Earlier this year, the folks at Silver Dollar City announced 2019 would be “The Year of Shows & Festivals,” and it seems they’re holding true to their word as a two-weekend Summer Concert Series kicks off later this week at the park’s Echo Hollow Amphitheatre.
Things get rolling Friday night 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 wherever they play.
Saturday night will see one of the most successful artists of the late 1970s and 80s, Christopher Cross, takes the Echo Hollow stage. Cross burst onto the music scene with the release of his debut album “Christopher Cross” in late 1979. That album contained the massive hits “Ride Like the Wind,” which featured backing vocals by Michael McDonald, “Sailing,” “Never Be the Same,” and “Say You’ll Be Mine.”
Cross then made history when he took home four of the most prestigious Grammy awards for Album of the Year, Record of the Year for the single “Sailing,” Song of the Year, also for “Sailing,” as well as Best New Artist, all in the same night.
In 1982, Cross took home the Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do),” which served as the theme song for the hit film “Arthur.” The tune also reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and on the Hot Adult Contemporary charts during October 1981, remaining at the top on the Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks.
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.
All shows will begin at 7 p.m.
Star-Spangled Summer kicks off June 8, and is 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.