Live music is an integral part of the summer tourism season at the Lake of the Ozarks communities.
On any given day during the summer months, visitors can enjoy live music performed by local artists and big name acts at nearly all of the 200 restaurants and bars, as well as resorts and entertainment complexes at the lake.
Two of the area’s biggest outdoor venues host legendary recording artists during their summer concert series, while a mainstay theater at the lake presents a variety of hits from the past each season.
Vineyard season starts Saturday
Located off Highway 54 at 8 Tolwood Road in Eldon, Missouri, Shawnee Bluff Vineyard has hosted nationally-acclaimed musical acts for several years.
Its 2018 concert series at the sprawling 40-acre vineyard kicks off with “Chicks with Hits,” a concert featuring celebrated female country vocalists Terri Clark, Pam Tillis and Suzy Boggus on Saturday. Tickets range between $39 and $79 per person for the concert, which begins with openings acts at 7 p.m. with the headliners taking the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ShawneeBluffWinery.com/concerts.
The concert season continues June 1, when Shawnee Bluff hosts an evening of alternative rock heavyweights from the 1990s. Gin Blossoms, who dominated the ‘90s air waves with their pop singles “’Til I hear It From You,” “Hey Jealously,” “Allison Road,” and “Found Out About You,” will be joined by Tonic and Vertical Horizon.
The month of June sees several big-name country bands play the vineyard stage. Diamond Rio comes to the Lake of the Ozarks June 8, followed by Steve Earle and The Dukes June 22 and the Grammy-nominated Cam, who brings her brand of wildly successful pop country to Shawnee Bluff June 30.
July begins with Country Music Award-winning performer Sara Evans playing July 7 followed by Survivor, best known for their double-platinum hit “Eye of the Tiger,” July 28.
Formerly of the Judds, Wynonna and The Big Noise will entertain crowds at Shawnee Bluff Aug. 25. September sees the Bellamy Brothers playing Sept. 7, and the vocal talents of the Oak Ridge Boys on full display Sept. 28.
The Shawnee Bluff Vineyard summer concert series concludes with the raucous rockabilly sounds of Reverend Horton Heat Oct. 13.
Nearly all shows are billed as being all-ages shows with doors opening at 5 p.m. Headliners take the stage at 8 p.m. during each concert, followed by professional fireworks displays at the close of the evening. Tickets for the shows range from $20 to $89 per person.
Aside from these notable acts, Shawnee Bluff Vineyard also features local artists every Sunday throughout the summer. A second location, Shawnee Bluff Winery in Lake Ozark, Missouri, features live music every weekend throughout the year.
For more details on the performers, or to order tickets, either call 573.365.1100 or visit www.ShawneeBluffWinery.com.
Alabama kicks off series May 26
The Lake of the Ozarks’ largest outdoor venue, Ozarks Amphitheater, marks the beginning of its 2018 summer concert series Memorial Day weekend with one of the most popular and successful country bands of all time, Alabama, May 26.
Alabama, who charted more 40 number-one hits in their heyday, will be joined by Montgomery Gentry.
For most shows at the amphitheater, doors open at 6 p.m. with music starting at 7 p.m. Depending on the artist, tickets for each show range from $20 per person up to $600 for VIP ticket packages.
In June, the amphitheater, located at 2629 North Business Route 5 in Camdenton, Missouri, hosts a weekend doubleheader starting with comedian and country artist Rodney Carrington June 15. The next day, the Grammy-winning progressive heavy rock outfit Mastadon join the experimental funk-rock band Primus for a June 16 performance.
July sees Jamey Johnson, the 11-time Grammy nominated torch-bearer of current outlaw country, and Craig Campbell play July 6. Fans of the late Tom Petty will enjoy “Free Fallin: A Tribute to Tom Petty” July 20, complete with costume changes and accurate replications of Petty’s biggest hits.
On Aug. 11, two celebrated groups come to the Lake with performances by alternative rock band Big Head Todd and the Monsters and the Latin-infused rock and roll sounds of Los Lobos.
For Labor Day Weekend, Ozarks Amphitheater welcomes back the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum recording artist Aaron Lewis Sept. 1. To close out the summer concert series, Get the Led Out, hailed as the “American Led Zeppelin,” brings the British rockers’ hits to life with their two-hour set Sept. 22.
For more information about the Ozarks Amphitheater, or to order tickets for the upcoming concert series, call 573.346.0000 or visit www.OzarksAmp.com.
Music on Main Street
Main Street Music Hall, 5845 Osage Beach Parkway in Osage Beach, Missouri, has been entertaining audiences for more than 20 years with their different musical programs.
The Music Hall’s shows take place from late April through December and include the “Best of Main Street Opry” variety show as well as the “Reelin’ in the Years” revue that includes hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.
Details on the Main Street Music Hall can be found at www.LakeMusicHall.com or by calling 573.348.9500.
For more information about live music taking place around the Lake of the Ozarks this summer, visit the event calendar at www.FunLake.com.
(Editor’s note: Information provided by the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitors Bureau.)