This week in Monett: At Mocha Jo's coffee café, Austin McClean and Dane Swanger will play acoustic music at 7 p.m. on Friday. The Christian Writers Guild will meet at 6:30 p.m. on July 26.
At Denali Dreams, 315 E. Broadway, there will be open mike at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Outstanding performers have a chance for a later booking.
This week in Springfield: Country music star Sara Evans will perform with Lee Brice, The JaneDear Girls, Noe Palma, Thompson Square and Liz Moriondo at the KTTS Summer Fest Concert at 6 p.m. Friday at Sunderland Field at Drury University. Tickets are $29.50.
Frontier Days will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, 3825 W. Farm Road 146.
The second annual Butterfly Festival will be held at the Nathanael Greene-Close Memorial Park, opening at 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.
The Skinny Improv Comedy Theater performs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at 301 E. Park Central, on the main stage. Tickets are $12.
This week at the Outland Ballroom, 326 South Ave., will be Kids at the Bar on Friday; Troy, Sidewise, Signum AD and Ghost in the Machine on Saturday; and the Culprit, Assembly Line Gods and Motherstar on July 28.
At the Stained Glass Theatre, 1996 W. Evangel in Ozark, "A.D.: The Musical" runs to Aug. 28.
At the Black Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Lampe, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers perform with banjo master Earl Scruggs and Rhonda Vincent at 7 p.m. on July 28. Tickets are $39.95 to $64.95.
This week in northwest Ark.: An IPBR Rodeo will be held Friday and Saturday in Huntsville.
At the Walton Arts Center, 495 Dickson St. in Fayetteville, the 17-piece Fayetteville Jazz Collective orchestra with vocalist Tom Tiratto perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. A touring show of the Disney musical "Beauty and the Beast" runs July 27 to Aug. 8. Shows are at 7 p.m. weekdays and Sundays, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $39 to $47.
This week at George's Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson in Fayetteville, will be Big Smith and the Nace Brothers on Friday; A Good Fight on Saturday; Jeff Kearney on Sunday; and Saving Abel on July 27.
At the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, 4703 N. Crossover Road in Fayetteville, the family-oriented Firefly Fling will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Activities for children and water play are planned.
The Northwest Arkansas Jazz Ensemble performs as part of the Orchards Park summer concert series at 7 p.m. on Friday in Bentonville at NE J St. and John DeShields Blvd.
Triathalon competition is planned for Saturday at Memorial Park in Bentonville and Sunday at Horseshoe Bend in Rogers, all part of Shark Fest 4. For more information call 479-254-9190.
The third annual Nash Back at Ya Car Show will be held Saturday in downtown Rogers, in the parking lot for Mazzio's and Andy's Frozen Custard.
The Race of Faith Cowboy Challenge, an obstacle course for horses and riders, will be held Saturday and Sunday at 1735 Clark St. in Pea Ridge, north of the old high school. For more information, call 479-957-4133.
The fifth annual Renagade Rally for Cruiser Scooters will be held July 28 to Aug. 1 in Eureka Springs.
Bluegrass Weekend at Country Heritage Music, 134 W. Main in Clarksville, east of Fort Smith, will feature Vida Brooks, Hi Mountain Bluegrass and I-35 Express on Friday; I-35 Express and the Flinthill Ramblers on Saturday; and the Tumblesons and the Birdsong family on Sunday. Information is at 479-754-4604.
This week in Joplin: The Missouri Southern State University Choral Society Summer Concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the First Community Church, 15th and Connecticut.
The Music in the Park series at Landreth Park continues with Offset Sunset performing at 6 p.m. on Sunday.
In Neosho, the Missouri Renaissance Festival will run Saturday and Sunday in Morse Park. Activities start at 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Admission is $5. For more information, call 918-244-1886.
A car and bike cruise-in is planned for the Neosho square Saturday, beginning at 4 p.m.
"Steel Magnolias" will be presented by the theatre department at Crowder College in Neosho at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Elsie Plaster Auditorium on the Crowder College campus. Tickets are $6.
This week at Downstream Casino, west of Joplin, will be the band Mr. Lucky on Friday and Saturday, and Mojo Theory on Saturday. Both play blues and rock.
This week in Miami, Okla.: Jackson Taylor performs on Friday at Buffalo Run Casino.
This week in Tulsa, Okla.: At the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St., British composer Henry Purcell's opera "Dido and Aeneas will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday in the John H. Williams Theatre. Tickets are $15. Alan Ayckbourn's play "Garden" will be presented through Sunday in the Charles Norman Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Ayckbourn's companion play "House" is offered at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in the Liddy Doenges Theatre.
At the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver, Rascal Flatts and Kellie Pickler are performing at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are $49.50 to $99.
This week at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, will be the New Pornographers, the Dodos and Imaad Wasif on Sunday; and Easton Corbin with Troy Olsen on July 29.
In Bristow, south of Tulsa, the ACRA/IPRA Western Days Rodeo will be held Friday and Saturday.
This week in Kansas City: On Friday, Devo performs with Ben Folds, Silversun Pickups, Against Me and the Crash Kings at the summer concert series at the City Market, 20 E. 5th St., at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, Paul McCartney performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Sprint Center, 1100 Walnut. Yallapalooza, the country music tour showcasing Clay Walker, Little Big Town, Jack Ingram, Eli Young Band, Colt Ford and Laura Bell will be at the Sandstone Amphitheater in Cap Fed Park in Bonner Springs, Kan. Music starts at 3 p.m.
Chamber music in the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music summerfest series continues will include Schubert's "Trout Quintet" and Hindemith's Kammermusik for winds at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the school's White Recital Hall, 4949 Cherry, and at 5 p.m. on Sunday at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 13th and Holmes.
The musical "Dreamgirls" will be given at 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Starlight Theatre in Swope Park.
The musical "Lucky Duck," by the composer of "Dreamgirls," runs through Aug. 8 at the Coterie Theatre in Crown Center, Grand at Pershing Road.
"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" opens Friday and runs through Aug. 22 at the American Heartland Theatre, 2450 Grand Blvd. in Crown Center.
Justin Bieber performs on July 28 at the Sprint Center.
This week in Columbia: The Boone County Fair continues through July 31.
The Maplewood Barn Theatre in Nifong Park presents Shakespeare's "Othello" Friday through Sunday and again next weekend.
The Show-Me State Games conclude on Sunday.
This week in St. Louis: On Friday, the Summer Concert series at Soldiers Memorial Park downtown continues with Sara Bareilles at 8 p.m. Kings of Leon play at 7:30 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan perform at the Lumiere Place Theatre, 999 N. 2nd St. Peter Case plays at the Off Broadway Theatre, 3509 Lemp Ave. Michael McDonald performs at the Touhill Center on the University of Missouri campus.
On Saturday, the Summer Concert series at Soldiers Memorial Park downtown with Silversun Pickups and Against Me at 8 p.m.
On Sunday, Sugarland, Little Big Town and Danny Gokey play at the Verizon Amphitheatre at 7:30 p.m.
The Schlafly Tap Room , 2100 Locust St., hosts its Belgian Beer and Mussel Mania festival Friday opening at 5 p.m. and Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.
The Greater St. Louis Iris Society will have its show Saturday and Sunday at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
"The Sound of Music" will be presented at the Muny in Forest Park on July 26 to Aug. 1. Shows are at 8:15 p.m.
The St. Louis Shakespeare Festival continues with "Taming of the Shrew" at the Grandel Theatre in Grand Center at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
On July 29, the Kevin Eubanks band plays at 7 p.m. at the Casino Queen, 200 S. Front St. in East St. Louis.
At the Pageant, 6161 Delmar, As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried and Me, Blessthefall, the Acadia Strain Architects, Cancer Bats and War of Ages perform on Sunday.
42nd annual Brumley Gospel Sing Aug 4-7
The 42nd annual Albert E. Brumley Gospel Sing, billed as "the largest summer gospel music festival in the world," returns to the Cowan Civic Center in Lebanon Aug. 4 to Aug. 7. More than 30 full-time artists are booked to perform.
The Booth brothers, Dailey and Vincent, Dix Echoes, the McKameys, the Inspirations, Aaron Wilburn, the Isaacs, the Dove brothers, the Perrys, Greater Vision, Mark Bishop, the Chuck Wagon Gang and Jeff and Sheri Easter are some of the major acts that will perform.
Concerts are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Aug. 4 and Aug. 5; 1 and 7 p.m. on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7. A four-night reserved seat package is available for $70. General admission is $15 per concert.
The Cowan Center is located on the Interstate 44 Business Loop in Lebanon.
For more information, call 800-435-3725.
Ozark Empire Fair shows
Tickets are now available for grandstand concerts that will be offered during the Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield.
The fair opens on July 30 and runs continuously through two weekends. The year's theme is "Rock, Roll and Ride."
Concerts will run throughout the fair. The schedule includes:
* July 30: Molly Hatchet, the Marshall Tucker Band and the Atlanta Rhythm Section at 7 p.m.
* Aug. 1: Rodney Atkins and Gloriana at 7 p.m.
* Aug. 2: Ernie Haase and Signature Sound at 8 p.m.
* Aug. 3: Kellie Pickler at 8 p.m.
* Aug. 4: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts at 8 p.m.
* Aug. 5: Finger Eleven at 8 p.m.
Admission to the grandstand concerts comes with the price of gate admission.
The final weekend of the fair will have truck and tractor pulls on Aug. 6 and 7, starting at 6 p.m. each evening. Closing day on Aug. 8 will feature a demolition derby at 1 p.m.
For more information, call 417-833-4FUN(4386).
Several local groups to perform at Barry Co. Museum this weekend
By Lindsay Reed
The Barry County Museum will offer a wide variety of musical entertainment this weekend. A pair of local family bands and a community group will take the stage on Friday night, and Irish musicians and several other area performers will entertain community members on Saturday night.
Wilderness Road, of Cassville, will take the stage at 6 p.m. on July 23. The group includes Kevin Cantwell, his wife, Lori, and their sons, Cody and Chase. James Savage, Lori's father, also performs with the group.
Southern Raised, of Hurley, which will perform at 6:45 and 8:15 p.m., will follow Wilderness Road. The four-member sibling group will perform traditional gospel and bluegrass music.
The Republic Community Band, which features musicians from Republic, Springfield, Bolivar, Monett and Cassville, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The band, which performs marches, classical pieces, show tunes, ragtime and novelty tunes, consists of around 40 musicians who range in age from high school students to retirees.
Boy Scout Troop #76 will provide concessions during all of the performances. Mindi Artherton, Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, will serve as master of ceremonies for the evening.
The McSwains, who perform traditional Irish tunes, will take the stage at 6 p.m. on July 24. The group, which has been playing together for a decade, will perform several jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas and traditional Irish songs and ballads.
Cassville favorites Tradewinds will follow The McSwains, performing at 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.
Landon Younge and Charlie Brown will also entertain audience members at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night.
Younge, who has opened for Buddy Jewell and Dierks Bently, placed second in the Colgate Country Showdown in Branson last year. He has been a musician for around 22 years. Brown is a self-taught pianist and trombonist with over 20 years of experience.
Exeter High School Project Graduation will provide concessions for the evening. Jim Craig, Radio Shack owner and New Harmonies Committee member, will serve as master of ceremonies for all three performances.
Gospel performers the Hilburn Family, New Site Praise Team and Journey On will entertain area residents from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 25. This will be the museum's final gospel performance.
The museum will also conclude six weeks of informances and children's programs next week. Dale Reed will offer a live broadcast of his radio show from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27, and fiddle maker Arnold Layne will entertain area children from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 29.
The Butterfield Stagecoach will visit the Barry County Museum on July 29. The stagecoach will be on display from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m.
Admission is free for all performances and programs. Community members who attend any of the performances or programs will be encouraged to take a free tour of the New Harmonies exhibit, which is open seven days a week.
The Barry County Museum is located on Highway 112 south of Cassville. More information can be accessed at www.barrycomuseum.org.