Chain O' Lakes Blues Festival
October 5-6, 2018
The history of the Indian Crossing Casino will come alive this fall at the Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival October 5th and 6th on the shores of the beautiful Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes located in central Wisconsin.
The history of the Indian Crossing Casino will come alive this fall at the Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival slated for October 5th and 6th on the shores of the beautiful Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes located in central Wisconsin.
- 7:00 pm – Jay Edward Band
- 9:00 pm – The Jimmys
Saturday, October 6
- 2:30 – 9:00 pm – Michael Murphy (performing between bands)
- 3:00 – 4:30 pm – Madtown Mannish Boys
- 5:00 – 6:30 pm – Alex Wilson Band
- 7:00 – 8:30 pm – Reverend Raven & The Chain Smoking Altar Boys
- 9:00 – 10:30 pm – John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band
Friday – $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Saturday, $25 in advance, $30 at the door
Weekend Pass – $30 in advance, $35 at the door
Price includes sales tax.
Purchase tickets at the door
Order Tickets Online
Advance Sale Tickets Prices Available online until October 4th, 2018, by phone order at (715) 258-7343 or (888) 417-4040 or at the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce, 221 S. Main Street, Waupaca, WI 54981 until 4pm October 5th.
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.
Still need a 2017 Blues Fest Shirt. Order now before they are gone. Long Sleeve or Short Sleeve (limited sizes available).
Food will be available for purchase Friday night and Saturday.
RAMADA Waupaca: 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.
ECONO LODGE Waupaca: $80 + tax for 1 or 2 person per room. (Purchase Blues Fest Passes at Event or on festival website). Cal 715-258-8526 and mention Blues Festival – located at 1060 West Fulton Street, Waupaca WI 54981.
2018 Event Sponsors
Waupaca Community Arts Board
Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce
Waupaca Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Food will be available at the Festival from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Friday evening and 3:00-9:30 p.m. on Saturday.
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, https://waupacamemories.com/eat/.
Lodging Packages & Deals for a complete list of area lodging properties visit, https://waupacamemories.com/stay/.
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.