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Branson could definitely use some more nightlife. They have live bands at the club Ain't Misbehavin', but it shuts down in December. The Outback Pub has a lot of different beers and live bands on Friday and Saturday. If you are looking for karaoke, the Hillbilly Inn has it.
On Saturday nights(late), the Ain't Misbehavin' stage thrums with the incredible upbeat music of the must see Bucky Heard and the Horndawgs, a band comprising 10 of Branson's most talents performers from five different shows. Lead singer the rising star Bucky Heard, one of the most gifted male vocalists of all times, is well known for his superb impersonation of one of the Blues Brothers in the "Legends" show, also one of Branson's finest shows.
Bucky Heard's superb 10 piece band is led by the world-class Branson Show Boat Belle trumpeter Jon Trimble one of the finest lead trumpet players in the world, well known amongst trumpet players for his powerful lead trumpet playing and extreme trumpet high notes. Jon's grandfather played the trombone in the Lawrence Welk band, and his father played in Buddy Rich's band. On the sax is the wonderfully talented Marvin Short.
Bucky and the Horn Dawgs once opened for the legendary B.B.King.