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The Bretts Unveil New Company, UPSTREAM, Inc., designed to produce and promote good, clean, high quality entertainment and media worldwide
May 16, 2013
Popular Branson-based entertainment family, The Bretts, have announced the official formation and launch of UPSTREAM, Inc. - an entertainment and media company designed to produce and promote good, high quality family entertainment and media worldwide. "Our goal," says co-founder Tom Brett, "is to positively impact the culture and values of society through entertainment and media. We want to transform the lives of individuals and families by providing high quality, values-based arts and entertainment. Our vision is to create mainstream quality in an upstream way - to show that you can sell out theaters and shelves without 'selling out.'"
Legends In Concert Announces Summer Line-Up
May 16, 2013
Legends in Concert is excited to announce an all new summer lineup.
Spirit of 76 Team kicks-off Vision Process Declares People of Branson will write the Script for Branson's Future
May 15, 2013
From the stage of Clay Cooper Theater on Tuesday afternoon, the spotlight shone on Bransonâ€™s historic Highway 76 Corridor as a team of engineers, architects and redevelopment specialists, known as the Spirit of 76 Team briefed community leaders on the vision and process for a revitalized Highway 76. The approximately $80 million, 6 year, 5 mile long project will fundamentally transform Americaâ€™s Entertainment Highway into an efficient, attractive, multi-modal corridor that will enhance the retail and entertainment venues along Highway 76, promote private investment and efficiently move travelers to their destinations beyond the corridor.
Lilleys' Landing Resort & Marina's 30th Anniversary
May 14, 2013
This May, Lilleysâ€™ Landing Resort & Marina will mark 30 years of service to Branson tourists and locals alike on Lake Taneycomo.
Branson Has Three Comfort â€œhotel Of The Yearâ€ Finalists For A Second Year In A Row
May 9, 2013
The Comfort Inn & Suites, Comfort Inn at Thousand Hills and the Comfort West of Branson have all been selected as three of the three finalists for Choice Hotelsâ€™ International 2013 â€œHotel of the Yearâ€ for the Comfort Inn brand. All three hotels were â€œHotel of the Yearâ€ finalist in 2012 with the Comfort Inn at Thousand Hills winning the award in 2012. Two of these Myer Hotel properties were also recognized as finalists for 2011 and 2010 with the Comfort Inn & Suites winning in 2011 and 2009. These hotels represent the â€œbest of the bestâ€ among over 1,400 Comfort Innâ€™s worldwide due to their outstanding guest satisfaction and consistent brand performance.
Brad Stine To Perform At Rolling ThunderÂ® Inc. Benefit Concert and Silent Auction
May 8, 2013
One night only, Friday, May 17th, Brad Stine will be performing for the Rolling ThunderÂ®, Inc. Missouri Chapter 1 Benefit Concert in Branson, Missouri at the Hughes Brothers Theater.
Legends In Concert Announces One Night With The King
May 6, 2013
Legends in Concert is proud to present Jailhouse RockÂ®, featuring world renowned Elvis tribute artist, Dean Z. This original production will be performed for one night only at Dick Clarks American Bandstand Theater on May 25th at 11:00pm. Jailhouse RockÂ® is a concert experience featuring the stories and music that transformed the Rockabilly Rebel into the King of Rock â€˜nâ€™ RollÂ®. Jailhouse RockÂ® will feature an all star live band, talented back up vocalists and a special tribute to the Jordanaires by Bransonâ€™s own New South Quartet. Deanâ€™s authentic tribute to the KING features pivotal moments in Elvisâ€™s career highlighting his first recording sessions at Sun Studio, music from Elvisâ€™s movie career, and his monumental return to the stage in 1968. Join us for this unforgettable live musical journey through the Kings early career that will capture the imagination and interest of fans both young and old. The show will also coincide with the release of Dean Zâ€™s latest studio effort â€œFrom Rebel to Royaltyâ€ which will be available for the first time at this special event.
Silver Dollar City's Bluegrass & BBQ: Firing Up the Stages and the Grills with America's Best Music Festival Runs May 9 - 27
May 3, 2013
The all-American favorites of bluegrass music and slow-smoked barbecue take over the Silver Dollar City streets as the parkâ€™s Bluegrass & BBQ festival fires up the stages and the grills in the Branson, Missouri theme park. Awarded a bluegrass â€œEvent of the Yearâ€ by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), Bluegrass & BBQ presents more than 40 bands and hundreds of performances, from international award-winning musicians to the hottest new bands in bluegrass today.
"The Price Is Right Live!" Returns to Welk Theatre for Second Season with new host Jerry Springer May 24 - June 8
May 3, 2013
The Welk Resort Branson continues its legacy of providing legendary family entertainment by announcing the 2013 season schedule of â€œThe Price Is Right Live!,â€ the on-stage, audience-interactive version of the longest running game show in TV history. The show returns to The Welk Resort Theatre for its second season. And beginning in May, the host will be international personality Jerry Springer.
Barry Williams Inducted Into The Missouri Walk Of Fame
Apr 29, 2013
On Friday, April 26th, Barry Williams was inducted into the Missouri Walk of Fame in Marshfield, Missouri.
The Happy Together Tour is coming to Branson this October
Apr 25, 2013
The Happy Together Tour celebrates the best music of the 60â€™s with four huge hit making groupsâ€¦ all together on one stageâ€¦ for two big nights at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in Branson! The Happy Together Tour Celebrates The Music Of The Sixties With The Turtles Featuring Flo & Eddie, Monkees Lead Singer Micky Dolenz, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap Band, And Mark Lindsay, Former Lead Singer Of Paul Revere & The Raiders, Bringing Good Time Music To Branson!
Branson Welcomes New Marketing Exec
Apr 24, 2013
Ross Summers, President and CEO of the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB announced today that Leah Chandler will be joining the organization as their new Chief Marketing Officer.
Gilligan's Island Star making guest appearance at The Andy Williams Theatre
Apr 12, 2013
â€œOH WHAT A NIGHT! A musical tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasonsâ€ will feature a special guest star appearance by Dawn Wells, who originated the role of â€œMary Annâ€ on televisionâ€™s legendary comedy series Gilliganâ€™s Island.
Starlite Theatre And Larry's Country Diner Announce More Dates And Acts
Apr 11, 2013
The Starlite Theatre and Larry Black, host of â€œLarryâ€™s Country Dinerâ€ have released another round of artist signings for the upcoming â€œLarryâ€™s Country Dinerâ€ stage productions being mounted at The Starlite Theatre in Branson, Missouri. The popular RFD-TV series reaches 1.4 million viewers monthly through the cable outlet and is now seen on nearly 100 CBS and independent affiliates nationwide through Nexstar Broadcasting Group. The entire cast is appearing onstage at The Starlite Theatre with a series of musical guests throughout 2013.
Popular Branson, MO Entertainer and Wylie Native Diagnosed with Cancer
Apr 4, 2013
oey Riley, a 43-year-old, Wylie native and nationally-known comedian, has been diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer and will soon begin chemotherapy. This devastating news, which has put his career on hold, comes just ten months after his mother lost her long and difficult battle with cancer.
Randy Travis to Perform in Moon River Weekends
Mar 20, 2013
Theatre announced today another performer in a line of stars to headline this Fallâ€™s â€œMoon River Weekendsâ€. Moon River Weekends is a concert series featuring national entertainers each weekend in September and October. Country Superstar and Grammy winner, Randy Travis will come to Branson and perform on Friday and Saturday, October 11th and 12th at 8pm. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning March 25th at 9 AM.
Thousand Hills Golf Course Gets Makeover for 2013
Mar 20, 2013
Thousand Hills Golf Resort is located just off the famous 76 Country Music Boulevard in the heart of Branson Missouri. This beautiful Robert Cupp design is nestled in the middle of pristine land. Thousand Hills Golf Resort is frequently cited as one of the Bransonâ€™s most outstanding golf courses. This 18-hole course, equipped with challenging tees and fairways, is played each season by more than 25,000 golfers. Playing to a Par 64, this course has 9 par 3â€™s, 8 par 4â€™s and one par 5. This layout can be demanding off the tee and require precise shots into the undulating greens. Elevation changes and strategic bunkering throughout this beautiful masterpiece adds to not only the aesthetic value but also to the overall experience. Thousand Hills offers a spectacular combination of scenic surroundings and challenging holes.
Chateau On The Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center In Missouri Offering "Price Match Guarantee" For Group Programs
Mar 19, 2013
he AAA Four-Diamond Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center, which sits on an Ozark mountaintop overlooking Southwest Missouriâ€™s scenic Table Rock Lake, is offering a â€œPrice Match Guaranteeâ€ for new group programs held during designated â€œHot Datesâ€ in 2013. Widely considered one of the finest resorts in the Midwest, Chateau on the Lake will match any offer at a comparable AAA Four-Diamond resort. To take advantage of the promotion, the new meeting or event must be held Sunday through Thursday only during one of the available â€œHot Dates,â€ and the program must be contracted by May 31, 2013, according to the resortâ€™s Director of Sales David Hume. The 301-room resort, which is Bransonâ€™s only AAA Four-Diamond property, features 43,500 square feet of meeting space all on one level, as well as many picturesque outdoor venues.
Oprah: Where Are They Now? Series To Tape 70s Music Celebration! Starring Barry Williams At Rfd-Tv, The Theatre
Mar 19, 2013
On Saturday, March 23, 2013, a television crew will be taping â€œ70s Music Celebration! Starring Barry Williamsâ€ at 2 pm at RFD-TV, The Theatre for inclusion in the popular OWN series â€œOprah: Where Are They Now?â€
"THE PRICE IS RIGHT, LIVE!" Returns to Welk Theatre for Second Season
Mar 15, 2013
The Welk Resort Branson continues its legacy of providing legendary family entertainment by announcing the 2013 season schedule of â€œThe Price Is Right Live!,â€ the on-stage, audience-interactive version of the longest running game show in TV history. The show returns to The Welk Resort Theatre for its second season.
Official Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Returns To Legends In Concert
Mar 12, 2013
Legends in Concert is excited to announce that the 7th Annual Branson ElvisÂ® Festival will take place April 12-14, 2013. The highlight of the festival, the Ultimate ElvisÂ® Tribute Artist Contestâ„¢ is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at Dick Clarkâ€™s American Bandstand Theater. This contest is one of a select few tribute competitions sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.
Clint Black To Perform in Moon River Weekends
Mar 12, 2013
The Andy Williams Moon River Theatre announced today another one of the stars to headline this Fallâ€™s â€œMoon River Weekendsâ€ with national entertainers each weekend in September and October. Country Superstar and Grammy winner, Clint Black returns to Branson and will perform this October on Friday the 4th and Saturday the 5th. Both shows begin at 8pm and tickets are on sale now.
Branson, MO in the Running to Host Social Media Tourism Symposium
Mar 12, 2013
Branson is one of thirteen cities in the running to host the Social Media Tourism Symposium (SoMeT13US). The host city of this tourism-focused, social media conference will be chosen via a tournament-style faceoff on Facebook.
Radisson Hotel Branson Honored With President's Award
Mar 8, 2013
The Radisson Hotel Branson was presented with the 2012 Radisson Presidentâ€™s Award. The hotel was selected from among more than 137 Radisson hotels in North America. This is the second time Radisson Hotel Branson has won the award.
Rich Little to Perform in Moon River Weekends
Mar 5, 2013
The Andy Williams Moon River Theatre announced today another one of the stars to headline this Fallâ€™s â€œMoon River Weekendsâ€ with national entertainers each weekend in September and October. World renowned impressionist and comedian, Rich Little will perform this September on Friday the 20th and Saturday the 21st. Both shows begin at 8pm and tickets are on sale now.
Presleys' Country Jubilee Opens March 8, 2013 With New Music, Comedy, Lights, Set, Shopping
Mar 4, 2013
Bransonâ€™s First Family of Entertainment, the Presleys will kick off their 47th live show season at 8p.m., Friday, March 8, 2013 in their original theater built in 1967 on Bransonâ€™s famous Highway 76 Strip. Three generations of Presley family members, plus a cast of multi-talented entertainers, can be seen six nights a week in an all-new show full of country hits, classic country favorites, Southern gospel and hilarious comedy.
Awards Presented at Branson's Most Prestigious Event
Mar 4, 2013
More than 600 Chamber members celebrated the presentation of six annual community awards at the 66th Annual Meeting/Black Tie Celebration of the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau. Bransonâ€™s most glamorous event was held at the Branson Convention Center & Hilton Hotel, and the eventâ€™s top sponsor was the newly named area healthcare organization, Cox Medical Center Branson.
Best Western Center Pointe Inn Employee Recognized With The Heroic Hospitality Stars Award At Hotel Chain's Convention And Global Conference
Mar 4, 2013
Dottie Coleman, night auditor and guest service agent of the Best Western Center Pointe Inn in Branson was recently honored with the Heroic Hospitality Stars Award for the front desk. Mrs. Coleman was presented with the award at Best Western Internationalâ€™s Convention and Global Conference held recently in Las Vegas, Nev., in front of more than 3,000 industry peers.
Moon River Weekends to include Lee Greenwood
Feb 27, 2013
The Andy Williams Moon River Theatre announced today one of the stars to headline this Fallâ€™s â€œMoon River Weekendsâ€ with national entertainers each weekend in September and October. Singer superstar, Lee Greenwood will perform this September on Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th. Both shows begin at 8pm and tickets are on sale now.
White River Kayaking and Outdoors to open March 1
Feb 26, 2013
White River Kayaking and Outdoors will open for the 2013 kayaking season March 1.
The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre -- 2013 star line up.
Feb 25, 2013
The Oak Ridge Boys kick off their 40th anniversary tour and will return to their Branson, MO theatre in 2013 with 27 dates starting in April.
Black Oak Amphitheater Announces First Four Shows of Coors LightÂ® Summer Concert Series
Feb 15, 2013
The Black Oak Amphitheater is set to host the biggest summer of concerts since the historic venueâ€™s renovation and reopening in 2010. Partnering with title sponsor Coors LightÂ®, the series will include some of the most popular touring acts in the nation.
Vietnam Era Restored Huey Helicopter To Land At The Branson Mill
Feb 15, 2013
The Branson Mill Craft Village will play host to a restored Vietnam Era Huey Helicopter on Friday, February 22. The restored helicopter is making a journey from Peru, Indiana to Las Vegas, Nevada. Branson will be the first of three stops made by the Huey.
King's Castle Theatre has an exciting anouncement regarding the Tribute to the Four Seasons & Beach Boys Show
Feb 11, 2013
Owner Producer Mr. David King once again wows audiences with his latest production New Jersey Nights! Jetting around the globe and selling out theaters from Reno to 14 select venues in England, Monaco, Myrtle Beach, Niagara Falls just to name a few!
Starlite Theatre Announces New Christmas Show: "Kenny Rogers Presents 'The Toy Shoppe' Starring Billy Dean"
Feb 7, 2013
The Starlite Theatre in Branson is pleased to announce the addition of a new Christmas show to their roster. Kenny Rogers Presents â€œThe Toy Shoppeâ€ starring Billy Dean will begin performances on November 1 and continue through December 21, 2013. The original music and story were written and arranged by music legend Kenny Rogers and producer/director Kelly Junkermann. The original Broadway-style production has toured the United States to sold-out audiences and critical acclaim.
Andy Williams Moon River Grill to become Shorty Smalls Great American Restaurant
Feb 7, 2013
The Andy Williams Moon River Grill will become a new restaurant beginning in March of 2013. Shorty Smalls Great American Restaurant will assume the location at 2600 West Highway 76 in Branson and plans to open on March 13, 2013 to coincide with the opening night of The Catâ€™s Pajamas Vocal Band at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre.
Kirby VanBurch Completes Tour of Branson Theaters: Signs for Permanent Residency in Theater on Branson Strip
Feb 6, 2013
Kirby VanBurch, internationally renowned entertainer and illusionist, announced today that he has signed for permanent residency at a theater on Bransonâ€™s world famous West 76 Highway, fondly known as â€œthe stripâ€. Kirby VanBurch has played at multiple different theaters throughout his 20 plus year career in Branson. Kirby says, â€œIâ€™ve long joked about being one of the only entertainers in Branson actually touring Branson; so to be able to say that Iâ€™ve found my permanent home is really exciting; especially as me and the cats are ready to settle down.â€ Kirbyâ€™s new home at 1835 W 76 Country Boulevard will be renamed the Kirby VanBurch Theatre.
Meet Branson's Newest Show... The Fair Family!
Feb 4, 2013
The Hamner Barber Theater is proud to announce that The Fair Family of Rogers, Arkansas will perform afternoons throughout the 2013 season beginning March 19th.
Tony Orlando's Final Christmas Season In Branson: Limited 20 Show Engagement at The Welk Resort
Jan 30, 2013
Tony Orlando, in his 20th and final season in Branson, brings his incomparable energy and talent to the Welk Resort Theatre with his acclaimed Christmas show, Tony Orlandoâ€™s Great American Christmas! From November 5 through November 30, in a 20 show limited engagement, Tony will sing all of your holiday favorites and will also include his greatest hits from over 50 years in show business; â€œCandidaâ€, â€œKnock Three Timesâ€, â€œTie a Yellow Ribbonâ€, â€œSweet Gypsy Roseâ€ and more. Then, Santa pays a visit and Tony and Santa honor the true meaning of Christmas. Itâ€™s a Branson must see and a perennial family favorite!
Legends In Concert Announces Spring Line-Up
Jan 30, 2013
Legends in Concert announces their spectacular spring line-up of stars! Starting February 7th, see tribute performances to Jerry Lee Lewis, Diana Ross, Brooks & Dunn, The Blues Brothersâ„¢ and Elvis Presley. This incredible cast, backed by the beautiful Legends dancers and fabulous Legends band, is sure to rock the house at Dick Clarkâ€™s American Bandstand Theater! For the first time ever, two legendary entertainers will come together to create an amazing tribute to the American country duo, Brooks & Dunn. Doug Brewin, who has performed on the Branson stage as Alan Jackson, and Larry Turner, who has previously portrayed George Strait, will make their debut as Brooks & Dunn at Dick Clarkâ€™s American Bandstand Theater this spring. Experience the energy of â€œThe Killerâ€, Jerry Lee Lewis; enjoy the stunning songs of award winning vocalist, Diana Ross; clap along with the crazy antics of The Blues Brothersâ„¢; and â€œShake, Rattle & Rollâ€ with Elvis Presley!
New show, Ayo starring Voices of Glory, debuts March 18
Jan 24, 2013
Ayo starring Voices of Glory kicks 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. Jason Hughes says, â€œIn Ayo weâ€™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.â€ Michael Cole adds, â€œWe 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 â€“ a pure call to joy!â€ Shows are from March through December, check schedule for exact dates and specific show times.
Starlite Theatre Announces Performance Schedules For "Larry's Country Diner"
Jan 18, 2013
The Starlite Theatre in Branson, MO has released performance schedules for the 2013 return of â€œLarryâ€™s Country Diner.â€
Starlite Theatre Releases 2013 Schedules For The Texas Tenors And Cirque Montage
Jan 16, 2013
Bransonâ€™s premier live entertainment destination The Starlite Theatre has announced performance schedules for two acts on its 2013 roster, The Texas Tenors and Cirque Montage.
New Italian Restaurant Concept Set to Open in the Battlefield Marketplace
Jan 16, 2013
The successful Branson restaurant, Florentinaâ€™s Ristorante Italiano, is set to open a Springfield location in the Battlefield Marketplace on Monday, January 21.
New Year! New Name! New Show!
Jan 11, 2013
Bentley Productions, LLC announced today that they have changed the name on their theater on Hwy 248 in Branson. The theater formerly called the Magical Palace; has been renamed Bransonâ€™s Masters of Magic.
Winter Trout Fishing -- One of Branson's Best Kept Secrets Lake Taneycomo Tournaments Keep Cabin Fever at Bay
Jan 7, 2013
Lake Taneycomo, that runs through the heart of Branson, is one of the best trout fisheries in the Midwest. Winter is often the best season for trout fishing on Taneycomo. During late fall Table Rock Lake, which feeds Taneycomo, turns over, inverting the waters. This, in turn, causes the water flowing into Taneycomo to hold more oxygen for trout.
Revolution3 Triathlon Announces New 2013 Race in Branson, MO
Jan 2, 2013
Revolution3 Triathlon is excited to announce they are bringing their acclaimed race series to Branson, Missouri. On September 22, 2013, Revolution3 will hold Half and Olympic distance races, including a Pro race with a $60,000 prize purse.
Andy Williams Moon River Theatre Announces the 2013 Andy Williams' Christmas Show
Dec 12, 2012
The Andy Williams Moon River Theatre is excited to announce the 2013 Andy Williamsâ€™ Christmas Showâ€¦â€¦ The Legacy Continuesâ€¦ starring The Osmonds and The Lennon Sisters.
Andy Williams' Moon River Theater Signs Liverpool Legends "The Complete Beatles Experience" to Celebrate The 50th Anniversary of The Beatles.
Nov 14, 2012
Andy Williams' Moon River Theater announces the signing of Louise Harrison's "Liverpool Legends", The Complete Beatles Experience for the Summer of 2013 in a full upscale Beatles extravaganza like you have never seen them before.
The Track Family Fun Parks Announces Facility Upgrades for 2013
Oct 18, 2012
he Track Family Fun Parks has begun work on facility upgrades at both their Track 4 and Track 5 locations along Highway 76, which will be completed for the 2013 season.
Longtime Branson Entertainer Andy Williams Passes
Sep 26, 2012
Legendary singer Andy Williams passed away last night (Tuesday) at home in Branson, Missouri following a year long battle with bladder cancer, it was announced by his family.