Updated: Silver Dollar City’s 2016 Bluegrass & BBQ Opens with First Founders’ Weekend

Silver Dollar City announces the first acts to their annual Bluegrass & BBQ, the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Event of the Year kicks off  May 5th and runs through May 30th.


The month-long event features top bluegrass artists starting off with weekend headliner Marty Stuart on May 7th at 7pm

SDC Bluegrass & BBQ Concert Marty Stuart 1

The event brings some of bluegrass music’s top artists to the park to perform. This year’s lineup includes some of your favorite Bluegrass artists such as:

  • Rhonda Vincent with the Rage
  • 7-time Vocal Group of the Year Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  • Special Consensus
  • The Grascals
  • The Gibson Brothers
  • Nothin’ Fancy

As well as some fresh artists like:

  • Flatt Lonesome
  • Driven
  • The Lindsey Family
  • Snyder Family Band
  • The Willis Clan.

SDC Bluegrass & BBQ WC

Sharing the spotlight with the ole fashion tunes will be some amazing BBQ filling the park.

SDC Bluegrass & BBQ Food

The park transforms its event space into a BBQ lovers Mecca, dubbed The House of BBQ. This house serves up BBQ treats ranging from  St. Louis-style ribs and smoked chicken to Texas brisket and pulled pork all cooked on site large outdoor charcoal grills and the park’s custom-made 20-foot long smoker.

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For the true BBQ lover, An all-you-can-eat BBQ rib feast is featured on the Square each afternoon with fall-off-the-bone smoked ribs in four flavors, plus the park’s famous 18-hour smoked brisket. While on the Square, stop by the sauce shack to sample 100’s of different sauces. Not to leave Mom out, a very special Mother’s Day brunch is featured on May 7th & 8th.

Two mini events are also taking place during Bluegrass & BBQ

Founders Silver Dollar City

Silver Dollar City will be hosting its first, of what will be an annual, Founders’ Weekend Celebration on May 6th – 8th to commemorate the opening of the park on May 1, 1960. In celebration, the park is debuting a contemporary musical variety show titled;  The Echo Hollow Show “Hits From The Hollow”.   Events for this weekend will also include:

  •  An employee reunion
  • Silver Dollar City Owners & Founders: Jack & Sherry Herschend, Pete & JoDee Herschend & families
  • A special opening ceremony featuring 8-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Rhonda Vincent on Saturday.
  • The Orignial Silver Dollar City Stagecoach
  • Sunday morning Worship Celebration at 11 am in Echo Hollow Featuring
    • Rhonda Vincent
    • Hosea Bilyeu and Family
    • Mike Patrick and New South
    • Nedgra Culp
    • Cassandrè Faimon-Haygood of the Showboat Branson Belle

The second of these is the 15th annual Youth In Bluegrass Band Contest on May 28. The contest draws competitors from across the nation and presents the hottest new talent.


The 1880s Ozark-themed Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO, is the original Herschend family theme park, featuring period craftsman and pioneer excitement, along with a mix of 40+ rides, attractions and live entertainment.

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