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.

Comedy Show – Kevin Hall

June 21, 7pm

Free comedy show in the Lounge. Tonight’s featured performer is comedian-magician Kevin Hall.

Comedy magician Kevin Hall, was known for years as the premier Minnesota magician.  However in 2010, Kevin (aka the Magic Maniac) opened an office in Las Vegas.  Now you can enjoy his outrageously funny entertainment in Minnesota and Nevada! Here’s a short autobiography:

“Although I didn’t realize it at the time, my family was definitely different.I thought every family had 15 kids. I thought everyone’s Mom designed costumes and had her own Musical Zanygram business. Of course, I also thought that every family was involved in show business too. Our dinner table conversations were definitely not run of the mill.We would talk about one sister cutting her next record, one brothers work on his songs for his lead in Cinderella, another brother had just won the local “Battle of the Bands” and another sister was trying to talk me into doing a tap dance at a talent contest.

However, I was the shy one. When they gave me the lead in the school play, I was petrified! I sang really bad during rehearsals until they put me back in the chorus. I almost died when my mother made me go out and do a dancing bunny telegram. Talk about scary! I was sure I was too shy for showbiz but 24 years later, it just burst out of me!

I was a successful super computer designer who suddenly found himself taking lessons in dozens of different styles of dance. I joined an improv group and even started singing in a Roaring ‘20s show group. I was getting a patent in integrated circuit design during the day and dancing with flaming machetes at night!

Then came the fateful day when this gorgeous computer engineer was placed in my office. Suddenly, my entertaining skills had a new target. After lots of pursuing plus some practice and hard work, I became a magician and my lovely wife, Janet, a quick change artist. The end result has been a fairy tale life of shows in exotic locations around the world. What’s next? Well, the “Americas Got Talent” TV show has recently contacted us about performing. If that works out, it may just be the way to finally realize our dream of having our own theater.”

Kevin and Janet made it to “America’s Got Talent.” They didn’t win that competition but have won other awards including the Best Star award in 2005.

Divas Through the Decades

June 23, 2pm

Celebrate the great divas of pop music at a free show featuring Divas Through the Decades. Showtime is 2pm. June 23.

Divas Through the Decades is a musical tribute to some of the most influential female vocalists in American pop music, featuring songs from the ‘40s through today. The show features music made famous by divas including Tina Turner, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estefan, Madonna, Beyonce, Shania Twain, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and many more.

The Divas’ stage show is filled with electrifying vocals, cutting-edge choreography, great costume changes, and a high-energy performance that is second to none. Their musicianship offers unequalled authenticity as well as tons of fun. Not only will you experience iconic music and incredible singing and dancing, you will find comedy and sentiment throughout the performance as you witness the girls getting the audience involved and participating in the show. There is truly something for everyone in this timeless production. Divas Through the Decades will give you an opportunity to experience female artists’ great contribution to American music.

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Almost Famous

June 22, 7pm - 11pm & June 23, 8pm - midnight

Five-piece Wisconsin-based rock band made up of Jeff Eisberner, composer/keyboardist/recording artist/BMI producer;  Dave Zuege, lead guitarist; Michael Kinney,  singer/songwriter/bassist/recording artist/producer; Kathy Ruenger, singer/guitarist; and Jay Nordlund, drummer/percussionist.

Jeff Eisberner is an extremely accomplished musician who has composed for, recorded and performed with numerous super stars in the U.S., Europe and Japan.  He also has many film and television credits to his name.  He has spent several years performing in Vegas and Los Angeles as well as Carnival and Disney Cruise Ships.

Dave Zuege (“Zoo”) spent the Golden Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll (1960s) in New Orleans sharpening his phenomenal axe skills on Bourbon Street.  He was heavily influenced by Southern Rock and R&B.  Upon returning to Wisconsin, Southern Blues (along with Swing and Delta Style Blues) continued to be an important style for him, but eventually his rock ‘n’ roll roots told him it was time for a radical change.  Alternative Rock, Power Country and Dance/Variety began to catch his ear, making him the power instrumentalist he is today!

Michael Kinney’s (“Pinto”) talent as a bassist is virtually unmatched.  He also has an amazing voice for both lead and background vocals and is an accomplished songwriter.  Mike has toured the Midwest and opened shows for many national acts.  He has also performed on numerous recording sessions, albums and radio jingles.

 Kathy Ruenger has performed throughout Wisconsin in clubs, competitions and concert halls and has proven herself to be a versatile musician.  She is honored to have been part of a group that represented Wisconsin in the Wrangler Country Showdown in Nashville and has recorded several radio jingles.  She has a powerful voice along with an exceptional vocal range and guitar playing ability.

Jay Nordlund’s pro-level rock-and-roll drum beat, astonishing timing, and melodic, rhythmic fills add impeccable dynamics to the Almost Famous band sound.

 

 

Floyd Stevens Band

June 29, 7pm - 11pm & June 30, 8pm - midnight
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Larry’s Drifters

July 1, 2 pm - 6 pm

A traditional Country band that has entertained country music fans for more than 40 years. From Hank Williams to Garth Brooks they cover them all. Its members have entertained with Dave Dudley, Kenny Dale, Bobby Bare, Narvel Felts, Juice Newton, Leroy Van Dyke, Gene Watson and many more national recording artists. If you enjoy guitars, fiddle, and banjo music that you can dance to, with good ole country humor mixed in, these guys are a must see.

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Comedy Show

July 5, 7pm

Free comedy show in the Lounge. Featured comedian TBA.

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Darlene and the Boys

July 6, 7pm - 11pm & July 7, 8pm - midnight

From 9 to 90, people of all ages enjoy the musical sounds and fun of Darlene and the Boys! If the rhythmic sounds of this band doesn’t light your fire…well….then your wood is still wet!

Each member of this versatile band has performed or opened shows with numerous national acts through the years. They are truly veterans of the stage offering a vast array of all time great hits of yesterday, and some of the biggest hits of today. With Darlene and the Boys you’ll hear songs made famous by Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt, Loretta Lynn, Patty Loveless, George Jones, Lady Anntebellum and Miranda Lambert to name just a few. Plus the fun and exciting fiddle and guitar instrumentals!

Darlene Nelson is an award-winning vocalist who has captured numerous prestigious honors, including weekly winner of the “BE A STAR” talent show in Nashville, Tennessee. She also advanced all the way to the finals in the Tony James “That’s Show Biz Talent Show” in Branson, MO.

Darlene has appeared with Grand Ole Opry performers numerous times on the Ernest Tubb Record Shop “Midnight Jamboree Show,” which airs live on the “legend” 650 WSM. She has also performed at many notable establishments in Nashville including the Opryland Hotel, the Nashville Palace and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.

Darlene recorded a full album, The Nashville Sessions, at Hilltop Studios, one of the finest recording facilities in and around Nashville. The album was produced by Mike Johnson (ace steel guitar session player). Mike also performed on the album.

In 2013, Darlene was chosen from more than 2,500 acts to perform on the Shotgun Red Variety Show in Nashville, Tennessee. This show is broadcast on the RFD TV Network and seen by over 1.5 million viewers on DISH NETWORK, DIRECT TV and other cable systems. Darlene’s show is aired in May/June 2013.

 

 

2nd Time Around

July 8, 2pm - 6pm

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

July 12, 7pm

Free comedy show in the Lounge. Featured comedian TBA.

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Drop Tailgate

July 13, 7pm - 11pm

 

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’s show will give you a night to remember!

You will have a blast at their show!!