At the end of August, Jeerk, the five-man rhythm artist group in its second season at The Hughes Brothers Theatre, is saying “adjo” to Branson.
That means “goodbye,” for those of you who, unlike the members of Jeerk, don’t speak Swedish.
They announced this week that they will perform their regular schedule through Aug. 27, after which they’re headed to their hometown of Gothenburg for a short visit and then plan to tour through Europe and the United States.
Jeff Topper, sales director for the theater, said Jeerk was released from their contract two months early to “pursue some other opportunities.”
“It’s been really great having them at our theater,” Topper said. “They’re great guys, and they have an amazing show. We wish them the very best in everything they do.”
Topper said the theater is not currently looking to fill the empty time slot.
Bobo Eriksson, a member of Jeerk, said the group is excited about the future, but admitted it’s bittersweet leaving the first city in the States that they ever performed in.
“It’s been a great time,” Eriksson said in a phone interview Wednesday. “It was a really good experience for us, getting to know all the people in Branson. We felt like we connected with a lot of people.”
Eriksson said he and his Jeerk-mates learned a lot during their time here, from gaining insight into American culture to honing business skills like marketing and networking.
“We learned a lot about what you’ve got to do to make it on stage,” Eriksson said. “We had a lot of help from the Hughes brothers, but we did a lot of the managing ourselves.”
He said they have also experimented with their show quite a bit over the past two years, trying out some things they had never done before.
Eriksson said the biggest difference between show business in Branson and back home is the amount of competition.
“You have to really be focused in what you want to do here,” he said. “Because there are so many other people who want to succeed.”
Eriksson said Jeerk may be leaving town soon, but they plan to return.
“I hope we get a chance to come back here some time,” he said. “We want to see all of our fans again and show them some cool, new stuff.”
Jeerk first performed in Branson at Silver Dollar City during KidsFest in 2009.