The Branson Centennial Celebration kicks into high gear starting April 1, as that is when the official “100 Days, 100 Years to Celebrate” promotion begins.  The Centennial Celebration is paying tribute to the history of Branson as well as the entertainment mecca it has become.  Branson shows and Branson attractions are getting in on the celebration, and you should too! 
Mark your calendar for these Branson Centennial events:
  • Branson Centennial History Museum

A special museum will open on April 1 in the same location that housed the town’s first gas station. Actors will dress up as prominent figures in Branson’s history, and give lessons and information on their activities. Current city officials, including the mayor, will also dress in period costumes as they sign a petition to incorporate the city. At present this museum isn’t planned to be permanent, so anyone wishing to take part in this special presentation of Branson’s history should take care to experience it before it’s done.

  • 100 Days, 100 Years to Celebrate
As the name implies “100 Days” runs from April 1 through July 10, and will showcase local business getting involved in celebrating the Branson Centennial. The ways that they’re going to celebrate are as varied as the businesses themselves, but all of them are encouraged to relate it to the number 100. Perhaps that will be something for the 100th customer, or a nice product offered at a special $100 deal. The only sure way to find out is to visit the Branson area businesses during “100 Days, 100 Years to Celebrate”.
  • A Night to Remember the Titanic
Branson is already home to the Titanic Museum, and they’ve got a special attraction planned to honor both the Branson Centennial and the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. On Saturday, April 14th, look forward to special events like choirs, a candle light ceremony, and a lighting of the Titanic Eternal Flame.
    • Branson’s Birthday Spectacular – The Show of the Century

       

 

With a moniker like “The Show of the Century” and an entertainment lineup ranging from Jim Stafford, Yakov Smirnoff, The Presley’s, The Baldknobbers, Foggy River Boys, Shoji Tabuchi, The Lennon Sisters and other top names still being added, it’s a come-one, come-all Birthday Spectacular concert that can’t be missed on Sunday, April 15, 2012. Hosted at the celebrated RFD-TV The Theatre on West Highway 76 in Branson, Missouri and featuring Carrie April Tillis as the mistress of ceremonies, this “once-in-one hundred years” musical extravaganza assures that will not a moment of Branson’s storied entertainment spectrum will be overlooked. A nod to each variety of song, verse and historical memory will be on the stage during this two and one half hour spectacular.   

    • The 52nd Annual Plumb Nellie Days

       

 

The 52nd Plumb Nellie Days Art & Craft Festival, May 17-19, 2012 will celebrate the home-spun and artistic side of Historic Downtown Branson.  Since 2012 is Branson’s Centennial, activities that were attractions during the first few years of Plumb Nellie Days will highlight the historical event, such as a Reuben Branson Look-Alike Contest. The city was named after Reuben Branson who was postmaster and store owner here in the 1880s. The DBMA will announce more about the contest in February, but now is the time to start growing those beards men!  The Plumb Nellie Days stage will host a notable line up of entertainers throughout the event, plus a special booth where performers can meet and greet their fans. A very popular feature of Plumb Nellie Days is its Friday night street dance with a live band, 6:30-9:30 p.m.  The three day event is in downtown Branson on Commercial Street at the corners of Commercial and Main streets, an entire city block.
  • Branson’s 100th Fest and Street Dance

Scheduled for July 7, this block party is sure to be the event of the summer! Check back soon for more details. 

Looking for a new show to see in Branson this summer?  Check out The Finalists Live! at the Andy Williams Moon River Theater

The Finalists Live! will feature top finalists from some of your favorite television show like American Idol and America’s Got Talent performing live.  The show will feature three different casts throughout the summer, with each group performing in Branson, Missouri for five weeks.   In total, over 15 different performing artists will take the stage over the summer.  The host of the show will be Pete Peterkin, a 2009 America’s Got Talent finalists.
The list of performers starring in The Finalists Live! will be released soon.
Shows start May 14th.

The Clay Cooper Theater in Branson, MO has quite the line-up of performers scheduled throughout 2012.  As many of you may already know, Mel Tillis is headlining a series of shows at the Clay Cooper Theater September 6 through December.  Along with Clay Cooper’s headlining performances, you can also look forward to these great shows at the theater:

  • Buckets N Boards: Starring Gareth Sever and Matthew Levingston, Buckets N Boards is a hilarious and high-energy show chock-full of precise percussion, ridiculous songs, spectacular tap dancing, inventive instrumentation and unique musical talent. 
  • Rankin Brothers: The production showcases timeless classics from rock-n-roll, country, folk, and gospel. From Elvis to Bobby Vinton, George Strait to John Denver, Roy Orbison to Neil Diamond, The Supremes to Sonny and Cher, The Rankin Brothers Classic Music Review will keep you captivated from beginning to end with musical impersonations, tributes, and comedy.
  • Red, Hot and Blue: Featuring the timeless melodies you love, sit back and relax as the “Hardest Working Cast in Branson” takes you on nostalgic journey back to the classic jazz era of the 1940’s, the hilarious 1950’s, the rockin’ 1960’s, the disco flash of the 1970’s and many more.

Branson Airport just announced they will be offering seasonal nonstop service to and from Austin, Texas; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Nashville, Tennessee.  The flights will be available through public charter flights by Branson AirExpress and operated by Corporate Flight Management.

The nonstop service to Austin and Milwaukee will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  The Nashville service will operate three days per week, but those days have yet to be specified. 
Earlier this year the Branson Airport announced a new non-stop flight service from Branson to Chicago and Houston, starting April 16.  This news came on the heels of another major announcement as Southwest Airlines revealed they would convert AirTran Airways at Branson to Southwest Airlines operations over time.
What does all of this mean to you? Simply put, it’s easier and more cost effective to visit your favorite vacation destination.  Traveling to Branson has never been better!
Branson, Missouri is celebrating its centennial this year and part of the celebration includes Branson’s Birthday Spectacular, a production featuring the stars of Branson.  Dubbed “The Show of the Century,” the Birthday Spectacular concert takes place on April 15 with performers like Shoji, The Lennon Sisters, Yakov and other top names headlining.
The musical extravaganza is being held at the RFD-TV Theater, one of Branson’s largest and most dynamic theaters.  Emceed by Carrie April Tillis, the show will pay homage to Branson’s music history with a nod to each variety of show and song highlighted during the 2 ½ hour production. 
Attendees of the show can look forward to performances by:
Due to the recent storms in the Branson area, this concert is now a charitable event, with proceeds donated to victims of recent storm and tornado.  Tickets start at $35 for adults and children 4-12 are $10.  To purchase tickets please call the RFD-TV Theater at 417-332-2344.

Silver Dollar City opens for the 2012 season on March 15.  Alongside 30-plus attractions, visitors will find a selection of shows debuting, continuing the tradition of Silver Dollar City creating new park attractions. 

Silver Dollar City shows are really pulling out all the stops, with more than a dozen new shows appearing on the parks stages throughout the year.  This Branson, Missouri theme park is appealing for this and many other reasons.  In combination with its demonstrating craftsmen, thrilling rides and world-class festivals, the shows are a highlight of a day at Silver Dollar City. The first festival the park welcomes this year is World-Fest, an event that will feature six acts.  Among them is the “La Bella Musica,” debuting in the also new Italy section of the festival.  Stilt-walkers, acrobats, flag throwers and a vibrant parade make “La Bella Musica.” 
The Flying Walendas will return as headliners of Kids-Fest, and two new shows will debut. “Luma” – will feature bring the story of Marvel Cave to life using a high-tech 3-D light show.  Kids will be able to get interactive at “Gazillion Bubbles,” as bubbly artistry is the main event.    National Harvest Festival launches a new western stunt show in the fall and in November An Old Time Christmas will present “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
The Silver Dollar City theme park has two events: A veteran’s salute and fireworks display on Independence Day and a Country Music Weekend on September 8 and 9, with Diamond Rio and Pam Tillis performing. 
To enjoy all of the excitement available at the park purchase discount Silver Dollar City tickets.  The two days for the price of one deal can’t be beat.

A new show will debut at the Showboat Branson Belle when they begin their season on March 30, 2012.  Made in the USA is a show answering customer demand and tailor-made to entertain you.  An evening and noon show are being produced. 

The Showboat Branson Belle
It will feature violin-playing aerialist Janice Martin, male vocal group The Showmen performing all-American music spanning the decades, and magician and comedian Christopher James as emcee. 
Janice Martin
The noon performance includes the ShowBelles, a female quartet, as well as fiddler Dean Church, pianist Julie McClarey, live band The Castaways and comedian David Hirschi as emcee.
The delicious food at the Showboat Branson is getting a makeover too; guess will now dine on American-style comfort food.
Set sail on Table Rock Lake with the only dinner and show cruise in Branson.  Showboat Branson Belle tickets are available at Reserve Branson.

By April, most of the new 2012 shows are open along with many of the attractions in town. Avoid the heat and crowds of the summer and enjoy beautiful Branson in the spring.

Below are upcoming events for April:

April 1: Centennial History Museum Opening
Celebrate 100 years at the Centennial History Museum openingin Historic Downtown Branson. Call 417-334-4084 for more info.
April 5-7: Easter Celebration at Silver Dollar City
Silver Dollar City is celebrating Easter with live musical performances and an Easter egg hunt. See The Punches Family, The Petersens, and Spoken 4 Quartet perform.
April 8: Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch
Chateau on the Lake is hosting an Easter brunch from 11-3. Sample the omelet station, shellfish, carved meats, and much more. Adults $45; kids 5-12 $22. Call 888-333-5253 for reservations.
April 12: WorldFest Begins at Silver Dollar City
Don’t miss America’s largest international festival. WorldFestruns April 12 – May 6 at Silver Dollar City. See amazing performances from all over the world along with topnotch international cuisine.
April 14: A Night to Remember: An Original Musical Tribute to Titanic
Come to the Titanic Museum in Branson for the 100th anniversary of the night the ship struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage. Enjoy live music and see actual descendents of Titanic’s passengers and crew. Festivities begin at noon.
April 14: Chef’s Chili Cook-Off at Big Cedar Lodge
Sample chili from regional chefs from 1-4 in the Grandview Conference Center. Vote for your favorite chili and have a chance at a guest drawing every 30 minutes. Cash bar available. Tickets $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
April 20-22: Branson Elvis Festival
Come to Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater for the 6th annual Elvis Festival. Activities include an Elvis Vendor Village, an Elvis movie showing, Elvis karaoke nights, and an Elvis meet & greet dinner. Tickets start at $25.
April 20-22: Earth Day Festivities
Join Big Cedar Lodge as they celebrate Earth day with various activities, including the Lakeshore Clean-Up Project, scavenger hunt, yoga walk, and tips for maintaining a healthy diet.
April 25-26: See The World In Branson Music Fest
Come to the Welk Resort to see over 40 booths representing 30 different countries. Catch a glimpse into various cultures without having to leave Branson. In addition, see a sampling of Branson shows and meet Branson entertainers.
Interior of Tri-Lakes Center

In Branson, the stars are always shining.  This sentiment rings true during the 2012 season as the Tri-Lakes Center and God and Country Theatres welcome a variety of entertainers to their stages.  Read on to find out more.

The Tri-Lakes Center begins their schedule of performers this May.
  • Ray Price and B.J. Thomas: May 5
  • Merle Haggard: June 23
  • Teen Idols Tour with Herman’s Hermits & The Monkees Lead Singer Micky Dolenz
  • Don Williams: October 6
  • Lonestar: October 19
  • T.G. Sheppard, Razzy Bailey, Johnny Rodriguez and Jeannie Seely: November 23

Here is the line-up of special guests scheduled at God and Country Theatres:

  • John Conlee & Bobby Bar: May 12
  • Ronnie Milsap: June 2
  • Restless Heart: September 22
  • David Frizell and Shelly West: October 13
  • Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius: October 20
  • Janie Fricke: October 27
  • Crystal Gayle: November 10
No matter what time of year you visit Branson you’ll find plenty of entertainment.  From country to pop to rock, there is a show for you.

The latest news from our friends at Legends in Concert:

BRANSON, MO (March 6, 2012) – Celebrated tribute artist production Legends in Concert’ announced today that repairs have commenced on its home in the Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater, following the impact of the tornado that touched down in Branson on February 29.The restoration plans have been completed, delivery of replacement building materials have begun and dozens of construction workers are in full swing making all the needed renovations, after receiving confirmation that the theater suffered no structural damage.
“The tornado’s impact and damage to our theater was serious enough to require the cancellation of our March 2012 schedule of performances,” said Jeannie Horton, General Manager for Legends in Concert. “We are working closely with Jim Morris, the theater’s owner and his team to insure that the necessary repairs are completed on a timely basis. We are confident the completion of the repairs to the theater will proceed quickly and result in the same safe and enjoyable facility millions of our fans have always depended on enjoying, upon their visits to Branson. Our hearts and prayers especially go out to those in the Branson community that were even more adversely affected by the tornado.”   
Mr. Morris said he is “dedicated and diligently working with the producers of Legends in Concert to reopen the theater as rapidly as possible. Their outstanding live entertainment production is an essential part of our Highway 76 and Fall Creek complex including the Ramada Hotel, Midtown Cafe, and soon to be reopened classic automobile museum under the theater, all attractions which complement one another so well.”  Morris added, “Although the damage is unfortunate, and my thoughts are with those residents who have suffered from the storm, not even a tornado can shake my long-time confidence and commitment to Branson.” 
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater, the ultimate Branson rock n’ roll complex, was built in 2006 and boasts 900 seats. It’s innovative design creates an intimate concert space with great sight lines to the stage, cushy comfortable seats with generous leg room, a dance floor, state of the art  projection screens, a brand new million dollar  spectacular stage set and fascinating memorabilia from Dick Clark’s American Bandstand archives, recalling the historic roots of rock n’ roll and country.
“Although we  regret the relatively short disruption to our 2012 season, and appreciate our fans and business partners’ patience while the renovations are underway, the theater will be better than ever when the repairs are complete to this fabulous entertainment facility,” said Brian Brigner, chief operating officer for “Legends” producer On Stage Entertainment.  “We’ve enjoyed 16 wonderful years’ operating our production in this community and look forward to many, many more.”
“Jeanne and I were both on site just minutes after the tornado hit.  We appreciate the professionalism and efforts her team have made, as everyone deals with the impact of the tornado,” said Jerry Carroll, manager of Morris Branson Theatre LLC, and other properties of Mr. Morris. Carroll added, “We will continue to work side by side with them towards a prompt reopening of the theater.”
Legends in Concert performances will resume 6 days a week in March through the end of December as previously scheduled.