Began over 50 years ago...It was in 1959 that the Mabe brothers (Jim, Lyle, Bill & Bob) created a legacy of country music and comedy that would forever change the face of family entertainment in the Ozarks. Adopting the name of an old Ozarks vigilante group, it was on the downtown Branson lakefront that the “Baldknobbers” paved their way into America’s musical history.
The Baldknobbers were an immediate hit with fishermen and tourists to the Branson lakes area. Outgrowing the original location, the Mabe brothers’ moved their show into an old skating rink, converting it into Branson’s first live entertainment theatre.
Expanding again, The Baldknobbers Theatre was built on 76 Country Boulevard in 1968. The current building has undergone six sets of renovations, making the longest running show in Branson also one of the largest by seating 1,500, fans of country music and comedy. Now Branson is home to over 100 live shows, with more theatre seats than Broadway and hails as the “Live Music Show Capital of the World” and the Baldknobbers is the show that started it all!
On January 27, 2011 the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History held a donation ceremony and received a number of original Baldknobbers artifacts from brothers Jim, Lyle and Bill Mabe including costumes and instruments for the permanent collection of the Arts and Culture Division of the museum in Washington D.C.
Over the past five decades, the Baldknobbers have evolved with the changing times, but they have always remained true to their rich traditions, their family roots and their ever-present faith by providing great country music and hilarious comedy.