For close to two decades -

Marty “Big Dog” Mercer's heartfelt, southpaw Blues and soulful voice have growled through the Midwest music scene and abroad. Mercer's ability to combine emotional lyrics that tell stories of life and his aggressive guitar style and his slide guitar abilities makes him an artist unlike any other.

The 6'10”, 300 lb man owns every stage he walks on and his personality is as large as his stature.

Performing close to 200 shows every year, he and his band have captured fans' and critics' attention.



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, UK (N. Ireland)

2018 - Performed six shows at the Blues on the Bay festival in Warrenpoint, UK (N. Ireland)

2018 - Performed live on BBC during the Blues on the Bay festival in Warrenpoint, UK (N. Ireland)

2019 - Performed 13 shows in Ireland, including eight shows at the Blues on the Bay festival in Warrenpoint, UK. (N. Ireland)

2020 - Nominated for "Artist of the year" & "Best Blues Artist" for Region Music Awards


Bensenville Days Festival

Big Red Barn Festival

Blues N Brews Fest on Rt 66, Joliet

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

International Guinness Blues On The Bay Festival (UK) 

Joliet Blues Festival

LaPorte County Fair

McHenry Blues Festival

Make Music Normal

Naperville Rib Fest

Orland Days – Orland Park, IL

Palos Park Concert on the Green

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 - Palos Park

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 - UK

Blue Chip Casino – Michigan City, IN

Bladon Park - Belfast, UK

Club Cheri - UK

Enler's Delta Blues Club - UK

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

McManus Bar - Ireland

Majestic Theater – Kankakee, IL

M.C.A.C.N. Car Show - DesPlaines, IL

Millennium Park – Chicago, IL

Nan Rices - UK

Navy Pier – Chicago, IL

No. 7 Duke St. - UK

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 - UK

Ye Old Ship - UK

Wilmot Ski Resort – Wilmot, WI