Branson, Missouri Superstars Perform Free Concerts

Posted date : Feb 16, 1999.Back to list

Palm Springs, California: On February 20, 1999, the superstars of Branson, Missouri will perform throughout the afternoon at the Palm Springs Convention Center much to the delight of Canadian snowbirds and American winter residents in attendance.

"California Snowbird Extravaganza, now in its second year, has quickly become the benchmark for other 'mature lifestyle' events," says President of Medipac International producers of the show. "We utilize the formula of Information, Education and Entertainment. This Saturday, Congresswoman Mary Bono will open our show and deliver an address winter residents are an integral part of the Palm Springs community, and we're honoured to have Congresswoman Bono join us to acknowledge that fact. The Canadian Snowbird Association's president, Bob Jackson will keep the Canadians in the audience up to date on the Association's government initiatives. Medipac's out-of-country insurance will be profiled and, of course, the main event, the Branson entertainers will take the stage."

Among the performers scheduled to appear will be two-time Grammy nominee Barbara Fairchild. Barbara will be joined by her band and variety show cast of characters. Branson favourite Mike Radford weaves a unique blend of music and humour to take Extravaganza's guests on a nostalgic trip back in time to the days of their grandparents. The epic musical "The Promise," based on the life of Jesus, has garnered rave reviews and Randy Brooks, star of the show will make a special appearance at 2:20 p.m. Master of Ceremonies, Ronnie Prophet and his wife, Glory-Anne round out the entertainment roster both Ronnie and Glory-Anne are Canadian music award winners, Ronnie the recipient of the Juno Award (Canada's Grammy).

California Snowbird Extravaganza is the first 'western leg' of the tour, to be followed by shows on March 9 in McAllen, Texas and on March 14, in Tempe, Arizona. The original event in Tampa, Florida has just celebrated its fifth anniversary with attendance this past January exceeding 80,000 people.

"California Snowbird Extravaganza begins at noon, with events running continuously throughout the day.  Aside from a nominal parking fee, the entire day is free of charge. Extravaganza is our way of getting information of interest directly to Canadian snowbirds and American winter residents right at the source. For those who winter away for up to six months of the year, it's our way of bringing a little "home" to them here in California."

California Snowbird Extravaganza takes place on Saturday, February 20, 1999 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The event begins at noon, with performances and speakers throughout the afternoon. Admission is free, parking is $4.