Entertainment

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

Extra Added Soul

February 24, 8pm

Based on St. Paul, Minn, Extra Added Soul performs a wide range of music including old school R&B, Funk, Motown, Latin Rock, 50’s to present. Even a little bit of country.

Band members are Howard LaBelle(Congas,Keyboards,Vocals) John Aguirre(Drums,Vocals) Ray Evangelista( Guitar, Vocals) Rinato Japor (Base, Vocals)DawnL McAurther(Lead Vocals).

 

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Classic Sunday

February 25, 2 pm - 5pm

Hear your favorite local and regional bands. Free admission.

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Comedy Show – Joey ILO

March 1, 7pm

Free comedy show. Tonight’s featured comedian is Joey ILO.

To say that comedy is in Joey ILO’s blood wouldn’t be far from the truth. He was, after all, raised by honest-to-goodness clowns! Never a stranger to the stage, Joey started performing as a musician and song writer when he was 11-years-old. At age 26 he decided to follow in his parent’s (oversized) footsteps and begin a career in comedy. In his first year as a comedian Joey was named the regional winner of the Sierra Mist Search for the Next Great Comic and appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing Season 5. Joey’s a high energy comic who’s been touring coast to coast. His unique perspective and family experiences are as unique as his last name. Joey’s vision is to do a clean show so that anyone and everyone in the family can enjoy and not just a certain group of people.

Born in Racine, Wisconsin, his father was a cop, a clown and a Christian and what is funny is that a lot of people like to run away from cops, clowns and Christians. Joey was never afraid of any of those things and embraced them. Well two out of three anyway, he gets in trouble when he tries to hug cops.

Joey suffered a massive stroke at age 21 but that led to the correct diagnosis of a rare muscle disease (familial periodic paralysis). Instead of staying at home with his parents Joey moved to Minnesota for treatment at Mayo clinic. He has overcome a lot physically and still put out two music albums, toured, finished college and started a comedy career. He is now married and has a beautiful healthy baby girl.

“He brilliantly entertained the unentertainable at our staff holiday party. They were a tough crowd, but with his unique style of comedy, Joey proved a great success!”
Travis Hamre
Group Sales Executive
Minnesota Timberwolves NBA

 

 

 

 

Nick Hickman

March 2, 8pm

Don’t miss this free show in the Lounge by up-and-coming country singer-songwriter Nick Hickman.

“My job is to entertain,” says country music singer-songwriter Nick Hickman. “I give everything I have in order to do just that.”
His energetic live performances, insightful songwriting, and strong vocals prove that everything he has, is everything he needs to satisfy an audience. Originally from Knoxville, TN, Hickman made the move to Nashville in 2014. Beyond writing and recording, the Music City newcomer made his mark on Nash Next, where he landed among the top twenty contestants. Music has always been a big part of Hickman’s life as he used to predominately identify himself as a songwriter. However, over the last few years, he has spent ample time perfecting his artistry and live performances.

Nick released his debut EP, Tailgate Dance Floor in May of 2016, which included the radio releases of “Summertime Southern Style,” Tailgate Dance Floor,” and “Rain.” On this EP, he had the opportunity to work with producer Colin Brittain (5 Seconds of Summer and Sonia Leigh) and producer, mixer, and award-winning songwriter Jeff Zacharski (John Legend, Mike Posner, and many more). “Rain,” (co-written by Brent Anderson, CJ Solar, and Mark Fuhrer) Hickman’s previous single, saw success in the Top 70 on Nashville’s Music Row Chart and received strong airplay across the United States.

Nick has been hard at work touring, writing, and recording over the past year and is set to release his sophomore EP in April of 2017 titled “Let Em Speak.” The first single off of the forth-coming EP “Let Em Speak” is “Tipsy.” “Tipsy” perfectly explains the impossible situation of trying to get over someone only to find yourself running to them with a sound of a ring tone. The spot on lyrical flow, rhythmic melody and Hickman’s genuine delivery combine to both pull at your heart strings and leave you humming the song all day. We have all been on one or both sides of this exact dilemma and “Tipsy” really does hit the nail right on the head when it comes to the pain and emotion hidden in it. “I wrote it from a very real and personal place,” says Hickman. “Tipsy” is garnering much acclaim across the country as people are genuinely able to relate to the lyrics, and it doesn’t hurt to have an insanely catchy melody. “Tipsy is the song that half of Nashville wishes they had. A hit for sure!” – Greg Almond, WGGC/Bowling Green, KY

One thing is a certainty, Nick is here to stay and is poised for a big 2017. It is hard to deny the talent, work ethic, and genuine love that Nick has for his fans. I assure you he is an artist that you will be hearing a lot from in the very near future. So hop on board the “Nick” train, there is plenty of room for everyone.

 

 

Beau Outlaw

March 3, 8pm

With his trusty Telecaster slung at his side, Beau is shooting up stages and is a wanted man!

Beau’s musical attributes sit at the crossroads of everyday life and hard times. A working entertainer for the working class and a true showman for the ‘need to be entertained.’ The peoples’ outlaw who knows hard times and good times and whether it’s family, friends or foes you will hear it all in Beau Outlaw’s music!

So grab a cold beverage of your choice and your favorite dance partner because you are in for a ride!

 

 

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Classic Sunday – Beau Outlaw

March 4, 1pm - 6pm

Catch your favorite local and regional bands in the Lounge. Today’s band is Beau Outlaw.

With his trusty Telecaster slung at his side, Beau is shooting up stages and is a wanted man!

Beau’s musical attributes sit at the crossroads of everyday life and hard times. A working entertainer for the working class and a true showman for the ‘need to be entertained.’ The peoples’ outlaw who knows hard times and good times and whether it’s family, friends or foes you will hear it all in Beau Outlaw’s music!

So grab a cold beverage of your choice and your favorite dance partner because you are in for a ride!

 

 

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Beauoutlaw.com

Comedy Show – Mark Poolos

March 8, 7pm

Free comedy show in the Lounge. Tonight’s 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.
 

Larry Lynne Band

March 10, 8pm

Welcome to the all new Larry Lynne Band starring Larry Lynne, along with James Aubrey, Jon Dymond and Pat Michaels. This show is a unique variety act that consists of rock, country-rock, blues and classic favorites from the 50s, 60s, 70s and present day, along with some novelty music blended with comedy that will surely include audience interaction. The show will take you back to a time where life was simple and a lot less hectic. It’s produced with two goals in mind: to be fun and entertaining for our fans. We designed the show to also tell the story of its featured artist, Milwaukee’s very own Larry Lynne. Through his music, you will enjoy Larry’s original material written over his 50 years in show business. We’re also excited to have with us from time to time Larry’s daughter Lynne, who has been a major inspiration to Larry and will appear on stage with us whenever she can while serving our country full- time in the military. Lynne and Larry will surely bring a tear to your eye as they live their lifelong dream of performing on stage together.

Classic Sunday – 2nd Time Around

March 11, 1pm - 6pm

Hear your favorite local and regional bands in the Lounge every Sunday. Today’s featured band is 2nd Time Around.

The 2nd Time Around Band takes you back to a more innocent, simple time in life with the music of the 50’s & 60’s. The musical eras when Berry, Buddy, Beatles and Beach Boys were ruling the airwaves. Back when Doo Wop tunes were part of the normal playlist on all the major radio stations.

This is a band that embraces the toe tapping energy of a guitar fueled rock & roll song from back when and delivers with conviction the tight harmonies of a Doo Wop ballad from yesteryear.

What you hear from this band is LIVE music created right in front of you. No backing tracks, pitch correction devices, artificial harmonizers or gimmicks with this band.

What is missing in a 2nd Time Around Band show? A lot of banter between songs. Music is pumped out at a frantic pace without the boring interludes associated with other live music acts. 60+ songs are played, in their entirety, in the average 2nd Time Around Band show!

 

 

Comedy Show – Dom Paré

March 15, 7pm

Free comedy show in the Lounge. Tonight’s comedian is Dom Paré.

Described as “one of the best new stand-ups around” by NOW Magazine, Dom Paré blends magnetic onstage charisma, hilarious observation, and clever writing to deliver memorable slide splitting comedy.

Originally from Ottawa, Dom has taken the Canadian comedy scene by storm. With his quick wit and unconventional charm, he delights audiences and collects fans whenever he performs.

Dom’s memorable approach has landed him in the finals of both the Just For Laughs Homegrown Competition and the SiriusXM Canada’s Next Top Comic competition. Recently Dom reached the Semi-Finals of the San Francisco International Comedy Competition, and Runner Up for Toronto’s Best Male Stand Up.

Dom has also branched out into the comedy world and has written for The Debaters, is featured regularly on SiriusXM Radio, and has been a panelist on the George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight show.