March
31

Oak Ridge Boys Unveil New Branson Plans for 2008

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Over 100 members of Branson’s entertainment and tourism industry crowded into the spacious lobby of the newly named Oak Ridge Boys Theatre (originally built for Glen Campbell in 1994) to hear about the super-group’s 2008 Branson season. The theatre’s owner, Gene Bicknell, has directed a significant sound, lighting and remodeling upgrade to the newly-acquired 2150 seat venue which will house The Oak Ridge Boys, Country Tonite and the Dalena Ditto Country Variety Show.

In answering questions form the audience, Joe Bonsall, the Oak’s tenor vocalist, shared that the legendary quartet would be appearing at the theatre for 21 shows in April through October and will be premiering their new Christmas show in November.

Personal Manager Jim Halsey said to Branson Tourism Center, “We are looking forward to a great season in this building. The Oak Ridge Boys love Branson and it’s apparent that Branson loves the Oak Ridge Boys!”

Their long list of hits includes the pop chart-topper “Elvira,” as well as “American Made,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “Dream On,” “I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes,” “Fancy Free,” “Gonna’ Take A Lot Of River” and many others. They have earned ten Gold, three Platinum and one Double-Platinum albums, one Double-Platinum single, as well as many more #1 singles on the national music charts. Throw in coveted Grammy Awards, Country Music Association Awards and Dove Awards and you have true must-see show this year in Branson.

For Oak Ridge Boys’ tickets Contact Branson Tourism Center toll free at 1 (800) 785-1550.

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March
31

Billboard Song Writing Winners WOW Branson

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The First-Place winners from Billboard Magazine’s 15th Annual World Song Contest appeared on Saturday night to the great delight of an excited music loving crowd at The Mansion Theatre in Branson. The eclectic evening ran the gamut of styles from Rock to Pop to Country to Rap/Hip Hop and beyond. The performers haled from all over the United States and as far as Ireland and Republic of Ghana in West Africa.

The contest winners, chosen in eleven categories from thousands of entries, were invited to Branson to receive their awards and perform the winning songs, by contest organizer and legendary music industry veteran, Jim Halsey of the Halsey Institute. Halsey stated, “This is the most talented group of songwriter/ performers that we have ever seen in the Billboard World Song Contest. If I could, I would sign every one of them to a deal!”

In addition to the more than $30,000 in prizes awarded in the Contest, a panel of industry executives awarded three cash prizes for best live performance at the Branson event.

The contest and live performance winners are:

LATIN: 1st- Mariella Gonzalez (The Mariella Show)- Flyaway &
1st Place- Best Live Branson Performance – $5000 prize
COUNTRY: 1st- Rick Huckaby- Ain’t Enough Blacktop
2nd Place – Best Live Branson Performance $1500 prize
RAP: 1st- Derrick Ashong (Soulfege)- From The Soul
3rd Place – Best Live Branson Performance $1000 prize
ROCK: 1st- Jimi Anderson (Jimi Anderson Band)- Another Way To Run
POP: 2nd- Matt Gorney (The Specimen)- Do U Damage
CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN/GOSPEL: 1st- Carmen Calhoun- Dare 2 Be
R&B: 1st- Leah Tysse- You Don’t Scare Me
JAZZ: 1st- Alyse Black- Stood For Stand For
DANCE: 1st- Jeremy Yeremian & Alyson- Here With Me
ELECTRONICA/SOUNDTRACK: 1st- DJ Boom, Victoria Patchen, & Scotty Beam (The DBC)- Back To You
WORLD: 1st- Robert &Wendy O’Hearn & Paul McCann- Lost Sons Of Erin
AMERICANA/FOLK: 1st- Jared Scharff (Jared Scharff & The Royals)- Bedroom Eyes

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March
26

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Kewpiesta is a celebration of the life of Rose O’Neill, world famous author, artist, sculptor, illustrator and creator of the beloved Kewpie doll! Admired the world over, the success of the Kewpies allowed Rose to mingle with artists and royalty, travel and own homes in New York and Italy before returning to the family’s Ozarks home of Bonniebrook.

Kewpiesta was born in 1967 when a group of Kewpie collectors met in Branson to celebrate their shared interest in everything Kewpie! The first meeting has evolved into a yearly, 4-day convention with fans coming from all across the United States, Europe and Asia. It includes an Affiliate Get Together, a trade show where authentic and reproductions of Rose’s work is sold, an auction, the International Rose O’Neill Club (IROC)’s business meeting, and is capped by a formal dinner.

Address:
485 Rose O’Neil Rd
Walnut Shade, MO 65771

Phone: 1- 417-561-1509

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March
26

Branson, MO – (Tuesday, March 11, 2008) – There is too much fun to be contained at Branson’s White House Theatre as summer rolls into high gear! “Don’t be surprised if Doris Day, J-Lo, Judy Garland, or even Cher comes to your table to wait on you,” says Magnificent Seven Variety Show headliner Tamra Holden. “And the Secret Service took two people out of the lobby last night, and I haven’t seen them since.”

The Magnificent Seven Variety Show has always touted an impressive four course meal, but never has it been delivered by such an array of musical talent. They are all here; June Carter, Janis Joplin, Marilyn Monroe, Karen Carpenter, Paula Abdul (hopefully on a sane day), and even Madonna, sweeping in with a flourish, a smile, and an enormous sense of fun to serve you one of the finest meals in town. New for this year, dinner consists of succulent Prime Rib and Grilled Chicken Breast, paired with mashed red skinned potatoes and steamed vegetables. The dessert parade, featuring Champagne Cake drizzled in caramel and chocolate, is a show stopper that delights old and young alike!

In order to get in to the best variety show in Branson, you will have to make it past several cagey Secret Service agent that will be conducting random metal detector scans, retinal scans, background checks, and a few other checks that we have not been given clearance to mention here. If you are lucky enough to avoid the agents, you may get yourself photographed in the middle of a presidential press conference with such notables as John McCain, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Ronald Regan, JFK, and even George Washington! For the staunch Republican supporters, George Bush, Jr. has made himself available for a short time. Says Joe Tinoco, also the show’s headliner, “Everywhere you turn, it’s crazy! I saw Janice Joplin talking to Doris Day while Jennifer Lopez poured coffee. It’s insane! The coffee is really good, though.”

Now through the end of July, kids at the Magnificent Seven Variety Show will enjoy drink specials with “crazy” cups at concessions, a colorful “Uncle Sam” ice cream dessert just for them, and an interactive Magnificent Seven Variety Show that will leave them shouting, stomping, and ready for more! “If you have to choose one place to take the entire family for a great time, AND you want to avoid the traffic, this is your show,” says Tamra. “It is hands down fun from the moment you walk in the door!”

You can also catch the Dixieland Breakfast Show this summer featuring Three Time “Piano Player of the Year” Tracy Heaston and the hottest horns in Branson as they take you back to the Jazz Band era, revisiting Dixieland classics, popular favorites, a Patriotic Salute, swinging Gospel, Broadway hits, and much more. Serving up a hearty country breakfast, they will put a smile on your face and have you “hand slappin” and “toe tappin” to the very best in American music and comedy!

Contact: Renee’ Johnson – Marketing Director – 417-239-3016 rjohnson@bransonwhitehousetheatre.com

Branson’s White House Theatre, located in the heart of Branson, Missouri, offers the finest in family entertainment and dining. Open year round and proud to be Deaf Friendly, the Magnificent Seven Variety Show delivers a blockbuster wave of entertainment Monday through Saturday, with over 20 extraordinary entertainers, 50 outstanding production numbers, 300 costume changes, and Seven Amazing Decades of Music served up with one Incredible Dinner! The Dixieland Breakfast Show features a fabulous country breakfast followed by a generous helping of the hottest horns in Branson. Sit back and enjoy a Dixieland variety show starring award-winning pianist Tracy Heaston that will put a smile on your face and have you hand-clappin’ and toe-tappin’ to the very best in American music and comedy!

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March
26

Presleys’ Country Jubilee will be hosting Free Area Appreciation Shows for all residents of Taney and Stone County Monday March 24th through Saturday March 29th.

The show will begin at 8 p.m. You must show ID that you are a Taney or Stone County resident and tickets may be picked up at the box office the day of the show you are attending.

For more information, please call (417) 334-4874.

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March
25

BransonFest 2008

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BransonFest 2008 is your greatest opportunity to see a ‘sampler’ of the very best of what brings millions of visitors to the beautiful Ozark Mountain region annually. Five action-packed days are filled to the brim with an amazing array of entertainment, traditional arts and crafts, unique local culture, and tasty foods of many descriptions.

It is no wonder that BransonFest, celebrating its 16th year, has been named by the American Bus Association as one of North America’s Top 100 Events!

Following are some of the exciting details:

Dates: Tuesday, April 8, 2008 – Saturday, April 12, 2008

Place: Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater Complex

1600 W Hwy 76 , Branson, MO 65616

Activities:

The BransonFest Concerts, held on the main stage of the Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater, showcase Branson’s best musical, comedic and variety stars in eight separate shows. Each show is different! Six to seven headlining performers or productions are presented per show. Tickets per show are only $28 (including tax). Here is the schedule of main stage show times:

Tuesday, April 8 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 9 10am & 2pm

Thursday, April 10am & 2pm

Friday, April 11 10am & 2pm

Saturday, April 12 2 pm

The Hospitality, Business and Arts Expo and Taste of Branson have been combined under one central tent this year in Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater Area 57. Representatives from Branson’s theatres, attractions and businesses will be happy to talk with you and many of the Branson Stars will be available to chat and sign autographs. Unique Ozark Mountain arts, crafts and history will be presented by nationally recognized local artisans and a tantalizing assortment food and drink from Branson’s finest restaurants will be available. Visitors can also enter to win fun prizes and giveaways and learn what is new things Branson has to offer in 2008.
The Great American Entertainment Tent presents a wide array of performances from selected Branson shows at No Charge!

Contact The Branson Tourism Center at 1-800-978-1999 information and tickets.

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March
25

Award Winning Songwriters to Perform in Branson

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Finalists from Billboard Magazine’s prestigious World Songwriting Contest will converge in Branson on Saturday, March 29th at 7:00pm for the live Awards Presentation Show & Performance at the Mansion Entertainment and Media Center.

First-Place winners from eleven musical categories have been invited to receive their awards and perform their winning songs onstage at The Mansion Theatre in front of music industry professionals, theatre owners, talent buyers and the public.

The diverse musical styles represented include Rock and Alternative Rock, Pop, Country, Latin, Folk/Americana, Jazz, Contemporary Christian/Gospel, R&B/Blues, Dance, Rap/HipHop, World Music and Electronica/Soundtrack

Billboard will award the winners more than $30,000 in prizes ranging from musical equipment and merchandise to promotional help, with the top three winners from each of the categories earning a spot on Billboard’s Annual Song Contest Winners’ CD, a compilation of the best songwriting from this year’s competition.

In addition to the Billboard prizes, a jury of music industry professionals will select one of the live performers in the Branson showcase to win a $5,000 Grand Prize, the runner-up to win a $1500 prize and the second-runner up to win a $1000 prize.

Mark Furnas, the event Director with the Jim Halsey Co. says, ‘We are proud to work with Billboard and the other sponsors to offer these amazingly talented writers the chance to be seen by industry executives, record companies, and others with influence in the music business. These winning songs deserve to be heard on a national or international scale and this event may well jump-start some exciting careers.”

Branson resident, Pat McManus, a noted songwriter with seven number one hits including Reba McIntire’s Little Rock and The Oak Ridge Boy’s American Made, shares that “This is a once-in-lifetime deal for these hard working writers to be noticed by some very important industry movers-and-shakers. It is also a great opportunity for the people visiting Branson to hear an amazing array of talent that hasn’t been offered in this town before. I’m not going to miss the show!” McManus will be visiting with the winners at a reception and sharing some insight on how to take the next steps to develop their talents and career opportunities.

Besides Billboard Magazine, sponsors include: CASIO, D’Addario Strings, TAXI-The Independent A&R Vehicle, Indie Band Manager, Discmakers, BluBlocker Sunglasses, GoGirlsMusic.com, The Halsey Institute and online song submission partner Sonicbids.com

For more information regarding Billboard Magazine’s World Songwriting Contest taking place on Saturday, March 29th at 7:00pm, please contact:

The Mansion Media and Entertainment Center

(417) 239-1333 or toll free at (866) 707-4100.

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March
25
logo Kimberly Crites
Kcrites@welkgroup.com
Welk Resort Branson
417-337-7469
www.WelkResortBranson.com
1984 Hwy 165
Branson, MO   65616

Area Appreciation
March 24-29
Admission $5.00

Kids 17 & under FREE!!!!

For our friends & neighbors who live or work in Stone & Taney County
(Proof of residency required.)

Area appreciation tickets available ONLY at Welk Resort Branson box office

(417) 337-SHOW (7469)
Welk Resort Branson is located on Hwy 165, 3 miles south of Hwy 76 & Gretna Rd.

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March
24

Missouri Gas Prices Best in Nation

Posted In: City News by Sean Murray


logo Sean Murray
seanmurray@branson.com
Branson.com
417-334-2360
www.branson.com
220 Branson Hills Parkway
Branson, MO   65616

The American Automobile Association’s Media Site for Retail Gasoline Prices reports that Missouri is currently offering the nation’s lowest gasoline prices. The Missouri average price is $3.045 per gallon of regular gasoline compared to the national average of $3.26 per gallon.

Michael J. Right, Vice President, Public Affairs for the Missouri AAA (which covers Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, southern Illinois, and eastern Kansas) tells the Branson Tourism Center that the Show-Me State will continue to sit at or near the top of nation’s ‘best prices’ list because of the state’s excellent distribution system, lower than average fuel taxes and an aggressive competitive stance taken by Missouri retailers.

In addition, Lianne Milton, owner of the Branson Tourism Center, a full-service agency specializing in discounted vacation travel planning to the Branson area says, “To thank our customers for their support, we’re addressing their worries about rising gas prices by providing a 20-cents-per-gallon discount on gasoline and diesel fuel.”

All customers who purchase show and attractions tickets or lodging through the Branson Tourism Center, and who travel to Branson from 100 miles away or more, are eligible to receive a gasoline discount coupon for up to 20 gallons of gas at the Branson 1st Stop Travel-Plex, conveniently located adjacent to the Tourism Center.

Visit BransonTourismCenter.com for information about the program.

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March
20

Andy Williams to be recipient of 17th ELLA Award

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Andy Williams to be recipient of 17th ELLA AwardNamed after its first recipient, Ella Fitzgerald, the ELLA Award is given to those singers whose musical accomplishments are paralleled by their commitment to humanitarian and charitable causes locally and internationally.

Mr. Andy Williams has been performing for nearly 70 years and still continues to do so through touring as well as singing at his Moon River Theatre in Branson. Earlier this year Mr. Williams was given the opportunity at the Grammys to present the Lifetime Grammy Achievement Award. Mr. Williams is widely known for his signature song “Moon River” and his voice was once called “a national treasure” by former president Ronald Reagan. His accomplishments include, but are not limited to, 3 platinum albums and 18 gold albums, as well as the Andy Williams Show television series that ran for almost a decade.

The award ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on May 19th, 2008. Among the performers there at the Society of Singers’ presentation will be Barry Manilow, Petula Clark, Steve Lawrence, Glen Campbell, Johnny Mathis, and Monica Mancini.

Other recipients who have previously accepted this very prestigious award include Frank Sinatra, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Lena Horne, Dame Julie Andrews, Joe Williams, Barry Manilow, Placido Domingo, Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis, Celine Dion, and Elton John.

Proceeds from this event will go to the Society of Singers Emergency Relief Fund and Scholarship Fund.

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