John Primer (SEATED SHOW)


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John Primer (SEATED SHOW)

03/08/2013 at 9:00 PM
Doors open at 8:30 PM
The Maintenance Shop


As the title of his critically acclaimed Atlantic Records CD suggests, Grammy Award Nominee and Handy Award Nominee, John Primer is truly “The Real Deal”. At 8-years-old, John borrowed his first guitar and started to strum. With the sounds of Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, B.B. & Albert King reverberating through his Grandmother’s tube radio, John was instantly hooked. Fascinated with blues music, he set forth on a lifelong path of becoming a musical force.

In 1963, John followed the path of his mentors and migrated to Chicago. He quickly found work and began creating a name for himself, playing with such originators as Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Smokey Smothers, Lonnie Brooks, and many more. In 1979, master songwriter and bassist Willie Dixon persuaded him to join his band The Chicago All-Stars where John developed his skills as a rhythm guitarist, lead slide player, and a powerful singer. It was during this time that John caught the eye, and ear, of the “Hoochie Coochie Man” himself, Muddy Waters. Muddy recruited John not only as a guitarist, but also an opening act. As he did with so many other great musicians, Muddy served as a father to John, instilling in him an unrelenting passion for the blues. John stayed loyal to Muddy until his untimely death in 1983.

He spent the next 14 years touring with Magic Slim & The Teardrops, bringing tight, house-rocking sounds to every corner of the earth. But his days as a sideman were numbered, and in 1995 the veteran blues man released his major label debut The Real Deal. He has since toured extensively in support of his ten solo albums to date. With strong traditionalist blues phrasing and lightning fast slide techniques, few artists can match him. A master storyteller and songwriter, his catalog of songs is endless and his sound is unforgettable. John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band continue to electrify audiences at clubs and festivals around the world, and remain a driving force in the world of Blues music today.


TICKETS: $12 ($7 w/ ISU Student ID) in advance $2 increase day of show

This show is seated with a capacity of 150


Purchase tickets in person at the M-Shop Box Office or over the phone at 515-294-8349 (M-F 11am-5pm).
A $1 service fee will be added to all telephone orders. Tickets also available online via MidwesTIX.
A 3% service fee added to all online orders.
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