(Waupaca, WI)– The history of the Indian Crossing Casino will come alive this fall at the Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival slated for October 3rd and 4th on the shores of the beautiful Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes located in central Wisconsin. The festival line-up includes Howard “Guitar” Luedtke and The Jimmys’ on Friday night and Paul Filipowicz, The Blues Disciples, Jim Liban with Joel Paterson and Tweed Funk on Saturday. Tickets are available in advance online at www.ChainOLakesBluesFestival.com or by calling (888) 417-4040.
For almost 90 years, the Indian Crossing Casino has served as an entertainment, not gambling, establishment on the shores of Waupaca’s beautiful Chain O’ Lakes. Opened in 1925, the Casino owners found a niche in drawing big name bands, and big crowds, to the small community of Waupaca. Some of the popular musical bands and entertainers featured at the Casino over the years have 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.
The Casino continues in operation today with the original wooden floors and velvet curtains serving mostly as a private party venue for weddings and other parties. Standing out among surrounding businesses and residences, the Casino’s façade also remains unchanged from the original with its unique orange trim on white wooden siding.
The Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival seeks to revive the history of the Casino as a major entertainment venue drawing visitors from around the state and beyond. Attendees will enjoy the music of six blues artists over two nights set within the backdrop of the beautiful fall foliage and the crystal clear waters of the Chain O’ Lakes.