A family destination for families, couples, & groups who want to enjoy quality Lake-area musicians & Florida Keys Theme. The menu is an electric blend of styles & ingredients native to South Florida, the Caribbean and also Midwest. Get to Backwater Jacks for great food & live music Thursday through Monday
Big John and the 39th Street Blues Band - On the corner of 39th and Jackson in Kansas City MO, stands an old night club called Blues Alley. Old and worn, this night club has been the home to blues legends and has seen the birth of some of these legends in the making. Big John Amaro has spent many hours playing and singing the blues at Blues Alley. So it seemed natural for the patrons and the musicians of the club to call Big John's band "The 39th Street Blues Band". That was back in 1986, and the band has seen many changes in these past years. A blues player from the start, Big John Amaro has always been used to the ups and downs of the music business. None-the-less, when he made the music business his career, he knew that it wasn't going to be easy..That was 39 years ago, and now Big John is finally on his way to the top. The next stop towards his goal, was to find that perfect mesh of musicianship. That was no easy job, since Big John had played with some of the finest players in Kansas City. After many years, he has found the musicians it take to reach the perfect mesh. Big John and The 39th Street Blues Band have been on the road appearing with several great artists including Chick Willis at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago and Harry "Big Daddy" Hypolite at the 2003 & 2004 Monterey Blues Festival. They were also among the line up at the Medger Evers Homecoming Festivals in North Canton and Fayette MS along with B.B. King, Little Milton, Artie Blues Boy White, Chick Willis and Willie Cobbs. The Guys have also performed at Blues on Grand in Des Moines.
Paul Blakemore has been playing regionally for 20 years. He is known equally for vocals and guitar skills. When he first picked up the guitar at the age of five, he discovered a creative outlet that developed into a unique blend of emotion and technique that is sure to please any crowd Ray Cardwell started his career on his dad's radio show in Branson, Missouri at age three. Since then has warmed up for such acts as Natalie Merchant, 10,000 Maniacs, The Romantics, KoKo Taylor and Allison Krauss. In 1995 he was nominated Male vocalist of the year at the SPGMA Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee Jason Stegall started playing the drums in junior high school. Since then he has continued to develop his talent. He participates in various community bands and also instructs local students. He is a versatile drummer and vocalist easily playing styles ranging from Rock, Blues, Reggae, funk and Jazz to Classical. Genre:Rock, Blues, Reggae