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Gatlins cancels Branson dates
Due to recent scheduling conflicts, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers have canceled their slate of dates for this year at the Oak Ridge Boys Theatre in Branson.
The country “supergroup” was scheduled to perform more than 20 dates in Ozark Mountain Country this fall, but according to Director of Sales and Marketing for the theater Kristy Merritt, Gatlin has been working a few solo deals on his own which brought about the conflicts.
Despite the fact the group left nearly two dozen empty slots, Neal McCoy has agreed to fill in at 3 p.m. Nov. 13-14. The staff at the Oak Ridge Boys Theatre is currently working to fill as many of the other dates as possible.
As much as I liked seeing the Gatlins over the years, McCoy is one of my favorite performers who visits the area on a part-time basis. He is a super talented cat, and has one of the best shows I’ve ever seen on a Branson stage. Go check it out. You won’t be disappointed.
In addition to McCoy coming, the theater has also booked a boatload of stars for this fall.
America, the band that brought you “Horse with No Name”,” “You can do Magic,” “Sister Golden Hair,” and “Ventura Highway” will perform September 20, six-time vocal group of the year Diamond Rio, responsible for hits like “Meet In The Middle,” “Norma Jean Riley,” “Beautiful Mess,” “Love A Little Stronger,” and “One More Day” will take the stage October 5.
Country music superstar Kenny Rogers will be performing Oct. 10 and Nov. 11, Jim Belushi and the Chicago board of comedy will appear at the Oak Ridge Boys Theatre on Oct. 25 for an improv show, and Ronnie Milsap and Connie Smith will perform a twin bill Nov. 9.
The Blues Brothers Experience
Hot off the heels of the wildly successful “Jailhouse Rock” show, the folks at “Legends in Concert” are keeping their late-night concert series rolling with an all-new production that will be held one night only.
“The Blues Brothers Experience” will feature longtime Branson entertainers Bucky Heard, performing as Joliet Jake Blues, and Justin Clark as Elwood J. Blues, performing all the hits from the act made famous by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi.
The blues duo will spring to life once again with an action-packed stage show and state of the art multimedia production sure to make even the most hard-nosed music lover get up out of their seats and dance.
Joining hat and glass-clad duo on stage will be special guest artists performing tributes to Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles, who played major roles in the film.
I must say as a lifelong fan of the Brothers Blues, I’m really stoked about this one. The band is smoking and all the performers are top-notch. Going to be a good time, I’m sure.
This original production will be performed for one night only at 11 p.m. July 6 at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater. Tickets will go on sale soon.
Tim McGraw tickets still available
One of country music’s biggest stars is set to perform at the Black Oak Amphitheater in Lampe at the end of the month as Tim McGraw and special guests Brantley Gilbert and Love & Theft will perform June 23.
There are still plenty of great seats available, and they range from $35 to $300. If you haven’t attended a show at the recently renovated venue, you really need to check it out. There really isn’t a bad seat in the house, and that includes watching from high above the stage under one of the many trees on the hill.
McGraw is without a doubt one of the most popular acts to perform at the venue, and I’ve heard his stage shows are not to be missed. In addition to picking up tickets at the amphitheater or online, the Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce is offering a special concert package.
This special Kimberling City 40th Anniversary concert with Tim McGraw package features deluxe motor coach rides to and from the venue, a barbecue dinner catered by Wild Fork catering and beverage in a private tent and great upper center section seating for the concert. I have had the pleasure of speaking to Chamber President Dave Liebenow on several occasions, and he is very excited about this event.
Seems like a really good deal, and a really great time to me.