues, Rock, Jazz, funk, Roots rock & we might even play a country song - all depending on the crowd in front of us.

At many performances, I've had people tell me "I never really cared from the Blues. That was until I heard you guys. You guys are great"
Road tested and audience approved.

2003 - Released first album titled “Swamp Boogie” (self)
2007 - Crowned Joliet, IL's “King Of The Blues” at Guitar Center
2010 - Signed a four-year recording contract with Electro Glide Records
2010 - Released second album titled “Attack of the Southpaw” (EGR)
2010 - Placed second in the Muddy Waters Slide Guitar Championship
2011 - Awarded “Best Blues Band” by SuburbaNites Magazine Awards
2011 - Released third album titled “Big Dog” Mercer (EGR)
2012 - Awarded “Best Blues Band” by SuburbaNites Magazine Awards
2012 - Tied for first place in the Chicago Blues Challenge at Chicago Blues Festival
2013 - Inducted into the Joliet Blues Hall of Fame
2015 - Awarded “Best Blues Artist” in the Kankakee Valley music awards
2016 - Released fourth album titled “It Ain't Easy” (self)
2016 - Inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame
2017 - Awarded “Best Blues Artist” in the Kankakee Valley music awards
2017 - Performed two shows at the Blues on the Bay festival in Warrenpoint, Ireland
2018 - Performed six shows at the Blues on the Bay festival in Warrenpoint, Ireland
2018 - Performed live on BBC during the Blues on the Bay festival in Warrenpoint, Ireland

List of festivals performed;
Bensenville Days Festival
Big Red Barn Festival
Blues N Brews Fest on Rt 66, Joliet
Blues on the Bay (Warrenpoint, Ireland)
Cedar Lake Festival
Chicago Blues Festival
Chicago Oyster Festival
Chicago CiniFest
Frankfort Fall Festival
Frankfort Rib Festival
Frontier Days Festival
Harvard Blues Festival
Illinois Blues Festival
Illinois State Fair
Joliet Blues Festival
LaPorte County Fair
McHenry Blues Festival
Make Music Normal
Naperville Rib Fest
Orland Days – Orland Park, IL
Pasta Vino Little Italy Fest
Peoria Blues & Heritage Festival
Pork N Blues Festival
Scarecrow Festival
St John Festival
Summer Concert Series – Frankfort
Summer Concert Series – Glen Towne Center
Summer Concert Series – Olympia Fields
Summer Concert Series – Shorewood
Taste of Joliet
Taste of Orland Park
Taste of Westmont Muddy Waters' Tribute

Notable Venues;
Arcada Theater - St Charles, IL
BB's Soup Blues & Jazz - St Louis, MO
Balmoral Racetrack – Crete, IL
Balmoral - N. Ireland
Blue Chip Casino – Michigan City, IN
Evanston Rocks – Evanston, IL
Fairmont at Millennium Park – Chicago, IL
Gilmore Car Museum - Fair Oaks, MI
Governors State University – Univ. Park, IL
Grand Victoria Casino – Elgin, IL
Hard Rock Cafe - Chicago, IL
Harrah's Casino – Joliet, IL
Historical Museum - Joliet, IL
Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, IN
John Hancock Tower – Chicago, IL
Kingston Mines – Chicago, IL
Lansing Library Concerts – Lansing, IL
Legends – Chicago, IL
Majestic Theater – Kankakee, IL
M.C.A.C.N. Car Show - DesPlaines, IL
Millennium Park – Chicago, IL
Navy Pier – Chicago, IL
No. 7 Duke St. - N. Ireland
Rosa's Lounge – Chicago, IL
Rt 66 Speedway – Joliet, IL
Rum Boogie - Memphis, TN
Shaw's - Chicago, IL
Smoke Daddy – Chicago, IL
Starved Rock State Park - Utica, IL
Whilstledown Hotel - N. Ireland
Ye Old Ship - N. Ireland
Wilmot Ski Resort – Wilmot, WI

Available for festivals, corporate events, private parties, theaters, and music performance venues.
Responds quickly to client requests


Overall Talent

Great band. They showed up on time and ready to go. It rained so we had them set up inside. After the rain, 45 min or so, i asked them to move back outside; i know that was kinda harsh to ask but they were happy to do as i asked. They also stepped back and allowed us to use the mic for a few people to share memorable stories. It was hot, wet, and a little bit of chaos; as most parties are; and they delt with it all with professionalism and smiles. The party was going well and i had requests for them to play longer and without any issues we were easily able to negotiate another hour. I would not hesitate to hire them again or to refer them to anyone. They were great!

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Please note Big Dog Mercer will also travel to Cicero, Berwyn, Oak Park, Forest Park, Hines, Lyons, Riverside, Brookfield, Maywood, River Forest, Summit Argo, Carol Stream, La Grange Park, Bellwood, Bedford Park, Melrose Park, Westchester, Burbank, Bridgeview, Hillside, Hinsdale, Hometown, La Grange, River Grove, Stone Park, Western Springs, Berkeley, Franklin Park, Justice, Norridge.
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