Photo Credit: Diamond Rio

Put on your cowboy boots and come out to Silver Dollar CitySeptember 8 and 9, 2012, for Country Music Weekend

During the event legendary stars of country music will perform at Echo Hollow Amphitheatre.  Diamond Rio is one of the featured performers.  They have a chart-topping career spanning four decades and will take the stage of September 8.  Then, on September 9, platinum recording artist, famed songwriter and Grammy winner Pam Tillis will perform. 
Both 90-minute concerts will begin at 6pm, with seating starting at 4pm.
Country Music Weekend concerts are included with the purchase of Silver Dollar City tickets.   It’s an incredible value and a great way to spend one of the last weekends of summer.  Purchase your tickets today or upgrade to a Silver Dollar City vacation package for even more ways to play in Branson, Missouri. 

An all-new group of American Idol finalists are taking the stage at the Finalists Live in Branson, MO. Located at the Andy Williams Moon River Theater, this show features some of your favorite American Idol finalists performing songs that made them household names.

Photo credit: Finalists Live
The third group of finalists performing in the Finalists Live includes:
  • Ruben Studdard, Winner in Season 2
  • Bo Bice, Runner-Up to Winner Carrie Underwood in Season 4
  • Vonzell Solomon, 3rd Place in Season 4
  • Katie Stevens from Season 9
  • RJ Helton from Season 1
The Finalists started performing in Branson, Missouri in mid-May.  Other American Idol finalists who have taken the stage during the summer season of Finalists Live include Lee Dwyze, Elliot Yamin, Ace Young, Diana Degarmo, Alexis Grace, Siobhan Magnus and Blake Lewis. 
Be sure to get your Finalists Live tickets today to see this group of Idols in concert.  The show ends August 18.  

Love LEGOS? Then make you way to the Branson Landing this summer for LEGO Summer Brickation July 25-September 4, 2012. 

The exciting new experience showcases the best of LEGO, with different activity zones providing families enjoyment in everything from building, games and challenges, to photo opportunities with life size LEGO models.
Activity areas include:
  • DUPLO Boat
  • Build Tables
  • Creation Station
  • Race Ramps
  • LEGO Challenge Zone
Brickation will be located near the Landings’s Town Square area. 
Have fun and learn at the same time with LEGO at Branson Landing in Branson, Missouri
August 4:  Celebrity Grill-Off at Big Creek Lodge
Big Cedar chefs face-off for the title of Top Grill Chef. Come encourage your favorites on the Swimmin’ Hole Lawn for this free event between 2-3pm.
August 6-12:  Vintage Camper Week
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of KOA campgrounds. Campers from 1976 or earlier receive rollback pricing. Make reservations at www.bransonkoa.com or call 417-334-4414.
August 9-11:  Summer Cruise Show ‘N Shine
This annual premier car event is held at The Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead. Over 500 cars and trucks will be on display. Get all the details on pricing and registration on their website.
August 18:  Guns & Hoses Tournament
The 4th annual fishing tournament to benefit the Branson Fire and Police auxiliary funds will be held on Lake Taneycomo. The entry fee for 2-man teams is $75 and Lilleys’ Landing will be offering 50% off of boat rentals.
August 24-26:  Branson Fiddle Festival
This annual festival in downtown Branson attracts fiddlers from all across the country. Take part in a free kick-off jam session, demonstrations, strolling performers, workshops and a Saturday night “Square Dance.”
August 24 – September 3:  Southern Gospel Picnic at Silver Dollar City
Enjoy 11 days of Southern gospel music and southern cooking during the Southern Gospel Picnic. Catch hundreds of performances throughout the park from some big names like Booth Brothers, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Karen Peck & New River, The Isaacs and more.
August 29:  Def Leppard and Poison in Concert
The Rock of Ages tour is coming to the Black Oak Amphitheater and will feature Def Leppard, Poison, and Lita Ford. Purchase tickets online.

It’s official!  Southwest Airlines will arrive in Branson, Missouri in 2013. 

Signing a multi-year agreement with Southwest Airlines, the Branson Airport will transition AirTran Airways flights to Southwest Airlines the first half of 2013 and by mid-2013 all flights will be Southwest Airlines.  The fares and flights will be announced at a later date.
“We are thrilled with the news that we will have Southwest Airlines’ red-bellied aircraft touching down in Branson,” said Jeff Bourk, Executive Director of the Branson Airport. “Southwest Airlines presence in this region will do enormous things for the economic development of the entire Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas area.”
“We’re looking forward to extending the Southwest Airlines route map to Branson next year,” said Pete Houghton, Southwest Airlines Senior Director of Airport Affairs. “We look forward to announcing further details soon.”
The Branson Airport currently has 8 nonstop destinations and one stop connecting service to more than 100 major cities in the United States. Nonstop destinations include: Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Chicago, Houston and Orlando on AirTran Airways; Denver on Frontier Airlines; and Austin and Nashville on Branson AirExpress.

The Price is Right Live will ask contestants to come on down starting July 9 in Branson, Missouri.  The on-stage, audience interactive version of America’s longest running game show gives Branson visitors the chance to win all sorts of cash and prizes. Plus, unlike the TV show, 50 randomly chosen audience members will have the chance to win prizes in the live show.

The show, performed at the Welk Resort Theater, recently announced Bob Goen will manage the celebrity hosting duties.  If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Goen co-hosted Entertainment Tonight for 10 years and has also hosted shows such as Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA.  He has hosted game shows before, too, as he played host for the Las Vegas versions of Family Feud Live and The Price is Right Live.
Purchase Price is Right Live tickets today for your chance to play popular games such as Plinko, Cliffhangers, Punch-A-Bunch, and The Big Wheel to name just a few.

There’s a new place to dine at the Branson Landing, adding to the variety of options available at the outdoor shopping complex located along Lake Taneycomo.  Black Oak Grill, the new restaurant on the block, is giving visitors a unique dining option among its competitors, with modern twists on traditional fare a signature of the restaurant.  In fact, Black Oak Grill describes its food as “comfort food with an upscale, fusion twist.” 

The twist can be seen in dishes like Mom’s Meatloaf, a certified Angus Beef dish served with root vegetables; Baby Back ribs with a root beer barbeque sauce served with apple jicama slaw; and Grilled Flat Iron Steak in a peppercorn brandy sauce.  I dined during lunch, so I ordered the Bald Knobber Pulled Pork Sandwich.  Described as a sandwich served on bolillo bread, with pork in a root beer barbeque sauce, and accented by pickled jalapenos, spiced vegetables and cilantro, the sandwich was exactly that when it arrived.  The sweet (and yes, root beer) flavor of the barbeque sauce complimented the tang of the jalapenos well, and the pork was tender, creating a sandwich I really enjoyed. 

It was served with root crisps, an item I was honestly not sure of what to expect.  It turns out root crisps are made from finely sliced root vegetables, such as potatoes, parsnips and celery root, and are tossed in sea salt.  Resembling a lightly fried potato chip, root crisps are a decidedly different approach to the usual French fries.  They aren’t for everyone, as my companion was not a fan, but I thought they were an interesting and daring item to serve with the dish. 

Save room for the Bacon Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich.  Yes, it’s as decadent as it sounds, and yes, bacon and chocolate are delicious together.  It’s a must try at the Black Oak Grill in Branson, Missouri.

Join Andy Williams in Branson, Missouri this fall as he celebrates his 75th year in entertainment.  The Moon River Theater is hosting a celebration in honor of Williams’ 75 years in entertainment with seven weeks of amazing co-stars.  Performances begin September 10 and lasts through October 23. 

The performers joining Andy Williams during Andy Williams and Co-Stars include:
  • Debbie Reynolds: September 10-15
  • Frankie Avalon: September 17-22
  • Jack Jones: September 24-29
  • The Osmonds: October 1-6
  • Pat and Debby Boone: October 8-13
  • Ray Stevens: October 15-20
  • Clint Black: October 22-24
Reserve your tickets soon as this anniversary celebration will sell out soon.  Andy Williams tickets are only $40 for adults. 

Branson is known for the largest Veterans Homecoming Celebration in the nation.  Even though the event is four months away, the event organizers are already in the planning stages.  All of the regular festivities, including reunions, a day room, free lunches and a vendor village, are returning. 

This year, the Opening Ceremony is also returning.  “Vets for Vets” will be performed on November 5.  The show will include tap dancers, singers, musicians, comedians and even a 12-piece orchestra.  An upbeat show, the finale will feature “Dancing in the Streets.” 
“Vets for Vets” is unique as it is specifically seeking entertainers who are also veterans. 
The vendor village, day room, lunch room and other activities will return to Factory Merchants Branson, commonly known as the Red Roof mall, despite the fact the mall is closing at the end of June.
Other activities planned for Veterans Homecoming 2012includes the 16th Annual Military Gala and Banquet, set for 5 p.m. Nov. 9; the 8th Annual Tribute to Women Veterans Nov. 9 at Stone Castle Hotel and Conference Center; and the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall at Welk Resort.