Haygoods perform holiday concert to benefit single mothers

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181204 2Dominic Catherine Haygood 1 600x338 - Haygoods perform holiday concert to benefit single mothersOn December 15th at 2:00 PM, Dominic Haygood will take the stage to perform a magical one time only holiday concert on the saxophone and violin to raise money for single mothers in the branson area this holiday season. He will be joined onstage by his sister, world class harpist, Catherine Haygood

“We have created a super modern yet classic feeling repertoire to capture the excitement and warmth you feel at the holiday season, “said Catherine. “We are looking forward to a very large attendance as 100% of the proceeds will be going toward specific needs for our single mothers, we play over 140 shows a year, but this one allows us to bless and love on a lot of people all at once and that makes it so much more special for us.”

Dominic and his wife Heather started their own charity after Heather spent 5 years as a single mother holding down 2 jobs and raising 4 children all on her own. “After Dominic and I married and things settled down a bit, I knew I wanted to devote my time to helping other single mothers get back on their feet. The struggle is very real and at times overwhelming. The goal is to take care of immediate needs. It could be as simple as paying an electric bill or putting new tires on a minivan. Sometimes just a little edge is all people need to get their head and heart above water,” said Heather.

Join the Haygoods at the Clay Cooper Theatre on December 15th at 2:00 PM with preshow guests “Dance Branson,” special holiday eats by “Mr Bs,” a silent auction, and an unforgettable concert experience by Branson superstars, “The Haygoods.” Tickets are $14.00 and all proceeds will be used to support single mothers in the Branson area. Call-417-332-2529 for reservations.


SIX Christmas Show – Local Area Appreciation Special

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SIX announced their Local Area Appreciation Special for their Christmas Show, December 1-21, saying, “We love our city! Branson residents and those who live in the nearby area, for all the love you’ve shown us by coming to the show and for the kind words on Facebook, we’ve put together a locals-only area appreciation special as our gift to you!”

Tickets are only $6.00, plus applicable taxes and fees, with a DONATION of 2 non-perishable food items which will benefit CAM and Christian Associates. Purchasers may bring one guest at the same ticket price. They must present a valid picture ID and drop off the food donation when they pick up the tickets. The offer only applies to residents of the below listed counties in Missouri and Arkansas and is not valid with any other offer:

MISSOURI: Barry, Christian, Dallas, Douglas, Greene,Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Ozark, Polk, Stone, Taney, Webster,Wright

ARKANSAS: Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Fulton, Izard, Madison, Marion, Newton, Searcy, Stone, Washington.

For more information or tickets please call 877-SIX-SHOW at the Hughes Brother’s Theater in Branson, Missouri.

Amazing country music “down home country” style

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Melody Hart and Jamie Haage performing the Dave and Sugar hit, “The Door Is Always Open.”

Although many Branson shows have a country music segment, less than a handful could be called “country music” shows. Down Home Country, in the Grand Country Music Hall, is one of these shows “and then some.”

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Jamie Haage and Jarrett Dougherty, a.k.a. “Cowboy Carl.”

Down Home Country features sets of popular country music, performed by some of the best pickers and singers in Branson, separated by strategically placed comedy, performed by one of Branson’s most popular comedians, Jarrett Dougherty. From his stand up pre-show warm up routine to the characters you will meet in his skits, he is one funny guy that will have you laughing throughout the show and wondering what he will come up with next. Two of my favorite parts was the explanation of just how poor his family was when he was a kid and his “Cowboy Karl” routine.” They cracked me up, but then Jarrett’s comedy always does.

It’s really neat, the way the comedy is subtly woven in with main the focus of the show, great country music, played and sung by some of the most talented performers on any Branson Stage. OK, so sometimes it might not be so subtle, but the result is a tapestry of continuous fun and wonderful entertainment.

The featured performers are Jamie Haage and Melody Hart. Jamie, who also stars in the Grand Jubilee show, with the New South Quartet, is the show’s host, featured male vocalist, and a fiddle player. Melody Hart , who also stars in Raiding the Country Vault, is the featured female vocalist and featured fiddle player. The band has of some of the most talented musicians in Branson and is composed of Michael W. Davis, Piano & Musical Director; Wayne Massengale, Fiddler extraordinaire; Larry Allred, Bass Guitar & Vocals; Rob Blackburn, Drums; Greg Moody, Steel Guitar; and Chad Cathell, Lead Guitar.

One of the things that makes this show such a joy, is the way the show has been produced by Mike Patrick and Andy Holloway, to seamlessly incorporate the amazing talents of other cast members with those of its featured performers. Larry Allred’s performance of “Golden Ring” with the hilarious side screen videos; “Welcome To My World ” sung by Melody Hart, featuring her husband, Wayne Massengale on the fiddle; Michael Davis’s piano performance of “Send Me Down To Tucson;” and the ” Mel Tillis Tribute” are just some examples. I know that other shows also feature their other performers, but there’s just something special about the way it’s done in this show.

The featured performers, Jamie Haage and Melody Hart do a great job, on a number of country music classics. Among too many to mention individually, Jamie’s performance of “Gentle On My Mind,” illustrating why he was named Branson’s Entertainer of the Year; Melody’s powerful performance of “What’s Forever For,” and their beautiful duet of the Dave and Sugar hit “The Door Is Always Open” were some of my favorites.

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Melody, Wayne, and Jamie “fiddlin” around.

I love fiddle playing and the fiddle playing in this show is really something! In terms of pure fiddle playing I’ve never seen anything like it. Both Wayne Massengale and his wife Melody Hart, have been featured fiddle players in Branson for years and are two of the best fiddle players I have ever heard. Jamie Haage also plays a mean fiddle and when you have them all “fiddlin” around in one show you know its going to be something special. Their fiddle playing, in numbers like “Talking Fiddle Blues” and “Uncle Pen” is some of the best fiddle playing most will ever experience and a pure joy to hear.

Those are the tangible parts of the Down Home Country experience, but there’s just something about the Grand Country Music Hall and the show’s cast. Whether it’s the fact that I know and feel personally comfortable with them or whatever, there is a sense of genuineness and warmth that, in addition to a great morning of entertainment, just gave me that special “down home country” feeling. This is a morning show and is a perfect fit for either breakfast before, or lunch after, at the Grand Country Buffet located just a few steps from the theatre’s doors.

The last performance of the Down Home Country show for 2018 is on December 14. Although, most readers will miss the opportunity to see the show this year, if you love great comedy, great country music and just want to start your day off with some down home country fun, it should sure be on your Bucket List of things to see and do in Branson starting April 16, 2019.


Shoji returns to the Branson stage with his incredible Christmas show

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When Shoji plays “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” he’s not kidding!

It’s Ozark Mountain Christmas in Branson, Missouri. With its millions of bright Christmas lights, world class shopping, wonderful live shows, and everything else Branson is known for, its one of America’s most noted Christmas celebrations. Even amid the glow of millions of Christmas lights, the brightness of Branson’s live shows sparkle with the joy, excitement, and wonder of Christmas as they entertain you and your loved ones filling your hearts with that special Branson Christmas spirit.

One of Branson’s most iconic Christmas shows, the Shoji Tabuchi Christmas show, returns to the Branson stage for a limited engagement at the Clay Cooper Theatre on selected dates, through December 21.The show, Celebrate 25 Days of Christmas With the Tabuchis, marks the return to the stage of the incredible Shoji Tabuchi after a year and a half absence because of fire that damage to his theatre in the spring of 2017.

I saw the show on October 29 and just loved it. From a prospective conflict of interest point of view, I would point out that I am a long time Shoji Tabuchi fan and am proud to call him my friend. In my review of the show I said, “From Santa Claus arriving in the very first number to the closing, with the ‘reason for the season, this show is all about Christmas. Oh there’s a few special Christmas gifts strategically placed throughout, audience favorites, such as Through the Eyes of Love, Pure Imagination, and the Orange Blossom Special, but from beginning to the end, this show is a delightful celebration of the joys, spirit, and wonders of Christmas.

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Featured vocalist, Christina Lingo-Tabuchi

“In addition to the incredible Shoji Tabuchi, the show features the talented Christina Lingo-Tabuchi as the featured female vocalist. She is also the co-dance captain and co-producer of the show. The show’s versatile entertainers, dance, sing, and, unless my guess is wrong, ‘magically’ appear as reindeer and penguins. They are Kami Ballard, Norvin Breeck (Co-Dance Captain), Jeremy Sterling, and Sharlyn Todd.

“The live band adds another enjoyable dimension to the show. It consists of Dougie Duggan, Guitar (Band Director), Carl Hose, Trombone, Dan McMasters, Bass, Collin Rozario, Keyboard, and Anthony Walter, Drums. They play in just about every number and featured in many.”

The very first number Here Comes Santa Claus, featuring Shoji Tabuchi, sets the Christmas tenor of the show. “What better time to have Santa Claus himself arrive and, to the delight of the audience, especially the kids, come down into the audience and wish them a ‘Merry Christmas.’

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Rudolph and his Hawaiian friends.

“Speaking of kids, they should love this show! There’s the music of Christmas, which most will relate to, and colorful unique costuming throughout. Starting with the arrival of Santa Claus there are strategically placed numbers and things that will excite and entertain them, such as the march of the drumming toy soldiers, dancing penguins, the Hawaiian reindeer in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and an opportunity for them to come up on stage, interact with Christina Tabuchi.

“The set list for this show covers the full range of Christmas music that celebrates both the fun and excitement of Christmas as well as the “reason for the season.” The fun music of Christmas includes music such as Here Comes Santa Claus, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty The Snowman, Jingle Bells, Reindeer Boogie and others. The inspirational music of Christmas includes, among others, Oh Come All Ye Faithful, Oh Little Town of Bethlehem, and Oh Holy Night.”

There is a mixture of both kinds of music throughout the show, but it’s interesting to note that both the first and second half of the show end with versions of Joy to the World. “The first half with Shoji and the band playing a unique instrumental arrangement incorporating three variations of music, Latin, Pop, and Rock and the second with the whole cast singing it along with the audience. What an inspirational way to end both halves of the show with the ‘real reason’ for the season.

“Fully recognizing that your favorites might be different than mine, and from among many, I typically pick two numbers from each show that are my favorites. Shoji and the bands instrumental version of Joy to the World, with its different beats and Christina’s rendition of “Oh Holy Night” were as inspiring as they were entertaining. OK, I’ve got to mention two more. The mandolin and violin duet with Shoji and Sharlyn Todd of Christmas Time’s A Comin’ provided a fun change of pace and a bit of bluegrass that I particularly enjoyed. Shoji’s favorite song is Through the Eyes of Love, from the movie ‘Ice Castles.’ I have had the privilege of hearing him play it for over 30 years, it’s my favorite Shoji number, and it always touches my heart. This time was no exception.”

This show will hold the interest of both adults and kids throughout and is a delightful Christmas experience that families can share together. For more information or tickets for Celebrate 25 Days of Christmas With the Tabuchis please call 417-332-CLAY (2529) or (417) 334-7469.

The Texas Tenors bring “Rise Tour” and “Deep In The Heart of Christmas” to Branson

The Texas Tenors Performing in Branson Missouri
The Texas Tenors Performing in Branson Missouri
The Texas Tenors, Marcus Collins, left., John Hagen and JC Fisher

Over 100 million people from around the world watched The Texas Tenors launch their career as the took took fourth place in the overall competition on the hit NBC prime time show “America’s Got Talent in 2009. And what a career it has been since! Don’t miss the chance to see The Texas Tenors perform live,  at the Andy Williams Performing Arts Center in Branson, Missouri this fall. The Emmy Award Winners & Billboard #1 Recording Artists will be performing two very limited engagement performances in October and November 2018.

The Texas Tenors Rise Tour

“The Texas Tenors Rise Tour” returns to Branson for a seven performances on selected dates between October 16 and October 25. This one of a kind concert will features music from their #1 Billboard album “RISE”and selections from their hit PBS special “RISE”. From iconic music of John Denver and The Righteous Brothers to classical, pop, country, gospel, patriotic, and Broadway – including a stunning show-stopping tribute to one of the most popular musicals of all time – “Les Misérables,” this show has something for everyone.

Deep In The Heart of Christmas

They return to Branson for an eight performances of their “Deep In The Heart of Christmas” show during Ozark Mountain Christmas on selected dates between November 2 and 15th. This celebration of the Christmas spirit integrates their breathtaking vocals with dancers and singers, a Christmas choir, and many of magical characters. It embraces the spirit of a traditional family Christmas while incorporating   amazing production, special effects, and visuals making it a special Christmas entertainment experience that the whole family will enjoy.

Because of the relatively few performances of each of these shows it is recommend that tickets be purchased in advance. This will ensure not only availability, but the best choice of seats. That is especially so for their “Deep In The Heart of Christmas” performances, which are during Veterans Home Coming Week and the start of Ozark Mountain Christmas, two of the busiest weeks of the year.