Up Close Concerts is entering their 11th year of producing entertaining shows in Branson, Missouri. For 2017, all shows are held at the Welk Resort and Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater.  Curious about who’s coming to town?  Take a look at the lineup.

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Kris Kristofferson
April 7
Welk Resort Theatre
Kristoffer “Kris” Kristofferson is a singer, songwriter, musician and actor. He wrote and recorded the songs “Me and Bobby McGee”, “For the Good Times”, “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” and “Help Me Make It through the Night”.

Ricky Nelson Remembered starring Matthew and Gunnar
April 12
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater
Starring Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, this show pays tribute to their father, Ricky Nelson.

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Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show
May 14
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater
Vicki Lawrence is an actress, comedian and signer best known for her performances on The Carol Burnett Show and the comedy series “Mama’s Family.”

The Bellamy Brothers
May 31
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater
This pop and country music duo is famous for songs like “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body,” “Let Your Love Flow,” and “Old Hippie.”

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John Conlee
June 7
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater
Conlee is a country music singer who has charted 32 hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country chart over 25+ years. His seven #1 hits include “Lady Lay Down,” “Backside of Thirty,” “Common Man,” “I’m Only in It for the Love,” “In My Eyes,” “As Long As I’m Rockin’ with You” and “Got My Heart Set on You.”

Bill Anderson and Moe Bandy
June 23
Welk Resort Theatre
Moe Bandy and Bill Anderson join forces for a one-night-only show. Bandy and Anderson will be performing solos and ideally a memorable duet or two.

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June 30
Welk Resort Theatre
Big in stature and big in the world of country music, Adkins has a large catalog of hits to pull from. With 31 Top 40 songs including five #1 hits to his name, it’s sure to be an amazing concert from one of the world’s most popular country stars.

T.G. Sheppard and Kelly Lang
July 5
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater
These two talented artists (and spouses) will sing their biggest songs as well as classic tunes. Lang is best known for “How Do You Mend a Broken Heart,” while Sheppard’s chart toppers include “Only One You” and “Last Cheater’s Waltz.

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Sister Sledge
July 7
Welk Resort Theatre
Sister Sledge is an R&B pop group best known for hits like “We are Family,” “He’s the Greatest Dancer,” and “Lost in Music.”

Terry Fator
August 11-12
Welk Resort Theatre
Fator is a ventriloquist, impressionist, comedian, and singer who rose to fame on “America’s Got Talent.”

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Richie McDonald – Lead Singer of Lonestar
August 13
Welk Resort Theatre
While the lead singer of Lonestar, McDonald reached the top of the charts with songs like “Amazed,” “I’m Already There,” “What About Now,” “My Front Porch Looking In,” and many more.

Ronnie Milsap
September 22
Welk Resort Theatre
The Grand Ole Opry member’s signature hits include “Pure Love,” “Smoky Mountain Rain,” “Stranger in My House,” and “She Keeps the Home Fires Burning.” Opening the show is Johnny Rodriguez, a famous Latin American country music singer.

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Charley Pride
September 29
Welk Resort Theatre
With 36 No. 1 hits to his name, Pride has a full repertoire to pull from for his live shows. The Country Music Hall of Fame member is famous for songs like “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin,'” “I Can’t Believe That You Stopped Loving Me,” “I’d Rather Love You,” and “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone.” Janie Frick is the special guest star opening the show.

Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone and special guest B.J. Thomas
October 6-7
Welk Resort Theatre
Classic songs such as “I’m into Something Good,” “What a Wonderful World (This Would Be),” “I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am,” and “Can’t You Hear my Heartbeat” transports visitors back to the heyday of the 1960s. B.J. Thomas also performs.

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The Roots & Boots Tour
October 13
Welk Resort Theatre
Join Pam Tillis, Sammy Kershaw and Collin Raye for a star-studded performance featuring all their chart-topping hits.

William Shatner – “Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It”
October 27
Welk Resort Theatre

Actor William Shatner will share stories from his life and career during his one-man show in Branson MO.

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Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers
November 1, 15
Welk Resort Theatre
Best known for “Broken Lady”, “All the Gold in California”, “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You)”, “She Used to Be Somebody’s Baby”, and “Talkin’ to the Moon,” this group will perform for two nights only in Branson.

Country Unplugged Tour
Starring Mark Chesnutt, Lorrie Morgan & Joe Diffie
November 8
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater
Three country music stars come together to perform all of their biggest hits!


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Searching for a break from the winter blues? In Branson, Missouri the weather is warming up just in time for a spring break. Bring your loved ones to this Midwest town for one-of-a-kind family fun. From new additions to theme parks to kid-friendly Branson shows and attractions, this destination caters to families and is sure to give you just the break you need. Need a nudge to get your spring break started? Read my Branson spring break vacation ideas for families.

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Silver_Dollar_City_-2528001-2529Spring Ride Days at Silver Dollar City

The best place to spend your Spring Break? Silver Dollar City, of course. During their Spring Ride Days, scheduled March 15-April 2, your family can be some of the first guests to experience Silver Dollar City thrills in 2017. The park features over 40 thrilling rides and attractions, such as the daring Outlaw Run and multi-looping Wildfire, ideal for the adrenaline-seekers in your group. Have younger kids with you? The family-friendly, kid-size rides at Grand Exposition and Fireman’s Landing are
perfect for your pint-sized loved ones.

Stomp, Cheer and Clap at Dixie Stampede

Dixie Stampede Branson_001I’ve never seen a kid at the Dixie Stampede bored. And that’s saying something, considering how fickle kids’ attention spans can be these days. From the interactive competitions, which let you yell, whoop, and stomp your feet as you cheer on your team, to the fact you get to eat with your hands, Dixie Stampede is a kids dream. Parents, not to worry, you’ll be entertained too. Each year, Dolly Parton makes the show bigger and better. 2017 is no exception. Add Dixie Stampede tickets to your Branson Spring Break vacation and see what the new show is all about.

Make a Splash at a Water Park Resort

IWelk_Resort_Hotel___Splashatorium_(046)t still may be too chilly outside to take advantage of the Branson lakes or even your hotel’s outdoor pool. Save the day by reserving a stay at a Branson Water Park Resort. Several properties, including Castle Rock Resort, Welk Resort and Grand Country Inn, offer indoor water parks perfect for aquatic fun. Your kids will love the slides, drop buckets, splash zones and giant pools. You’ll love seeing them laugh, splash and play! Don’t worry. There are hot tubs for parents to enjoy, too.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

National_Tiger_Sanctuary_(007)Another Branson Spring Break idea for families involves a walk on the wild side. Animals are a sure fire way to please kids. They just love them! Luckily, Branson attractions are offering more and more ways to experience animals up close. To view gorgeous tigers in all their glory, visit the National Tiger Sanctuary. Searching for smaller, even baby-sized critters? The Promised Land Zoo is for you. Looking for something in flight? The Butterfly Palace is ideal for gazing at tropical butterflies. Bonus – The butterflies will even land on you, creating a truly unique souvenir photograph.

Adventure_Ziplines_of_Branson_(009)Take to the Sky

Get a birds-eye-view of the Ozarks with Branson ziplines. Two companies in Branson offer zipline tours, each distinctly different. At Branson Zipline, the course is through the canopy of the Ozark Mountains creating a more outdoorsy course complete with a ride in a Pinzgaur. Adventure Ziplines, however, is located in the heart of Branson and their tour combines the woods with city views so you can have the best of both worlds. Another way to take to the sky is the Vigilante ZipRider. At this attraction, you don’t zip through a course. Instead, you zoom down one 1/2 mile zipline at speeds reaching 50 mph all while in a harnessed seat. Sit back, enjoy the sights and zip on through to the other side.

These are some of the best Branson Spring Break vacation ideas for families. Book your vacation now and take a break from the everyday. You need it! (And deserve it.)


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.