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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Smithsonian Donation Ceremony

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History received a collection of objects from the Baldknobbers. The donation documents the long and rich history of the Baldknobbers Jamboree show and its place in American entertainment culture.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Baldknobbers to Donate Artifacts to Smithsonian

Pioneering Variety Show from One of America’s Entertainment Capitals— Branson, Mo.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History today received a collection of objects from the Baldknobbers, a variety show based in Branson, Mo. The donation documents the long and rich history of this variety jamboree show and its place in American entertainment culture.


Senator Roy Blunt, Tim Mabe & Brent Mabe


The group was formed in 1959 when brothers Bill, Jim, Lyle and Bob Mabe began entertaining visitors on the Taneycomo lakefront with “The Baldknobbers Jamboree.” The Baldknobbers were named after an Ozarks vigilante group from the 1880s and are considered Branson’s first country music-and-comedy show.


Tim Mabe, Brent Mabe & Eric Jentsch (Curator of Arts & Culture, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution) signing of the deed of gifts.


The Mabe brothers performed with folklore instruments: washtub bass, banjo, Dobro guitar, washboard and a mule’s jawbone to provide rhythm. The performances were an instant hit with visiting tourists and local fishermen. The band became so popular that it outgrew its original location and moved into an old skating rink, converting it into Branson’s first live-entertainment theater. The group continued to expand and today The Baldknobbers Jamboree Theatre seats 1,500 people in the heart of Branson’s entertainment district.

“This donation tells an interesting story about a homegrown genre in American entertainment,” said Brent D. Glass, director of the museum. “The collection expands on the museum’s country-music holdings.”

The donation includes Jim “Droopy Drawers” Mabe’s stage costume, hat, washboard and glove; Lyle “George Aggernite” Mabe’s costume and washtub bass; Bill Mabe’s red-and-gold fringe stage shirt and boots; plus brochures, souvenir books and pamphlets. Ed Snowden donated a Dobro guitar on behalf of the late Dennis Mabe (Bill Mabe’s son).
“It not only means a great deal to our family to have these items included in the Smithsonian collections as a tribute to my dad and uncles who started the show in 1959, but it also is a tribute to all the entertainers who perform in Branson,” said Tim Mabe of the Baldknobbers.



Tim Mabe, Brent Mabe and Senator Roy Blunt discussing the artifacts


Although three founding Mabe brothers are now deceased, the Baldknobbers continue to be a family affair and the group has grown to include 16 musicians, vocalists and comedians.

The National Museum of American History collects, preserves and displays American heritage in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. The museum shines new light on American history after having been dramatically transformed by a two-year renovation. To learn more about the museum, visit http://americanhistory.si.edu. For Smithsonian information, the public may call (202) 633-1000, (202) 633-5285 (TTY).

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Baldknobbers Offer Families Lots of Fun at One Great Price

Longtime Baldknobbers' fans and new fans alike appreciate the Baldknobbers' family tradition of delivering everything from traditional country to today's #1 hits and lots of hilarious comedy. That is one of the things that have made the Baldknobbers popular from generation to generation.

With that in mind, the Baldknobbers announce they will continue their popular FAMILY PASS for the 2010 season.

"Our show has always been about our family entertaining your family! What better way to show how important families are to us than to have a family pass ticket designed to make it affordable for all families to see our show," said Tim Mabe, show producer and comedian "Droopy Drawers, Jr.".

"Mom, Dad and up to four kids can come 'laugh out loud' at the Baldknobbers new show for just $69," said Tim. Families with two adults and up to four children/students 18 and under are eligible for this pass.

"When our kids were growing up, we never just had our kids with us. We always had their friends going along with us. That is thought behind our family pass," Tim explained.

"Our show appeals to everyone from age 2 to 92. The Baldknobbers have always been known for great traditional country music, but we also add a lot of today's #1 hits. Our variety appeals all ages!" said Brent Mabe, musical director and second generation Baldknobber.

"We have the best comedy team in Branson. Stub Meadows, Hargus Marcel and Droopy Drawers Jr. make all of us laugh every night. Sure they have a script, but you never really know what they are going to do," Brent said.

"Bring your kids to the show, we do!" Tim added.

The Baldknobbers Jamboree Show-"The Show That Started It All"-is located on the famed 76 Country Music Boulevard in Branson, Missouri, with performances Monday through Saturday at 8 PM beginning in March and running through mid-December. For tickets and to confirm show times and dates go to www.Baldknobbers.com or call toll free 800-998-8908.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Be Part of the Legend With Branson's First Show The Baldknobbers in 2010

March 5, 2010 (Branson, Missouri) - The Baldknobbers began the family entertainment phenomenon in 1959, when the four Mabe brothers began entertaining fisherman on the downtown Branson lakefront. Today, over fifty years later, the second and third generations of the Mabe family continue that family tradition of combining your favorite country classics, with hot-new country hits and hilarious country comedy into a fast paced show. It's the songs you know and comedy everyone (even the kids) can relate to.

The Mabe brothers adopted the name of an old Ozarks vigilante group that held their meetings on a treeless hilltop or "bald knob". So when the Mabe brothers started Branson's first show, it was just natural to take a regional name.

Second generation and producer, Tim Mabe, known to many as Droopy Drawers, Jr., says, "My dad and uncles founded the hillbilly humor of the Baldknobbers on the adage of the city slicker who comes to town to take advantage of the old hillbilly. And the hillbilly always gets the last laugh. The jokes are different but over 50 years later, it still holds true."

Tim goes on to say, "We are one of the few shows that do an all new show each year. That means all new comedy, new music and even new costumes. And our show is completely live with some of the best singers and musicians in the country."

"The Baldknobbers show is entirely a group effort. Every cast member gets to put their stamp on our new show each year. The Baldknobbers don't have a star, the show is our star," Tim said.

Second generation Baldknobber and bandleader Brent Mabe says, "All of us play at least a couple of instruments and almost all of us sing---yep even the comedians. It is a pleasure to work with such a great group of professionals, but more than that we have lots of fun. We all love what we do and even if you're not related to us, you're still family!"

Longtime Baldknobbers' fans and new fans alike appreciate the Baldknobbers' family traditions. It's the great music and side-splitting comedy that have made this show popular from generation to generation. Come celebrate over 50 years of family fun with The Baldknobbers Jamboree!

The Baldknobbers Jamboree Show-"The Show That Started It All"-is located on the famed 76 Country Music Boulevard in Branson, Missouri, with performances Monday through Saturday at 8 PM beginning in March and running through mid-December. For tickets and to confirm show times and dates go to www.Baldknobbers.com or call toll free 800-998-8908.

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March 5 is Opening Night for Branson's First Show

March 1, 2010 (Branson, Missouri) - Friday night the curtain goes up on the 51st year of the show that started it all in Branson, The Baldknobbers.

Tim Mabe, the show's producer and comedian "Droopy Drawers, Jr." anchors the funniest comedy team in Branson of Stub Meadows and Hargus Marcel.

"We have added three new faces to the Baldknobbers stage. With the addition of Megan, Dean and Robbie to our already talented cast, this year's show will be lots of fun!"

New to the Baldknobbers stage is female vocalist, Megan McCombs, originally from Pella, Iowa, on steel guitar and dobro is Dean Holman and on drums is Robbie Blackwood. Go to The Cast page at Baldknobbers.com and find out more.

Tim goes on to say, "We are one of the few shows that do an all new show each year. That means all new comedy, new music and even new costumes. And our show is completely live with some of the best singers and musicians in the country."

Brothers Bill, Jim, Lyle and Bob Mabe began Branson's first live entertainment show in 1959 by mixing gospel, country, and blue-grass music with zany comedy. The original Baldknobbers Jamboree created the prototype for shows in what has become the live entertainment capital of the world.

Now over fifty years later, the Mabe Family continues their family legacy of great country music and hilarious comedy as the 2nd & 3rd generations carry on the family tradition of great country music and hilarious comedy. Six members of the Mabe family are joined by eleven other dynamic singers, musicians, comedians, and entertainers who perform your favorite Country Classics, Hot-New Country Hits, and Lots Side-Splitting Comedy. Life Magazine said, "Branson is the Baldknobbers!"

The Baldknobbers Jamboree Show is located on the famed 76 Country Music Boulevard in Branson, Missouri, with performances Monday through Saturday at 8 PM. For tickets call 800-998-8908 or www.Baldknobbers.com

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Friday, June 19, 2009

The Baldknobbers Announce Past Cast Party!

The Baldknobbers Jamboree, the legendary original Branson show is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in the Ozarks town that has become known as the "Live Music Show Capital."

On Friday June 19, the Baldknobbers are inviting the entertainers that have performed in their show over the past 50 years to their show for a special night.

"We have always talked about our Baldknobbers family and we want them to join us on a special night where we recognize them and say thank you for their part in our history," says Tim Mabe, producer, comedian and second generation.

"You would think that since the Baldknobbers have been performing for 50 years that the list of our past cast would be huge, but really it's not. My dad and uncles always had a great cast that continued to perform with the Baldknobbers for several years. Turnover has never been a problem," says Tim Mabe.


Tickets are available to the June 19, 2009 show. Fans who would like to be a part of this special night can call the box office or go on line to Baldknobbers.com.

"All of us are excited to see old friends," says Tim.

Join the Mabe family and the entire cast of the Baldknobbers for the year-long 50th Anniversary celebration in 2009. The Baldknobbers Jamboree Show-"The Show That Started It All"-is located on the famed 76 Country Music Boulevard in Branson, Missouri, with performances Monday through Saturday at 8 PM.

For tickets call 800-998-8908 or www.Baldknobbers.com

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

At The Baldknobbers, Branson's First Show, The Hillbilly Gets the Last Laugh!

In 1959 four brothers calling themselves The Baldknobbers began entertaining visitors to Branson, Missouri. They called their show the Baldknobbers Jamboree. Fifty years and four generations later, The Baldknobbers are still entertaining audiences with country music and their own distinctive brand of hillbilly humor.

Although the comedy evolves and routines change, there is always a common thread of what makes it work. Hillbilly humor encompasses universal subjects that everyone knows and experiences: happiness, sadness, love, marriage, car trouble...every aspect of daily life.

It was their hillbilly humor that first gave the Baldknobbers popular recognition outside of Branson. Baldknobbers co-founder Lyle Mabe's comic character "George Aggernite" did television commercials for Empire Gas, which aired at 6:12 PM, during the weather portion of the evening newscast. People from Springfield to Joplin and all over the Ozarks tuned in just to watch the hilarious commercials. Aggernite's rubbery face, his trouble with pronunciations, and other antics intrigued the audience. The commercials also featured takeoffs of television shows and other commercials, keeping it current and keeping the audience tuned in. Viewers became fans of The Baldknobbers even before they saw the show.

In 2009 Baldknobbers comedians are still adding to the merriment and high spirits that audiences enjoy at the show. Straight-man Bob Leftridge has fresh reactions every night to Stub Meadows's unbelievable stories and antics. And when "Droopy Drawers, Jr." and "Hargus Marcel" get in on the act, anything can happen, and often does. The band and vocalists don't escape the zinging comedy arrows either and seem equally surprised and entertained by the zany hi-jinx.

Tim Mabe, Droopy Drawers, Jr., is the son of Jim and Katie Mabe. The late Jim Mabe was one of the four founders and the original Droopy Drawers. Tim Mabe and other second- and third-generation Mabes are part of the 19-member cast of The Baldknobbers Jamboree. The show is an excellent mix of old and new country music, laced with a sidesplitting, generous dose of hillbilly humor.

Every brand of humor has various common themes. Understanding what makes people laugh, and why a particular subject or story is funny, is a talent, and one that has served this show well. The Baldknobbers brand of comedy touches something in everyone and has the unique ability to let people laugh at just about anything.

Some of America's favorite humor is physical and the Baldknobbers hillbilly humor scores big in this category. The wild outfits the comics wear contrast to the band's handsome jackets and the female vocalists' beaded and sequined dresses. Costume changes were certainly not part of the original show. Outlandish hats and shoes, oversized, too-short britches, crazy plaids mixed with bright patterns and too-long, too-wide ties are a perfect backdrop for Stub's rubbery-faced expressions and Hargus's sorrowful look as he relates his latest woes. The expressions on Droopy's face match his comic getup.

Longtime Baldknobbers fans and new fans alike appreciate the Baldknobbers' family traditions. Great music, excellent comedy, and honoring God and country make their show popular from generation to generation. Come celebrate 50 years of fun with The Baldknobbers Jamboree!

Join the Mabe family and the entire cast of the Baldknobbers for the year-long 50th Anniversary celebration in 2009. The Baldknobbers Jamboree Show-"The Show That Started It All"-is located on the famed 76 Country Music Boulevard in Branson, Missouri, with performances Monday through Saturday at 8 PM. For tickets call 800-998-8908 or www.Baldknobbers.com

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