Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival



Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival

Chain O' Lakes Blues Festival
October 3-4, 2014

Sponsored-byThank you for attending the 2013 Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival! We had a great show and we’re glad you could join us.  Watch this site for our 2014 line-up to be released soon!


Photo by Craig Libuse

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.

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.

Looking to enjoy some Blues before the Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival?  Visit for information about their Blues Café on March 8, 2014.