Since Branson’s Famous Baldknobbers played their first notes on the banks of Lake Taneycomo, live shows have been the mainstay of a vacation in Branson, Missouri. Today, with so many acts to choose from, Branson is truly the Live Music Show Capital of the World!
In Branson, visitors can find live music from every era and style, performed by both rising young entertainers and legendary stars. The wide variety of music includes pop, country, rock & roll, gospel, patriotic, Broadway, Western, big band, swing, bluegrass, jazz, classical and more. Music made famous by baroque composers, cowboy poets, cinematic blockbusters, 50s heartthrobs, 60s pop bands and today’s top 40 artists can be enjoyed from early in the morning through the afternoon, evening and into the night.
Several internationally famous performers call Branson home, as do scores of ensemble production shows featuring large casts of singers, dancers and musicians. State-of-the-art productions, world-class tribute shows and famous national touring acts add to an eclectic mix of entertainment. We like to say that we have more stars per square foot in Branson than anywhere else in the universe!
Entire families of entertainers headline shows in Branson and continue a time-honored tradition of more than 60 years, pioneered by the Mabe family of Branson’s Famous Baldknobbers and more than 52 years of Presleys’ Country Jubilee.
Comedians are a Branson staple, both as headliners and specialty acts in zany variety shows and opening performances. Peals of laughter can be heard throughout Branson with clean comedy that will tickle everyone’s funny bone.
International shows broaden the scope of entertainment diversity. These shows inject cultural flavor through their music, dance, acrobatics, costuming and sets. Each April, Silver Dollar City presents the Festival of Wonder, bringing hundreds of performers from around the world. Branson is truly a melting pot of international entertainment.
From Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction to the multimillion-dollar Sight & Sound Theatre, where the Bible comes to life with performances including SAMSON, several shows are presented in unique venues that add to your vacation experience.
Billy Yates’ Hit Songwriters in the Round at the Americana Theatre brings the best in performing songwriter experiences to the stage. The host, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Billy Yates, introduces the audience to the world of performing songwriters. Two hit writer/artists from Nashville join Billy onstage to tell the stories behind the songs they play. This style of relaxed and unscripted show allows you to enjoy the spirit of what makes acoustic performances so special and the people who wrote them so great.
Coming to a swamp in Branson this summer—Welk Resort proudly presents everyone’s favorite ogre! Shrek the Musical is the all-new musical production based on the award-winning Broadway show and movie. Filled with wonderful music, hilarious comedy and a heart-warming message of love and acceptance, this Branson musical runs from June through August at Welk Resort Theatre.
Throughout the year, a number of major touring artists—including the The Oak Ridge Boys, Neal McCoy, Dailey & Vincent, Howie Mandel, Tommy James & The Shondells, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Lee Greenwood and Crystal Gayle—perform limited dates in concert. New stars are booked on a frequent basis, so check the events calendar on ExploreBranson.com often.
It’s easy to meet the stars in Branson, and many of them welcome the opportunity to sign autographs and pose for photos.
Most performers live here and are often seen enjoying shows and attractions, dining in restaurants, shopping in one of our many stores, playing golf and fishing—just like you and your family.
The beautiful seasons of Branson offer opportunities for everyone to enjoy a variety of shows year-round.
Each spring, student performance groups, families on spring break, adventurous travelers and returning show lovers enjoy the debut of many new acts and production numbers.
Summer keeps the action going with everything under the sun: magic, music, acrobats, dance, Broadway-style productions, exotic animals and our families entertaining your family.
During Ozark Mountain Christmas, many of the live shows in Branson devote at least half of each performance to holiday-themed music, sets, costumes and production numbers.
Some shows offer New Year’s Eve entertainment packages complete with hors d’oeuvres, party favors and special dinners at the venue or at a nearby restaurant. Be sure to make your reservations early to celebrate the New Year with the stars.
“When half of the Lennon family considered moving from California to Branson in 1994, we called the Osmonds,” said Kathy Lennon, one of The Lennon Sisters, America’s Sweethearts of Song. “They told us Branson is exactly what America needs, where families really matter. With the different generations of Lennons performing here, it truly is a family matter, and we love it!”
For many in Branson, show business is the family business. The Baldknobbers and Presleys feature generations of family members who perform together nightly.
The Haygoods, The Lennon Sisters, SIX, The Hughes Brothers, The Duttons, The Osmonds, The Bretts, Doug Gabriel, The Petersens, the Hamners, Clay and Tina Cooper, Shoji Tabuchi and other shows feature family members performing daily and nightly on stage together.
These talented families will inspire and wow every member of yours with their dazzling musical, comedic and vocal talents. Many shows in Branson exclusively feature family members; they are fine examples of incredibly talented performers endowed with musical gifts.
They have also mastered the art of presenting full-scale production shows complete with elaborate sets, high-tech laser light systems, costumes, props, audio/video elements and pyrotechnics. Fun is what Branson’s show-business families are all about—fun for their families and yours!