What’s the last show you saw in Branson?

SIX, Kevin, left, Owen, Curtis, Lynn, Barry, and Jak,  is perennially one of Branson's most popular shows.

SIX, Kevin, left, Owen, Curtis, Lynn, Barry, and Jak, is perennially one of Branson’s most popular shows.

“When you ask the question, ‘Whether yesterday or 10 years ago, what’s the name of the last Branson show that you saw,?’ you’d expect a variety of answers, and that many of the shows mentioned would be listed on Branson Tourism Center’s List of Most Popular and Highly Recommended Shows,” said Annette Wood, the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center. “That’s just what we got when we posed the question to more than 25,000 Branson fans participating on our Facebook page.”

Although the answers ranged from, “I’ve never been there,” to shows that are no longer in Branson, and covered a wide variety of shows, the vast majority of those mentioned were on BTC’s most popular list. The following four shows were mentioned the most; they’re listed in alphabetical order along with a brief description, and include a link to where you can get more information on their schedule, pricing, and content. In most cases, videos and pictures are included:

Clay Cooper’s Country Express has everything you want in a great Branson show! With 24 veteran entertainers, there’s a variety of singing, dancing, comedy, and music. Backed by a live, 7 piece band, you’ll hear country and pop hits from the likes of George Jones, Hunter Hayes, the Doobie Brothers, and Bruno Mars!

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede will take your family on a wild ride! Dixie features their world famous racing ostriches, 32 horses in some amazing equestrian feats, a stampede of buffalo, the Rumble in the Treetops lumberjack relay, and friendly competition all wrapped up in a fabulous four-course feast!

Jonah is an epic adventure, delighting audiences young and old with its powerful and timely message. This beautiful Sight and Sound production depicts the journey of “Jonah,” a faithful, righteous prophet of God. Enjoy spectacular staging, immersive special effects, and beautiful original music. Note: Time is running out to see Jonah in Branson. Its last Branson performance will be on December 29. Another Sight and Sound spectacular, Moses, will be performed in Branson starting on March 5, 2016.

SIX is Branson’s sensational sibling singing group that quite simply defines the art of performing music without instruments! Sensational harmonizing, polished professionalism, zany on-stage antics…it’s the most talented half dozen guys you’ll ever meet! They’ll charm you right from the opening note!

Branson Tourism Center’s Wood points out that these four, along with others, were at the top of a similar list compiled a couple of months ago when we asked the question – “If a good friend or close relative, age 30, was coming to Branson, what one show would you tell them not to miss?”

For additional information or tickets on these or any of Branson’s other shows and attractions, or for lodging arrangements, please feel free to contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services; call 1-800-785-1550 or visit www.BransonTourismCenter.com

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‘Branson Veterans Homecoming Week’ honors America’s Veterans from the heart

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“Honoring America’s Veterans, those currently serving in its Armed Forces, and their families for their service and sacrifice is an inherent part of what Branson is,” said Annette Wood, the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center. “Even by Branson standards however, ‘Branson Veterans Homecoming Week’ is special,” she added.

The annual event is one of the, if not the biggest, Veterans Day tributes in America, and is celebrated from November 5 through November 11. It features dozens of events all keyed toward honoring those who have served our nation and sacrificed so much.

The following is a schedule of most of the major events sorted chronologically and by starting time. A telephone number or link is included to provide access to additional information on specific events:

November 5, 2015

0900 – 1600 Veteran Registry, Tactical Operations & Vendor Village, 417-337-0563
0900 – 1530 Veterans Events & Reunions Registry Mill Craft Village, 417-230-2278
0900 – 1800 Day Room 9am – 6pm at Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387
0900    Walls of Heroes – Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387
1000 – 1800 Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial Wall opens at Welk Resort, 417-336-3575
1130 – 1330 Mess Hall Lunch at Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387
1400    Vets for Vets Celebration Show” at the Baldknobbers Theatre

November 6, 2015

0700    Reveille at Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387
0800 – 1800 Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial Wall at Welk Resort, 417-336-3575
0800    POW/MIA Service of Remembrance, Vietnam Wall at Welk Resort, 417-336-4232
0830    IMAX Military Film Festival “Ghost Army,” 417-335-3533
0900 – 1600 Veteran Registry, Tactical Operations & Vendor Village 417-337-0563
0900 – 1530 Veterans Events & Reunions Registry Mill Craft Village – 417-230-2278
0900 – 1800 Day Room 9am – 6pm at Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387
0900    Walls of Heroes – Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387
1000    Fourth Annual Navy Memorial at Golden Corral
1100    Veterans Grove Tree Dedication, College of the Ozarks
1130 – 1330 Mess Hall Lunch at Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387
1700    Retreat at Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387

November 7, 2015

0700    Reveille at Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387
0800 – 1800 Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial Wall at Welk Resort, 417-336-3575
0830    Veterans Sporting Clay Shoot, Ozarks Shooter Complex
0830    IMAX Military Film Festival “We Answered the Call: Building the Crown Jewel of Afghanistan,” 417-335-3533
0900 – 1600 Veteran Registry, Tactical Operations & Vendor Village 417-337-0563
0900 – 1530 Veterans Events & Reunions Registry Mill Craft Village – 417-230-2278
0900 – 1800 Day Room 9am – 6pm at Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387
0900    Walls of Heroes at Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387
1000    Musical Fun with Twang, Veterans Military Museum
1130 – 1330 Mess Hall Lunch at Ballparks of America, 417-337-83871200
1200    West Plains High School Marching Band “Veterans Tribute,” Branson Landing
1400 – 1800 4th Infantry Division Social, Savannah House Hotel
1400    Musical Fun with Twang, Veterans Military Museum
1600    Women Veterans Mini Reunion at Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center
1700    Retreat at Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387
1900    Memorial Service for Lost Submarine/Tolling of the Bells, Branson Landing

November 8, 2015

0700    Reveille at Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387
0800 – 1800 Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial Wall at Welk Resort, 417-336-3575
0900 – 1600 Veteran Registry, Tactical Operations & Vendor Village 417-337-0563
0900 – 1530 Veterans Events & Reunions Registry Mill Craft Village – 417-230-2278
0900 – 1800 Day Room 9am – 6pm at Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387
0900    Walls of Heroes at Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387
1000 – 1200 Vietnam Veterans Mini Reunion, Clay Cooper Theatre
1000    Tribute to Veterans Sunday Worship, Doug Gabriel Theatre
1130 – 1330 Mess Hall Lunch at Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387
1200 – 1400 12th Annual Tribute to Women Veterans & Rose Petal Ceremony, Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
1400 – 1600 Gold, Silver & Blue Star Mothers Afternoon Dessert, Shindigs
1700    Retreat at Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387

November 9, 2015

0700    Reveille at Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387
0800 – 1800 Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial Wall at Welk Resort, 417-336-3575
0830    IMAX Military Film Festival “We Answered the Call: Building the Crown Jewel of Afghanistan,” 417-335-3533
0900 – 1600 Veteran Registry, Tactical Operations & Vendor Village 417-337-0563
0900 – 1530 Veterans Events & Reunions Registry Mill Craft Village – 417-230-2278
0900 – 1800 Day Room 9am – 6pm at Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387
0900    Walls of Heroes at Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387
1000    Transition Assistance at Military & BB Gun Museum, 417-239-0719
1130 – 1330 Mess Hall Lunch at Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387
1400 – 1700 Korean War Veterans Mini Reunion, Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center
1700 – 2300 19th Annual Military Gala & Banquet, Chateau on the Lake
1700    Retreat at Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387
1900    Flag Retirement Ceremony, Veterans Memorial Museum

November 10, 2015

0700    Reveille at Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387
0800 – 1800 Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial Wall at Welk Resort, 417-336-3575
0830    IMAX Military Film Festival “Honoring The Valley of the Tears,” 417-335-3533
0900 – 1600 Veteran Registry, Tactical Operations & Vendor Village 417-337-0563
0900 – 1530 Veterans Events & Reunions Registry Mill Craft Village – 417-230-2278
0900 – 1800 Day Room 9am – 6pm at Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387
0900    Wal-Mart Tribute to Veterans, Oak Ridge Boys Theatre
0900    Walls of Heroes at Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387
1100    Celebrity Waiter Fundraiser, Doc’s Hickory Roadhouse
1130 – 1330 Mess Hall Lunch at Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387
1400    Railway to Heaven, Royal Oak Auditorium, Keeter Center, College of the Ozarks
1500 – 1700 15th Anniversary Celebration of the Veterans Memorial Museum, Veterans Memorial Museum
1700    Retreat at Ballparks of America, 417-337-8387
2100    Railway to Heaven, Jones Auditorium College of the Ozarks

November 11, 2015

0700    Flag Raising/Wreath Laying Ceremony, Main Flag Pole, Chapel Lawn, College of the Ozarks
0800 – 1800 Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial Wall at Welk Resort, 417-336-3575
0830    IMAX Military Film Festival “Honoring The Valley of the Tears,” 417-335-3533
1100    82nd Annual Veterans Day Parade in historic downtown Branson, 417-239-6511
1700    All Hands on Deck! Show, Branson Star Theater
1700 – 2000 Free Golden Corral Dinner for Veterans, Golden Corral

For information or tickets for any of Branson’s shows and attractions, or for lodging arrangements, please contact the Branson Tourism Center by calling 1-800-785-1550 or through its website, www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

Blessing or luck, crew of the ‘Lucky Lady’ celebrates 70th Annual Reunion

Crew members of the U.S.S Sante Fe attending its 70th Annual Reunion, ictured from left to right, with ages in parens, are Richard Champagne, 91; Clifford Hamilton, 89, Ivan Cannon, 89, Robert Hazelwood, 92, Stephen Wong, 92; Charles Bright, 89; and Steve Downing Jr., 90.

Crew members of the U.S.S Santa Fe attending its 70th Annual Reunion, pictured from left to right, are Richard Champagne, 91; Clifford Hamilton, 89, Ivan Cannon, 89, Robert Hazelwood, 92, Stephen Wong, 92; Charles Bright, 89; and Steve Downing Jr., 90.

Recently, the crew of the “Lucky Lady,” more formally known as the U.S.S. Santa Fe (CL-60), a Cleveland class light cruiser, celebrated their 70th Annual Reunion in Branson, Missouri. Melissa McGowan, a Group Sales Manager for the Branson Tourism Center Groups Department, worked with the group in planning and conducting the reunion. She said, “It’s always an honor and privilege to work with our military groups, but this group was special.”

“It was an absolute pleasure to be with them and to hear them talk about what they experienced aboard the Santa Fe during World War II. It changed me. Of the over 1300 plus crewmembers who sailed on the ‘Lucky Lady’ throughout the war, only seven were able to attend the reunion: Richard Champagne, Clifford Hamilton, Ivan Cannon, Robert Hazelwood, Stephen Wong, Charles Bright, and Steve Downing Jr. The oldest was 92 and the youngest was 89. Precious heroes; I love them!”

When the Santa Fe, named after the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, was christened, the traditional bottle of champagne was not used. Instead, the bottle was filled with water taken from the Santa Fe River that had been blessed by Santa Fe’s archbishop. That, and the appropriateness of the ship’s nickname, “Lucky Lady,” came to mind many times as the crew and family members of crew members who have passed, shared some of their experiences. Remarkably, the Santa Fe and her crew fought their way through 224,999 miles of battles, air raids, kamikaze, and torpedo attacks in the Pacific Theatre during World War II without the death of a single crew member due to battle injuries!

How lucky or blessed were they? How about having a torpedo hit the bow of the ship near a gun turret, surrounded by ammunition, that failed to explode? The crew said that if it had exploded they would have lost the bow of the ship. Imagine a kamikaze torpedo plane coming at the ship and being blown out of the sky by the ship’s guns about two seconds before it would have crashed into the ship. It was so close that gas from the plane sprayed aboard, injuring crew-members and killing one non-crew member that the ship had previously rescued. They all agreed that if the plane had remained airborne for two more seconds, very few, if any of them, would have survived.

During one air attack, the aircraft carrier USS Franklin was bombed by a Japanese plane, was on fire, and was in danger of sinking as she listed horribly. The Santa Fe and her crew, in a daring move of extraordinary courage and seamanship, pulled alongside the badly damaged ship, and maintained its position for over three hours, amid fires and exploding ammunition, with the towering aircraft carrier listing over it, as they rescued more than 800 members of its crew.

For her action with the Franklin, the Santa Fe received a Navy Unit Citation. That was in addition to the 13 Battle Stars she received for service from the Aleutian Islands to Tarawa, Wake, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and just about every other major sea raid and battle conducted in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.

The U.S.S. Santa Fe 7 Reunion was held in the beautiful Grand Plaza Hotel in Branson from September 22 through 26; the hotel’s Montclair Room was made available for meetings, dinners, and fellowship. Their schedule allowed plenty of free time to shop, relax, and enjoy the comradery and fellowship of their shipmates, family, and friends. In addition, there were planned events and meals, along with the opportunity to ride the Branson Scenic Railway, experience the adventure of dinner and a show aboard the Showboat Branson Belle on Table Rock Lake, and to see the fabulous Legends in Concert show.

Branson Tourism Center’s McGowan said, “It was an honor to work with them and, although just for a while, get to know them. I hope they enjoyed their time in Branson as much as we enjoyed having them!”

Presleys’ Country Jubilee is BTC’s “Featured Show of the Week” for Oct. 12, 2015

The humor of Herkimer and Cecil delight both young and old.

The high energy humor of Herkimer, right, and Cecil delights both young and old.

“Presleys’ Country Jubilee is our show of the week for Oct. 12, 2015,” said Annette Wood, the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services, and sellers of over 4.5 million Branson show and attraction tickets. “For the better part of five decades, the Presley family has been a leader in promoting Branson, its shows, and everything else it has to offer, while presenting a show filled with color, music, comedy, and production that has not only set a standard for others to follow, but has become one of Branson’s most beloved and popular shows,” she added.

In a recent review of Presleys’ Country Jubilee, I said, “From the time you walk into the theatre until the curtain goes down, a night with the Presley family at Presleys’ Country Jubilee is an unequalled entertainment experience! As you enter one of the most home-like theatre lobbies in Branson, you’ll hear the sounds of gospel music drifting down from the pre-show gospel sing-along in the loft; smell glazed almonds and pecans made from a secret recipe developed by Cecil, a.k.a. Eric Presley, and begin to realize that you and your family are in for a special evening.”

When the curtain rises, you become part of a Branson phenomenon as its first show on the now famous Branson Strip, does what it has continually been doing since 1967…wow the audience with its unique combination of music and comedy, presented by some of the most talented vocalists, musicians, and comedians in Branson. You’ll be treated to a spectacular evening of current and classic country songs and gospel greats, as well as the side-splitting, slapstick antics of Branson’s dynamic duo of comedy, Herkimer and Cecil!

Since the Presleys’ opened on the Branson Strip, Gary Presley, known on the stage as “Herkimer,” has been making the show’s audiences laugh ‘til they hurt! In combination with his son, Eric, “Cecil” in the show, their comedy is a unique blend of Ozark humor, one-liners, high energy, and skits that always seem to be relevant to current events.

When that comedy is strategically interwoven with the musical performances, the result is a one of a kind entertainment experience that keeps the audience, kids and adults alike, completely entertained, laughing, and wondering what to expect next! The Springfield News Leader proclaimed Presleys’ Country Jubilee to be “the standard by which other shows are judged,” and after seeing this show, you’ll know why!

For more information or tickets for the Presleys’ Country Jubilee, or any of Branson’s other shows and attractions, or for lodging arrangements, please feel free to contact the Branson Tourism Center by calling 1-800-785-1550 or visiting www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

 

Morning shows are an amazing way to start your exciting Branson day

151008 FINAL Morning Show CompositeWith over 53 theatres, more than 100 live shows and almost 60,000 theatre seats, it’s easy to understand why Branson’s famous for the quantity and quality of its live entertainment. Even after living in Branson for more than 29 years, the wide variety of live shows available to entertain visitors, from morning to night, is a constant source of amazement to me.

There are a number of reasons to start your Branson day by going to a show, but what could be better than starting your day on the uplifting note of being energized, entertained, and inspired by a great morning show? From shows like Amazing Pets, that children will absolutely love; to the country music and humor of Down Home Country, the exquisite voices of Dublin’s Irish Tenors and The Celtic Ladies performing everything from pop to Irish classics, and a wide variety of other options, there is a Branson morning show that will start your day off in a special way!

Some of Branson Tourism Center’s Most Popular and Highly Recommended Shows routinely schedule morning, as well as evening shows. These include, among others, Clay Cooper’s Country Express and the shows appearing at Kings Castle Theatre. Still others, such as Shoji Tabuchi, have occasional morning shows.

The links in this article will take you to Branson Tourism Center’s (BTC) Show Schedule containing detailed information on the show’s content, schedule, pricing, and, in most cases, videos and pictures. This schedule is reviewed and revised on a daily basis by BTC, the company that’s sold over 4.5 million Branson show and attraction tickets, and is one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services. Here’s a list of major morning shows, sorted alphabetically, with BTC’s Most Popular and Highly Recommended shows listed first:

Amazing Pets
Clay Cooper’s Country Express
Down Home Country
Dublin’s Irish Tenors and The Celtic Ladies
New Jersey Nights
Puttin’ on the Ritz
Shoji Tabuchi

All American Gospel
Always Patsy Cline
AYO starring Voices of Glory
Best of Neil Sedaka, the Carpenters, and Captain & Tennille
The BIG Show
Bretts
Buck Trent
California Dreamin’
Doug Gabriel’s #1 Hits Tribute
George Dyer
George Jones and Friends Remembered
Good Ol Boys
IMAX Adventure Films
A Neil Diamond Tribute
Red, Hot…& Blue!
A Tribute to John Denver
The Twice Adopted Gospel Show
Wade Landry’s Gumbo Show

For additional information on any of the shows discussed in this article or any of Branson’s other shows and attractions, or for lodging arrangements, please feel free to contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services by calling 1-800-785-1550 or visiting www.BransonTourismCenter.com .

Window of opportunity closing to experience three incredible Branson shows

Mickey Gilley and Yakov Smirnoff

Mickey Gilley and Yakov Smirnoff

“The window of opportunity to see three of Branson’s most popular shows is closing,” said Annette Wood, the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center. “When the curtain falls on the Mickey Gilley show on the evening of December 2, 2015 and the Wake Up With Yakov show on the morning of December 5, it will be more than the end of the show and their 2015 season; it marks the end of more than two decades of Branson performances from each of these iconic stars. We’ll surely miss country music legend, Mickey Gilley, and comedy superstar, Yakov Smirnoff,” she adds.

Wood points out that the incredible biblical spectacular Jonah will conclude its Branson run after the December 29, 2015 performance. It will be replaced by another phenomenal Sight and Sound production, Moses, in 2016.

Following is a brief description of each of these shows with a link to more information, including schedules, videos, pricing, and ticket options:

Sight and Sound's "Jonah."

Sight and Sound’s “Jonah.”

Jonah is an epic adventure, delighting audiences young and old with its powerful and timely message. This spectacular production depicts the journey of “Jonah,” a faithful, righteous prophet of God. Sight and Sound Theatres are experts at filling their 300 foot surround-sound stage with music, action, dancing, drama, and special effects melded into magnificent productions. The action scenes of the ship breaking up; Jonah flying through the air, particularly as he departs the belly of the great fish; the set of Jonah in the belly of the fish; and the underwater scene with the great fish swimming out over the audience are simply magnificent and something no one has ever come close to seeing on a Branson stage.

Mickey Gilley: Known for his honky-tonk piano playing style and a string of 17 number 1 hits, this country music icon, even in the face of a paralyzing injury that would have put a lesser man down, has been entertaining Branson audiences for 26 years. Along with the “Urbanettes” and the “Urban Cowboy Band,” this consummate entertainer, with his genuine talent, warmth, and irresistible smile provides an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind musical entertainment experience. The show features many of his biggest hits, including number one songs like She’s Pulling Me Back Again, Bring It on Home to Me, Talk to Me, Fool for Your Love, Stand By Me, and many more. He’s the consummate entertainer…the music man extraordinaire…the one-and-only “Mickey Gilley!”

Wake Up With Yakov: It’s hard to imagine a funnier way to start a day in Branson than with the humor of America’s favorite Russian, Yakov Smirnoff. Since moving to America with his family in 1977, he has combined the experience of growing up in the communist Soviet Union ans his fascination with American human nature to completely charm audiences year after year. His incredible humor, exceptional comic timing, and warm personality helps to create a show full of side-splitting laughter, warmth, love, and patriotic cheer that will tickle your funny bone as it touches your heart.

Don’t miss this final opportunity to see these three amazing shows in Branson. For additional information or tickets for any of these shows or Branson’s other shows and attractions, or for lodging arrangements, please feel free to contact the Branson Tourism Center by calling 1-800-785-1550 or visiting its web site www.BransonTourismCenter.com. Branson Tourism Center has sold over 4.5 million Branson show and attraction tickets, and is one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services.

Don’t you and your family deserve a Grand Branson lodging experience?

Grand Plaza Hotel from Branson Strip

Grand Plaza Hotel from Branson Strip

Someone a lot smarter than this writer said, “Your choice of where you stay when you travel will have a direct impact on the quality of that travel experience.” Over the past 13 years, along with selling over 4.5 million Branson show and attraction tickets, the Branson Tourism Center has sold hundreds of thousands of room nights to Branson visitors. The Grand Plaza Hotel has been a consistent favorite with its customers.

With 200 luxurious and comfortable rooms, an excellent location, value, family-friendly amenities, and variety of accommodations, the Grand Plaza Hotel is a great choice for families, groups, or business travelers. In terms of its location, it’s the perfect illustration of the term “location, location, location.” Its central location, about a block north of the center of the famed “Branson Strip,” provides its guests with the best of both worlds; the quiet of not being directly on the strip, while being just a block away, along with easy access to Branson’s alternate colored routes, and less trafficked routes to Silver Dollar City, Branson Landing, Dixie Stampede, Legends in Concert, and other big attractions.

One of Branson’s largest and most popular discount factory outlet malls, Tanger Outlets, is located within walking distance. The Kings Castle Theatre, home of some of Branson’s most popular shows, including the Dublin’s Irish Tenors & The Celtic Ladies, Puttin’ on the Ritz, New Jersey Nights, Spirit of the Dance, and Christmas Wonderland, is also within easy walking distance.

Grand Plaza's indoor pool.

Grand Plaza’s indoor pool.

With its Standard Queen Room featuring two queen-sized beds; Family Units with two bedrooms and bathrooms, and Honeymoon/ Executive Suites with a separate, closed off sitting area, the Grand Plaza can meet just about every lodging need. The entire property is completely nonsmoking, and has amenities that include a game room, indoor pool, sauna, fitness room, and hot tub. In addition, the hotel offers a full buffet breakfast of hot and cold items every morning including cereal, fruit, waffles, breads, rolls, eggs, ham or sausage, and biscuits and gravy.

“The Grand Plaza Hotel is a great blend of value, luxury, amenities, and location,” said Annette Wood, the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center. “It also participates in Branson Tourism Center’s Lowest Rate Lock Program, which guarantees that the price you pay for your lodging accommodations at the Grand Plaza will be the lowest rate available. If you find a lower price offered for the same room on the same dates at any time between the date you book your room with BTC and when you arrive in Branson, BTC will match the lower rate.

For more information about the Grand Plaza Hotel please contact the Branson Tourism Center by calling 1-800-785-1550 or through its website, www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

Branson’s SIX is BTC’s “Featured Show of the Week” for Sept. 28, 2015

SIX , Kevin, left, Owen, Curtis, Lynn, Barry, and Jak.

SIX , Kevin, left, Owen, Curtis, Lynn, Barry, and Jak.

“The amazing vocal band, SIX, is our show of the week for Sept. 28, 2015,” said Annette Wood, the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services, and sellers of over 4.5 million Branson show and attraction tickets. “In a town filled with some of the best singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, magicians, and entertainers in the world, “SIX” stands out for its quality and uniqueness and, year after year, continues to be on our list of Most Popular Shows,” she added

Whether it’s amazing harmonizing or the fascinating instrumental sounds straight from their mouths, these six brothers are brimming with talent, polished professionalism, and a healthy dose of mirth and merriment. They’ll entertain and charm you right from the opening note! This gifted group of fun-lovin’ guys – with another four brothers that work behind the scenes – set the standard for a show that goes far beyond singing a cappella; percussion, strings, horns and other instruments can definitely be heard, they’re just nowhere to be found!

In a review of “SIX,” I wrote, “What you won’t see is any live band; what you will experience is two hours of the most unique, exciting, and memorable music you will ever hear; great vocals and the sound of an actual band. The remarkable thing is that all the sounds, vocal and instrumental are coming from the same place, the mouths of the SIX Knudsen brothers. It truly is an amazing thing to see and hear.”

Using only their voices, perfectly honed from years of performing around the world, “SIX” certainly brings it on big-time with loads of music from some of the best, including Elvis, Kansas, Frankie Valli, MC Hammer, Coldplay, and many more. In addition to their suburb singing and “playing,” Curtis, Lynn, Kevin, Jak, Barry, and Owen dazzle audiences with slick dance moves, silly stories and slapstick humor that’s strategically woven into the fabric of the show resulting in a non-stop, supercharged, high octane level of energy show that’s a one-of-a-kind Branson experience.

For more information or tickets for the SIX show or any of Branson’s other shows and attractions, or for lodging arrangements, please feel free to contact the Branson Tourism Center by calling 1-800-785-1550 or visiting www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

 

 

How many of these October 2015 Branson Highlights would you like to see?

The amazing Clay Cooper  performing "Crying."

The amazing Clay Cooper performing “Crying.”

“During the month of October, Branson’s shows aren’t the only live entertainment in town. Mother Nature will be putting on a pretty special show of her own as she paints the Ozark Mountains with beautiful fall colors,” said Annette Wood, the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center. “What a beautiful compliment to the live entertainment, attractions, shopping, and other activities that Branson offers,” she added.

Here’s a list highlighting the major special events and limited engagement performances you can enjoy in Branson during October, 2015, as well as our Featured Show, Event, and Limited Engagement of the month:

Featured Show: Clay Cooper’s Country Express: “Clay Cooper’s Country Express” has everything you want in a great Branson show! With 24 veteran entertainers, there’s a variety of singing, dancing, comedy, and music. Backed by a live, 7 piece band, you’ll hear country and pop hits from the likes of George Jones, Hunter Hayes, the Doobie Brothers, and Bruno Mars!

The Texas Tenors, Marcus Collins, right,  John Hagen, and JC Fisher .

The Texas Tenors, Marcus Collins, right, John Hagen, and JC Fisher .

Featured Limited Engagement: The Texas Tenors: “The Texas Tenors” continue to be one of Branson’s most popular acts! Ever since we met the extremely talented and exceptionally charming trio of handsome troubadours on America’s Got Talent, they’ve been delighting fans with several genres of music; country, gospel, pop, Broadway, and classical. Enjoy favorites like Rocky Top, Unchained Melody and many more, including a spectacular medley from Les Misérables.

Featured Event: Mother Nature’s Ozark Fall Spectacular: From the first tint of color, until the last leaf falls, the fall foliage of the Ozark Mountains provides one of Mother Nature’s most amazing and beautiful shows. If the past is any indication, and everything keeps on going like it’s been going, visitors to Branson can expect a spectacular fall foliage show this year!

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT HIGHLIGHTS

Oct 1 – 31: Wake Up with Yakov
Oct 2 – 4: Boot Daddy Presents Rhonda Vincent
Oct 4: Loretta Lynn and Johnny Rodriguez
Oct 6 – 14: The Texas Tenors
Oct 7 – 9: Boot Daddy Presents Suzy Boggus
Oct 9 – 10: Boot Daddy Presents Mark Bilyeu and Cindy Woolf
Oct 11: Tanya Tucker
Oct 16 – 17: Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers
Oct 17: Kenny Rogers
Oct 18: Ronnie Milsap and Janie Fricke
Oct 19 – 31: The Hits starring the Osmonds
Oct 20 – 22: Boot Daddy Presents Gene Watson
Oct 24: Don Williams
Oct 25: Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley
Oct 26 – 27: Boot Daddy Presents Jimmy Fortune
Oct 28 – 29: Boot Daddy Presents Dailey & Vincent

SPECIAL EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Oct 1 – 31: National Harvest & Cowboy Festival at Silver Dollar City
Oct 1 – Oct 3: Bassmasters Central Open
Oct 10: Hollister Grape Festival
Oct 19 – 31: Tanger Mall FB – Kids Halloween Photo Contest
Oct 23 – 25: Branson Balloon Dayz 417-336-6060
Oct 24: VVA Trout Fishing Tournament
Oct 31: Branson Landing’s Safe Street Trick or Treat 417-239-3002
Oct 31: Tanger Outlets Tanger-ween!

For additional information on these events, or any of Branson’s 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 1-800-785-1550, or by visiting www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

 

Illusionist Rick Thomas – BTC’s “Featured Show of the Week” – Sept. 21, 2015

Rick Thomas at the start of one of the most amazing and beautiful illusions most people will ever see.illusions.

Rick Thomas at the start of one of the most amazing and beautiful illusions most people will ever see.

Branson, Missouri has some of the best singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, magicians, and entertainers in the world presenting a variety of live shows and entertainment that is virtually unrivaled in any other tourist destination,” said Annette Wood, the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center (BTC), one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services, and sellers of over 4.5 million Branson show and attraction tickets. “BTC’s Featured Show of the Week spotlights one outstanding example of Branson’s live entertainment from its list of Most Popular Shows,” she added

Illusionist Rick Thomas has created a show filled with stunning illusions and spectacular beauty! With years of successful tours around the world, headline shows on some of the biggest stages in Las Vegas, and the honor of being recognized by the magic industry, “Rick Thomas” will again establish his home base in Branson! His graceful movements to music, aided by his exceptional skill at ballroom dancing, and his unique ability to keep audiences of all ages and walks of life spellbound throughout his performance, has kept “Rick Thomas” at the top of the magic game. He’s received the World Magic Award of Magician of the Year, and been honored by the Academy of Magical Arts as the Stage Magician of the Year. He’s been sought after for not only live stage performances, but for television broadcasts on many major networks and popular cable stations, including channels like Discovery, Hallmark, History, and Animal Planet as well as ABC, CBS, and NBC where he appeared on The World’s Greatest Magic.

In a recent review of this show I wrote, “The short and quick of it is, if you want to see one of the best magic shows to ever appear on a Branson stage, you don’t want you and your family to miss the Illusionist Rick Thomas Show at the Moon River Theatre. In over 28 years of seeing magic shows in Branson I have never been as amazed or entertained by a magic show as I was by this show.

“From the time the show starts until it ends with a “blast,” it is two hours of truly magical non-stop entertainment with a variety of illusions; close up magic; …doves, dogs, color, brightness, dancing, music, and action that will knock your socks off. The magic is illusionary, but the fun, excitement, and enjoyment I experienced, and witnessed others enjoying, was real.”

If you enjoy splendid illusions enhanced by elegant dancing and enchanting music, then “Illusionist Rick Thomas” has put together a magical performance custom made for you!

For more information or tickets for Illusionist Rick Thomas Show or any of Branson’s other shows and attractions, or for lodging arrangements, please feel free to contact the Branson Tourism Center by calling 1-800-785-1550 or visiting www.BransonTourismCenter.com.