Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival



Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival

Chain O' Lakes Blues Festival

October 7-8, 2016

The history of the Indian Crossing Casino will come alive this fall at the Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival October 2nd and 3rd on the shores of the beautiful Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes located in central Wisconsin.  The festival line-up includes TBA  Tickets are available in advance online or by calling (888) 417-4040.

The history of the Indian Crossing Casino will come alive this fall at the Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival slated for October 7th and 8th on the shores of the beautiful Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes located in central Wisconsin.


The Jimmy’s

2016 Lineup

Friday, October 7

  • 7:00 pm – Ralph Jr. and Blackjack Blues Band
  • 9:00 pm – The Jimmy’s

Saturday, October 8

  • 3:00 pm – Mo Jo and Flipside
  • 5:00 pm – Starkweather Bay Band
  • 7:00 pm – Blues Disciples
  • 9:00 pm – Rev. Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys

Order Online Tickets

Friday – $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Saturday, $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Weekend Pass – $25 in advance, $30 at the door
Price includes sales tax.

Purchase tickets at the door

Order Tickets Online
Available online until October 5th, by phone at (715) 258-7343 or (888) 417-4040 or at the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce, 221 S. Main Street, Waupaca, WI 54981.

Online tickets will be held at “Will Call”. Pick up at the Indian Crossing Casino Friday evening or Saturday.


Individuals not 21 years of age will not be admitted to the Festival.  Identification required at the door.  Carry-in beverages and seating will not be permitted.  Handicap access into the Casino is available on the east side of the building.

Need a Blues Fest shirt? 2015 shirts available in Long and Short sleeve. Limited sizes.
Click here to purchase.
Chain O' Lakes Blues Fest Short Sleeve Shirt Chain O' Lakes Blues Fest Long Sleeve Shirt

2015 Event Sponsors

CFCU   Neuville-Auto-Group

First National Bank    ~   Faulks Bros. Construction Inc.
Waupaca Buyers’ Guide
Waupaca Area Convention & Visitors Bureau


Chain O’ Lakes Bar & Grill will be at the Festival from 3:00-9:30pm on Saturday serving pulled pork sandwiches, pretzel rolls, and pizza.
The Wheel House Restaurant is located across the channel from the Casino serving from 11:00am – 11:00pm.

For a complete list of Waupaca area dining visit,

Lodging Packages & Deals

or a complete list of area lodging properties visit,

Festival Shuttle

From area lodging properties, service will run on Friday from 6:00pm until 11:30pm and on Saturday from 2:00pm until midnight.  To schedule pick-up, guests should contact the front desk or inn keeper.



Photo by Craig Libuse

Indian Crossing Casino
E1171 County Road Q
Waupaca, WI 54981

About the Casino: The Indian Crossing Casino is in its 90th year, having opened as a dancing and entertainment facility (not gambling) on July 4, 1925.  Even today, it is one of the most significant landmarks on Waupaca’s Chain O’ Lakes.  There have been changes in

popular musical styles over the decades, from big band swing to rock & roll, but the Casino’s interior has remained virtually the same.  The large stage, the heavy velvet stage curtains, and the spacious wooden dance floor still exist as they did in 1925.

In the early years, it was illegal to dance on Sundays in Waupaca County so attendees had to quit dancing at midnight on Saturdays.  During WWII, special programs for soldiers were featured, with 10 cent dances, three for 25 cents.  In 1930, there was the Battle of the Bands which was broadcast over WLS Radio in Chicago.  And there were also sporting events at the Casino, such as swimming races, with prizes for boys and girls.

Some of the popular musical bands and entertainers featured at the Casino over the years included Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Dorsey, Les Brown, Lawrence Welk, Beach Boys, Everly Brothers, Woody Herman, Neil Young, Bobby Vinton, Herman’s Hermits and Ricky Nelson.  Nelson died in a plane crash shortly after entertaining at the Casino.

The legend of the Indian Crossing Casino continues today and you are invited to be a part of the history at the Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival.

While in town for the Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival, you might also enjoy the Hidden Studios Art Tours held Friday – Sunday and Autumn Harvest Fest on Saturday featuring entertainment and specials at area retailers.