Entertainment | Turtle Lake


The St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake Event Center is Entertainment Central. We offer complimentary entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 8 p.m.  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.

Ricky Nelson Remembered

December 15, 8pm

Return to the ’60s with this one-of-a-kind tribute to Ricky Nelson starring his sons, Matthew and Gunnar. Tickets are $12 and are available online at tempotickets.com/stcroixcasinos or in person at the TLC Players Club Booth at the casino.

Ricky Nelson is the only artist to have a No. 1 song, No. 1 movie and No. 1 TV show in the same week. Life Magazine coined the phrase ‘Teen Idol’ after him and he is credited with pioneering the country rock sound. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Nelson’s life and music touched millions; his twin sons, multi-platinum recording artists, Matthew & Gunnar Nelson, relive the music and memories in their multi-media event, Ricky Nelson Remembered.

Featuring hit songs like “Hello Mary Lou,” “Poor Little Fool,” “Travelin’ Man,” “I’m Walkin’,” “I Gotta Feeling,” “Teenage Idol,” “Garden Party” and many more, RNR showcases his life with never-before-seen interviews from artists he influenced, including Paul McCartney and Chris Isaak. Matthew and Gunnar’s musical event is heartfelt and full of laughter.

Ricky Nelson died in a plane crash on his way to perform a New Year’s Eve concert in 1986. His legacy includes 53 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and nineteen other top-ten hits. He is one of the biggest-selling artists of all time, a Golden Globe winner for his performance alongside John Wayne in Rio Bravo and in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

From Ozzie and Harriet to Ricky to Matthew and Gunnar, the Nelsons are listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the only family in history with three successive generations of No. 1 hit makers. Matthew and Gunnar are also nephews of NCIS star, Mark Harmon, on their mother’s side.



December 16, 8pm

Rhino is a five-member, high-energy Twin Cities band playing an array of modern, alternative, ‘80s, and classic rock, with twists of country and other surprises splashed in. The “show” is nonstop entertainment and fun, sure to make you get up and dance, or just sit back and enjoy. All five members bring a different element of charisma and showmanship to the stage, each with their own unique personality and flare. If you want to be a part of the party, then a Rhino show is where you want to be.

A special feature of the Rhino “show” is the drum routine, which adds a spark to the already electric and exciting show, guaranteed to drop a few jaws and gain new fan. Playing music by such artists as Maroon 5, Pink, Kid Rock, Prince, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Luke Bryan and many more, Rhino is a band you don’t want to miss.



The Suprem’ettes – A Tribute to the Supremes

December 29, 8pm

Journey back to the days of Diana Ross and the Supremes in this one-of-a-kind tribute.


Strange Daze

December 30, 8pm

Minneapolis, MN’s modern rock band Strange Daze released its 1st National album, Shine Through, on November 11, 2013, via Rock Ridge Music LLC/ Warner. Shine Through is an anthemic collection of modern rock forged in fiery emotional urgency.

The band’s fateful career moment came when engineer/producer Brian Johnson—who helmed the sessions for the band’s first two albums—passed along a CD to .38 Special keyboardist Bobby Capps. Impressed, Capps shared it with 3 Doors Down guitarist Chris Henderson, his partner in Nashville, TN-based Rivergate Studios. Capps immediately signed on to produce Strange Daze with Henderson’s and Johnson’s help.

Says Henderson of Strange Daze: “They’re a refreshing band! Love the vibe and the songwriting. Scott’s vocals are very powerful.” Capps concurs, adding, “Strange Daze was a pleasant surprise in the studio! It’s been a while since I’ve come across a band that has such a tight grip on straightforward rock music. Lyrically and musically, they do not try to over complicate the listener. They are a truly talented band and prove it live every time they hit the stage.”

The album has a crisp and punchy production aesthetic, highlighting the group’s expansive dynamic range. “The biggest thing I loved about the producers is that they gave their opinion, but they never forced their hand on who we are. They just made our music come alive,” Strange Daze guitarist/vocalist Eric Moudry says. Kirk Kelsey, best known for co-producing/engineering landmark albums for Creed and 3 Doors Down, stokes the album’s burning potency with his richly dimensional mix engineering.

Strange Daze has gigged extensively throughout Minnesota and the Midwest, averaging 100-plus shows a year and selling out of its first two CDs, exceeding 10,000 in sales with no label involvement or formal distribution outlet. The quartet reached #9 on CMJ’s Top 200, beating out superstar artists like No Doubt and OutKast. Additionally, Strange Daze has charted on 30-plus stations. The band has been played on more than 250 stations nationwide and several stations across Europe. Strange Daze has shared the stage or toured with such acts as Aerosmith, 3 Doors Down, The Winery Dogs, Cheap Trick, King’s X, Live, Pop Evil, Hinder, Fuel, Black Stone Cherry, Saliva, Trapt, The Pretty Reckless, Eve To Adam, Tantric, Royal Bliss, Saving Abel, Days Of The New, Lita Ford, Tesla, Warrant, L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat, .38 Special, Jackyl, Enuff z Nuff, Hairball and more. Strange Daze has also played many festivals such as Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI, Rock Fest – Cadott, WI, Moondance Jam – Walker, MN & many more.

*Strange Daze signed a new record deal with Pavement/Sony/Red with a new album due out in 2017.

In addition to Moudry, who also serves as the band’s primary songwriter, Strange Daze includes Scott Knudson (vocals/co-lyricist), Derrick “Pixx” Russell (bass/vocals), and Erik Williams (drums/vocals).




A Hard Day’s Night

January 5, 8 pm

“A Hard Day’s Night,” based out of Minneapolis, is a raw and energetic tribute to the Fab Four. The band is based around a fabulous rhythm section and strong lead and backing vocals. There are only four musicians in the band, which does not employ a keyboardist or any sequencing or effects. “AHDN” sounds like you think the Beatles would have sounded live at the Kaiserkeller, before the screaming fans drown them out.



Polka Party with the Bill Koncar Band

January 7, 1pm - 5pm

Free polka party featuring the Bill Koncar Band.

Bill is a popular strolling accordionist and band leader in the Midwest area frequently performing at Gasthof zur Gemutlichkeit (Minneapolis, MN) Bayrischer Hof Bavarian Restaurant (Montrose, MN), Winzer Stube German Restaurant (Hudson, Wisconsin), Hessen Haus (Des Moines, Iowa) and various other public & private events and parties including the Minnesota State Fair.

The Bill Koncar Band plays a variety of music including polkas, waltzes, fox trots, swing, Latin rhythms (including rhumbas, cha chas, tangos & sambas), and classic rock & pop tunes.






Snake Oil with Arena

January 12, 8pm


Five rockers from different parts of the world met purely by chance backstage at a rock festival in Leeds, England after performing in their respective bands at the time. Two of them hit it off right away, two of them didn’t, and one still doesn’t know. However, it was determined that they all had the same musical aspirations. From Muff, Ireland; Detroit, Michigan; Kokkola, Finland; Winnipeg, Canada; and one doesn’t know, this unit is guided by one thing – the rock and roll party and everything that goes with it!

They deliver classic hard rock music you love – and you can’t get enough of it. It’s the lost art and attitude of hard rock that SNAKE OIL is bringing back to you.

SNAKE OIL will warp you to a live ultimate rock experience, a night of Hair Rock, Melodic Rock, Metal and Classic Rock, delivered loud and in your face like the rock shows you have been missing for years. An interactive experience completely themed in the genre. Dance music be damned…

Hit the lights, cue the fog, crank the guitars, turn up the drums and make some noise!

SNAKE OIL. A cast of serious big-league rock musicians who have toured the world playing in name bands. SNAKE OIL knows how to deliver it – and you are going to love it!

Opening for Snake Oil is Arena.

Arena is one of the metro’s most seasoned and professional bands. Veterans of both local and national venues, Arena has been rocking the Midwest for ten plus years. Whether playing clubs, theaters, or opening for national acts as diverse as UFO, The Gear Daddys, Jackyl

or Hairball, what keeps fans coming back for more is Arena’s musicianship, 3-part harmonies, stage production and the diversity of their set list. Whether the song is from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, or currently on the charts, what Arena brings to their entire set is ENERGY!





2nd Time Around

January 19, 8pm

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.


Brecken Miles

January 26, 8pm

Because he grew up in small-town Colgate, Wisconsin, music came second nature to Brecken. His father, a lifelong musician, wanted at least one of his three children to pick up the guitar and play. Brecken recalls showing off his “air guitar” skills as his dad sang along and played to old records like The Eagles, James Taylor, Springsteen and AC/DC. It wasn’t long before Brecken was inspired to pick up the ol’ six-string at just 10 years of age.

Eager to play, he’d come home from school and practice for hours on end. Brecken recalls plenty of nights falling asleep with his electric guitar in hand (“I didn’t wanna wake the family while I laid in bed and played”), having bloody fingers, breaking strings and playing way to loud. He was turned on to country music after attending his first Kenny Chesney concert at Summerfest in Milwaukee Wis., and has been hooked ever since. For the past five years, Brecken had the honor to be the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the Milwaukee-based band, Bella Cain, playing over 200 shows a year in front of some of the biggest crowds and opening for some of the most notable names in country music. After several meetings, co-writes and trips down to Nashville, the place he now calls his second home, Brecken secured a publishing deal with Rhyme Partners Music Publishing on music row. He’s excited that it’s his turn now as a solo artist to continue pursuing his dreams. With the release of his second charting single “I’m Good With That” currently on country radio, he’s well on his way!




Kofi Baker’s Cream Experience

January 27, 8pm


Kofi Baker, following in the family tradition, displays a mastery of technique and natural talent that rivals that of his father, Ginger Baker.

After seeing the Cream reunion in 2005, Kofi was inspired to form his own Cream tribute band – he wanted to continue where Cream, and his father, had left off.

Kofi’s band is the ultimate Cream tribute: combining Cream’s innovative and experimental style with virtuoso talent. The dynamic three-piece – Kofi Baker, Tony Spinner and Ric Fierabracci – effectively capture Cream’s mood and energy, adding their own distinctive styles. Front man Tony sings and solos with virtuoso ease; Ric lays down strong and innovative bass-lines complimenting Kofi’s complex polyrhythms, learned from his father. Kofi Baker’s Cream Experience includes songs from Blind Faith and Jimi Hendrix – an original Cream tribute band that truly rocks!