Southern Soul Celebration: Blues for the Soul

Theo Huff, Nellie “Tiger” Travis, and Joe Barr

January 25, 2025 | 7:30PM
Logan Center Performance Hall

Part of the UChicago Presents 2024/25 Blues@Logan Series, Full Season, Pick 4, Pick 6, and Pick 8 subscriptions.


Nellie “Tiger” Travis 

Nellie “Tiger” Travis is a fiery songstress from Bayou Mound, Mississippi, and a Chicago blues icon, regularly packing houses at Kingston Mines, Buddy Guy’s Legends, and Blue Chicago. Whether singing at a hole-in-the-wall club to a set on national television with the Roots on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Nellie “Tiger” Travis embodies Southern soul.  

Joe Barr 

From self-taught pianist to acclaimed vocalist, Chicago native Joe Barr’s talent took him from neighborhood talent shows to renowned clubs like Walton's Corner, where he honed his craft alongside legendary singers. His collaborations with icons like Vance Kelly, tenure with The Oasis band, and performances with his Soul Purpose Band, solidified his reputation in the Chicago music scene.  

Theo Huff and The Platinum Band 

Chicago native Theo Huff is a soul singer and songwriter known for blending Blues, Southern Soul, and R&B. Mentored by a drummer at fourteen, Theo's captivating stage presence has charmed audiences worldwide as he shared the stage with legends like Koko Taylor and Otis Clay. Praised for his authentic blend of old-school soul and modern flair, he's hailed as a rising star in the blues scene by WXRT radio. 

Selections will be announced from the stage.

The Blues@Logan Series is supported by the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation.
Nellie Tiger Travis joins You & Me to talk about singing her hit song "Slap Yo' Weave Off" on Jimmy Fallon's "The Tonight Show." Check out a live performance of "Slap Yo' Weave Off."