Silver Dome Ballroom

Located in “farm country” five miles west of Neillsville, Wisconsin on U.S. Hwy 10, the Silver Dome Ballroom was established in 1933 and is listed in the National and State of Wisconsin Registers of Historic Places for its one-of-a-kind architecture and its rich entertainment history.

Throughout its history, the Silver Dome has hosted many of the finest national, regional and local entertainers in a wide variety of styles – from Big Bands to Country to Rock & Roll. In recent years, the Silver Dome has presented some of the most popular Blues and “Alternative” Rock and Country acts in the Country, including Austin’s Wayne Hancock, Grant Hart (Husker Du), Spider John Koerner & Tony Glover, Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials and Southern Culture on the Skids. (Subscribe to the site, or follow us on Facebook to get updates on upcoming shows.)

We are always interested in your memories of the ballroom and would LOVE to see your old photographs.  If you have any particularly remarkable memories of events at the ballroom, or any old photos, we encourage you to leave a comment below.  Thank you all for your interest in and patronage of the historic Silver Dome Ballroom!

Read the Star Tribune article about The Silver Dome Ballroom.

2017 BLUES PARTY – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21ST

Saturday Oct 212017 Blues Party
Doors at 5 pm / Music at 7:30 / $20 admission

Friday Oct 20
Free Pre-Party with Howard “Guitar” Luedtke
Doors at 5 pm / Music from 7-10 pm

The historic Silver Dome Ballroom is pleased to present its seventh annual Blues Party, so named in honor of the late, great Hubert Sumlin, the legendary Howlin’ Wolf guitarist and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, who was booked to play the inaugural Blues Party in 2011.  Sadly, Hubert was hospitalized a couple of days before that show and never played again, passing away a few months later.  Blues Party was the name of Hubert’s first solo recording following Howlin’ Wolf’s death and we’ve kept the name to honor Hubert’s memory.  This year’s party features the following outstanding artists:

LIL ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS – Descended from Blues royalty (JB Hutto was Ed’s uncle) and arguably the finest Chicago Blues Band in the world, bar none, period.  Ed has had the same band for 30 years now and, during that time, has cranked out 11 albums chock full of great Blues originals.  Guitar Player Magazine calls them “a snarling boogie-blues machine.”  Always a blast and sure to fill the dance floor.

STUDEBAKER JOHN & THE HAWKS – A highly regarded singer-songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player, John grew up playing in the famous Maxwell Street area of Chicago and has since released 18 albums of mostly original Blues and Blues-Rock music.  He sometimes works as bandleader and featured sideman for Muddy Waters’ son, Mud Morganfield, and some of his songs have appeared in film and television soundtracks, including the hit TV show, “24.”  Another high-octane set sure to fill the dancefloor.

CRANKSHAFT – Alex “Crankshaft” Larson is a Mpls./St. Paul-based singer-songwriter and guitarist who plays a brand of Roots-Rock and Blues that he simply describes as “Original Music from Anoka County, Minnesota.”  He often plays with his band, The Gear-Grinders, but for this show, he will be performing his “one-man-band” routine, simultaneously playing guitar and drums/percussion, from on top of our “cooler stage,” located behind and above the Silver Dome’s circular bar.  Our “cooler stage” has become a popular way to start any evening of music, offering a great visual as well as musical experience, and Alex is always a great party-starter.

HOWARD “GUITAR” LUEDTKE – Chippewa Falls resident, Howard Luedtke, is widely regarded as one of Wisconsin’s finest Blues guitarists, singer-songwriters and performers.  Howard will open the festivities on Friday, October 20th, with a free, solo performance from about 7 – 10 pm, also from high atop our “cooler stage.”  Again, the “cooler stage” offers a tremendous visual as well as musical experience and did we mention that this pre-party was FREE, FREE, FREE?!

Also serving food and drinks.  Free camping in the surrounding lot.

Bill Kirchen plays Silver Dome Ballroom July 7, 2017

The historic Silver Dome Ballroom is pleased to present…

bill kirchen

Bill Kirchen – legendary guitarist and founding member of Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen. He will be performing new songs and old classics, such as Hot Rod Lincoln and Seeds & Stems (Again).

He will be joined by a special opening act – Sam Llanas, formerly of the BoDeans with new songs and old such as Closer to Free and Runaway.

When Friday July 7, 2017
Doors open at 5 pm, music at 8 pm
Ticket $20

Silver Dome Ballroom

Located in “farm country” five miles west of Neillsville, Wisconsin on U.S. Hwy 10, the Silver Dome Ballroom was established in 1933 and is listed in the National (and State of Wisconsin) Register(s) of Historic Places for its one-of-a-kind architecture and its rich entertainment history.  Click on the “ABOUT” tab listed in the header near the top of this page for further historical information (and a couple photos) of the Silver Dome.  Please also check out our facebook page for further information (see link posted in footer below).

We are always interested in your memories of the ballroom and would LOVE to see your old photographs.  If you have any particularly remarkable memories of events at the ballroom, or any old photos, we encourage you to contact us via the email address listed below.  Thank you all for your interest in and patronage of the historic Silver Dome Ballroom!

Read the Star Tribune article about The Silver Dome Ballroom.
http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/music/223506161.html