Entertainment

The St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake Event Center is Entertainment Central. We offer complimentary entertainment on Friday nights starting at 8pm plus regional and national entertainment and a wide variety of dinner shows throughout the year. All complimentary entertainment and ticketed shows are for guests 21 and older. Check out the details below.

The Honky-Tonk Stardust Cowboys

June 1, 8pm

Traditional, classic country music is alive and well! With their name taken from the 1971 Lefty Frizzell song, The Honky-Tonk Stardust Cowboys do indeed, “play the country tunes of bygone days.” The band is one of the very few in central Minnesota performing traditional country music in the spirit and sound of the original recordings. Their song list includes classic hits from artists such as Loretta Lynn, Rosanne Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Tanya Tucker and many more as well as a number of early rock and roll songs.
The Honky-Tonk Stardust Cowboys include some of the area’s best musicians:
Cassie Wiesner – Vocals
Kurt Rodman – Guitar
Kimber Wolfe – Bass
Tony Ray – Drums

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Shotgun Drama Junkies

June 2, 8pm

Kevin animates the stage with his rockin’ bass and groovin’ moves.  He works with our sound and light technician to provide a great sounding as well as visual show.  Kevin also plays for East River Rock, co-runs a weekly open mic night at a local VFW, and is a constant promoter for everyone musical.  Offstage, Kevin loves to fly remote control airplanes, go camping, oogling old cars, and jammin’ with his grandkids.

Deb, our dancing lead/background vocalist and band secretary has an infectious smile and her vocals fly.  If she wasn’t playing on stage, she’d be out on the dance floor with our sound technician (who also happens to be her husband) Earl!  She’ll occasionally pull the sewing machine out and do a little quilting, but since picking up the guitar twelve years ago, mostly all her hobbies revolve around music in some way.  Outside of the band, Deb also performs solo/duo acoustic shows.  She occasionally teaches beginner guitar, likes to go camping, and loves to cook with her grandbabies.

Joe, our rock steady drummer…An engineer with an extremely funny sense of humor…if you like it dry!  The story is:  Right around the same time, he bought a set of drums, a truck, and got a girlfriend.  Which of the three do you think he still has?

“Captain” Kirk, our amazing lead guitar player and lead/background vocalist, plays everything from classic country to heavy metal and makes it sound sincere.  He’s been playing since he was 19 years old, even touring the country full time until taking some time off to raise his two beautiful daughters.  Off stage, Kirk enjoys hunting, finding cheap guitars and re-vamping them into great sounding guitars, and watching old movies with his dog, Odin.

Earl, our talented sound technician.  While he may look like he’s playing games on his iPad, he’s really working all night long making us sound our best.  This guy gets constant compliments on his mix which makes vocals the star, as well as banishing mud by bringing out each individual instrument.  He’s got the gear to run anything from a solo/duo acoustic show to a full on street dance.  Earl is married to our lead singer, Deb, and between the two they have a 5 piece “Brady Bunch” with three grandchildren .  He’s a business owner and carpenter who enjoys specializing in the head-scratching, complicated stuff.  If his mouth is moving, you can pretty much bet, he’s joking!  You may catch him swinging Deb out on the dance floor for a two-step or waltz, or he may just break into a spontaneous jig on his own!  He likes playing the daily Isaac Asimov’s Super Quiz.

Kevin and Kirk met while playing for the Country Crossing band.  Deb filled in for Country Crossing’s lead singer a couple of times since 2012, and was invited to join the band full time in 2014.  In 2016 Kevin, Kirk and Deb started the Shotgun Drama Junkies, taking the band from doing mostly country to an almost 50/50 mix of rock and country.  Joe, formerly part of a trio with Kirk in the early 2000’s called Fade to Grey, was invited to join the SDJ band full time in 2017.  Earl, Deb’s husband, provides sound and lighting for the band.  With diverse musical interests, the Shotgun Drama Junkies are always spicing up the play list with different songs…even adding an occasional original.  We’ve even heard rumors of an upcoming EP!

The Shotgun Drama Junkies name originated from a suggestion by Kirk (isn’t life always full of drama?).  The band wanted to keep it short and just use Drama Junkies, but that was already taken so they added “Shotgun” to differentiate.  With a history of experience dating back 40+ years, these musicians have played everything from fairs, festivals including Moondance Jammin’ Country Fest, street dances, and nightclubs, to private parties and weddings.  Let the party begin!

 

 

Polka Party with Hank Thunander

June 3, 1pm - 5pm

Polka party in the Event Center. No admission charge.

Henry Thunander was raised in Bessemer, Michigan. His parents are of Swedish and Italian descent. Hank began his musical career at the age of nine, entertaining people on the Gogebric Range of Michigan. The accordion became Hank’s passion. He’s inspired by America’s Polka king, Frankie Yankovic. Hank played many musical jobs and formed his own band. He has backed many artists including Frankie Yankovic. Hank has repeatedly awestruck crowds with his various styles of music. His extraordinary talent includes polkas, country, standards and classical melodies. In all of his perfomances, polkas are always requested.

 

 

2nd Time Around

June 8, 8pm

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!

 

   

 

All Star Comedy Revue

June 9, 8pm

Catch a full night of all star comedy. Free admission.

Comedians performing on the show are Ron Kanutski. LarryReeb and Nola J.  Opening for the headliners is up and coming comic Mark Knudson.

Ron Kanutski 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.”

 

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.

 

Nola J is originally from Milwaukee, WI and is now commuting between Milwaukee, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Her career began as a comic when she left the corporate world and stop being politically correct. The Nola J style of comedy is very diverse and very adaptable to whatever environment she is in. Nola J has clean material to adult oriented; she has performed in variety of venues from Comedy clubs, churches to casinos.

Entertainment is no stranger. It shouldn’t be because her dad has been playing saxophone with Little Richard for more than 15 years—and she does have jokes about Uncle Richard!! Nola J’s comedy is her point of view on life and her experiences with humor. She stays on top of current affairs, so there is always something fresh and new in her routine.

 

 

Denny & the DC Drifters

June 15, 8pm

Classic rock from a popular Austin, Minn. band.

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Chad Wilkins – Give Your Love Tour

June 16, 8pm

Chad Wilkins makes a stop at Turtle Lake on his Give Your Love Tour. Admission is free.

Mystic Minstrel, Chad Wilkins, is an American/Australian singer-songwriter bringing heart-songs that reveal a better way for a generation in transitional times on our planet! From his lively, progressive grooves, to his deeply prayerful chants, spanning many genres, Chad’s rootsy folk anthems carry themes of love, gratitude, risk, honour, and pure vibrant LIFE(!) – giving voice to our cry for spiritual transformation, harmony with the Earth, and hope for a bright future.
Touring extensively, Chad’s performance style is unique and spontaneous – whether performing solo, with his full band, or anywhere in between, he guides his listeners through an interactive journey ranging from dancing celebration to mindful meditation to sing-along declarations.

Chad released his first full-length album “Show Us The Way Of The Heart” in 2014, and in 2015 his most recent release “This New Ancient Paradigm”, featuring the single “Live Love”.

Past festival appearances in Australia include Uplift Festival and Byron Spirit Festival, and in the US: Peace Village, San Francisco International Arts, Love As Revolution, Mystic Rising, and yoga accompaniment at Beloved Festival. Headline tour history includes East Coast Australia, New Zealand, West Coast and South West USA. Please check in for updated future tour schedules!

Enjoy! Be inspired! Give Thanks!

 

 

Mt. Olive

June 22 & 23, 8pm

Considered one of Milwaukee’s premier cover bands, Mt. Olive has received numerous awards including a Best of Milwaukee award for Best Cover Band and two Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards for Best Cover Band and Peoples Choice.

Mt. Olive is regularly called upon to open for international acts like David Lee Roth, Loverboy, and Night Ranger. Mt. Olive is invited annually to entertain crowds at the world’s largest music festival, Summerfest.

They’re your new favorite band.

 

 

Whiskey and Topaz

June 29, 8pm

We are a ”Country Rock Band , Rice Lake Eau Claire area. Current and classic  music. We are former members of Sidekick Abbey .

 

 

 

Heartless with Madd Company – Tributes to Heart and Bad Company

June 30, 8pm

Catch the Premier Tribute to the Rock Band Heart n June 30. Free admission.

Their similarity to the sound of Ann and Nancy Wilson has been described as “uncanny,” drawing the attention of many people, including members of Heart themselves. For the second year in a row, Heartless has been nominated as “Sacramento’s Best Tribute Band” by the Sacramento News & Review newspaper.

Here are some things people have said about Heartless:

“Their goal is being the premier tribute to Heart, and they have succeeded…(Heartless) has made our list as one of the Best Tribute Bands In The World” -Jordonna Lobese (Goldstar Rocks Magazine)

“You guys seem to have the beat of the ‘Heart’ down well. The thing about tribute bands, is the devil lies in the details..pretty damn good!” – Claude Schnell (Dio)

“(Heartless) nails it like nobody’s business!” -Ken Rudolph -Anchorman KMAX- CBS Television

“I was beyond shocked to hear this phenomenal band! I was literally beyond words to describe how damn awesome they are!” – Maureen McCarthy (former road manager for Melissa Etheridge)

“Amazing!” -Lynda Mortensen (promoter- Bay Area Tributes)

When it comes to tribute bands, this is one of the best tribute bands I’ve ever seen! They do an amazing job of covering the ‘70s and ‘80s era of Heart. They capture the sound and feel of Heart exactly. Their versions of Barracuda and Crazy On You will wow you. The singer sounds so much like Ann Wilson, it’s freaky. This band is the ultimate salute to the music of Heart , and is a must see for any Heart fan -Lamont Hollywood. Co-host of Lamont And Tonelli Show, 107.7 The Bone

 

MADD COMPANY is the premier Bad Company tribute band. This St. Paul-based quintet includes Keith Johnson, lead, acoustic guitar and keys; Kenny Rardin, lead guitar; Cindy Mack, bass guitar and vocals; Mark Marrinan, drums; and Tim Andersen, 12-string and lead guitar.