Prince Ivan

Prince Ivan, Aaron Ellsworth, left, and Brydon Brett, right, will perform a special benefit show Thursday night at the Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theatre.

Greetings my Loyal Reader(s), and welcome to the latest edition of the Branson Beat, your home for all the news on the Branson entertainment scene.

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Now, let’s get to it. 

Prince Ivan to host Benefit Thursday

I often talk about how there isn’t any other place like Ozark Mountain Country, and quite often, I get the chance to prove it. In addition to a stellar live entertainment scene and world-class attractions, the folks who call this area home truly value this community. 

Thursday night, the Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theatre, along with Brydon Brett and Aaron Ellsworth, a local group known as Prince Ivan, are hosting a show set to benefit Gift of Hope.

The Gift of Hope is an organization that serves families that find themselves in less than ideal circumstances, and provides them essentials and pathways to independence. Currently, Gift of Hope fulfills its mission as a change agent in Southern Missouri through programs including Backpack Club, Cents of Pride, Scholarships, and Christmas Share.

Prince Ivan recently released several new singles from their new album, “The Preface.” They guys will also perform several new tunes during next week’s show.

“We’re really looking forward to jamming with you guys,” Brett said earlier this week. “But we really want this event to be massive so we can raise lots of money for Gift of Hope.

Not only is Gift of Hope a great organization, but Prince Ivan is one of the most talented groups out there making original music today. Their shows are always a blast, and you can’t beat what happens on a stage when Prince Ivan and their full band are in the house.

I promise you’ll have a great time for an even better cause.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. 

Call 417-336-0888 for tickets.

Janice Martin to appear on ‘The Big Stage’  

I also wanted to remind my loyal readers that local entertainer Janice Martin, who headlines “A Janice Martin Cirque Show” at the Americana Theatre, will be featured on a TV show called “The Big Stage” June 21 on the CW.

“The Big Stage” is “the ultimate non-competitive platform for talented acts from around the world to display their mastery of performance.” The show is set to feature 44 seasoned performers, ranging from singers, jugglers, ventriloquists and quick-change artists, to stand-up comedians, acrobats, aerial dancers, animal acts and more.

Martin is a Juilliard Music School and Indiana University graduate, and a U.S. Army veteran who plays several instruments, sings. Oh, she’s also the world’s only aerial and acrobatic violinist. 

Martin has one of the most fun and unique acts in the world, and I’m quite stoked the nation can now see a taste of what she does during “A Janice Martin Cirque Show” at the Americana Theatre every week.

Weekend events at Branson Landing 

Branson Landing is hosting several special free events this weekend, starting with the Jettway Performance Mid-South Summer Tour, made up of young elite inspiring musicians and artist from across the state of Arkansas.

Ranging from 6-18 years old, these kids are set to “perform some of your favorite country, classic rock, and other popular cover songs.”

The group will take the stage in front of the fountains at 7 p.m. 

Saturday night will find the Branson Landing Concert Series continues in front of the fountains with a group called the Dirty Saints.

The band was voted best cover band by 417 Magazine in 2018, and  play a vast selection of 80’s rock from Journey, Van Halen, Styx, Foreigner, Whitesnake and many other artists. 

There is also a pre-concert Glitz & Glam Fashion Show 6:45 to 7 p.m.

Visit for a full schedule of free concert events and more.

Taneycomo Festival Orchestra in full swing  

TheTaneycomo Festival Orchestra, TFO, got rolling last week, and events are set to run through June 29. 

This year will mark the eighth year the TFO has performed in the Branson, but it’s the first year the group will be working with the Branson Arts Council and the Southern Missouri Arts Connection to bring a new ensemble, Taneycomo Harmoniemusik, to the stage. 

Taneycomo Harmoniemusik will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Historic Owen Theatre, as well as Saturday at the Chad A. Fuqua Memorial Park in Hollister as part of the Picnic in the Park event, thrown in collaboration with Southern Missouri Arts Connection. 

The picnic will offer attendees a unique experience with local artists, food trucks and live music.

Friday will see Jon Peters conducting the orchestra, who will play Mozart, Polina Nazaykinskaya and Tchiakovshy. The Taneycomo Chamber Jazz group will perform at the Downing Street Pour House.

Sunday afternoon sees the Branson Hills Golf Club playing host to a Sunday Funday event highlighting Classical Drinking Songs. Next Thursday, the TFO will invade the Fellowship at Cross Creek to highlight Music by Living Composers. 

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