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Old 09-08-2019, 10:37 AM   #1
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Shows with Live Music

Looking for recommendations of shows with live music. We’re planning a trip to Branson in November. We would also like to see a few good Christmas shows. Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-08-2019, 12:29 PM   #2
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We enjoy many types of music. Country, 50s, 60s, 70s, Elvis, and Broadway show tunes.

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Old 09-08-2019, 02:01 PM   #3
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I'm confused. You mean as opposed to shows that don't have live music?
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Old 09-08-2019, 02:47 PM   #4
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Is your question regarding shows that use a live band instead of using pre-recorded tracks?
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Old 09-08-2019, 05:45 PM   #5
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As to Christmas shows, I agree with the Hughes Brothers Christmas show. Also The Haygoods do a part regular/part Christmas show. A good 50's show is Hot Rods And High Heels. It became my hubby's favorite show. The Miracle Of Christmas at Sight And Sound is excellent.
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Old 09-08-2019, 08:04 PM   #6
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To clarify, we prefer shows with instruments being played onstage instead of music tracks.
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Old 09-08-2019, 08:17 PM   #7
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The Haygoods play their own instruments. They are at the Clay Cooper Theater. So do the Duttons and the Presleys.
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Old 09-09-2019, 05:50 AM   #8
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All the shows at the Grand Country Theater have only live music.

Their shows are some of the best in the Branson area.

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Old 09-09-2019, 09:13 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the show recommendations.
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Old 09-09-2019, 11:26 AM   #10
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To clarify, we prefer shows with instruments being played onstage instead of music tracks.
Then stay clear of all shows at King’s Castle.
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Old 09-09-2019, 12:54 PM   #11
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Then stay clear of all shows at King’s Castle.
It is an absolute shame the number of people who use tracked music and do not tell their customers. If you want your show to be a glorified karaoke show that’s fine, but tell your customers. Just like people who book bands which have no original members in them or not the original lead singer but they don’t tell their customers. Silver Dollar City has been one of the biggest offenders.

I have lobbied for many years that Branson should require all businesses to make such disclosures, but of course no one will back such a regulation. They will often say it doesn’t matter who is in the band as long as it’s a good show. And my response is, well if that’s the case then it shouldn’t matter if you do indeed disclose who is in the band.
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Old 09-09-2019, 01:34 PM   #12
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Hughes Brothers, probably the best Christmas show in town..

The Haygoods would for sure be in the running for best show also, and they do play the instruments themselves..

Grand Jubilee at Grand Country has a Great Christmas Show, and their own 6 or 7 piece band, It is a must see show too.!!
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Hughes Brothers, probably the best Christmas show in town..

The Haygoods would for sure be in the running for best show also, and they do play the instruments themselves..

Grand Jubilee at Grand Country has a Great Christmas Show, and their own 6 or 7 piece band, It is a must see show too.!!
Can’t argue with either of those choices!! Both excellent!!
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:52 AM   #14
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In their defense, Kings Castle, (and its predessor(s)) have been VERY successful for many years using "tracked" or "canned" music. People go to this show for the SONGS, the SINGING, the DANCING, the SKITS....not so much to see/listen to a "live" band, imo. I know I do. It's an entirely different animal, as it were.

The type of show it is, being Broadway musicals themed for the most part..well, can you imagine the cost of THAT type of "band"? Because it would not be a "band", instead it would be an ORCHESTRA! Ready to pay $75-$100 per ticket? I'm sure it you, and thousand of others who now attend, would be happy doing that, then the owners would happily step up with that LIVE orchestra...but I don't think any of us are ready to pony up that kind of money to see the DANCING, etc...
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In their defense, Kings Castle, (and its predessor(s)) have been VERY successful for many years using "tracked" or "canned" music. People go to this show for the SONGS, the SINGING, the DANCING, the SKITS....not so much to see/listen to a "live" band, imo. I know I do. It's an entirely different animal, as it were.

The type of show it is, being Broadway musicals themed for the most part..well, can you imagine the cost of THAT type of "band"? Because it would not be a "band", instead it would be an ORCHESTRA! Ready to pay $75-$100 per ticket? I'm sure it you, and thousand of others who now attend, would be happy doing that, then the owners would happily step up with that LIVE orchestra...but I don't think any of us are ready to pony up that kind of money to see the DANCING, etc...
Oh, I TOTALLY agree with you! I love the shows at King's Castle!! But I know there are some purists who, for whatever reason, don't agree. And it sounds as if the OP is a purist who might not be happy with not having a live band.
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