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Billy Dean will return to Branson for a special Up Close Concerts show May 10, 2020, which is Mother’s Day.

Even though Up Close Concerts Owner and Promoter Bob Cannella still has a handful of shows set for the fall, he’s already been on the ball booking for next year. So far, Up Close Concerts and Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater will host Ronnie McDowell April 1, 2020, and Wink Martindale, April 2, 2020, as part of the Branson Elvis Festival.

Late last week, Cannella announced two more shows centered around both Mother’s and Father’s Day. 

“We know many folks like to plan ahead for special ticket offers, and that’s why we wanted to let everyone about two fun events for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day next Spring,” Cannella said. “On Mother’s Day, May 10, Up Close Concerts presents Billy Dean at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater, and with each paid admission, people may bring their favorite mom, who gets in free.

“Then on Father’s Day, June 21, we are happy to welcome Janie Fricke with special guests Moore & Moore, and with each paid admission, people may bring their favorite dad, who also gets in free.”

Dean, one of the biggest-selling country music artists of the 1990s, first gained national attention after appearing on the classic talent show “Star Search.” 

Since then, he’s has recorded eight studio albums, four of which have been certified as gold, and is responsible for more than 20 Top 40 tunes, including 11 top 10 songs.

His biggest hits include “Only Here For A Little While,” “Somewhere In My Broken Heart,” which won the Academy of Country Music’s Song of the Year “Let Them Be Little” and of course, “Billy the Kid.”

He has also been awarded the Academy of Country Music’s New Male Vocalist of The Year, the BMI Million Air Plays Award, Country Music Television’s Rising Star Award and a Grammy for the country tribute “Amazing Grace.” Dean recently recorded a new album, “Billy Dean & Friends: Gospel Favorites,” his first album made exclusively of classic gospel and inspirational tracks.

The new album is available on nearly all music streaming sites.

Dean performed in Branson for several years before heading back out on the road at the end of the 2017 season.

Fricke burst on to the scene in the late 70s and snagged six No. 1 hits throughout her career including “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me Baby,” “It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Easy,” “Tell Me a Lie,” “He’s a Heartache” and “Your Heart’s Not In It.” Fricke was also named Female Vocalist of the Year in 1982 and 1983.

A staple of the road for more than 30 years, Fricke has been performing in Branson for more than 20 years and always enjoys her time in Ozark Mountain Country.

“I love Branson and I’m so excited to get there because we always have a lot of fun,” she said. “The people are great and I always get treated so well. I love that Branson is the top live entertainment center of the nation.

“When I’m out on the road and mention Branson ... people always talk about how great it is and how they love to get there.”

Fricke will be joined by Moore & Moore, twin sisters Debbie and Carrie Moore. According to Cannella, the girls were “born to sing together,” and have “a sense of humor that only a sibling could get away with, complimented by the best in upbeat country songs, that makes for a really fun show.”

In addition to the new shows set for next year, Up Close Concerts and Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater are hosting an all ages show starring comedian Jim Breuer Sept. 22, followed by “Max Weinberg’s Jukebox Show” Oct. 2, Phil Vassar and Billy Yates Oct. 4, the Platters Oct. 9, Gary Lewis and the Playboys and the original lead singer of the Buckinghams Dennis Tufano and The Crystal’s lead singer Lala Brooks Oct. 12, as well as Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley Oct. 16, Mel “Sonny Boy” Tillis Jr. Oct. 23, Pat Boone Nov. 6, Lee Greenwood Nov. 10, T.G. Sheppard Nov. 13. 

Crystal Gayle will present her Christmas show Nov. 20, 2019, followed by a Greenwood Christmas show Dec. 4.

Peter Noon with Herman’s Hermits along with special guest Mitch Ryder  perform Oct. 18 at the Welk Resort Theatre.

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