Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Boys Are Back --- The Oak Ridge Boys, That Is!

For someone who loves live shows like I do, living in Branson, Missouri is like living in a candy store!  So many great shows!  Some of the biggest names in entertainment!  Theaters that give you the feeling you are right on stage with the entertainers! 

One of the biggest theaters is The Oak Ridge Boys Theater, so named because that is the home away from home for none other than The Oak Ridge Boys.  They have been a favorite of mine for decades and have been harmonizing for even more decades than that!  When I have the chance to see their show, well, I'm there!  In October 2009 I saw their all new show named for their latest CD, "The Boys Are Back".  With a hot new CD, an eye-popping stage set, and energized vocals taking them to yet higher levels of fantastic, the "Boys" are definitely back!  Then in November 2009 I went back to see their Christmas show, complete with Santa Claus, and enjoyed contemporary and gospel Christmas music as well as a selection of new hits and golden oldies. 

All of their shows are completely family-oriented, for everyone from 9 months to 90 years.  Make that 93, as was one of the audience members last week.  Yep, I went to the show again last week!  They are back on tour now and will return to Branson the end of May.  While they tour all summer we will be counting the days until they return in the fall.  If you are coming to Branson, and I hope you are, check out their tour schedule at It's a show you will never forget!

Another great thing about the shows in Branson is taking pictures.  Unlike most of the concerts we attend in arenas and coliseums, cameras are allowed, and even welcomed, in all of the shows.  As a photographer, I often watch the shows through my camera.  Hey, with a 270mm zoom lens it's a great view!  Last week I got ALOT of great shots and I'd like to share just a few with you here..........

Joe Bonsall

Richard Sterban

Duane Allen

William Lee Golden

The "jumbotron" screen at the back of the stage is amazing!

Very recognizable silhouette against the full moon.

Patriotism is right up there with gospel for the Boys

.......... so is having alot of fun!

Richard's deep bass voice rumbles the rafters!

William Lee's talents are as diverse as the hats he wears on stage.

Duane's heart is in every song.

Their respect and admiration for each other is carried in every number.

The crowd was as rockin' as the band and didn't want the Boys to leave... even after two full hours!

Catch the Oak Ridge Boys' show wherever you can, but I hope to see you here in Branson, too! Thanks for stopping by!