Branson musical pioneer Bob Mabe, and The Kitchen Band, will perform favorite old-time tunes at the quarterly meeting of the White River Valley Historical Society on Sunday, June 10th. The free events will begin with social time and refreshments at 1:00 p.m., followed by the annual meeting at 1:30 p.m., and ending with the musical program.
Bob Mabe, along with brothers Jim, Lyle, and Bill, founded the Baldknobbers musical group in Branson, where they performed in downtown Branson in 1959 before building their theater on West Highway 76 in 1969. The Baldknobbers played for the news conference announcing the opening of Silver Dollar City, as well as for the opening of SDC in 1960. In 1977, Bob opened the Bob-O-Link’s Country Hoedown, opening with Ronnie Millsap on April 3 of that year. After retiring from the Bob-O-Links in the early 1990’s, The Kitchen Band was formed. Focusing primarily on gospel and country music, the group has traveled throughout the country, and currently performs at Branson Elderhostel events regularly.
The public is invited to participate in the activities, as well as view the WRVHS’ latest exhibit, “Agricultural Roots”, which features vintage farm implements and photos of rural life in the Ozarks.