Master of Ceremonies, Producer & General Manager
Mike Patrick has been a part of the Branson show business scene for more than 25 years and is one of the most respected and admired producers and performers in the area. A native of Nixa, Mike always knew he wanted to be in entertainment. “First off, I was always in love with Branson, and I knew I wanted to be a part of that.”
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications Management from Missouri State University, Mike hit the Branson entertainment scene hard, becoming a part of one of Branson’s founding shows, the Foggy River Boys and the Max Bacon Family, where he performed for more than 20 years. Mike also spent 17 years with Silver Dollar City, producing shows and events like the Great American Music Festival, National Kids Festival, Southern Gospel Nights national television broadcast, and Old Time Christmas Festival.
In 2003, he joined Grand Country as General Manager of Grand Country Music Hall where his Silver Dollar City experience came in handy in putting some of Branson’s most popular shows together. “I hire people for their talent first, but then I like to get to know them on a personal level which ultimately helps to showcase their talent to the fullest,” he said. “I’m a long-term relationship kind of person, so that’s why so many of our folks have been here over a decade. I prefer a handshake over a contract.”
In addition to being the General Manager, Mike also handles marketing and is the executive producer for all theatre productions. He is the reigning Emcee of the Year, as awarded by Branson Show Awards, was inducted into the Nixa Academic Hall of Fame in 2004, and presented with the 2014 Pioneer Award from the Branson Terry Awards. “I’ve had a lot of luck and made the most of some great opportunities,” Mike said. “It’s surreal for me to look back at numerous folks who were my heroes when I was a kid, are now my friends, co-workers or contemporaries.”
Mike is a member of Riverdale Baptist Church in Nixa, a member of the Branson Moose Lodge #2962, a Master Mason with the Branson Masonic Lodge #587, and a member of the Southwest Missouri Abou Ben Adhem Shrine, and the Taney County Shrine Club. Table Rock Lake and aviation are his favorite hobbies on a day off, and being dad to his Cornish Rex cat, Jill.
Birthday: May 17
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Food: Mr. G’s, Shogun’s Japanese Steakhouse and Donel’s Kitchen
Favorite Entertainers: Mickey Gilley, Porter & Dolly and Jerry Lee Lewis
Favorite Song: I Will Always Love You and Sheltered In The Arms Of God
Favorite TV Show: Branson Country USA and Fox News