Legends in Concert

I wanted to take my parents to a show while they were visiting from California. My dad is an Elvis fan. My mom isn't so much. But I'm pretty sure she likes Celine Dion and I also thought my dad would enjoy Johnny Cash. So, Legends in Concert seemed like a good choice for everyone.

The show is at American Bandstand Theater, one of my favorite theaters in town. It's clean, comfortable and large enough to hold a decent crowd. We were there on a Sunday afternoon so it wasn't a huge group which was nice.

First up was Johnny Cash. I'll admit I'm only familiar with Johnny Cash; I don't own his CD's or anything. But, even Dad agreed, this guy is the real deal. His looks, stage presence and, most importantly, voice are very much Johnny Cash. Pictures of Johnny Cash performing are displayed on either side of the stage furthering the feeling of nostalgia.

Celine Dion is portrayed by Brigitte Valdez. Why this woman isn't a household name herself is a mystery. Her talent is absolutely incredible. She didn't totally sell me as being Celine Dion but she did capture much of Celine's personality on stage.

The Blue Brothers feature one of my favorite performers in Branson: Bucky Heard. I got to know Bucky and his talented wife, AJ, while writing my book. Heard and Justin Clark have the looks, humor, rapport and sound of the Blues Brothers.

Next up is the Temptations. This group was a little before my time but... wow. The voices are absolutely amazing. My mom says this was her favorite performance of the show. The group choreography and looks were spot on. They sing favorites like "My Girl," "Just My Imagination," and more. The audience seemed captivated; I felt like I was in a 1960's concert.

The finale, of course, was saved for Elvis. My dad says one of his big regrets in life is never having attended one of Elvis' concerts. I think he came as close as he's ever going to come at this show. I've seen a few Elvis impersonators in my day. This doesn't look, feel or sound like an impersonator at all. Dean Z might be proof Elvis is still alive. In fact, there were members of the audience actually screaming! (In a good way.) He looked like the younger Elvis and had the charisma of the King.

Probably the coolest part of the Elvis portion of the show was when he and the band sat down for a jam session. The drummer played on a guitar case and the musicians took requests from the audience. After the jam session they performed Jailhouse Rock. The sets and moves made me want to start screaming. (Again, in a good way.) The last song was "If I Could Dream," and brought a well-deserved standing ovation.

Legends is a highly recommended show just about every time you visit. Performers are always changing though, so if you want to catch this particular one, do it now!

Oh, and the American Bandstand Grill next door should be re-opening this month under new ownership. It's a great place to grab a bit and the memorabilia is fun to look at.

If you happen to see the show on a Saturday night, be sure to make time to go downstairs to Club 57. It is my husband's favorite "show" in Branson. Bucky Heard and many Branson musicians simply jam in this very cool bar each and every weekend. Great drinks and great talent!

White River Fish House

My parents are visiting from California. We spent several hours at Silver Dollar City and then decided to head down to Branson Landing for dinner. I love the atmosphere of this outdoor mall, especially on a warm summer evening. There are a number of good restaurants but we decided to try White River Fish House since it sits on the water.

I did review the restaurant for the book. And, I do remember enjoying the alligator appetizer and the jalapeƱo cornbread. Other than that, nothing really stood out in my memory.

We did enjoy the atmosphere very much. The restaurant is actually a floating barge, giving access to boat patrons and land lovers alike. The floor to ceiling windows offers nice views of Lake Taneycomo. Comfortable couches offer nice seating while waiting for a table.

The food is good. But I can't say it's the best. We enjoyed a sampler appetizer with ribs, spinach dip and more. Mom and I each ordered the fish & chips and we both were a tad disappointed. The breading overwhelmed whatever fish was hiding inside. Also, it wasn't as crispy as I'd have liked. I can't complain about the fries as I'm just not a big fan of fries. I ordered a White River salad instead for a slight upcharge. The salad, with cranberries, candied nuts and goat cheese was very good. In fact, I'd order that for my meal if I were to return.

Dad ordered the Shrimp and Scallops but was disappointed by the sparse number of shrimp in the dish. Britt ordered a chicken dish and was happy with it although he didn't like the green beans. (Nothing new... he doesn't like green beans.)

I did like a wide variety of selection for the kids' menu. I get so tired of restaurants offering only unhealthy options. White River offered everything from corn dogs to steak. And sides varied from french fries to yogurt, fruit or various vegetables. (But be aware the fruit cup isn't fresh fruit.... it's pre-packaged... a bit of a disappointment.)

While ordering I was able to sit with the baby in a comfortable seating area near our table at the back of the restaurant. After our meal, Nicole and I enjoyed a checkers game also near our table.

Overall, the atmosphere is one of the best in Branson. The food? Not the best in Branson. But definitely nowhere near the worst.  

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