Two talented country music superstars are set to headline at The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre this Fall.  John Michael Montgomery and John Anderson will both take the stage for one night only in Branson, Missouri.  These two performances add to an already stellar schedule of special guest stars at The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre.
John Michael Montgomery is set to appear on October 26, 2013, at 8pm.  With more than 15 million albums sold anJd more than 30 singles on Billboard’s country music charts he has a deep collection of hits to choose from for his set list.  His two biggest hits – “I Swear” and “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident) – were named Billboard’s #1 country singles of 1994 and 1995, respectively.  Montgomery is sure to perform these hits as well as Top 10 hits such as “I Love the Way You Love Me,” “Be My Baby Tonight,” “I Can Love You Like That,” “The Little Girl” and  Letters From Home.”
John Anderson is a country music tradition.  He’ll bring his decades of country music experience to the Oak Ridge Boys Theatre stage November 2, 2013, at 8pm.  Anderson has charted more than 40 singles on the Billboard country music charts. His five #1 hits include “Wild and Blue,” “Swingin’” “Black Sheep,” “Straight Tequila Night,” and “Money in the Bank.”  His distinctive twang and vocal abilities have made him a favorite of fans of both new and old country.
Tickets for both of these special Branson shows are on sale now!
The Starlite Theater and Larry Black, host of Larry’s Country Diner, have released another round of special stars set to appear at the RFD-TV show. Larry’s Country Diner, a popular country music series from RFD-TV, features different musical guests each week and is taped at The Starlite Theater.  The entire cast of the show is appearing on stage at The Starlite through 2013, along with a series of special musical guests. 
Artists set to appear include:

  • Gary Morris: August 23, 24, 25
  • Jimmy Fortune: August 30, September 1
  • Rhonda Vincent: September 10, 11, 12
  • Ronnie Robbins:  September 13, 14, 15
  • Gene Watson: September 24, 25, 26
  • Dailey and Vincent:  October 1, 2, 3
  • Crystal Gayle: October 11
  • Mandy Barnett:  October 18, 19, 20

The Starlite Theatre is Branson’s premier entertainment destination. The 880-seat theatre is a Branson landmark conveniently located on historic Highway 76 within walking distance of lodging and popular attractions. A five-story glass atrium houses the Starlite Theatre, The Starlite Gift Shop and the popular Starlite Diner, a fifties-style eatery with delicious home-style food at reasonable prices.

One of the most important artifacts from a century-old tragedy has been found. The Titanic Museum Branson will have it on exhibit, exclusively, for a very limited time.  See the long-lost Titanic Violin, the iconic instrument belonging to Titanic band leader, Wallace Hartley.  The violin will be on display August 1-September 7, 2013. 

Throughout the years, the historic violin has had its share of controversy and some have disputed its authenticity. However, with the assistance of some leading experts in their respective fields, an extensive provenance package now exists and according to officials with the Titanic Museum Attractions and leading Titanic experts, the violin belonged to Wallace Hartley.

Due to this historical exhibit, for the first time the museum will host a special VIP preview at 8:30am everyday starting August 1, limited to 25 people per tour.   Regular museum hours begin at 9am. 

The historic violin was previously on display at the Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge.  After the violin visits the Branson Titanic Museum it will travel back to England.  There, it will be auctioned off by Henry Aldridge and Son on Saturday, October 19.

Purchase Titanic Museum tickets now to see this unique piece of history.

AAA has announced the Best of the Midwest, with Branson chosen as the Best Small City for a Weekend Getaway.  Readers of AAA share their picks for the best places to visit, stay, dine and have fun in the Midwest.  Then, the votes are tallied and recommendations are given on the selections with the most votes.  It’s no surprise Branson, Missouri won the Best Small City for a Weekend Getaway as the small but entertainment filled Ozark hamlet offers plenty for visitors to see and do. 

The unique mix of things to do in Branson is certainly one of the top reasons it was chosen by AAA readers at the Best of the Midwest.  Virtually every type of entertainment or amusement can be found in Branson.  Dinner shows like the Dixie Stampede appeal to families while shows like Liverpool Legends and Oh What a Night lure in Baby Boomers.  Don’t worry – there’s still plenty of country music shows to enjoy too.  Some of the best include The Presleys, Pierce Arrow and The Duttons.  Looking for a variety show?  Try out SIX and The Price is Right Live.  Of course, there are also shopping, golf lakes, rivers, theme parks and other family amusements.  You can spend a day or two at Silver Dollar City enjoying one of their many festivals and attractions.  Then, enjoy the waterfront entertainment and dining available at the downtown Branson Landing.
Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri was named the second Best Lake Weekend Escape.  You can take in both destinations during a weekend stay in the Ozarks! 

Branson theaters are hosting a variety of entertainers this fall.  Legendary musicians, vocalists and comedians are gracing the stages of Branson theaters.  With many of the concerts one-night only events, you’ll want to make ticket reservations as soon as possible to reserve your seat for these special shows. 

The full line-up of entertainers scheduled to appear at the Oak Ridge Boys Theater include:
  • The Oak Ridge Boys: September 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26; October: 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24; November: 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 
  • Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers: September 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26; October 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 29, 30; November 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20; December 4, 5
  • America: September 20
  • Sawyer Brown: September 21, October 19, November 23
  • Diamond Rio: October 5
  • Kenny Rogers: October 10 and November 11
  • Jim Belushi: October 25
  • John Michael Montgomery: October 26
  • Bill Cosby October 12
  • Neal McCoy: October 2, 4, 17, 18, 23, 24, 31; November 1, 21, 22; December 6, 7
  • John Anderson: November 2
  • The Charlie Daniels Band: November 8
  • Ronnie Milsap and Connie Smith: November 9
  • Johnny Mathis: November 15, 16
Andy Williams Moon River Theatre performance line-up:
  • Rich Little:  September 20, 21
  • Lee Greenwood: September 27, 28
  • Clint Black: October 4, 5
  • Randy Travis: October 11, 12
  • Happy Together Tour: October 18, 19

Scheduled performers for the Up Close Concert Series at the RFD-TV Theater include:

  • Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan: October 4
  • Crystal Gayle, T. G. Sheppard, Janie Fricke: October 11
  • Charley Pride: October 25
  • Mark Farner: October 27
  • Ronnie McDowell and Sweethearts of Rodeo: November 3
  • Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius and The Vogues: November 24
  • Marty Stuart: October 19
  • Mollie B.: November 10
The Up Close Concert Series at the Americana Theatre will host:
  • Lynn Anderson: October 19
  • David Frizzell and Shelly West: November 2
  • John Conlee: November 9

Have you heard of the Redneck Tenors?  You may have seen them on the second season of America’s Got Talent, where they were a top finalist.  The group, whose name you’re sure to remember, have been performing in Branson, Missouri for four years at the Americana Theatre. 

The show is written and directed by opera-veteran Matthew Lord.  With a background in classical music and training at Julliard, Lord has performed at The Metropolitan Opera, Julliard Opera Canter, Dallas Opera and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis.  The idea for the show came to Lord as he was preparing for a show for the American Heritage Foundation in Dallas.  The redneck play on the tenor trend was a big success, and soon a full show production was underway. 

Lord is joined by world-class opera singers Blake Davidson as Billy Billee, Jonathan Fruge as Billy, and Dinny McGuire as the Colonel.  Together, they have created a show that mixes NASCAR with Beethoven, Elvis with Puccini and Dixie-spin on Ave Maria.  Travel with the singing cousins as they go from their modest beginnings in Paris, Texas all the way to a stunning concert performance in the second half.  Big laughs and comedy make the show work, while the vocal talents of the tenors really bring it all together.  Family-friendly yet perfect for a night out too, the Redneck Tenors is a unique show appealing to a wide audience. 

Performances are held at 8pm Tuesday through Saturday and at 2pm on Sundays.  Book your Redneck Tenor tickets now for less than $30.

The Welk Resort Branson is proud to announce the completion of a multimillion dollar hotel renovation completed on June 1, 2013. The Deluxe Traditional Rooms reflect the unique charms of the Ozarks: vibrant colors and textures suit the casual, warm and friendly culture. A few of the new featured items include granite vanities, a work space with an ergonomic desk chair, wall-mounted AC controls, desk lamps with easy reach dual outlets, mini-fridge, Welk Signature Ecology bath amenities, Seattle’s Best single cup coffee system and Starbucks’ Tazo Teas. And the high-end finishes, plush amenities, and attention to every comfort show why this hotel is one of Branson’s value-focused, premier destinations, with retail, dining, and entertainment venues.

Along with the complete replacement of all major components of its 159 Guest Rooms and Baths, is a renovation of the lobby, corridors and common areas. The Ozarks inspired color palette includes beautiful local photography on metal art and the all new lobby and hospitality reception area are accented with stone tile wrapped columns and granite finishes.

“We’re very proud to offer our hotel guests an all new guest room that enhances the value of their experience with us”, said Dathan Atchison, General Manager of The Welk Resort. “We have always made gracious service to our guests our foremost objective. Now, along with our other great amenities the Welk guests have come to expect, we are very excited about our new rooms and hotel upgrade, and believe our guests will be also.” Great Welk Resort amenities include an indoor/outdoor water attraction for children and adults, The Splash-A-Torium, an activities program, state-of-the-art fitness center, live entertainment theatre, game room, playground, mini golf course, and free Wi-Fi.

The Welk Resort is situated in the beautiful Ozark Mountains, in close proximity to Lake Taneycomo and Table Rock Lake, near Silver Dollar City and was recently recognized by Trip Advisor with the 2013 Certificate of Excellence Award. Celebrating their 19th season in Branson, The Welk Resort offers hotel and luxury lodge accommodations, a 2,200 seat live entertainment theatre, Stage Door Restaurant & Lounge, Gift Shop and the Splash-A-Torium, an indoor/outdoor water attraction with splash zones and indoor and outdoor hot tubs. The Welk Resort Theatre hosts two outstanding shows for 2013: The Price Is Right Live, returning for its 2nd season, running selected dates March through November, and Tony Orlando’s Great American Christmas, returning for Tony’s 20th and final year in Branson for a limited engagement of 20 shows, November 5th through 28th.

Don’t miss the last year of KidsFest at Silver Dollar City!  The festival, which is geared toward family fun, runs through July 21, 2013.  With over 30 rides and attractions to discover, Silver Dollar City has something for those of all ages.  Plus, with Silver Dollar City discount tickets you can explore the park for two days for the price of one!  It’s a fantastic savings families everywhere will want to take advantage of for their summer vacations. 

During KidsFest the littlest ones in your party will want to explore Half Dollar Holler.  This playscape and ride features a woodland wonderland filled with activities to take kiddos to new heights, challenge their growing minds and bodies, and delight their senses. Half Dollar Holler, created especially for children ages 3 – 7, also provides a safe play zone with a single-access entrance and kid-friendly structures.   Looking for more of a thrill?  Then ride Outlaw Run, a world-record setting wooden roller coaster with double-barrel rolls, steep drops and lightning fast speeds.  If you’re looking to cool off Geyser Gulch is the place for you.  Full of towers, bridges, ramps, crawl spaces and the hundreds of interactive gizmos, gadgets and inventions, including water blasters, moving targets, intermittent water spouts, and foam ball cannons, Geyser Gulch is a playground for kids young and old.  Over at the Grand Exposition you can enjoy thrilling family rides like The Giant Barn Swing and Electro Spin.  Even more adrenaline inducing thrills can be found on coasters like PowderKeg and Wildfire, while true beat-the-heat-attractions like American Plunge, Lost River and River Blast add the wet summer fun you’re searching for.

Special shows are planned during KidsFest.  Watch the Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience, Wacky Science with Professor David Wiley and Championship Cloggers.  End your day at the Branson theme park with a showing of Country Nights in Echo Hollow.  All the shows add an extra dose of entertainment to your day at Silver Dollar City. 

Purchase your discount Silver Dollar City tickets now to enjoy the last KidsFest!

August 1-4: Silver Dollar City’s Moonlight Madness
Your favorite Branson theme park will be open late during Moonlight Madness with special shows and exclusive events. See the all-new country music show, GAC Country Nights in Echo Hollow and participate in Street Dances at 9pm each evening. Park closes at 10pm. 

 August 1-15:  Long Lost Violin on Display at Titanic Museum

One of the most important artifacts from a century-old tragedy has been found. Titanic Museum Attraction has it on exhibit, exclusively, for a very limited time. See the long-lost Titanic Violin, the iconic instrument belonging to Titanic band leader, Wallace Hartley.

August 1, 8: White Water Dive-In Movies
Soak up summer entertainment when White Water features family-friendly films on the park’s new Surf’s Up Wave Pool Big Screen.  The Lorax will be screened August 1 and High School Musical 3 will be shown August 8. 

August 1-10, 18-31: Night Water at Night Water
Park goers can enjoy Night Water every Thursday, Friday & Saturday July 4 – August 10, with select bonus days available on Friday Nights and Saturdays August 18-31, 2013.

August 3-4:  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 8-10:  Super Summer Cruise

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 16: Journey in Concert
Journey will be performing live at the Black Oak Amphitheater.  Tickets are on sale now! 
August 17:  Guns & Hoses Tournament

The 5th 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 2-September 2:  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.

Photo Credit: Diamond Rio

Diamond Rio is set to perform in Branson, Missouri October 5, 2013.  The six-time vocal group of the year will be performing for one-night only at The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre.  Showtime is 8pm.

With over 10 million albums sold, earning three platinum and five gold records, Diamond Rio has quite the country music legacy.  The band has been awarded Country Music Association’s vocal group of the year four times, netted two Academy of Country Music Awards for Top Vocal Group and have thirteen Grammy nominations.    In total, Diamond Rio has charted 32 singles on the Billboard charts, including “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” “Norma Jean Riley,” “Beautiful Mess,” “Love a Little Stronger,” “One More Day” and “Meet in the Middle.”

Diamond Rio formed in 1984 and is comprised of Gene Johnson, Jimmy Olander, Brian Prout, Marty Roe, Dan Truman, and Dana Williams.

Diamond Rio tickets are on sale now.