The Petersens: Branson’s Bluegrass Show

The Petersens are an award-winning bluegrass band from Branson, MO. They are in their seventh season of shows and currently perform at the Little Opry Theatre in the Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex. In 2015, the band received international attention when banjo player, Ellen Petersen, competed in the singing reality TV show, American Idol, and placed in the top 48. The family has toured throughout the United States, Canada, and is set to take their second international tour to Ireland in July. Audiences will be entertained as the band performs bluegrass standards, gospel favorites, and are sure to laugh at the sibling humor on stage. The intimate setting of the Little Opry Theatre and The Petersens are sure to make any audience feel like a part of the family.

Winter Update: Lots of Changes for The Petersens

It’s Show Time!

We are so excited to be back in the Little Opry Theatre after a restful winter break and have lots of things we want to update y’all with for this upcoming season. We spent a majority of our time off working on our next album (more to come on that later) and learning new songs for the show. We are bringing back several of last year’s favorite numbers like Julianne’s version of Fields of Gold, but I think you will really enjoy our new additions.

The Return of Kardboard Katie

A big challenge we will face this Spring is Katie being absent as she moves to Nicaragua for three months for an internship through our church, FBC Branson. Although we are thrilled for her and the opportunity she will have to use her Spanish degree and music gifts to teach the local children, we will miss her dearly. A lot of you probably remember this isn’t the first time Katie has taken a semester off to live overseas. In the fall of 2015 Katie moved to Oxford, England to study theology of the Psalms and C.S. Lewis through Summit Oxford. Before she left we ordered an *almost* life size cardboard cutout of her but never thought we would have to use it again until now! Thankfully, Julianne is also a talented fiddle player and we have the always trusty Get It Mama to join us back on stage with her mandolin. Of course, you all know this means most of the emcee work will fall back on Matt so we would appreciate some extra prayer…

In other news, we have received numerous requests via social media for our dogs (pictured below) to be added to the show, but we haven’t reached that level of desperation quite yet. Stay tuned haha

Come see us Saturdays at 7 PM through the end of the February. I promise you will have lots of laughs and hear some good ol’ bluegrass and gospel music.


A Bluegrass Christmas


Christmas is in full swing in Branson and we are thrilled to join in the festivities with our bluegrass Christmas show! The first half of our show still has all the bluegrass favorites, but the second half has all new Christmas material that we were thrilled to debut last Sunday. We have added standards like Silent Night and Joy to the World as well as some great bluegrass Christmas songs like Santa Train by the great Patty Loveless. We will only have four Christmas shows at the Little Opry, but we have added some extra tour dates out of town in Osage Beach, Bowling Green, and Pella, Iowa. As some of you know Ellen has been working on her MBA at Missouri State and as a project for a management class she had the band work up Joy to the World to post on YouTube.

Sitting by the fire place practicing for our Christmas show


We have loved adding all these classic songs to the show and hope you get the chance to come see us at the Little Opry Theatre!

The Petersens are Listed on TripAdvisor!

This year we have really been working hard to promote our Branson show at the Little Opry Theatre. We are so thankful to have a steady job (as musicians that is no easy feat) and the intimacy that the Little Opry provides is unmatched in Branson, MO. We were recently listed on TripAdvisor as an attraction and started out as #395 out of #384 (not even sure how that is possible hahahaha). The last time I checked the concerts and shows category we were #61 out of #158! We greatly appreciate everyone taking the time to rate us and if you haven’t already done so click HERE and help us out.


The Petersens Travel to Canada

As many of you can imagine, us Petersen siblings stay pretty busy. Between a minimum of four shows a week, high school, college, grad school, and working at our schools (yay for free tuition and no school debt!) we don’t have a lot of time that’s not strictly scheduled out. Four years ago we started doing this thing we called the #sibtrip. The #sibtrip is a vacation for the siblings that has absolutely no agenda. We take ourhammocks, instruments, and a map and drive wherever we feel like for a week. We have ended up in Ohio for some roller coasters at Cedar Point, we have busked on the streets of View more →

Show Coupon


Coming to the Little Opry?

We would love to have you come to our show at the Little Opry and as a special gift for visiting our website we have a coupon for you! Simply show this image to the ticket counter in the Branson IMAX and they will give you $3 off your ticket. It’s that easy. 

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