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3 Redneck Tenors is an incredible vocal journey

Billy Billee (L), Billy Bob and Billy Joe, The 3 Tenorinas,performing at the "Masonic Lodge and Catfish Farm

BRANSON, Mo., August 25, 2012 –  After seeing the 3 Redneck Tenors show in each of its last two seasons in Branson and just having seen the 2012 version this week, all that can be said is that the 2012 edition is a completely different experience that takes an already unique and entertaining show and makes it, exponentially, even more so. From the git-go, one thing should be made perfectly clear, although the story line of the first half of the show is based on the entertaining and funny adventures of three loveable Texas Rednecks who have great vocal talent, as they transition from being unknowns in Paris, Texas, to performing on Broadway and in Carnegie Hall in New York City, it is the vocal performance of the shows star’s that is the heart and soul of the show.

The 3 Redneck Tenors is funny; has a very talented live band, composed of David Cassavitis, Musical Director; Paul Houser, Guitar; Tim Pope, Percussion; Matt Skates, Bass and Tom Eckert, Violin; lots of colorful costuming and an amusing funny story line. However, it is all of that in combination with the magnificent vocals of the show’s stars, “Billy Joe,” performed by Tenor Matthew Lord; “Billy Bob,” performed by Tenor Alex Bumpas, and “Billy Billee,” performed by Baritone, Blake Davidson that make this show such a unique and special experience. Each of them has  extensive operatic experience which is displayed over a wide variety of music ranging from their compound version of “Ave Maria” and “Dixie,” “Hound Dog” to “The Impossible Dream” and the inspirational “Nessun Dorma.

The shows Redneck theme is played out during the first half of the show, starting with a Redneck memorial service that adds new meaning to the term, “Chip off the old block;” the discovery of the 3 Redneck Tenors by the “Colonel,” performed by Dinny McGuire and their journey from unknown obscurity to stardom along with the realization of their dreams. The journey is an exciting, fun filled and fast paced “adventure” filled with colorful costuming changes, wonderful humor and absolutely great vocals. This writer’s favorite stops along the journey was when the “3 Tenorinas” performed “You Light Up My Life” a benefit at “The Masonic Lodge & Catfish Farm” and the “3 Village Tenors” performed “YMCA” at “The Mudcat Saloon.”

Blake Davidson (L), Dinny McGuire, Alex Bumpas and Matthew Lord performing the shows finale "Nessun Dorma.."

A major change in the show this year is its second half and WOW what a wonderful change it is. When the curtain closes on the first half it closes on 3 Redneck Tenors. When it rises for the second half, it rises on the shows three stars appearing as themselves, with the red neck persona nowhere evident , as they sing the “Impossible Dream.” They introduce themselves and interact with the audience as they perform a variety of music ranging from Broadway to their powerful rendition of “Lone Prairie and a classical duo including “Figaro” and the shows closing piece, the beautiful, inspirational and powerfully sung “Nessun Dorma.”

The magnificent voices of its stars is showcased with just the right amount of “themed comedy” in the first half and explodes into an entirely different entertainment experience in the second half. What a delightful, personable and entertaining show. If you have never seen this show, don’t miss it and, if you have seen it before, but not this year, you owe it to yourself to see it again.

For additional information or tickets for the 3 Redneck Tenors or any of Branson’s other shows and attractions or for lodging arrangements please contact the Branson Tourism Center (BTC), one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services. BTC can be reached by either calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550 or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

4th Annual CAM Gospel Sing-Off competition benefits area food pantries

CAM Christian Action Ministries

BRANSON, Mo., August 20, 2012 — The 4th Annual CAM Christian Action Ministries’ Gospel Sing-Off will be held on Sunday September 2nd at the spectacular Sight & Sound Theatre, the home of the spectacular production of “Joseph,” from 2 PM to 5 PM. The ten finalists will be competing for over $3,000 in prizes and the opportunity to sing at Silver Dollar City during the last day of its “Southern Gospel Music Picnic,” September 3, in this fundraiser for CAM’s mobile outreach and food pantries in Branson and Forsyth.

Jack Burke, CAM Board Chairman said, “The level of entry talent just keeps getting higher every year. Groups that would have made it to the finals in past years, didn’t make it this year. Our preliminary judges had an extremely difficult time arriving at a decision on the final 10 contestants to perform. This year’s show should truly be awesome”

For the 4th consecutive year, Bob Hubbard of the “Foggy River Boys” and “The Jordanaires,” will emcee the Sing Off. Guest appearances will also be made by the “Voices of Glory,” who finished in the Top Five of the NBC prime time hit show, “Americas Got Talent,” and last year’s winner “Southern Raised” as well as saxophonist Gary Dooms. The celebrity judges will include the “Voices of Glory,” Jak Knudsen from the show SIX, world class tenor George Dyer from the George Dyer show, Ronnie Page, Monte Schisler, and Ben Dutton from the Duttons show.

Tickets for the Gospel Sing-Off are available through the Sight & Sound Theatre’s reservations at 1-800-377-1277, at the Sight & Sound Theatre’s lobby box office or through the Branson Tourism Center at 1-800-785-1550. Reserved seat tickets are a $12 donation for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.

Information provided by CAM lists the following information on the Finalists:

Heart to Heart is the Branson-based duo of Sharon and Jerry Mays. Winners of numerous awards, this couple brings an energetic blend of Southern and Country gospel with a touch of R&B and Southern Pop. Heart to Heart appears regularly at the Night Light in Branson.

Rachel Parker is a 16 year old junior at Branson High School who has won the high school talent contest and 1st place at the Dallas Expo. Rachel loves to sing for the Lord and performs at any church or venue that presents an opportunity.

Master’s Praise Vocal Group is an all-male acapella Christian gospel group from St. James, Missouri. Singing praises of God is an avocation, as each member has regular jobs and are active in their respective churches.

The Tiptons are a family-based group consisting of mother Virginia Tipton, daughter Lesa Tipton, son Dan Tipton, and friends Jamie and Dennis Esteb. Based in Evening Shade, Arkansas, the Tipton musical ministry has been celebrating the Lord in song for over 50 years.

Aleah Ziegelbauer is a contemporary Christian soloist from Nixa, Missouri, who loves to carry Christ’s loving message through song.

The Barnettes of Branson, Missouri are an award-winning duo known for their tight harmonies in both original and traditional gospel music. Larry and Sandra Barnette are strongly involved with Cape Fair’s Christian Senior Ministries.

The Fair Family of Rogers, Arkansas includes Jacob, Jonathan, Sarah, Daniel, and Nathaniel, ranging in age from 14 to 22. Instrumentalists, singers, and dancers, the Fair siblings love to celebrate Christ’s message.

The Believers Trio of Springfield, Missouri specialize in Southern Gospel. Charlie Norman, Jaimee Brummett, and Julie Renee’ Fergerson strive to see people come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through song.

The Kings are a family band from Monticello, Illinois consisting of seven siblings. Individually award-winning instrumentalists in banjo and fiddle competitions, this lively family loves to entertain audiences with Christian messages of love.

Wendell Johnson has won many Christian vocalist awards over the years and loves to touch the hearts of others with his testimony of faith.

A “legendary” Branson entertainment experience just keeps getting better and better

The Blues Brothers performed by Justin Clark and Bucky Heard.

BRANSON, Mo., August 17, 2012 — In a previous review of this show this writer said, “Saying the Legends in Concert Show is just another tribute show is like saying the ‘Kentucky Derby’ is just another horse race. There are horse races and there is the ‘Kentucky Derby.’ There are tribute shows and there is the ‘Legends in Concert Show.’” After seeing the Legends in Concert on August 11, all that can be said is, “Its only gotten better, don’t miss this show if you want to see one of the most unique and entertaining shows in Branson.”

The foundation of the show, is celebrity impersonators recreating legendary superstar performers. Each recreation of these legendary superstars is a wonderful artistic performance incorporating the voice, mannerisms and looks of the star being recreated which is fabulous on its own. When combined with the rest of the shows cast, great production and choreography the result is no less than a “legendary” entertainment experience.

While acknowledging that the stars of the show are the “Legends” performing, it is the combination of their performances and the versatility and talent of the band and the shows dancers and vocalists that help make it such an outstanding entertainment experience. It makes no difference if it’s the music and performance style of Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, the Blues Brothers, Michael Jackson, or Elvis, these talented instrumentalists, dancers and singers adapt to that music and style seamlessly, adding an additional element of reality and enjoyment to each of the “Legends” performances. Although apparent throughout the show, perhaps nowhere was it more obvious than during William Hall’s recreation of “Michael Jackson.” It was amazing!

The “Legends in Concert Band is composed of Kevin Allen, Guitar/Band Leader; Lyman Clark, Keyboard; Eddie Howard, Drums and Brian Zerbee, Bass Guitar. The “Legends in Concert Dancers” are Dance Captain Stephanie Drey, Elisha Conner, Jamie Curry Cindy Dardas, Larry Miller, and Stephanie Richardson. Conner and Richardson also do an excellent job in providing the vocal backup for many of the shows numbers.

William Hall during his outstanding performance of Michael Jackson.

The typical Legends in Concert show features five recreations. Two of them, the “Blues Brothers,” portrayed by Bucky Heard and Justin Clark and “Elvis Presley” portrayed by Dean Z are Branson based and are in every show. The other three come from a constantly evolving cast of “super star legends.” Appearing in the show I saw, and until September 2, are Annika Weaver as “Faith Hill,” Zach Parrish as “Tim McGraw” and William Hall as “Michael Jackson.”

Each of the “Legends” did a mini concert “set,” consisting of four to six hits from the careers of the superstars they were impersonating, complete with its own costuming, musical arrangements and choreography. This writer’s personal favorite number from each “set” was Faith Hill’s medley including “This Kiss” and “The Way You Love Me;” Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying;” the Blues Brother’s “Shout,” Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Elvis Presley’s “If I Can Dream.”

The duets of “Let’s Make Love” and “It’s Your Love,” by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw were beautiful and the way they were worked into the production during each of their separate sets added yet another pleasant surprise to an already wonderful show. The energy and excitement of the Blues Brothers’ performance is special and a great way to end the first half of the show. Speaking of energy and excitement, the performance of Michael Jackson was a super way to start the second half of the show. In this writer’s opinion, the back to back performances of the “Blues Brothers” and “Michael Jackson,” with its accompanying choreography, costuming and involvement from the Legends In Concert Dancers and Band was a unique joy to experience and nothing short of extraordinary.

The synergy and excitement of this show, resulting from the combination of the “superstars” impersonators, the band, dancers, colorful costuming and great production provides Branson audiences with a unique and exceptional entertainment experience. For additional information or tickets for Legends in Concert or any of Branson’s other shows, attractions and activities or for lodging arrangements please contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services. Branson Tourism Center can be reached by either calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550.

The Shoji Tabuchi Show – a spectacular world class Branson experience

Shoji Tabuchi performing "In The Garden."

BRANSON, Mo., August 2, 2012 — In a town called the “Live music show capital of the world,” there is no one individual who is the very embodiment of the spirit and reality of what that means more than the legendary Shoji Tabuchi. Shoji has been entertaining Branson audiences for more than three decades, over two of which have been in the magnificent Shoji Tabuchi Theatre, designed and built specifically for him and the spectacular production show that he and his family presents.

For many shows, just having a violinist/fiddler and consummate entertainer such as Shoji along with a live band would be enough, but the opportunity to watch a performance of the Shoji Tabuchi Show last weekend, demonstrated that is not the case with this show. Dancers, vocalists and magnificent costumes, sets, choreography and production are seamlessly woven in with Shoji’s extraordinary talents to present a beautiful, unique and exciting entertainment spectacle without equal in Branson.

As would be expected, the show stars the incomparable fiddle playing and personality of Shoji Tabuchi. Ok, so it has some pretty good violin playing too because, as Shoji points out, “‘They’ are actually the same instrument; what makes them different is how you ‘fiddle around’ with it.” From the time he makes his unusual entrance onto the stage until his last number in the show, from Texas swing and Boogie Woogie, to Broadway, classical and fiddle standards such as “The Orange Blossom Special,” presented as only Shoji can, he provides a fiddle/violin entertainment experience that is without equal in Branson and, perhaps, anywhere.

What a joy to sit and listen to Shoji play. Whether it’s the classic Patsy Cline hit “Crazy,” “Unchained Melody,” “Memories” from the Broadway hit Cats, playing in a duet, as his daughter Christina sings her original song, “Living in Fear” or one of the many other numbers he plays, the performance is absolutely amazing! This writers three “Shoji” favorites were his version of “Hawaii Five O,” “In the Garden” and “Unchained Melody.”

Shoji and Christina during their performance of the shows patriotic finale.

If there was only Shoji that would be enough, but there’s so much more. Dorothy Tabuchi, Shoji’s wife, is the show’s producer. From Shoji’s dramatic entrance, Mardi Gras Parades through the aisles, trains moving across the stage to giant Japanese Taiko drums, Mary Poppins flying through the air, magnificent dramatic sets, dancers, singers and a great live orchestra, she has produced one of the most unique, entertaining and fascinating shows most people will ever experience.

Christina Lingo Tabuchi, Shoji’s daughter, is an accomplished vocalist and dancer adding yet another dynamic and entertaining element to the show. Her rendition of the Adele hit “Rolling in the Deep” and the duet of her original song ” Living in Fear,” with her singing and Shoji playing the fiddle were this writers personal favorites.

The combination of Shoji’s talent and personality, with that of Christina, his orchestra, singers and dancers, some of the most elaborate sets and beautiful costuming on any Branson stage and production and choreography to match, results in an entertainment extravaganza that is a joy to see, hear and experience. The Shoji Tabuchi show is a “musical cornucopia of talent, color, action, excitement and spectacle” that is a magnificent and unique world class entertainment experience that should not be missed.

For additional information or tickets for the Shoji Tabuchi Show or any of Branson’s other shows and attractions or for lodging arrangements please contact the Branson Tourism Center by calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550.

American Idol® Finalists continue to sizzle in Branson

All five Finalists RJ, left, Katie, Ruben, Vonzell and Bo.

BRANSON, Mo., July, 29, 2012 — The third of three groups of American Idol® Finalists performing in the American Idol® Finalists In The Finalists Live show continues the high quality, exciting and sizzling entertainment experience provided by the first two groups and will be performing in Branson at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre through August 18th. As was the case with their predecessors, this group of extremely talented nationally recognized American Idol® Finalists, Reuben Studdard – 2003 Winner, Bo Bice – Runner-Up in Season 4, Vonzell Solomon – 3rd Place in Season 4, Katie Stevens – from Season 9 and RJ Helton – from Season 1, gives Branson show goers a performance that demonstrates, from their first note to their last, exactly why they are American Idol® Finalists.

As I sat there watching the show, I could not help but appreciate how much the live band and background vocalists contributed to the overall enjoyment of the show. What makes it even more amazing is that they have had to prepare for, and work with, 15 different performers, concerts, and styles of music in such a short period of time. One can only imagine the effort that has gone into their contribution to the show. The band consists of Ricki Holmes, Music Director, Keyboards; Doug Clifford, Drums; Matt Skates, Bass; Adam Johnston, Guitar and Will Clark, Keyboards. The background vocalists are Shelia Davis, Jerry Pollock and Heather Peterson with the vocal coordination and arrangement done by Jana King Evans.

Pete Peterkin, who was a Season 4 finalist on “America’s Got Talent ®” opens the show demonstrating why he was referred to on the show as the “Rock and Roll President.” After doing his impression of President Obama he does some very impressive and entertaining impressions of a number of rock and roll and other stars including Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson and others. Pete’s recollection of how he helped Johnny Mathis develop his singing style was not only funny, but a great impression of Mathis who will be doing his Christmas Show in Branson on November 16 and 17. Pete is personable, funny, relates well to the audience and is great at his impressions not only vocally, but instrumentally. It’s a wonderful way to open up the show and gets the audience primed and ready to “party” with the Finalists.

Katie Stevens opening set gets the crowd "feeling good."

Before performing their individual concerts, all five finalists open the show and are each featured in two opening numbers, “I Gotta Feeling” and “Get The Party Started.” “The party” gets jump-started by 19 year old Katie Stevens performing a powerful and energetic rendition of Adele’s “Rollin in the Deep.” If the audience reaction is any indication, her performance of “Feeling Good,” from the musical “The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd” really did have them “feeling good” and her performance of “Who You Are” was as inspiring as it was beautifully sung and was this writers favorite from her set. This is one talented young lady who got “the party started in grand style.

Next up was RJ Helton who started his set off with an energetic performance of the Stevie Wonder hit “Superstition.” A highlight of his set was his performance of an original song from his first album, “Real Life,” entitled “Love Song” that he wrote to God in thanks for all that He has done for him. That, coupled with his performance of “My Devotion,” in the opinion of this writer, provided one of the singularly most inspirational and beautiful musical moments of the show.

Vonzell Solomon, has the energy of the “Energizer Bunny” on steroids and a voice to match. From her opening number Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love,” through the Whitney Houston classic “I Have Nothing” to her beautiful and poignant performance of her original song, “Half a Heart,” written when her heart was broken, this amazing artist demonstrates a range of styles, stage presence and vocal quality that shows not only what it takes to be an American Idol®  Finalist, but place in the top three. What an outstanding way to take the show to its intermission.

Ruben Studdard showing why he won American Idol®.

The second half of the show starts with Bo Bice, the runner up to Carrie Underwood in Season 4. His set includes a variety of styles from hard rock to the beautiful “Real Thing,” the inspirational “You Take Yourself with You” and “Sweet Home Alabama” with a guest “feature” from his fellow Alabamian Ruben Studdard. It is absolutely amazing the way Bo transitions from performing hard rock to the hauntingly beautiful performance of “You Take Yourself with You,” with its powerful and inspirational message, while taking his audience along on the wonderful journey.

The last performer was Ruben Studdard who demonstrated the “smoothly soothing vocal style” that not only won him the title of “American Idol®” in 2003, but demonstrates why Gladys Knight nicknamed him the “Velvet Teddy Bear.” Whether it his mama’s favorite song, “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,” a Luther Vandross song, “Only for One Night,” or his first single the Westlife hit, “Flying Without Wings” Ruben’s performance is one of those rare entertainment gems that will be remembered long after the performance is over. His vocal talent and ability to have the audience vested in his performance, from the first note of his performance, was a joy to experience.

This excellent show closes with all five Finalists joining on stage to sing “Life in a Northern Town” and “R-O-C-K in the USA.” Don’t miss this opportunity to see these talented nationally recognized American Idol® Finalists perform in this exceptional and amazing show through August 18.

For additional information or tickets for the American Idol® Finalists In The Finalists Live show or any of Branson’s other shows and attractions or for lodging arrangements please contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services, by calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550 and talking with one of their Branson based Vacation Planners.

Color by the numbers to get around in Branson like a pro

BRANSON, Mo., July 26, 2012 — “Compared to a lot of destination cities, navigating around Branson is a joy,” said Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. “The relatively compact size of its entertainment district, route numbering and colored route system makes it very easy to efficiently find and get to Branson’s shows, attractions, shopping, lodging or just about any other place you would want to go.”

Branson Numbered/Colored Route Map

The vast majority of people coming into Branson do so via Highway 65, which, as is the case with the major odd numbered routes such as 165 and 265, in the Branson area, runs north and south. Even numbered routes such as 76, 248 and 376 run east and west. A quick look at the incorporated Branson Map, click to enlarge, verifies this fact and shows that the major north-south route through Branson is Highway 65 and Branson’s major east-west route is Route 76. East from that junction leads to Historic Downtown Branson, Lake Taneycomo, Branson Landing and the Branson Convention Center. West leads to the famous Branson Strip, located on Route 76, Branson’s major attractions such as the Titanic Museum Attraction, Tanger Mall, White Water and, farther west, Shepherd of the Hills and Silver Dollar City.

Branson’s system of alternate colored routes also helps make it easy to find where you want to go and how to get there. There are three, Blue, Red and Yellow. It can be generally said that they are overlaid on existing routes and roads and parallel Route 76, running east and west, with the Yellow Route doing so to the south of Highway 76 and the Blue and Red to the north. “A little time spent familiarizing oneself with these colored routes can go a long way toward making travel around Branson more efficient, minimizing involvement with traffic congestion and ‘timely arrivals,’” Johnson added.

The Yellow Route provides access to lodging and shows located on Fall Creek Road, Wildwood Drive and Green Mountain Road and an entry into shows such as Legends in Concert, Bretts, , Dixie Stampede, Andy Williams Moon River Theatre, Jim Stafford, Duttons, George Dyer and others. Arterial streets provide access to theatres such as Clay Cooper, SIX, Mickey Gilley, it at the Hughes Brothers Theatre and others along with Tanger Mall and White Water.

The northern most colored route is the Red Route which intersects with Highway 65 at its State Route 248” or “Shepherd of the Hills Expressway” exit. The eastern terminus of the Red Route is the junction of Route 76 and Business Highway 65 in Historic Downtown Branson with its western terminus being the junctions of Route 76, Shepherd of the Hills Expressway and Route 376 and at the RFD TV  Theatre home of the Haygoods.

At its eastern end, among other things, the Red Route provides access to Branson Landing, Main Street Marina, Main Street Lake Cruises, Historic Downtown Branson with Dicks 5 & 10 and much more, Lake Taneycomo, the city of Branson’s Lakside RV Park and Scotty’s Trout Dock. As one travels west on the Red Route from its junction with Highway 65 on Route 248/Shepherd of the Hills Expressway they will pass way the Mansion Theatre, Sight and Sound Theatre with its spectacular production Joseph, Pierce ArrowHamner Barber Variety Show, Shoji Tabuchi and the IMAX Complex with its great shopping, Elite III movie theatres, giant screen IMAX theatre, the Little Opry Theatre.

The Blue Route starts from its eastern end at the intersection of Highway 76 and Roark Valley Road and runs west, paralleling Branson’s Strip to its north, until it ends at the intersection of Route 76 and Gretna Road right at Branson’s largest museum attraction, The Titanic Museum Attraction and kitty-corner from the Clay Cooper Theatre. It runs past the White House Theatre with its spectacular Legends of Kung Fu show and, by arterial roads, providing direct access to the Tanger Mall, Starlite Theatre the Hollywood Wax Museum and other strip attractions.

For additional information on Branson’s colored routes, getting around Branson or any of Branson’s shows, attractions and activities or for lodging arrangements please feel free contact the Branson Tourism Center (BTC by calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550.

George Dyer Show – An almost magical unforgettable musical experience

George Dyer performing "Go The Distance" from "Hercules."

BRANSON, Mo., July 17, 2012 — Branson is unsurpassed for the quality, variety and format of the of the music shows it offers, but there is only one show that has the magnificent tenor voice of George Dyer. Simply and appropriately, that show is named The George Dyer Show.

This writer wishes he had a dime for every time he has heard words to the effect that “It’s probably not my kind of show because I am not into opera.” Well, in fact, although there are two classical pieces woven into the fabric of this great show, the vast majority of its music has nothing to do with “opera.” It’s about a wonderfully entertaining live musical experience covering a wide variety of music ,from Puccini to Disney, Buble’, Dylan, Darin, Simon and Garfunkle, George Gershwin and many more, performed by the finest tenor voice this writer has ever heard.

And speaking of “live, “when one calls Branson, “The live music show capital of the world,” the meaning to the word “live” has its roots in shows like this one. You will hear no sound tracks during the musical performance of this show, just the power and beauty of George’s magnificent God given tenor voice, those of his family and a fabulous live band consisting of Norman Bergen, Pianist/Conductor; Bogie Bohinc , Lead Guitar; Rob Wilson, Drums, Seth Darby & Marcus Willet, Bass Guitar and Wayne Leavitt, Keyboard. The sound of this band and their ability to adapt to the many types and styles of music presented during the show is amazing.

From opera, to Broadway hits, show tunes to gospel, love songs and more, George demonstrates his vocal prowess, power and range on a variety of numbers. From the Michael Buble’ hit “Feeling Good,” Mario Lanza’s “Be My Love,” “Go The Distance” from Disney’s “Hercules” to Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma” from the opera “Turandot,” Lenard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and many more , it is hard to imagine a more spectacular or entertaining vocal concert by any performer. Couple that with his genuine warmth and innate ability to relate to his audience and you have that special total musical entertainment experience that one remembers for a lifetime.

The lovely and talented Kendra Dyer performing "Colors of the Wind" from "Pocohantas."

In a show filled with many magnificent and wonderful musical moments and highlights, George’s performance of “Go The Distance,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Hallelujah,” the guitar-vocal duet of George and Bogie Bohinc of “To Make You Feel My Love” and his hauntingly beautiful rendition of “Time To Say Goodbye” were among this writer’s favorite numbers. A real crowd pleaser was when George took a “Branson Show Guide” and, using the music of Luigi Denza’s “Feniculi Fenicula ” changed the song’s lyrics to musically incorporate each show as he sang through the guide. It makes one shudder with anticipation just wondering what he could do with the “Branson Phone Book.

George’s family, wife Clarisse, and daughters Kendra and Kassisdy also contribute their considerable vocal talents adding another wonderful dimension to the overall enjoyment of the show. George and Clarisse’s duet of “A Whole New World” from “Alladin;” Kendra’s beautiful rendition of Ingrid Michaelson’s “The Way I Am” and Kassidy’s spirited performance of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” demonstrate the musical talent of this family. One of the shows highlights occurs when they are joined on stage by son Garrett and present an acapella version of “Nearer My God To Thee.” It is simply beautiful.

Although the music is certainly suitable for, and kids will be familiar with many of the songs, this is a pure music show as opposed to the musical variety format with comedians etc. That said, it is presented in an environment of “personal family warmth.” From the moment George comes on stage, his interaction with the band, the “women of his life” and his audience creates an unmistakable and special “us and our family to you and your family” bond. Add to that one of the finest Tenor voices you will ever hear, beautifully singing a broad variety of music, the vocal talents of his family and musicality of one of the finest bands in Branson and the result is a spectacular, almost magical, and certainly unforgettable musical experience.

For additional information or tickets for the George Dyer Show, or any of Branson’s other shows and attractions or for lodging arrangements, please contact the Branson Tourism Center by either calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550 or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.
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Limited Engagements add to Branson show choices

Sawyer Brown

BRANSON, Mo., July 9, 2012 — “On a daily basis, Branson has live shows presenting a variety and quality of entertainment which rivals that of any destination city in the world,” said Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. She explains that the foundation of Branson’s reputation as the “Music show capital of the world,” is the host of regular Branson shows that perform on just about a daily basis throughout the season. A current show schedule along with limited engagements can be found on the Official Branson.com Show Schedule, powered by Branson Tourism Center.

Johnson points out that the available live show choices for Branson visitors is enhanced even more throughout the season by nationally known performers, acts or shows performing limited engagements in Branson for a specific period of time. This may be as short as one performance or multiple performances over a period of time.

Although subject to change, the following list of limited engagement performances in Branson for the remainder of 2012 is based on information contained in the Official Branson.com Show Schedule. For ease of use , it is sorted by date and includes the name of the performer, act or show followed by the month and date of their performance. If only one date is shown there is only one performance if more than one date is shown, the second date is the last date they are scheduled to perform during 2012:

Three Dog Night, 7, 14
Neal McCoy, 7, 19*
Cinderella with special guests Sebastian Bach and Quiet Riot, 7, 20
Neal McCoy, 8, 24 – 8, 25*
Petra, 8, 25
Jimmy Sturr, 8, 26
Def Leppard, Poison, and Lita Ford, 8, 29
Mel Tillis, 9, 6 – 12, 8
Air Supply and Maxine Nightingale, 9, 15

Oak Ridge Boys

Oak Ridge Boys, 9, 18 – 9, 20*
Bill Anderson – A Night With A Legend, 9, 21
Neal McCoy, 9, 21 – 9, 22*
Restless Heart, 9, 22
Brule appearing with Roy Rogers Jr, 9, 24 – 11, 2
Teen Idols, 9, 29
Brule appearing with Roy Rogers Jr, 10, 1 – 11, 2
Dudu Fisher, 10, 1 – 10, 21
Mel Tillis, 10, 1 – 12, 8
Neal McCoy, 10, 5*
Don Williams, 10, 6
Oak Ridge Boys, 10, 9 – 10, 25*
George Jones, 10, 12*
Bill Cosby, 10, 13
David Frizzell & Shelly West, 10, 13
Down From His Glory, 10, 16 – 10, 18
Lone Star, 10, 19
Marty Stuart, 10, 19 – 10, 20
Sawyer Brown, 10, 19
Tim Conway and Friends, 10, 19 – 10, 20*
Jim Ed Brown & Helen Cornelius, 10, 20
Midwest Country Stars, 10, 26
Janie Fricke and John Conlee, 10, 27
John Conlee and Janie Fricke, 10, 27
Brule appearing with Roy Rogers Jr.1,11 – 11, 2
Daniel O’Donnell, 11, 1 – 12, 8

Johnny Mathis in Branson November 16 and 17.

Andy Williams Christmas Show, 11, 1 – 12, 12#
A Christmas Snow, 11, 1 – 12, 29#
Christmas in Hollywood, 11, 1 – 12, 31#
Christmas on the Trail, 11, 1 – 12, 31#
Gatlin Brothers & Debby Boone Together, 11, 1 – 12, 8
Mel Tillis, 11, 1 – 12, 8
Oak Ridge Boys, 11, 1 – 11, 15
Tony Orlando Christmas, 11, 1 – 12, 8#
Dino Kartsonakis Sounds of the Season, 11, 2 – 11, 30#
Tim Zimmerman and The Kings Brass, 11, 6, – 11, 16
George Jones, 11, 9
Crystal Gayle, 11, 10
Neal McCoy, 11, 10*
Tim Conway and Friends, 11, 10 – 11, 11
Mollie B Christmas Show, 11, 11 – 11, 12#
Johnny Mathis Christmas Show, 11, 16 & 11, 17#
Neal McCoy, 11, 16 & 11, 17
Classic Country Super Show, 11, 23
A Christmas Snow, 12, 1 – 12, 29#
Andy Williams Christmas Show, 12, 1 – 12, 12#
Christmas in Hollywood, 12, 1 – 12, 31#
Christmas on the Trail, 12, 1 – 12, 31#
Daniel O’Donnell, 12, 1 – 12, 8
Gatlin Brothers & Debby Boone Together, 12, 1 – 12, 8
Mel Tillis, 12, 1 – 12, 8
Tony Orlando Christmas, 12, 1 – 12, 8#

*Indicates that there are other performances scheduled at a later date during the remainder of 2012.
# Although the vast majority of Branson’s shows have a Christmas segment in their show after November 1 that generally encompasses the second half of the show, these shows are specifically produced and presented as Christmas Shows.

For additional information or tickets for any of Branson’s other shows and attractions or for lodging arrangements please feel free to contact the Branson Tourism Center by either calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550 or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

A Branson “board” reviews Acrobats of China

The synchronized unicyclists are just one of the many exciting and colorful acts in the Acrobats of China.

BRANSON, Mo., July 6, 2012 — “Referred to by many as ‘Branson’s biggest message board,’ the 1Branson.com’s Show Forum is an excellent place to get information on Branson’s shows, attractions, lodging, shopping and many other areas,” said Tammy Johnson, the Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. “Although it is operated as a service by the Branson Tourism Center and is moderated, it is a “free range board” with the vast majority of its content coming from locals, those who love Branson and people wanting information on Branson,” she added.

Johnson points out that although specific inquiries and questions are normally answered quickly that a lot of information about Branson can be obtained from simply looking through the posts. As an example, she points out an inquiry on the www.1Branson.Com Shows Forum where a poster named, amy129, made a specific inquiry about one of Branson’s 100 shows saying, “We are planning an August trip to Branson and have always wanted to see the Acrobats of China. Now that our kids are 6 and 8, we are thinking this may be the year we go. Do you think young kids would enjoy this show? It looks entertaining.”

Among others, the following posts in the thread were made by people who have seen the show and responded:

thesaint – “Your kids will be amazed at the Shanghai Acrobats…they have a very colorful, fast-moving show with lots of incredible acts that we had personally never seen anywhere before. It is one of the best shows in town…our family sure loved it! I’d say….DON’T MISS IT!…Have a great time with your kids here!”

Cooper78 – “That show will BLOW YOUR MIND! It is phenomenal! I’m sure your kids would enjoy it tremendously, we plan on taking our kids (ages 9 and 4) this fall.”

mkirt – “We just saw the show Sunday night. They have added some additional elements since we saw it a few years ago, so it felt like seeing it for the first time. Very enjoyable and the young kids in the audience seemed to stay interested throughout. I was amazed how many young kids were at the 8pm show and still going strong when it ended.  The performers all come out to greet the audience in the lobby after the show, which was fun.”

SHOW GAL – “This is a show we recommend to visitors when they want a change of pace show. It seems to appeal to all age groups and, as of yet, everybody we have suggested see the show has said they thoroughly enjoyed the show. I am always amazed at their various acts and acknowledge how much practice had to go into each one.”

In addition to being able to specifically ask a question about Branson on 1Branson.com, the board is set up for easy interaction between posters. Simply by selecting the “Quote” button ,any post can be automatically copied into another post. This facilitates refining responses to get the specific information needed and provides a way for a show or other entity to respond and provide feedback and information.

Branson Tourism Center’s Johnson also points out that the Branson Tourism Center maintains a full time staff of Branson based Travel Planners who, free of charge and through a toll free number, 1-800-785-1550, would be happy to answer any questions prospective Branson visitors might have about Branson’s shows, attractions, lodging, shopping or other activities.

Five cool ways to stay cool and have fun in Branson

White Water's iconic 7-story multiple slide "Kalani Towers."

BRANSON, Mo., June 26, 2012 — Branson is one of the “hottest” travel destinations in America in terms of the family fun, adventure, entertainment, shopping, excitement and things to do. Outside of the temperature, one of the “hottest” things in Branson this summer is the variety of fun filled “cool” options Branson offers to “beat the heat and stay cool.”

Here are five of my favorite ways to beat the heat and the  reasons why:

1. Spending a day at White Water Branson’s only outdoor water park. From its iconic seven story multislide thrill ride “Kalani Towers” to the “Aloha River at Hula Hula Bay” and much more, including it’s millions of gallons of cool tropically themed relief from the heat.

2. Take a cruise or boat ride on Lake Taneycomo – Lake Taneycomo, flows 22 miles from the foot of “Table Rock Dam” to the “Power Site Dam.” It’s waters average a temperature of about 48 degrees near its source at the dam providing cooling relief for those cruising or boating on her waters. Main Street Lake Cruises’ Lake Queen and Branson Princess, located in the Main Street Marina at Branson Landing, offers sightseeing and dinner cruises and peddle boat rentals. Scotty’s Trout Dock and Marina, located at the south end of the City of Branson’s “Lake Side RV Park” offers pontoon and other boats rentals as does “Lilly’s Landing” located off of Fall Creek Road.

The sands of Moonshine Beach on Table Rock Lake.

3. Activities or Swimming in Table Rock Lake or Moonshine Beach – The 43,000 surface acre Table Rock Lake, operated by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, offers a variety of ways to beat the summer heat including swimming, boating, fishing or just about any water sport or activity anyone would want to enjoy. The Corps also operates Moonshine Beach, on Table Rock Lake, near the north end of Table Rock Dam on State Highway 165/265. It’s the largest sand beach in southwest Missouri, has many amenities and is conveniently located within minutes of the famed Branson Strip.

4. Silver Dollar City – From its guaranteed to get wet water rides such as “American Plunge,” “Lost River of the Ozarks” and “RiverBlast,” to exhilarating, exciting and cooling rides on coasters such a “PowderKeg” and “Wildfire;” the depths of “Marvel Cave” and the cooling shade of its tree lined streets, the fun filled 1880′s styled theme park has to be one of the “coolest” theme parks in America.

5. Going to any of Branson’s over 100 live shows or indoor attractions – The shows are “cool” not only in terms of their air conditioned climate controlled environment, but in terms of the entertainment they provide. Like the Titanic Museum Attraction, with its opportunity to touch an iceberg and feel the icy cold temperature of the water into which the mighty ship sank over 100 years ago; the vast majority of Branson’s indoor attractions also offer their fun and excitement under cool climate controlled conditions.