Family entertainment and fun are an important part of the Branson tradition. The Baldknobbers Jamboree, now celebrating their golden anniversary, started that tradition, in 1959 when the four Mabe brothers began entertaining visitors coming to Branson. The tri-lakes area has been a popular tourist destination since the publishing of the Shepherd of the Hills in 1907. The family legacy continues to wow audiences with a variety of country music and hilarious comedy. The highly successful Baldknobbers Jamboree, owned by The Mabe Family, is the longest continuously running show in Branson, Missouri.
Today’s Baldknobbers Show is a musical powerhouse featuring a talented cast of dynamic singers, musicians, comedians and entertainers as they perform your favorite country classics, hot new country hits, toe tappin’ gospel and lots side-splitting comedy.
The Mabe brothers adopted the name of an Old Ozarks vigilante group that held their meetings on a treeless hilltop or “bald knob.” So when they started Branson’s first show, it was just natural to take a regional name.
With 50 years of experience in the Branson tourism industry, the Baldknobbers is the ticket for your next trip to Branson. Guests are entertained from the moment they step foot in to the theater. The Baldknobbers Jamboree is two hours of power packed music and comedy guaranteed to entertain all ages that established the benchmark for what Branson is today, the “Live Entertainment Capital of the World!”
Tim Mabe, comedian and Baldknobbers producer says, “Family comedy has been a central part of the show. My dad and uncles framed good clean comedy around great country music and the formula they started still exists today, not only in our show, but many of the Branson shows. Granted, the costumes are brighter, our cast is bigger and our song selections is more varied, but we still give people coming to Branson what they want to see, hilarious comedy and wonderful music! “
Brent Mabe, second generation Baldknobber and Band Leader says, “My earliest memories go way back. I grew up around the show and that was all I knew. When I was a baby my mom and dad would put me in a guitar case to sleep during the show. There is nothing better than playing great music with my family and friends. We have the best job in the entire world,” said Brent, who started playing the guitar at the young age of 10 and joined the show in 1985.
“Almost every night someone comes through the autograph line at intermission and tells me, that they came with their parents as a kid and now they’re back with their children, I am very proud to be a part of my family’s tradition of great country music and comedy that has lasted for generations!” says, Brandon Mabe.
Known as the “Show That started It All” in Branson, Missouri where celebrating American entertainment is a family tradition. Show times are 8:00 P.M. Monday ~ Saturday. The Baldknobbers Jamboree Show, is located on the famed 76 Country Music Boulevard. Join the Baldknobbers in 2009 as they celebrate their golden anniversary and be part of the legend!