Side Splitting Fun At Ozark Mountain Hoedown

Side Splitting Fun At Ozark Mountain Hoedown

Eureka Springs, Arkansas is well known for its romantic shop lined streets, and Victorian charm. What it has always seemed to be less known for is its evening entertainment options. Many visitors will travel to Branson for a nighttime show, but fortunately the return of the Ozark Mountain Hoedown has made that unnecessary. We made plans to stop in for an evening show, and wondered what we would encounter.

We want to thank the Ozark Mountain Hoedown for their hospitality. Rest assured that all opinions are our own.

The theater at Ozark Mountain Hoedown has comfortable seating.

Preparing For The Show

After picking up our tickets at will call, we joined the early crowd in the concession line. Next, we made our way into the theater. The seating is assigned, and we were fortunate to have seats near the front. We chatted with a nearby couple, who were also travelers. My guess would be that the majority of guests are, and soon the place filled up. The cushioned chairs are a bonus for those with tired feet from exploring.

The backup band performs on various instruments commonly found in bluegrass music.

Soon the cast took the stage, and the music began. The tunes fall primarily in the country, gospel, and bluegrass genres, which is exactly what is expected in the middle of the Ozark Mountains. The combination of guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums was joined by the unique sounds of a steel guitar. As the introductions began, we settled in for an evening of entertainment. Off and on throughout the evening, the band would take over with welcome renditions of familiar classics.

Here is a small sample of some of the great guitar work.

One of the stars at Ozark Mountain Hoedown is Natalie.

A Trio of Headliners at Ozark Mountain Hoedown

The music and showmanship starts strong, and flows non-stop throughout the evening with performances by everyone on stage. Natalie Nicole takes the lead on a few memorable titles, and wowed the audience with her vocals. Her flexibility was amazing, and she has a big, steady voice that is pleasant to hear.

The stars go through a variety of costume changes throughout the evening.

Natalie is joined onstage by Rick McEwen, who has quite a set of pipes himself. Song after song, we find ourselves joining in with toe-tapping and even singing along. The music is infectious, and we can hear others around us joining in, as well. The main star of the night is Mike Nichols, who owns the theater. If I didn’t know this tidbit going in, it would have been hard to figure out. Mike is so welcoming to the others on stage, that they seem like a big family. Impersonation plays a big part in the show, and we really liked the “Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers” rendition of “Islands in the Stream”. All of the acts are done in fun, and it is obvious that the cast are fans of the stars they imitate.

Headliner Mike Nichols performs as a cast of characters throughout the evening.

Let The Silliness Begin

The Ozark Mountain Hoedown isn’t just a music show. To round out the entertainment, they offer a healthy dose of comedy. Now be prepared for a good amount of G-rated jokes, that the whole family can enjoy. Mike and the others will disappear off stage for a bit, and return as some of the stars we all know and love. A visit from Uncle “Posture Pedic” creates plenty of guffaws with witty one-liners.

Tator “Chip” Patches is another character that Mike Nichols has perfected. His storytelling weaves an intricate path that the audience follows to a hilarious finish. We have never spent much time at the Branson shows, and we can’t imagine them offering any better entertainment than what we found here. By the constant laughter from the audience, we were not the only people to feel this way.

Mike Nichols performs as a variety of other country stars.

Return of the King

Once again, Mike disappears off stage, as the band goes into another hearty rendition. Soon he returns, as that most familiar of entertainers, Elvis. Mike has a voice that is excellent at mimicking the sound of other entertainers. During the evening, we not only hear Elvis, but also Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Willie Nelson. Add in the voices that Rick and Natalie perform, and you have a who’s who of country music stars.

Enjoy a sneak peek of some of the impressions you may hear at Ozark Mountain Hoedown.

Elvis makes an appearance and even interacts with the audience.

True to the performances of old, Elvis works his way into the crowd to honor one of his adoring fans. Of course, this performance is peppered with comedy, which keeps the rest of us on the edge of our seats. Even Mike gets a little giggly at times, which just causes the laughter to elevate.

The evening's entertainment ends with a powerful medley of christian and patriotic songs.

The True Message

As the night winds down, the tone becomes a little more serious. This is the point where the performers take time to honor those who make the largest sacrifices. The evening ends on a feel good note, and afterwards the performers come down from the stage to mingle with the audience. Here is a chance to actually speak with the stars that just spent the last couple of hours entertaining us. We found this portion of the night to be so genuine, that it left a lasting impression of the true appreciation they all have for those who attend their shows. We thanked them for their performances, and headed out of the theater. If all of their shows are like this, then Mike and his group are truly some of the most talented stars in the Midwest. How many of you have had caught one of their shows?

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By | 2018-04-10T17:28:02+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Eureka Springs|16 Comments

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We are Jeff and Crystal, a Baby Boomer couple who love exploring this big blue marble we all call home. After spending the first portion of our lives together raising a family, the empty-nest syndrome finally caught up with us. This has given us the opportunity to spend more time traveling, and seeking out new destinations. We developed this travel blog with the goal of showing how we “Visit Like A Local”. Our itineraries are designed to get us off the interstates, and into the heart of the places we visit. We believe this will allow our readers to choose a cultural experience, and eventually head home with a real flavor of the places they visit. We hope you are enjoying our website and will consider sharing it with your friends. Please come back often, as we post new articles three times per week.

16 Comments

  1. Doreen Pendgracs January 1, 2018 at 8:40 am - Reply

    I’m sure the Ozark Mountain Hoedown would be a lot of fun! It’s a wonderful experience to immerse one’s self into local cultures and entertainment when travelling. Happy New Year!

    • Jeff & Crystal January 1, 2018 at 8:44 am - Reply

      We think you would enjoy it. Thanks for visiting our site. Happy New Year!

  2. Carol Colborn January 1, 2018 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    We have been to both Eureka Springs and Branson in our RV. We saw some shows in Branson but didn’t know they had this Ozark Mountain Hoedown in Eureka Springs! When did it start? What a cool show it would have been for us to watch. Mike certainly seems to be quite a performer. Ditto for his supporting cast.

    • Jeff & Crystal January 1, 2018 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      The show has been revived from the past. I believe 2017 was its return year, so it looks like a return visit will be required for you . Thanks for visiting our site. Travel Safely!

  3. Karen Warren January 2, 2018 at 6:47 am - Reply

    The hoedown sounds wonderfully old-fashioned! It must have been a great evening.

    • Jeff & Crystal January 2, 2018 at 6:58 am - Reply

      It was good, wholesome entertainment. Certainly family friendly.

  4. Marilyn Jones January 2, 2018 at 6:58 am - Reply

    I’ve never been to Eureka Springs, but I’d love to visit. I would certainly put Ozark Mountain Hoedown on my itinerary if I do! Your article makes me want to go to Eureka Springs even more!!

    • Jeff & Crystal January 2, 2018 at 7:02 am - Reply

      Thanks for visiting our site, and we hope you get to experience the relaxed atmosphere of Eureka Springs. Travel safely!

  5. Rachel Heller January 2, 2018 at 8:25 am - Reply

    Oh wow, the Ozark Mountain Hoedown is not something I normally would have considered doing, but it sounds like great fun! Were you not allowed to record any of it?

    • Jeff & Crystal January 2, 2018 at 9:02 am - Reply

      They prefer not to have live recordings, since they sell cd’s and videos after the show. I have added a couple of short clips that highlight a little of the show.

  6. Irene S. Levine January 2, 2018 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Haven’t been to this part of the country but it sure looks like fun!

    • Jeff & Crystal January 2, 2018 at 8:16 pm - Reply

      Hope you get to visit at some point. It’s beautiful country.

  7. jane January 4, 2018 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Yee-haw, looks like this was a fun night out! (Thanks for the little soundbites so that we could all get a taste of the talent, too!)

    • Jeff & Crystal January 4, 2018 at 11:09 am - Reply

      You are quite welcome, and thanks for reading along. We had quite a blast.

  8. Sue Reddel January 6, 2018 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a really fun show. I experienced a show similar to this when I was a kid. We used to vacation in the Ozarks. Brought me back to those good times.

    • Jeff & Crystal January 7, 2018 at 7:11 am - Reply

      We’ve been traveling to the Ozarks for quite a few years, and always enjoy it. Thanks for taking a moment to share your memories.

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