Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival



October 4th-5th, 2019

Indian Crossing Casino Waupaca

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.


Friday, October 4th




Saturday, October 5th





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 or by calling the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce.




About the Indian Crossing 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.


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.


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