Which American Idol winners live in Branson, Mo

Which American Idol winners live in Branson, Mo

American idol has been all the rage for many years. And with the faithful words of Ryan Seacrest at the end of the final season, they will be back in a revamped version hopefully.

AMERICAN IDOL XIV: Harry Connick Jr. (L) and Keith Urban (R) join contestant Ellen Peterson (center) in song on AMERICAN IDOL XIV airing Wednesday, Jan 14 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. © 2014 FOX Broadcasting Co.

That being said, over the years we’ve had some contestants from our locally grown area compete as well.  From  Springfield, Hollister, and Branson. Here’s a list of the people I know who have lived, worked, and made it to American idol.

1)Jason Yeager-Great Contestant from Season 7 and has worked and lived in the Branson area. Several Idols have worked at the Hard Luck diner at the Grand village and have been very succesful.

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2)Luke Menard-Great Acoustic guitar player as well, and has performed at Several theaters around the area. And can be seen weekly at the Woodland Hills Family Church. And has been playing at Grand Country since 2008.

3)Ellen Peterson-is another Local favorite that made it to American Idol opportunity as well. But I’m not sure what she continues to do in the area. But the picture down below does look like it was taken at the Little Opry theater at the Imax.

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4)Zack Ketterback-was born in Kansas City and went to Missouri state so was basically discovered in Springfield mo

5)Matt Kester-a great Branson local from Hollister mo from the Carrie Underwood season. I remember seeing him at Pasta House before her performance at the Grand Palace. A super nice guy and also performer at Mel’s hard luck diner as well. And a great contributor to Branson, mo.

The Night Neil Mccoy stopped the show at the Grand Palace

The Night Neil Mccoy stopped the show at the Grand Palace 

 I know what your thinking. This is another one of those when the lights went out in Georgia articles. Oh no. This is about something entirely different. In the 90’s I attended a Neil Mccoy concert at the Grand Palace. And what a show that was. Neil had a hit song at the time, and put on one heck of a show. But he had a gimmick he would use for people who didn’t show up on time and had front row seats. Well that night, two people in the front row were late. When they finally showed, the house lights popped on, and Neil had signaled the crowd to go nuts. In the middle of 4,000 people, these guests had no idea what was going on. Thank you Neil for a great night!

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Why you need to eat at Billy Bob’s dairyland before………

Why you need to eat at BillyBob Dairlyand Before…….They move to their new location. BillyBob’s have made a deal to move into the old Great Southern Bank building next to Music City Center(Which isn’t open right now 10/26/2017) so I’m hoping it gets open soon. So if you haven’t had a chance to eat at the current location, next to Grand Country, find a way to get over there. thanks

Amazing Stunt Bus Drivers of Branson

I know what your thinking. Your thinking wow this guy is off of his rocker. Well, …….maybe  a little bit. But this is something I see quite a bit here, in our little land of Branson. Buses, Semi’s, van’s all kinds of critter get stuck in them there hills. I even have a picture or two to show you what I mean. I was headed to target one day, and a semi tried to make that turn into, the two lane. and got stuck, I shall post the picture, when I find it. But mostly it’s hotels, that have to have some buses towed out. Here’s a pic. 

Trying to make a left turn into the farm on F Highway, caused a traffic jam.

Top 10 Craziest events you never would of thought happened in Branson

Top 10 Craziest events you Never would of thought happened in Branson

Branson is just crazy. And I love living here, if you’ve read any of my other blogs, and I’m sure you have-the most popular listed below.  M

Here is my top ten events you would have never thought, happened in Branson.

1)Styx played the Grand Palace-it was a great show and I was there. They rocked! They had a few members that had replaced previous members, but Tommy Shaw did all the fronting, and he nailed all of the old hits. This was in 1999, so it was the beginning of well the end. Of an era, lol Never will forget this night.

2)A very Robust, shall we say. Member of the Road to Rock, dressed as Gene Simmons drove a collectible car down 76 during one of the car shows. I felt like this was awesome. His make up was flawless, as well as his bass playing.

3)A Limo hearse, drove the length of 76 Country Boulevard, when Boxcar passed away. An incredible salute to a man who served our country, and who served Branson well.

4)K.C. and the Sunshine band played the Grand Palace. Didn’t get to attend this show, but I heard it was great. And quite a milestone for Branson. Haveing Styx here, and K.C. We need more shows like this here today.

5)Collective soul played the Grand Palace. What a show, it was sold out all around. Every parking spot around the Grand Palace was full. And it was loud.

6)Nelly played the mansion. One of the most current, amazements. This one was mired in controversy. First the city wouldn’t let him perform at the Grand Palace, and then he was moved to the Mansion. It was another great show.

7)Donny Osmond suprised his brothers, and worked his way down the 76 strip in a ton of traffic, and jumped on stage with the Osmond brothers. They stated later, that it was just like old times.

8)Neil McCoy stopped a show at the Grand Palace to let two people who were late for his sold out show, walk to their seats at the palace. On his signal he would clap his hands and the house lights would come on, and everyone would stop. The people had no idea what was going on. What a show!

9)The Miss USA beauty pagent was at the Grand Palace. I think this was 1999 as well. Arnold Swarzenneger showed up from what I understand and this was a milestone for Branson.

10)Regis and Kathy Lee came to Branson, and filmed an episode of their show. It was great, I recall fans following them all the way to the Roy Clark theater.

So there you have it, 10 things you would of never thought happened in Branson.

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3 Incredible New attractions at Branson Landing

Three Incredible  New attractions at the Branson Landing 

 Branson Landing has really done it this time. A great set of attractions for Kids of all ages. A monster maze, a video arcade, and across the way, a game that you have to find your way out of.

There is a new Maze next to the Belk’s side of the Landing that looks just amazing. I noticed lots of families working their way to this nice attraction. And I think it will stand right in line with all the Parakeet Pete’s stuff on that end of the landing as well. Didn’t get to try it with the kids, but hope to try it someday.

But the video arcade was another thing. When you walk in the front door there is a very nice host, to help you load your card, and make change for you if needed. So all your tokens are on a gaming card. My son and I had a blast playing all the games. And he was very sad to leave, when it was all over. Lots of racer car games, ball games, pick up item with a hook. My daughter even had fun as well. Playing the Paw Patrol games, and the like.

Escape Code is the third attraction across the way, and is fantastic. Even got some news coverage, here locally. And looks very exciting. So when you take the kids anywhere this is the pace to be. Shopping, food, and excitement for the kids.

 

 

There is a new Appetizer in town

There is a new Appetizer in town!

Sometimes Branson’s dusty doors swing open, and an outlaw from the wrong side of town swings by. And this week it is the Grand opening of the Longhorn steakhouse, on 76. My wife and I got to enjoy this incredible place and an appetizer won many awards between us. Longhorn’s Wild West Shrimp w/Prairie dust, was just amazing. Spicy, deep fried with just a touch of sauce on the side. It was so cool, my kids even liked it. So next time your over that way, breeze into town, and give it a try. Don’t let the outlaw eye of the Baldknobbers theater, hit you when your not looking.

Watch out Folks there is a new Appetizer in town!

Watch out folks there is a new Appetizer in town!

Sometimes Branson’s dusty doors swing open, and an outlaw from the wrong side of town swings by. And this week it is the Grand opening of the Longhorn steakhouse, on 76. My wife and I got to enjoy this incredible place and an appetizer won many awards between us. Longhorn’s Wild West Shrimp w/Prairie dust, was just amazing. Spicy, deep fried with just a touch of sauce on the side. It was so cool, my kids even liked it. So next time your over that way, breeze into town, and give it a try. Don’t let the outlaw eye of the Baldknobbers theater, hit you when your not looking.

Wild West Shrimp Longhorn’s Branson

Non Smoking Hotels in Branson, Mo

Non Smoking Hotels in Branson, Mo

1)Non Smoking in all three buildings. Benches out side each building to sit and smoke.

2)Holiday Inn Express Centeral-100% non smoking, a bench out front to smoke.

3)Honey Suckle Inn-on 248, all non smoking.

4)Green Gables inn-exterior door property with no smoking

5)Rosebud Inn-100 Percent non smoking

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Longhorns Grand Opening Branson,Amazing food

Longhorns Grand Opening Branson, Amazing food

I was impressed from the get go! The staff was so nice, parking was effortless, and the decor amazing. It was an invite only event, and I couldn’t have asked for more. What did you eat?, you dare say, here are some snap shots.

This was the sirloin, and it was amazing, cooked all the way throught to perfection. I was amazing. Also the potato was a sweet potato to lower those cards. With cinnamon, and butter on the side. It was a drizzling delight. Also had some soup on the side, that they through in for the event.

My wife had the chopped steak Salad and she thoroughly enjoyed it.

They gave these to my kids, which had enough sugar to fly them to the moon. So all were happy and will return again, to this awesome steakhouse.

Plus’s-Great easy parking, close to the Grand Village,Amazing food & Service! And a great smiling staff!

 

Branson at its best!

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