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.

Entertainment – TBA

August 20, 2pm - 6pm
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Comedy Night – John Bush

August 24, 7pm

Free comedy show. Tonight’s show stars John Bush.

John’s rock solid comedy show covers it all.

From his childhood relocation from Hawaii to Minnesota to his UFO sighting in New York City, this thrill ride is filled with rich characters, spot-on impressions and even a disgruntled squirrel.John has performed for audiences of all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s opening for Howie Mandel at Ceasars Palace or tickling some Irish ribs in Dublin, John isn’t stingy when he gives out the laughs.

 

 

David Oakleaf

August 25, 7pm - 11pm; August 26, 8pm - midnight; August 26, 2pm - 6pm

David Oakleaf is an All-American cowboy, hailing from the Flint Hills of Kansas. Picking up his first guitar at age 11, Oakleaf got his initial taste of the spotlight entertaining old timers at the local Opry House. His young adulthood was spent refining his distinctive sound and molding his message for listeners. His musical inspiration stems from Cherokee culture and his western roots. Original songs like, “Ride Cowboy Ride” and “Too Much Country,” are just a few that reflect the influence of Oakleaf’s upbringing. His talent quickly conquered the Midwest, one rodeo and dance hall at a time. With industry doors opening, he moved to Nashville to pay some honky-tonk dues and hone his craft.

Years on the grind in Nashville have proven to be rewarding for the young singer-songwriter. Oakleaf and his band, The Open Road, are regularly featured at the world famous “Wildhorse Saloon,” in the heart of Music City.  In addition to live performances at venues throughout the South and Midwest, Oakleaf and his band have recently appeared on television’s A&E network.  He has shared the stage with acts such as Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Chris Young, Randy Houser, Pat Green, John Michael Montgomery and many others.

Oakleaf has recently completed his fifth album. His schedule has been chalked full with radio promotion and heavy touring, in support for electrifying new songs. His high-energy performances are crowd-pleasing fun – You’ll be hearing a lot of this down home cowboy in 2017!

 

 

Comedy Night – Spencer Dobson

August 31, 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

 

 

DC Drifters

September 1, 7pm - 11pm,; September 2, 8pm - midnight

 

Denny and The DC Drifters perform music from the 1950s as well as some classic country. This popular regional group is led by Denny Charnecki, who was inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

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Comedy Night – Ron Kanutski

September 7, 7pm

Free comedy show. Tonight’s featured comedian is Ron Kanutski.

Ron was born in Dryden, Ontario to a Carpenter and a Virgin back in the 60’s, when sex and drugs were cool and rock & roll was evolving. Living on the shores of Wabigoon Lake, he grew up in nature, listening to story tellers and braggarts at kitchen tables & coffee shops and the open conversations of numerous car rebuilding projects, hunting and fishing trips.

With a love and passion for many things in life, Ron fell in love with alcohol and drugs for a seven-year period, which ironically later directed and guided him for the past 25 years as a teacher, social worker, counsellor, MC, presenter, musician & most recently COMEDIAN.

Although Ron loved comedy for many years, he never stepped onto the stage until 2009 and achieved Runner Up on his first attempt at the Thunder Bay Comedy Idol competition. He returned in 2010, winning the Thunder Bay’s Comic Idol competition and its $750 dollar grand prize.

Ron plunged into the world of comedy in 2012, opening for four sold out shows with Mr. Darryl Lenox, followed by headlining a number of shows in Northwestern Ontario & Minnesota including the only Thunder Bay Comic Idol winner to ever headline the Thunder Bay Comic Idol Competition in April 2012.

In addition to his own comedy career and interests, Ron believes in the local talent of the Thunder Bay area.  This led to his creation of www.superiorcomedy.com promoting what local comedy talent has to offer. His comedy is “something old, something new, something borrowed & something blue.”

 

 

 

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Ronkanutski.com

Topper

September 8, 7pm - 11pm, September 9, 8pm - midnight

Topper is a national circuit touring/recording band from Atlanta, GA, in business for over 30 years. They can cover virtually any style of popular music true to form vocally and instrumentally. Topper’s original music is hard-driving, guitar-oriented rock, featuring the five octave range of singer Pete George. They can also write songs in any genre of popular music (Rock, Pop, Country, etc.). Topper releases product on their indie record label, Ring Records.

This legendary band has toured all over the USA, as well as Europe and The US Virgin Islands. Topper has become an institution with its incredible long successful run as one of the best live bands to come out of the Southeast USA.

 

 

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Topperlive.com

Comedy Night – Larry Reeb

September 14, 7pm

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

Larry Reeb (aka Uncle Lar) is a stand-up comedian 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.

 

 

Larry’s Drifters

September 15, 7pm - 11pm

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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Buckwild

September 16, 8pm - midnight

Country band from Duluth. Band Members include Matt Bosshart, Dan Buck, Chad Lawrence,  Carl Olson and Luke Perry.