Diamond Rio

Diamond Rio will headline Echo Hollow at Silver Dollar City Sunday at 6 p.m. The Bluegrass & BBQ Festival wraps Monday.

Silver Dollar City will continue to feature the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival at the 1880s theme park through Monday, May 27.

More than 60 acts will grace the various stages of Silver Dollar City, and the annual KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest is set for Saturday.

“It is a joy to be a part of the pipeline of developing this talent, and that’s really what our role is here,”  Silver Dollar City’s Festival Manager D.A. Callaway, who has been working on the annual event since 1992, told the Branson Tri-Lakes News. “I guarantee you some of the kids in that youth contest will be among some of the best musicians in the world ... this contest has turned out to be quite a big deal for us, and it’s a lot of fun.”

In addition to the youth contest, dozens of acts will perform daily during the festival. This year’s remaining lineup of acts include ShadowGrass, Casey & The Atta Boys, Paul Family, Dixie Jubilee, Po’ Anna and The Trailblazers.

Bluegrass Nights at Echo Hollow will feature Diamond Rio, the Malpass Brothers and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out over the remainder of the festival.

Also, the House of BBQ, serving up special items all festival long.

Next weekend, Silver Dollar City is kicking off its Summer Concert Series at Echo Hollow.

Things get rolling May 31, and again on June 9 with 80’s cover band Members Only. This band provides a high-energy performance featuring the decade’s most recognizable singles from groups like Chicago, Journey and Kansas. These cats have become regulars in Branson, as well as SDC, over the past few years, and they’re always a hit.

June 1 will see Christopher Cross take the Echo Hollow. His biggest hits include  “Ride Like the Wind,” which featured backing vocals by Michael McDonald, “Sailing”, “Never Be the Same,” and the Golden Globe Award and Academy Award-winner for Best Original Song for “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do),” which served as the theme song for the hit film “Arthur,” starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli.

The following night, June 2, Echo Hollow will host “Dancing Dream: The Tribute to Abba,” a New York City-based touring tribute act. Because of the rise in popularity of both the movie and Broadway play “Mamma Mia,” Dancing Dream has been performing summer concerts across the country attracting audiences of all age groups. 

Friday, June 7, will find Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group the Lovin’ Spoonful taking the Echo Hollow stage. Some of their biggest hits include “Do You Believe In Magic,” “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice,” “Daydream,” “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind,” “Summer In The City,” “Nashville Cats,” and more. 

June 8 will find another iconic group from the 1970s, Blood, Sweat & Tears, playing at SDC. These jazz-rock stars won Album of the Year at the 1970 Grammy Awards, and their biggest hits include “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” “And When I Die” and “Spinning Wheel.”

The concert series will wrap June 9 with Members Only.

The summer season again kicks off with Star-Spangled Summer June 8, set to feature “summer mega-productions,” including “Reuben’s Swashbuckling Adventure” and more. Also new for summer is a show featuring the world’s youngest magician and illusionist, Kid Magic, starring Kadan Bart Rockett and Brooklyn, direct from a run on “America’s Got Talent.” 

Star-Spangled Summer will also feature all the rides and attractions the park is known for, as well as several other returning favorites.

As always, Silver Dollar City will continue to showcase its more than 40 rides and attractions, as well as several more popular festivals throughout the end of the season.

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