October 4 & 5, 2013
The 2013 Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival is scheduled for Friday, October 4th and Saturday, October 5th at the famous Indian Crossing Casino set on the shores of the beautiful Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes.
Friday – $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Saturday, $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Weekend Pass – $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Advance Ticket Sales Available through September 30th
Must be 21 years of age to be admitted to the Festival.
Tickets are available by phone at 888.417.4040 or 715.258.7343.
Individuals not 21 years of age will not be admitted to the Festival. Identification required at the door.
Indian Crossing Casino
E1171 County Road Q
Waupaca, WI 54981
About the Casino: The Indian Crossing Casino is in its eighty ninth 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.
Looking to enjoy some Blues before next year’s Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival? Visit http://www.gnbs.org for information about spring and summer festivals in Central Wisconsin.