Official Press Release from Hughes Brothers Theatre:

JEERK, international sensation and Sweden’s top Rhythm Artists, kick off their action-packed show in Branson on March 22, 2010, at the Hughes Brothers Theatre. Known world-wide for their innovative and thrilling one-of-a-kind stage show, JEERK adds another exciting twist to the outstanding Branson show mix.
Jeff Topper, Director of Sales for the Hughes Brothers Theatre says, “From the Hughes Brothers Show to SIX and now JEERK our theatre is showcasing cutting edge entertainment. JEERK is a new breed of entertainment – versatile, unexpected, innovative and very hip.” The ingredients of the JEERK show include tap dance, percussion, singing and humour mixed together by five brilliant performers – Nikke, Reggie, Xet, Bobo, and Tymac. Swedish news Ystads has this to say, “These five young men can do anything that can be done on a stage, and they do it magnificently.”
The JEERK show is a world of rhythms where the performers transform anything into a musical instrument; a plastic barrel, a hockey stick, a walking chair…and mix this with playful humour. Topper adds, “JEERK’s personal touch is endearing to the audience. Their clever combinations of dance are fresh and versatile while reminiscent of the fun antics we’ve always enjoyed from the dance greats.” Lanstidningen County Chronicle says, “The incredible show with JEERK gets top grades. The late Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly must be happy in heaven when they see something like this.”
JEERK, finalist in the Big E Awards for Best Show, has stomped across the stages of Sweden as well as Istanbul, Frankfurt, Basel, Milan and Bucharest. Their TV credits include the opening ceremony of the European Athletics Championship, the Eurovision Song Contest and the popular dance show Dansez Pentru Tine in Romania. Their international success brought them to the United States for their first appearance last year. At Silver Dollar City JEERK discovered Branson and American fans discovered JEERK. Now fans will be able to see JEERK on the world-famous 76 Highway, fondly known as “the strip”. As Bobo says, “The crazy Swedes are back in Branson!”

The Shepherd of the Hills is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a big announcement – the addition of the “Vigilante Extreme ZipRider.” The announcement of this new attraction has already generated a lot of buzz as it brings an entirely new experience to the Branson attraction scene.

Set to open by Memorial Day weekend, the ZipRider will allow guests to experience a ride from atop the Inspiration to a landing point a half-mile away. Visitors will travel up the glass elevator of the Inspiration Tower to the top observation deck. From the open-air observation deck, guests will board one of four seated zip lines that will send them sailing across the 160-acre park at speeds up to 50 mph.
Unlike traditional zipline experiences, the ZipRider has a patented trolley retrieval system, so with the push of a button the seats are brought back and are ready for the next rider.
Currently, there are 10 ZipRider attractions in the world. The Branson location at Shepherd of the Hills will have the highest tower launch of any ZipRider attraction, as Inspiration Tower is 230 feet in the air.
The ride will be open to guests weighing between 75 and 275 pounds. The first ride will cost $29 and each additional trip will be $20.

Branson Airport and Frontier Airlines announced in a recent new release that it will be offering non-stop service to Denver, Colorado beginning April 20, 2010.

Frontier Airlines announced its summer 2010 schedule on February 4, which includes “seven new destinations from its Denver International Airport (DEN) hub, as well as increased frequencies to four popular destinations for the peak summer travel season. The new routes and frequencies will be available for sale on FrontierAirlines.com beginning Feb. 14.”
The addition of Frontier Airlines will allow visitors to fly to Branson from more than 50 cities connecting through Denver, according to the release.
Frontier Airlines operates a fleet of 51 aircraft, the release said.
The first Branson to Denver flight will be April 20, departing at 2:30 p.m. and arriving in Denver at 4:30 p.m. Flights will take place Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
The first Denver to Branson flight departs April 20 at 11:05 a.m., arriving at 1:52 p.m. Flights will take place Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Ticket prices were not announced in the news release.

The 2nd Annual Missouri Food & Wine Festival returns to Chateau on the Lake April 24 & 25, 2010. This festival is a celebration of food & wine from around Branson, Missouri and the world. Guests will be treated to food and beverage samples all day, along with informative seminars, live entertainment and full dining opportunities. Admission also includes educational seminars regarding food & wine, cooking classes from award-winning chefs, and an exclusive Wine Makers Dinner in the award winning Chateau Grille Restaurant. Every attendee will also receive a souvenir tasting journal and imprinted wine glass.

The festival theme will emphasize the uses of food, wine, beer and gourmet ingredients working in conjunction to please the palate of food lovers everywhere. The event is also a charitable one, as a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Branson Arts Council. New for this year’s event is a Barbeque and Burger contest, as well as an outdoor area for smokers and barbeques.
A few of the food vendors that will be present include the Andy Williams Moon River Grill, Bleu Olive Mediterranean Restaurant, Chateau Grill e Restaurant, Chocolat, Florentine’s & Fall Creek Steakhouse. Planned wine vendors include Keltoi Vineyard and Winery, Le Cave Winery, Lindwedel Wine Garden, Stone Hill Winery, Whispering Oaks Vineyard & Winery, Mount Pleasant Winery & Andy Williams Private Label. Non Food/Wine Vendors include 417 Magazine, The Vacation Channel, Branson Show League, KSFX and many others.
Tickets are available in advance or at the door. A one day pass is $20 and a two day pass is $30. The hours for the event are 10am-9pm on April 24 & 10am-6pm on April 25.

College of the Ozarks in Branson, MO is hosting the 19th Annual NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship March 10-16, 2010. This will be the 11th year C of O has hosted the event, which is held at Keeter Gymnasium.

The Division II Championship is a 32 team, single elimination tournament featuring the champions of the Division II conferences, regional tournaments and at-large berths.
The schedule for the 19th Annual NAIA Tournament is as follows:
First Round on Wednesday, March 10 with eight games
Day Session – 8:30 am, 10:15 am, 12:00 pm, 1:45 pm
Evening Session – 4:00 pm, 5:45 pm, 8:00 pm, 9:45 pm
First Round on Thursday, March 11 with eight games
Day Session – 8:30 am, 10:15 am, 12:00 pm, 1:45 pm
Evening Session – 4:00 pm, 5:45 pm, 7:30 pm, 9:15 pm
Second Round on Friday, March 12 with eight games
Day Session – 8:30 am, 10:15 am, 12:00 pm, 1:45 pm
Evening Session – 4:00 pm, 5:45 pm, 7:30 pm, 9:15 pm
Quarterfinals on Saturday, March 13 with four games
Day Session – 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm
Evening Session – 6:00 pm, 8:00 pm
Semifinals on Monday, March 15, with games at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Championship on Tuesday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m. (CST)
Ticket prices for the event are as follows:Children under 5: Free
Children 5-12: $3
Students 12-18: $5
College Student (with ID) $5
Adult: $10
Tournament Passes (31 games) are $65 for general admission and $95 for reserved admission.
If you plan to attend the NAIA Tournament, reserve from our Branson Hotels now for the guaranteed lowest rates.

The Titanic Museum in Branson has two exciting events lined up for the month of March.

Starting March 19, the Titanic Museum Attraction will pay tribute to the dogs on board the maiden voyage of the Titanic. They will be honored with the debut of the ship’s new mascots, Molly & Carter. These two friendly dogs, both of which are King Charles Spaniels, will be at the attraction to welcome guests aboard every day at the sound of the ship’s noon whistle. On March 18, the day before the debut of the new mascots, the Titanic will host a Humane Society charity event.
The entire month of March is dedicated to the 4th Annual Titanic Irish Celebration. The Titanic Museum Branson will celebrate the Irish Titanic Legacy with music, song and stories. Irish men and women played a large role in the building and sailing of the Titanic.
Titanic tickets are on sale now.

The Magnificent Variety Show in Branson is moving to a new home – The Branson Star Theater. Last season, they performed at The Osmonds Theater, which is now being renovated and will be home to Clay Cooper, Neal McCoy and Buck Trent. This will be the ninth season for the Magnificent Variety Show.

Magnificent Variety is a production that brings music from the 1940’s to today to the stage in show that features 300 costume changes, fantastic dancing and stars Joe and Tamra Tinoco, along with their 5-year-old daughter Talya. Moving the show to the Branson Star Theater allows the show to have a larger stage setting, new music and costumes, as well as new choreography.
The show will be presented Monday through Saturday at 8pm, starting March 18 and will run through December 30.
Branson Star Theater is located at 3750 West Hwy 76.

The newly remodeled Music City Center Theater in Branson MO recently announced The Osmonds would be performing at their venue in 2010. On the heels of that announcement, comes news that Paul Harris has also been added to the Music City Center line-up.

Paul Harris is a hilarious comedian and talented singer and musician who previously performed in Branson with the Pierce Arrow Show. He left Branson a few years ago in order to tour the country, but is now returning to the Branson Shows scene. During his 2010 season in Branson, he will combine his Branson show schedule with his travels opening for nationally-known comedian Jeff Foxworthy.
The Paul Harris Show is set to open March 4, 2010 and will run through December 18, 2010.