CELEBRATE THE OZARKS: Ozarks Amphitheater

CAMDENTON, Mo. -- Nestled in the Ozark Mountains just outside of Camdenton sits the Ozark Amphitheater, built in the early 1990s. It opened in 1993, but fell on hard times early.

"We'll I've got to tell you, the line up they had that year was the 'who's who' in country music," recalled Mary Kay von Brendel, Director of Operations. "All of the up and comers and the charting artists. Unfortunately, they only made it to the first five shows."

Three of the first five shows were rained out. The venue closed.

The second owner of the venue went bankrupt. The venue closed once again.

The amphitheater was in danger of being bulldozed.

Then, the current owners bought it at auction in 2013.

The first show in the Ozarks Amphitheater after reopening - The Ozark Mountain Daredevils - came almost exactly five years ago.

Now the venue is bringing in county starts like Old Dominion, Granger Smith, Travis Tritt, and Alabama.

"Now that we have a firm footing here at the Lake of the Ozarks, we're actually able to branch off into other genres," von Brendel said.

Other genres with artists like Nelly, Wiz Khalifa, and Five Finger Death Punch, coming up on Tuesday.

That's their fastest selling show yet - likely being a sellout- on a weekday. They estimate that show will bring in nearly $1 million in local revenue.

"The summers are just going to keep getting better and better," von Brendel said.

There are a lot of plans in the works for the Ozarks Amphitheater, one of them being the ability to take down a fence that will open the venue from 6,500 fans up to a total of 10,222 people, and eventually including some lawn seating.

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