Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival



Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival

Chain O' Lakes Blues Festival

October 4-5, 2019

The history of the Indian Crossing Casino will come alive this fall at the Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival October 4th and 5th 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 4th and 5th on the shores of the beautiful Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes located in central Wisconsin.

2019 Lineup

Friday, October 4

  • 7:00 pm – The Jay Stulo Band
  • 9:00 pm – Reverend Raven & The Chain Smoking Altar Boys – featuring Westside Andy

Saturday, October 5

  • 2:00 – 9:00 pm – Jonny T-Bird and Big Dad (performing between bands)
  • 3:00 – 4:30 pm – The Robert Allen Jr Band
  • 5:00 – 6:30 pm – Madtown Mannish Boys
  • 7:00 – 8:30 pm – Ivy Ford Band
  • 9:00 – 10:30 pm – Toronzo Cannon

Order Online Tickets   Available until Noon on Friday, October 4th.

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 Noon on October 4th, 2019, by phone order at (715) 258-7343 or at the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce, 221 S. Main Street, Waupaca, WI 54981 until 4 pm October 4th.

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.


Shuttles will be running from the hotels to the Blues Fest. 


Food will be available for purchase Friday night and Saturday.


2019 Event Sponsors

Waupaca Foundry             Premier Community Bank           L & L Propane
Community Insurance          Faulks Bros. Construction, Inc.

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,

Lodging Packages & Deals
for a complete list of area lodging properties visit,

Lodging Packages


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.