Typically known for live music from a healthy regional band scene, some big name entertainment is hitting the Lake of the Ozarks for Memorial weekend. Catch Dwight Yoakam at Ozarks Amphitheater or Matt Stillwell at Bear Bottom Resort.

Typically known for live music from a healthy regional band scene, some big name entertainment is hitting the Lake of the Ozarks for Memorial weekend. Catch Dwight Yoakam at Ozarks Amphitheater or Matt Stillwell at Bear Bottom Resort.

In Sunrise Beach Sunday, May 28, Stillwell will be helping the popular lakefront bar, restaurant and resort of Bear Bottom kickoff its summer season with some rocking country.

“It’s what I do for a living. We have a good time, and I guess that’s why I keep getting asked to come back,” said Stillwell, who is also friends with Bear Bottom owner Matt Sutcliffe.

Sutcliffe has gone on the road with the singer as production manager and DJ. This is Stillwell’s third time opening the season for Bear Bottom Resort. Stillwell enjoys coming to the Lake of the Ozarks for the concert.

“It’s a very cool, beautiful place. Even before I met Matt, I used to play at Aquapalooza. So I’ve been out there a few times. The lake, especially on a holiday weekend, everybody is ready to have fun and it’s always a good time,” he said.

Stillwell has built his career on live shows, and it shows in his performances.

“The songs begin everything, but I like to have fun. My number 1 job is to entertain, and that’s my priority,” he said.

Stillwell has a popular new single out, “I’ve Still Got Your Heart” and his song, “Hey, Dad” is another well-known hit from the independent country music artist.

The band Kricket Alley will be playing at Bear Bottom Resort Memorial weekend as well. Check them out from 7-11 p.m. Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27. On Sunday, Kricket Alley will perform from 6-9:30 p.m. One of Bear Bottom’s amazing firework displays - Sutcliffe is also a pyrotechnic expert - will begin at 9:45, then Stillwell will take the stage at 10.

On May 28, Yoakam is bringing his Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars Tour to Camdenton’s outdoor Ozarks Amphitheater. The legendary California country music artist will bring an innovative blend of bluegrass and rock to the stage, remaking his own “Guitars, Cadillacs” song as well as Prince’s “Purple Rain.”

According to a description from Yoakam, the music is “that hybrid expression of a journey — and it’s the American journey. It’s the Dust Bowl ‘30s era blowing colloquial music out to California with all the Okie/Arkie/Texan migrants. Folks from Kansas and Nebraska and the plains all ended up out here and brought with ‘em their cultural elements. Without that, you don’t have Buck Owens out here, and you don’t have Merle Haggard, perhaps, in the way that we knew him.”

Frankie Ballard and John Henry will be special guests opening for Yoakam. Ballard is a country singer-songwriter known for the songs, “Sunshine & Whiskey” and “Young & Crazy.”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with showtime at 7:30.

Ozarks Amphitheater has also designated the concert “Bob White Night” in memory of the recently-passed executive director of Share the Harvest Food Pantry. White was active in several other non-profits in the community as well, and the amphitheater is donating a portion of pre-show ticket proceeds to the pantry, and will be accepting food donations the evening of the show.