Branson’s famous “Strip” will be lit up Friday night when the annual Summer Boomapalooza kicks off at the Branson Ferris Wheel, located at 3335 W. 76 Country Blvd.
This free-admission family event will include food trucks, vendors and fireworks, as well as live music featuring local favorites from the Tribute Theatre, Mile Zero, and country music recording artist Coffey Anderson.
“Last year’s Boomapalooza was an incredible community event,” said CEO/co-owner of The Track Family Fun Parks Craig Wescott. “Adding a headliner like Coffey Anderson to the entertainment lineup will bring the event to a new level. I’m confident that his energy and versatility on stage will be a perfect fit for Boomapalooza.”
Anderson has more than 750,000 followers on social media, more than 500 million video views and has sold well over 500,000 iTunes downloads. His most recent album in 2018 debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard music charts, and he has performed on CMT, BET, TBN, NBC’s “Nashville Star,” Fox News Channel, Martha & Snoop’s cooking show and stages across the country.
This is his first time performing in Branson.
“I was actually surprised how unassuming the town was,” Anderson said. “To have made such a big impression on the entertainment market, that’s something special and unique. (I am) honored to perform here, and hopefully, I’ll have my own show one day.”
According to Anderson, he performs a “90-minute, high-energy family friendly country music show, but we can sell beer with the best of them,” which is a fine balance.
“We have a show that allows you to bring the whole family and not worry about bad content coming out,” he said. “But, if you left the kids at home and want a sound track to sip something cold to, we got you. I want people to dance, remember, forget, and make memories at my shows.
“My music paints beautiful pictures, tells true stories that are relatable, and it sounds really good.”
Even though Anderson is currently performing all over the country, he loves meeting new people everywhere he goes.
“Don’t be afraid to say hi,” he said. “I’ve had so many people freeze when they see me. Please know that I’m approachable.
“I will be doing a meet and greet after the show we host those by our merch booth.”
Things get rolling with the opening of the food trucks at 5 p.m., followed by live music featuring “Branson’s Guerrilla band” Mile Zero, fronted by Wescott, starting at 7 p.m. The “do everything from old cover stuff like the Eagles, to songs no one has heard except me,” Wescott said.
At 8 p.m., Jon Sousan and the Tribute Theatre Band will take the stage, highlighting the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more.
At 9 and 10 p.m., a special light show, “Electrify,” will take place on the Branson Ferris Wheel.
Anderson is set to take the stage at 9:15 p.m.
“We gon’ bang, we gon’ twang, I’m gon’ strum and I’m gon’ hum,” he said. “I just need y’all to come.”
The fireworks are set to go off at 10:40 p.m., followed by another edition of “Electrify” at 10:55 p.m.
Boomapalooza will be hosted by The Track Family Fun Parks, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Branson, Titanic Museum Attraction, the Branson Tribute Theatre, and the folks at Gettin’ Basted.
“Our goal, together with our fellow sponsors, is to build on the tremendous amount of energy that exists on the west end of the 76 Entertainment District by throwing a fun-filled party that local residents and visitors of all ages can enjoy,” Wescott added.
Visit bransontracks.com or call 417-334-1612.