Chain O’ Lakes Blues
Seven bands coming to Waupaca
Indian Crossing Casino will host a weekend of blues Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6.
Seven performances are scheduled for the seventh annual Chain O’ Lakes Blues Festival
This year’s lineup includes some of the best-known blues bands from the Midwest.
Friday, Oct. 5
• 7 p.m. – Jay Edward Band opens the festival with vocalist Jay Edward, guitarist Jay Stulo, drummer Tom Hansen and bassist Victor “Chico” Johnson playing Chicago-style blues.
• 9 p.m. – The Jimmys from Madison won three Madison Area Music Awards in 2018: Blues Performer of the Year, Keyboardist of the Year, Jimmy Voegeli and Trumpet of the Year, Mike Boman.
Saturday, Oct. 6
2:30 pm – Blues guitarist Michael Murphy will perform between bands.
3 p.m. – Madtown Mannish Boys with Andy Smith (vocals), Paul Schwoerer (harmonica), Jesse Steinberg (guitar), Tim Payne (bass), Adam Pryor (keys), Nate Morenek (drums), Dan Resnick (saxophone) and Jason Schultz (trombone and trumpet).
5 p.m. – Alex Wilson Band out of Milwaukee performs Chicago blues.
7 p.m. – Reverend Raven and The Chain-Smoking Altar Boys have won 10 Wisconsin Area Music Awwards for Best Blues Band. Members include Reverend Raven (guitar/vocals), Westside Andy (harmonica), Craig Panosh (drums) and P.T. Pedersen (bass).
9 p.m. – John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band will close out the festival. The legendary Primer was bandleader and guitarist for Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and Magic Slim and The Teardrops. He has been nominated for two Grammy Awards and won the 2018 Living Blues Critic’s Poll Award for Most Outstanding Musician on Guitar.
Built in 1925, the Indian Crossing Casino has hosted Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, the Beach Boys, Herman’s Hermits and the Everly Brothers.
The ICC is located on the Chain O’ Lakes at E1171 County Trunk Q in Waupaca.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for Friday; $25 in advance, $30 at the door for Saturday; and $30 in advance, $35 at the door for a Weekend Pass.
Advance tickets can be purchased online at ChainOLakesBluesFestival.com or by calling 715-258-7343 through Oct. 4. Tickets purchased online will be available for pick up at the Indian Crossing Casino Friday evening or Saturday.