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 7th and 8th 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.
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
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? 2016 shirts available in Long and Short sleeve.
Order in advance and pick up at the event.
2016 Event Sponsors
First National Bank ~ Faulks Bros. Construction Inc.
Waupaca Buyers’ Guide
Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce
Waupaca Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
TBA will be at the Festival from 3:00-9:30pm on Saturday serving.
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, http://waupacamemories.com/eat/.
Lodging Packages & Deals or a complete list of area lodging properties visit, http://waupacamemories.com/stay/.
Comfort Suites at Foxfire: 2 night package $149 + tax per night includes 2 Blues Fest Weekend Passes; 1 night package for 2 people Friday or Saturday $149 + tax includes 2 Blues Fest Weekend Passes; 1 night package for 1 person – Friday or Saturday $134 + tax includes 1 Blues Fest Pass. Call 715-942-0500 and mention Blues Festival – located at 199 Foxfire Drive – Waupaca, WI 54981
Green Fountain Inn Bed & Breakfast: Two weekend passes to Blues Festival for guests staying both Friday and Saturday night. Third night 50% off. Call 715-258-5171 and mention Blues Festival – located at 604 South Main Street – Waupaca, WI 54981
Ramada Grand Seasons: 2 night stay with 2 Blues Fest Weekend Passes $255 + tax; 1 night stay with 2 Blues Fest Weekend Passes $145. Call 715-258-9212 and mention Blues Festival – located at 110 Grand Seasons Drive – Waupaca, WI 54981
Village Inn Waupaca: $69 + tax for 1 or 2 persons per room. (Purchase Blues Fest Passes at Event) Call 715-258-8526 and mention Blues Festival – located at 1060 West Fulton Street – Waupaca, WI 54981
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.
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.