Shepherd of the Hills Smokin’ Summer Kickoff BBQ Festival

Featuring Chris Janson and RaeLynn May 25

The Shepherd of the Hills is partnering with the Kansas City Barbeque in hosting the first annual Smokin’ Summer Kickoff BBQ on May 25 – 26. This festival will feature a live concert with some of country music’s hottest artists, Chris Janson and RaeLynn, on Friday night. 

Not only will this festival have two country music stars, attendees can sample and vote on award-winning BBQ. Other exciting events such as boat and RV show, hobby sport show, a kid’s Zone and fireworks show will be available.

Chris Janson

“Buy Me a Boat”, one of Country music’s hit songs in 2015, put Chris Janson of the country music map. Currently Janson has five albums released, "Everybody" being his most recent. Other popular songs include: “Fix a Drink”, “Holdin’ Her”, and “Drunk Girl”. Janson travels all over the country performing to country music fans and is now coming to Branson!



RaeLynn, member of Blake Shelton’s music team on Season Two of the reality talent competition The Voice, has made her name known on the country music scene. While working on her own music, RaeLynn tours with mega-stars like Sara Evens, Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan. Now she has two albums; "WildHorse" and "Me". For multiple weeks in 2017, "WildHorse" maintained the #1 spot on Billboard Country Music charts. Some of her most popular songs include: “God Made Girls”, “Love Triangle”, and “Lonely Call”.  

Ticket Details 

These two artists will be performing Friday night, May 25, at Shepherd of the Hills in Branson, MO. Concert tickets are on sale now starting at $40. Tickets may be purchased online at or by phone at 417-334-4191.

Additional Festival Details

Admission to the festival is only $10 per adult and $5 per child under 12 (this includes entry to both Friday and Saturday).

Beginning Friday, over 50 professional barbeque teams will be participating in the Kansas City Barbecue Society cook-off completion. Festivalgoers will have the opportunity to sample world-class BBQ while enjoying ice-cold beer. After sampling several categories of Barbecued meats, guests can vote for the People’s Choice award for “Best BBQ”. The competition will conclude on Saturday evening followed by the Kansas City Barbecue Society awards ceremony at 6 pm and a special showing of The Shepherd of the Hills outdoor drama at dusk.

Other exciting events such as boat and RV show, hobby sport show, a kid’s Zone and fireworks show will be at the festival. The Shepherd of the Hills on-property attractions will be open to attendees including Inspiration Tower, new Ozark Off-Road ATV trails rides, Vigilante Extreme ZipRider® and more!

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