Entertainment

The West Winds Lounge is Entertainment Central! Enjoy complimentary musical entertainment in the Lounge on Fridays from 7pm – 11pm and on Saturdays at 8pm. We also offer regional and national entertainment and a variety of dinner shows in our Event Center throughout the year.

Lovin’ Country

August 19, 2pm - 6pm

Lovin’ Country is a perennially popular musical duo from northern Wisconsin. As their name “Lovin’ Country” implies, their first love is country music in all forms: radio hits, standards, bluegrass, Cajun, classic and country rock.  But they also deliver oldies, 50s & 60s, southern and classic rock, blues, funk, R&B, Motown, big band, recent rock and even polkas and waltzes.

 

Comedy Show – Don Reese

August 23, 7pm

Free comedy show in the Lounge. Tonight’s featured comedian is Don Reese.

Looking like the illegitimate son of Uncle Fester and G. Gordon Libby, Don Reese combines what the Cleveland Plain Dealer calls ‘friendly ghoulishness’ mixed with ‘sparks-flying timing’ to create comedy that is uniquely and utterly his. Don’s hilariously bizarre outlook takes him from Batman to the Amish, bikers to bus rides – all while hanging on the fine line between reality and the Twilight Zone. Don is a headliner in top clubs across the country. His is fast, funny and one-of-a-kind. His is also becoming one of the most sought after performers today. Here is your chance to find out why.

 

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Kickstart Band

August 24, 7pm - 11pm

Kickstart is a great hard workin’ rock band covering the greatest songs of all time. Based in the Twin Cities area, Kickstart will have you rockin’ and rollin’ guaranteed.

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Silver Streak Band

August 25, 8pm - midnight

The Silver Streak Band is an exceptional vocal variety band with something for everyone. We play Rock & Roll to Country.

 

 

 

 

Joe and Janice Marie

August 26, 2pm - 6pm

“Joe & Janice” is one of Wisconsin’s hottest duos! They each have more than 25 years’ experience entertaining audiences throughout the Midwest. This group is known for their performances at some of Wisconsin’s finest conventions, festivals, theatres, casinos, clubs, and fund raisers including the Experimental Aircraft Association Convention in Oshkosh. But this group is noted for more than its venues. This group performs rock & roll, country, big band, just about any kind of music for all occasions! From quiet sensual jazz in an intimate setting, to huge outdoor festivals with hot R&B, big band swing, and rock!

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Comedy Show – Josh Alton

August 30, 7pm

Free comedy show in the Lounge. Tonight’s featured comedian is Josh Alton.

Josh Alton is a rarity in the world of stand-up comedy: He’s an athlete turned comedian.

After playing his final collegiate football game, Alton hung up his cleats and shoulder pads for a microphone and a note pad and began doing standup comedy. He moved from Des Moines, Iowa to Chicago where he studied improv at the famous Second City Theater and continued doing standup. Eventually Alton became a regular performer at several Chicago comedy clubs including the Laugh Factory, the Improv and Riddles Comedy Club.

Alton was also featured in the standup comedy documentaries, “Road Dogs” and “American Smartass” and once did a commercial for the AMC Channel.

Now he lives back in Des Moines and tours all over the country, headlining comedy clubs and private corporate shows. Alton married the love of his life, and has two daughters with her. His wife is a doctor so when he’s not touring he stays at home with his girls. For this reason Alton is considered the ultimate “trophy husband.” You can read all about his adventures on the road and at home with his daughters on the Trophy Husband Blog which is located on his website.

 

Geneva

August 31, 7pm - 11pm, September 1, 8pm - midnight,September 2, 2pm - 6pm

Geneva Keene is not just another pretty face. As the lead singer of the band she has a voice that will command your attention.  Her vocal range brings back memories of singers like Rob Halford, Stevie Nicks and so many others.  The band behind her is awesome as well, from Dwayne’s head banging drums to the low chest shaking “in your face” bass guitar of “Dick Thunder” to Phil Crash Facchini’s ‘80s style virtuoso guitar solos. All the elements of a great metal show are there. Geneva even has a great acoustic performance.  Whether you are an ‘80s metal fan, or just tired of the same old stuff, you will be impressed with this band!

 

 

 

 

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Genevaband.com

Comedy Show – Mark Poolos

September 6, 7pm

Free comedy show in the Lounge. Tonight’s featured comedian is Mark Poolos.

Mark Poolos was born and raised in Edina, Minnesota. To start his career, he co-starred in two independent films “Attack of the Killer Snow Cone Zombies” and “Joanie Loves Furbies”. After his performances in those two films there wasn’t a person who didn’t know his name. He did more films, some commercials and some theater but it wasn’t enough. Mark needed that instant connection. So he began his stand-up comedy career. Mark is 6’7″ and 350, technically a giant but a bumbling one. In Mark’s routine he weaves real stories about life as a jolly giant and a very unique point of view at life to create his own style of comedy. Mark is a true road dog performing in 44 states and 5 provinces in Canada. Mark has been on WGN America, XM/Sirus Satellite radio, The Bob and Tom Show, and won the 2011 Comcast Trial by Laughter. Mark will soon release his third full-length comedy album.
 

Rick Monroe

September 7, 7pm - 11pm & September 8, 8pm - midnight

World-class entertainer Rick Monroe brings his music and a magnetic presence wherever he goes. With a down-to-earth Country resonance, Monroe is no stranger to the stage: he’s performed in 17 countries – and every U.S. state except for Oregon. The seven-time Jagermeister Country Brand Ambassador has opened for Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Aaron Lewis, Eli Young Band, Charlie Daniels Band, Dwight Yoakam, Montgomery Gentry, Patty Loveless, Trick Pony, Emerson Drive, Pat Green, Randy Houser, Josh Thompson and more; entertained former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, and U.S. troops in Vietnam. Last year alone he traveled over 100,000 miles and played over 120 shows.

Show-goers can expect to hear Rick’s current single, the sultry “This Side of You,” and other songs from his upcoming EP, GYPSY SOUL. Monroe will also revisit tunes from his previous EP, IT’S A LOVE THING, including his third Billboard hit “Great Minds Drink Alike.” The “Great Minds” music video has logged over 300,000 views on YouTube, and added to Monroe’s already impressive fan base. For those who aren’t familiar with his music, Rick advises them to come to the show for a good time and to be ready for “just about anything.” “I love to play,” the handsome singer notes. “And I want everyone to play along.  I like to think of my shows as an interactive sport.”

Rick grew up in a variety of places – California, Connecticut, Kansas, North Carolina, even England, and his love of music and outgoing personality naturally drew him to the stage. Now based in Nashville, Monroe, believes GYPSY SOUL shows the kind of diversity he can offer as an artist. He says, “I’m not so linear in my approach to music; I’m more diversified. My influences range from A to Z and I always try to put that into my music. But my home base will always be Country because it’s not just about the hype of an idea; it’s based on songs.” Fans can expect to hear a wide range of material – but Rick promises that it will all be quality. If his chart success is any indication, it’s clear Monroe knows what folks want to hear – and he’s eager to give them exactly that.

Rick enjoys sponsorships and/or endorsements with Monster Energy Drink, Banded Brand (Clothing and Water Fowl Gear), Framus Guitars, Speakeasy Jewelry and CRKT Knives.

 

 

Comedy Show – Larry Reeb

September 13, 7pm

Free comedy show in the Lounge. Tonight’s featured comedian is Larry Reeb.

LarAdd Newry Reeb (aka Uncle Lar) is a stand-up from Chicago. He is best known for his one-liners often followed by the catchphrase “That’s a tip from your Uncle Lar”. His earliest recorded and released performance was in 1987.

Reeb is a frequent guest on The Bob and Tom Show, as well as Todd-N-Tyler Radio Empire.  In 2006, he auditioned for the fourth season of Last Comic Standing and made it to the second part of the quarterfinals.