Entertainment

The West Winds Lounge is Entertainment Central! Enjoy complimentary musical entertainment in the Lounge Friday from 7pm – 11pm, Saturday from 8pm – midnight and Sunday from 2pm – 6pm. We also offer regional and national entertainment and a variety of dinner shows in our Event Center throughout the year.

Janie Fricke

December 16, 3pm

Country legend Janie Fricke visits St. Croix Casino Danbury for a matinee show on Saturday, December 16. Showtime is 3pm. Doors open at 2pm. Tickets are $15 and are available online at tempotickets.com/stcroixcasinos or in person at the St. Croix Perks Club booth at the casino.

“All I ever wanted to do was sing.” Janie Fricke has gone from Indiana farm girl to internationally acclaimed recording artist throughout her career. She was born in South Whitley, Indiana, and raised on a 400-acre farm where her father taught her how to play guitar. From county fairs to corporate trade shows, live concerts, in recording studios, or before millions on television, Fricke’s individual sound and performance personality has captivated audiences around the world.

Fricke began her career singing in a “little church up the road” where her mother played piano. She sang at local coffeehouses, high school events, as well as her way through college where she obtained her degree from Indiana University in elementary education. Fricke then chose a musical career, working in Memphis, Dallas and Los Angeles. There, as one of the marketing industry’s most successful jingle singers, her voice became known to millions as the voice for such advertising giants as United Airlines, Coca-Cola, 7-Up, and Red Lobster. Her voice led her to singing sessions for Country artists such as Loretta Lynn, Eddie Rabbitt, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Barbara Mandrell, Mel Tillis, Johnny Duncan and others. She has also been given the privilege to sing on albums for Charlie Rich and Elvis Presley, after their deaths. It was a line in Johnny Duncan’s single Stranger that ultimately gained the most attention for Fricke. When it hit the top of the charts in 1977, fans wanted to know who sang the line, “Shut out the light and lead me…” The music industry took notice as her voice was heard on duets with Merle Haggard, Moe Bandy and others, leading her to her first major recording contract.

Fricke soon began to dominate the country charts with smash hits such as Don’t Worry ‘ Bout Me Baby, He’s a Heartache and You’re Heart’s Not In It. It was only a matter of time before she started winning awards. Included among them are: Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year, Music City News Female Vocalist of the Year, “Billboard” Top Country Female Vocalist, “Cash Bed’ Top Country Female Vocalist, Academy of Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year, British-based Country Music Round Up Most Popular International Female Solo Act, and she was chosen to the Country Music Hall of Fame Walkway of Stars. Twice she has been nominated for the coveted (Grammy Award, once for her It ain’t Easy Being Easy In her recording career, Janie has released 23 albums and 36 hit singles.

When she relaxes she spends time with her Husband Jeff and her animals. She attends church near her home, remembering from childhood the importance of her confirmation. Thankful for her blessings, Janie feels these values have helped her become the woman she is today. From an Indiana farm girl to an internationally acclaimed recording artist, she has never lost the pure heart and love of music that launched her career. And today, Janie Fricke sings on.

 

Twin sisters, Debbie & Carrie Moore, known as country duo, Moore & Moore, hail originally from Belton, MO but have become bona fide Nashvillians.  They have shared the stage with a diverse hatful of artists including country legends Alabama, George Jones, Mickey Gilley and the Oak Ridge Boys to an array of top-notch celebrities such as Donny Osmond, Kenny Chesney, Jerry Reed, Dierks Bentley, Smokey Robinson, Jerry Springer and the Temptations.  Their accolades include performances on the Grand Ole Opry and an extensive tour with the Statler Brothers.  Moore & Moore have written #1 songs, traveled the world, and have received numerous awards including “Country Duo of the Year” and “International Entertainer of the Year”.  Debbie co-wrote the #1 Billboard hit, “Wish You Were Here” with Bill Anderson and Skip Ewing recorded by Mark Wills on Mercury Records.  Moore & Moore’s success has prompted appearances on a variety of television shows on CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, WTBS, TNN/Heartland, GAC, CMT, RFD & the BBC.  Moore & Moore’s new album, “My Present To You” is now available with special guests James Carothers, Helen Cornelius, Marty Haggard, T.G. Sheppard and Billy Yates. Their steadfast commitment to country music proves that they are not going anywhere, except forward!  With a career that is always on the move, great things are most certainly around the corner.

 

 

Drop Tailgate

December 15, 7pm - 11pm, December 16, 8pm - midnight

Band members include Laura Sweet on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Joe Huber on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Chris Durow on bass guitar and vocals, Eric Grater on lead guitar and vocals and Troy Hommerding on drums and percussion.

Drop Tailgate performs the best high energy country, rock and pop music that will have you dancing and singing along to your favorite hits from the beginning to the last encore of their show!  Drop Tailgate performs songs strikingly close to the original artists but give it a little boost to keep the party rockin’!  Along with performing at countless Fair and Town Festivals and street dances,  Drop Tailgate has shared the stage with dozens of national acts at many major music festivals to include Moondance Jammin Country Fest, Winstock and Country Fest to name a few!  If you want a fun band with an awesome song list of hits, you come to the right place! Drop Tailgate’sshow will give you a night to remember!

You will have a blast at their show!!

 

Comedy Night – Mike Marvel

December 21, 7pm

Free comedy show. Tonight’s featured comedian is Mike Marvell.

Milwaukee comedian Mike Marvell earned his chops traveling across the country for 13 years, telling jokes about his family and life in Wisconsin. Mike’s wife of 17 years and their three kids lovingly refer to him as the Couch Commander, as he’s been known to set up camp in the living room for an entire weekend, equipped with nothing more than a case of beer, two bags of chips and the remote. Mike is a regular guest on the Bob and Tom radio show.

 

 

Cherry Gun

December 22, 7pm - 11pm, December 23, 8pm - midnight

Satisfy your craving for great live music with CherryGun! Each set is packed with non-stop rock, pop and country hits that draw every partier to the dance floor. Amy M and her boys have been traveling the Midwest, pleasing crowds and gathering fans in bars, nightclubs, weddings and casinos for more than four years. Night after rockin’ night, fans are blown away by Danhazer’s explosive guitar playing and seduced by Amy’s mouth-watering vocals and visual performance. Professional and fun, Amy M and her boys start the party and get the job done. Don’t miss your next chance to see CherryGun!

 

Comedy Night – Bill Boronkay

December 28, 7pm

Once one of the country’s fastest rising sportscasters, Bill Boronkay enjoyed stops in Clarksburg, WV, Evansville, IN and Kansas City before finally landing in sunny Cleveland, OH where he was assigned various hazardous duties. Along the way, Boronkay won 5 Emmys, one of which is proudly displayed in his mother’s home office behind a lamp.
After a failed audition with ESPN (a mirror was involved), Bill re-evaluated his career and took off in lukewarm pursuit of his true 14th dream—stand up.

Boronkay continues to work in Cleveland TV, hosting the, “High School Sports Insider” on SportsTime Ohio and the interactive comedy web show, “Unknown Radio” (www.unpwnradio.com). In 2011, Bill cut back his media work to increase travel and share his less-than- remarkable life experiences.

 

 

Website:

Billboro.com

Geneva

December 29 - 31

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!

Geneva rocks the Lounge on December 29 from 7pm – 1pm, December 30 from 8pm – midnight and on New Year’s Eve from 8pm – 1am.

 

 

 

Website:

Genevaband.com

Comedy Night – Larry Reeb

January 4, 7pm

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

Larry Reeb (aka Uncle Lar) is a stand-up comedian from Chicago, Illinois. 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.[1]

Reeb is a frequent guest on The Bob & 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.

 

 

Comedy Night – Kris Shaw

January 11, 7pm

Free comedy show. Tonight’s featured comedian is Kris Shaw.

Kris Shaw has a high energy, very animated show that makes crowds love him! Not only is Kris a highly requested act in the US, he has also traveled the world, entertaining our troops and building a big Canadian fan base as he works all across Canada as well. Age and racial differences don’t seem to matter. Kris brings to life hilarious stories of his upbringing, his life today, and his.

 

 

Website:

Krisshaw.com

Comedy Night – Spencer Dobson

January 18, 7pm

Free comedy show. Tonight’s featured comedian is Spencer Dobson.

Spencer Dobson’s comedy weaves stories around his return to small town America from Los Angeles, trying to date as an adult and being in charge of caring for his aging family members while trying to hold on to some sanity. A prolific writer, Spencer always brings surprises and fresh material to his audiences.

Spencer has appeared at 2000 HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, the Joke Joint in Lilydale, MN; Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy, Bloomington, MN; Fat Daddy’s, Sioux Falls, SD; Giggle, Brookfield, WI;  New Hope Cinema Grill, New Hope, MN;  Black Bear Casino, Carlton, MN; Laughter in the Loft, Coon Rapids, MN;  Rooster T. Feathers, Sunnyvale, CA—and at many other venues.

“Dobson’s act is funny, smart, and gutsy.  He bares his soul to tickle your funny bone.”. – Ken Reed, Owner, The Joke Joint in Lilydale 

“Dobson had them Rolling in the aisles.”Xavier Pastrano, The Dakota Student

 

 

2nd Time Around

January 20, 8pm - midnight

2nd Time Around band plays rock & roll and doo-wop music from the ‘50s & ‘60s. Band members include Barry Coons on lead guitar, Jay Coons on bass guitar and vocals, Tom Havlicek on guitar and vocals, Steve Barnaby on drums and vocals and Ted Richter on keyboards, guitars and vocals.

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