(D&D Little Branson)
(Johnson Community Building)
(Mtn. Grove School)
(Manes Music Makers)
(North Town Mall)
Webster Co. Opry
Competitions and Festivals:
Branson Fiddle Contest, Compton Ridge, and Ozarks
Ava and Ebenezer
Manes Music Makers
Every Friday Evening
The musical gathering, held in a building
originally homesteaded by the ancestors of the current owners,
began in 1983. Weekly picking sessions on the porch eventually
grew until the house interior was rebuilt into a small auditorium
with a stage. Musicians gather in a semicircle on stage
and alternate singing before a listening audience. Ozarks
folk music, country music, gospel music, original songs, and
ragtime piano music are featured.
|Directions from Springfield: drive east on I-44
for 23 miles; get off at exis number 100 and turn right onto MO-38;
after .7 miles turn right onto MO-OO into Marshfield; MO OO becomes
MO-38; go straight unto MO-CC and drive 6.5 miles; turn right on
MO-M and drive 15.6 miles; MO-M become MO-H; drive 15 more miles
to Manes; turn right on 95 and look for signs on the right [See
map]. Photographs are from July 14, 2000.
||A hand-painted sign tells drivers where Manes Music
Makers is held every Friday night.
||The performance is similar to an opry in that performers
are on a stage playing to an audience, but the musicians alternate
singing as with a jam, and anyone who shows up can perform. On
this particular performance so many musicians came, the organizers
cleared the stage once and allowed other performers to play.
||While country and gospel music is featured, the jam
session includes music as diverse as Ozarks old-time fiddle tunes
and ragtime piano music.
||A small dance floor has been built to accommodate
those who want to jig dance or, in this case, to boogie to the
sounds of the ragtime piano.