Fans of the NBC show “America’s Got Talent” might recognize one of the acts scheduled to appear at Silver Dollar City later this week.
The Baker Family, who won the 2016 KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest at Silver Dollar City, advanced to the Judge Cuts portion of last summer’s competition, which features acts from around the globe competing to win $1 million and the opportunity to headline a live show in Las Vegas.
They will perform a total of 12 shows in The House of BBQ on May 26, 27 and 28, the final three days of the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival. It’s a bit of a homecoming for the band from Birch Tree, Missouri, as one of their Silver Dollar City shows helped them land the spot on national television.
An America’s Got Talent representative initially invited The Baker Family to audition for the show after seeing a video of one of their on-park performances. It had been uploaded to YouTube by Entertainment & Events Manager D.A. Callaway, who coordinates the Bluegrass and BBQ Festival.
While their initial audition was not televised, The Baker Family performed a cover of the Bobby Darin classic “Splish Splash” – the same song that helped them secure the grand prize of the KSMU contest at Silver Dollar City. At least three judges voted “Yes” and sent them through to the next round. They were one of 20 acts whose performances appeared on the July 18 telecast.
The family performed “Stuck Like Glue” on the Judge Cuts episode before a panel that included Simon Cowell, Mel Brown, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and special guest judge Chris Hardwick.
They were not one of the seven acts from that telecast that was selected to advance to the next round of the competition, live broadcasts from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Two weeks after their performance aired in prime time, The Baker Family was back entertaining Silver Dollar City’s guests, performing four shows a day at the Gazebo from Aug. 1-3. Siblings Carina (vocals, mandolin), Elijah (bass) and Trustin (fiddle) joined mother Carrie (guitar) and Hunter Motts (banjo) and wowed guests with their soulful mix of bluegrass, gospel and classic country.
This will be The Baker Family’s first shows at Silver Dollar City since those performances last August. They will perform daily at 2:15, 3:00, 3:45 and 4:30pm, with 15-minute breaks between sets.
Coincidentally, May 26 is also the date of the 2018 KSMU Youth In Bluegrass Band Contest. Nineteen bands from 12 states will compete for a $1,500 top prize beginning at 10:30 in the Opera House. All Bluegrass & BBQ performances, including the contest, are free with park admission.