Bluesday Tuesday with Nellie 'Tiger' Travis
This is the best blues bargain in town. Blues' favorite DJ TOM MARKER hosts an evening (first Tuesday of the month) of blues music sponsored by Revolution Brewing and WDCB's Blues Time with Tom Marker. The band performs two sets and Tom will play blues selections before the show and during breaks. Dinner will be available for a special $10 plate price from 6-9
Nellie "Tiger" Travis couldn’t be more destined to sing the blues. She was born in Mound Bayou, deep in the MIssissippi delta, in the early 60’s. As in most small towns, the church was a main focal point and Nellie grew up singing gospel music.
Travis now calls Chicago home. In her new surroundings, Nellie has chosen to demonstrate her ample vocal talents in the highly competitive Chicago blues scene, performing at venues such as Kingston Mines and Koko Taylor's Celebrity Room.
Since then, Nellie has come a long way and in November 2009 was crowned the New Queen Of The Blues for Chicago by Bluesman Purvis Spann who also bestowed that honor on Ms. KoKo Taylor the original Queen. KoKo was a mentor and friend to Nellie, and when she passed in early 2009, Nellie used her talented songwriting skills to write and record a tribute song to her friend Ms. KoKo Taylor titled KoKo Queen Of The Blues.
Nellie Travis has headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and performed at numerous Festivals and clubs around the world places such as Japan, Greece, Italy, Germany, Brazil, as well as her hometown of Mississippi. She has shared the stage with such greats as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Koko Taylor, Glady’s Knight, Ronnie Baker Brooks to name a few. She has been influenced by many powerful performers such 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".
To date she has worked with Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Carl Weathersby, Bobby Rush, Tyrone Davis, Otis Clay, Big Time Sarah, Cicero Blake, Buddy Miles, Artie "Blues Boy" White, Little Milton, Willie Clayton, Benny Latimore, J. Blackfoot, Shannon Curfman and Shemika Copeland.