Rock and country superstars have been lined up to headline the 2013 Coors Light Summer Concert Series at the Black Oak Mountain Amphitheater. There’s a little bit of something for everyone and a whole lot of variety planned for the upcoming season.  The concert series kicks off Memorial Day Weekend on May 26.

The full line-up of concerts scheduled at Black Oak Amphitheater:

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May 26
Trace Adkins
Opening Acts: Aaron Lewis, Blackberry Smoke

Tickets go on sale March 8.

June 23
Tim McGraw
Opening Acts: Brantley Gilbert, Love & Theft
Tickets go on sale April 5.

July 5
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Opening Acts: Hinder, Black Stone Cherry
Tickets go on sale April 19.

August 16
Journey
A ticket sale date has yet to be determined.

More shows are expected to be announced for the Black Oak Amphitheater in Lampe, MO. Check back soon for further updates.
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Ricky Skaggs returns to Branson, Missouri for a one-time only performance.  Scheduled for November 17, 2013, Skaggs will take the stage at the RFD-TV Theater at 3pm.  The concert is being presented by Up Close Concerts. 

Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder will play is country hits and some bluegrass favorites, creating an engaging production showcasing the talents that have won Skaggs 14 Grammy awards.  Beginning his career in 1960 after being discovered by bluegrass legends Bill Monroe, Skaggs has performed on the stage of the Grand Old Opry before the age of 17.  He primarily plays mandolin but is also skilled on the fiddle, guitar, mandocaster and banjo.
Some of Skaggs’ most legendary tunes include “You May See Me Walkin’,” “Country Boy,” “I’ll Take the Blame,” and “Don’t Get Above Your Raising.”
Ricky Skaggs tickets are currently on sale. 

Tony Orlando will bring his Great American Christmas Show to the Welk Resort one final time in 2013.  Orlando has been performing in Branson for 20 years or so and now plans to take the Great American Christmas Show on the road, performing in throughout the United States.

During Orlando’s final season in Branson he will perform a total of 20 shows, all of which are scheduled between November 5 and November 30.  The show features Orlando’s signature songs as well as his family and value-based Christmas story. 
Orlando recorded “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree” in 1973 and the song has been a staple of his catalog ever since.  It also created a deep connection between Orlando and our nation’s veterans, which continues to this day.  As such, Orlando has been very active in honoring veterans and will host his 20th Annual Yellow Ribbon Salute to Veterans on November 11 in Branson.  The event is free to all military, past and present. 
Don’t miss the opportunity to see Tony Orlando one last time in Branson, Missouri!

Kirby VanBurch has found a new theater to call home and is also being joined by one of Branson’s funniest comedians for the 2013 season. 

The famous magician and illusionist has moved his show to the Music City Centre theater, which has been renamed the Kirby VanBurch Theatre.  Intimate in size, the theater will allow VanBurch to engage audience members in up close and personal magic while also performing some big-scale illusions.  The new theatre will also be home to Kirby’s big cats, a signature part of his show.  Bambi VanBurch will join the show once again for the upcoming season, which is scheduled to begin on March 15.
Longtime Branson musician and comedian Joey Riley will join the Kirby Van Burch Theatre family for 2013 as well.  Riley will perform 2pm shows at the theatre, with the occasional 8pm performance scheduled.  Joey Riley opens his show April 15.   

Pierce Arrow is one of Branson’s hottest shows and in 2013 the show is heating up even more!  The show has gone through complete production renovation from the stage to the cast so visitors can expect an all new experience at the Pierce Arrow Show. 

One of the show’s most popular performers – comedian Jarrett Dougherty – returns to the show and is bringing with him a variety of new characters as well as favorites like Brother Cecil Watkins. 
New members of the show include Jimmy Fulbright, a long time Oak Ridge Boys band member.  American Idol finalist Luke Menard brings his talents back to the stage in 2013, as well Tim Storms, who is the Guinness Book of World Records holder for singing the lowest note.  Scott Fraker, previously of the gospel group Chosen Few, joins the show for his fourth season while female vocalist Michelle Wait joins the Pierce Arrow Show for the first time in 2013.  Dan Britton, one of the original members of Pierce Arrow, is now the owner, producer and general manger of the show and joins the vast on special occasions throughout the 2013 season. 
Along with new cast additions, the show features an all new custom tailored wardrobe, new sound system and custom sets. 
If you think you’ve seen Pierce Arrow…think again.  The Branson show is even better in 2013!

One of Branson’s finest theaters is presenting an exciting new show for 2013 – New Jersey Nights.  The show, which was previously known as the Tribute to the Four Seasons and The Beach Boys, is performed at the newly renovated King’s Castle Theater.  Once known as the Bobby Vinton Theater, and then the Branson Variety Theater, the King’s Castle Theater was completely remodeled in 2012.  Now, owner David King is wowing audiences with the revamped New Jersey Nights, as show that takes visitors down memory lane.

Hit songs from the songbook of Franki Valli and The Four Seasons are performed to the delight of audiences.  The story of both of these iconic American groups unfolds on stage, complete with first class musical arrangements, perfect harmonies, authentic costumes and custom sets.  Some of their greatest hits will be belted out on stage, including selections like:
  • Sherry
  • Rag Doll
  • My Eyes Adored You
  • Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
  • Big Girls Don’t Cry
  • Walk Like A Man
  • Oh What a Night
King’s Castle Theatre is also home of the amazing harmonies of The Twelve Irish Tenors, and Hooray for Hollywood!  New in 2013 is ABBA’s Greatest Hits Dancing Queenand the most festive musical holiday production of Christmas in Hollywood!

The Titanic Museum Attraction has added a new gallery for 2013, enhancing the already incredible experience available to visitors.  The new gallery – Discover the Children of Titanic – will put the spotlight on Titanic’s littlest heroes and tell the story of what these children saw, heard and felt from the moment they boarded the ship.  The new exhibit is just one way the museum is changing to appeal to new, and younger, visitors.

Another way the museum is appealing to younger audiences is an audio tour aimed at children.  The kid-friendly audio tour makes the artifacts come to life in a whole new way.  A dog exhibit detailing the 10 dogs brought aboard will also interest kids, as will the new boarding cards kids will receive which include a scratch-off quiz. 
Interactive elements of the Titanic Museum Branson make the tour engaging for children too.  They can see what the deck of the ship would have felt like as it started to sink and feel what the 28-degree sea waters would have felt like.   There are also question and answer games throughout the museum, creating an engaging and educational way to learn about the history of the Titanic.
Discover the Children of Titanic is an exhibit two years in the making.   Previously untold stories of the 133 children’s aboard the ship, including seven first-class passengers, 27 second-class passengers, 97 children in third class and even two young boys ages 15 and 14 who were members of the ship’s crew, are given a voice during the Titanic Museum tour.  One of the items prominently displayed in the children’s gallery is an original Steiff black Titanic mourning bear, one of only 78 the company made in 1912 following the news of the ship’s sinking on April 14, 2012.  The bear is valued at $125,000.
The museum is a marvel both inside and out.  Purchase Titanic Museum tickets to get an inside look at one of the 20th centuries most historic events. 

March 1-2:  Branson Log & Timber Home Show
From 10-6 on Friday and Saturday the Branson Convention Center will host the Log & Timber Home Show. Life-size log and timber structures will be on display along with rustic decor and furnishings. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

March 1-31:  Irish Month at Titanic Museum

The month-long Irish celebration at Titanic Museum in Branson will feature singing, dancing, music, and tales. For more information, call 800-381-7670.

March 6-12:  NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship
The 22nd annual basketball championship will be held at Keeter Gymnasium at College of the Ozarks. Teams travel from around the country to compete in the 32 team, single-elimination tournament. For tickets call 417-335-NAIA.

March 18-24:  Titanic Author’s Week
Meet 10 different Titanic book authors during Author’s Week.

March 31:  Chateau on the Lake Easter Brunch
Enjoy an Easter brunch from 11-2 at Chateau on the Lake. There will be carved meats, breakfast, fruit, salads, and desserts. Call 888-333-5253 for reservations.

Ayo starring Voices of Glorykicks off its first season in Branson at the Hughes Brothers Theatre on Monday, March 18, 2013, at 3:00pm.  The new show stars some very famous siblings, Michael, Avery, and Nadia Cole, who together are known as Voices of Glory.  Ayo (Yoruba for Joy) is being co-produced by the Hughes Brothers who are known for their creative productions including the show it and the Hughes Brothers Christmas Show.

Voices of Glory
Jason Hughes says, “In Ayo we’re taking the audience on a journey of joy using song, dance, lights, and the personalities of Michael, Avery, and Nadia, backed up by a live band.”  Michael Cole adds, “We love the music and we love what music can do for people.  In Ayo we want the audience to feel what we feel when we sing – a pure call to joy!” Shows are from March through December, but be sure to check the schedule for exact dates and specific show times.
Long time fans of the Voices of Glory are familiar with their amazing story.  They first started singing together in a hospital room for their mother who was in a coma brought on by a head-on collision with a drunk driver.  The kids serenaded their mother for months and then she came out of her coma.  They continued to visit hospitals singing for others who were in need.  Then they appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2009 – where their audition in front of the live audience was awe-inspiring. Their eventual rank in the top 5 catapulted them into major appearances and touring internationally. They most recently appeared in Branson as a featured act in Andy William’s Christmas Show. Their most recent international appearance took them to Germany for Weihnachtszauber. Of their many charitable and recording projects, their most current project – a new album called “Send-A-Miracle” – will be available on March 1 and includes some of their own original music.
Jeff Topper, Director of Sales for the Hughes Brothers Theatre says, “All of the shows at our theater are really designed for today’s audiences. At the Hughes Brothers Theatre we’re already open with our hit show it and we’re excited about adding another upbeat show like Ayo starring Voices of Glory to our theatre line-up.”  Voices of Glory’s management team – their parents Michael and Felicia Cole, and Uncle Gerard – add that “we believe the Hughes Brothers Theatre in Branson, MO is the perfect fit for the Voices of Glory.”