When you think of St. Louis, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the Arch. However, St. Louis has got a rockin’ blues and music scene. Get ready to listen to the familiar sounds of Guns & Roses, Elvis, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, AC/DC, KISS, and more, all done by local tribute bands. The diverse nature of the city’s music is enough to make any music lover want to stick around for the long haul. There’s even an old legend that tells of the city making a deal with the devil, regarding the musical talent that thrives and spreads from its boundaries.
The published work that describes this legend is titled Devil At The Confluence, by the St. Louis artist Kevin Belford. In the work, he describes the city as a proud connector to the world of the blues. Complete with original illustrations, the book dives into detail about the start of the blues influence within the city and the major musicians who brought popularity to the region. Today, you can visit the National Blues Museum, which will help history come back to life, and you will be able to relive the earliest blues memories, and view many priceless artifacts of the era.
Branson, Missouri has a wide variety of charm and character, from the Dolly Parton attractions to the Titanic Museum, so there is something for everyone to enjoy. The Ozark town is also popular for its amusement park, Silver Dollar City, but there are plenty of hidden gems and local attractions outside of the touristy realm, so it just depends on what you’re looking to do here.
Branson has a big country music scene, so head to the Dolly Parton Dixie Stampede Attraction for a unique experience to introduce you to the music. Put on your boots and kick up your heels to the Skeeter & Nugget show, as performers and trick riders show off in the 35,000 square foot arena. Over 30 horses will also participate in the show, and dinner is served during the action. Dinner is a four-course feast that includes: rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked BBQ pork loin, creamy veggie soup, homemade biscuits, corn on the cob, potatoes, unlimited soft drinks, and a specialty Dixie dessert.
If you’re going to be around in August, head to the Branson Fiddle Festival. The 29th annual festival is being held this year from the 25th to the 27th of August, and will be taking place on the famous West 76 Country Boulevard at the Grand Country Music Hall and the Grand Country Resort. Of course there will be a fiddling competition and plenty of live shows, but also indoor mini-golf and an outdoor waterpark for guests and visitors that are staying at the Grand Country Inn.
Kansas City may be praised for its BBQ, but the city itself has so much more to offer when it comes to events and attractions. Beer is big here, as well. Take the Kansas City Tap Tour, which will act as your own personal guide to all of the local breweries. The guidebooks and can be purchased at the visitors center. Collect a stamp at each brewery and learn fun facts as you sample your way through the list. Tours are always going on throughout the year, but you will have to check www.visitkc.com for information on upcoming prizes and special giveaways while on the tours.
Check out the nationally recognized World War I Museum, which houses countless artifacts and knowledge about the “War to End All Wars.” Known as a national treasure, the museum has received numerous awards and constant reviews about the amazing exhibitions it holds.
The Power and Light District is the city’s hub, which hosts plenty of bars, restaurants, and nightlife for visitors and locals alike. Catch a movie or peruse through the “high-end supermarket.” Grab a bite to eat at Cleaver & Cork or the Kill Devil Club. The Kill Devil Club is a newer establishment serving up hand-crafted cocktails and small plates.