Chef Chris & His Nairobi Trio

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Chef Chris & His Nairobi Trio
Background Information





Years Active

1996 - Present

Current Members

Chef Chris - Vocals, Harp
Lou Simon - Guitar
Bill Lewis - Bass
Jack Schneider - Drums


Chef Chris & His Nairobi Trio L-R:
Jack Schneider, Lou Simon, Chef Chris, Bill Lewis

The Nairobi Trio formed back in the 1990s to explore the boundaries of blues. punk, and country. Named after a band that donned gorilla suits for a sketch comedy skit that comedian Ernie Kovacs performed many times for his 1950's TV show

In 2002, Chef Chris and his Nairobi trio won the prestigious International Blues Challenge (IBC), a worldwide battle of the blues bands hosted by The Blues Foundation in Memphis Tennessee. As result of winning the IBC, the band was able to travel and play some of our nation’s top blues clubs and festivals including The WC Handy Awards where they shared the stage with B.B King, Ike Turner, Dr. John and many more.

While rooted in the blues, Chef Chris and his Nairobi Trio draw on their musical influences to create their own style of blues. Johnny Cash's 60's country classic "Folsom Prison Blues" was sentenced to hard time in the funk cell and The Rolling Stones "Sympathy for the Devil" doesn't make you feel sympathetic toward the Devil, it makes you want to have a cocktail with him.

Chef Chris has also built a solid reputation throughout the area as a top-notch BBQ pit master. He recently retired from the restaurant business after a 39-year career that started at Jamies on 7 in Livonia and wrapped up with his brick-and-mortar eatery, Boogie Woogie BBQ, in Pinckney.


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