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      Music thrives at the Lake of the Ozarks

      The music scene has been a growing component of the Lake of the Ozarks atmosphere.

      In books like Dwight Weaver's History and Geography of the Lake of the Ozarks, t he area was known to have some live music as early as the1930s and '40s. By the '50s, Lee Mace and the First Ozark Opry Group surfaced in the area.

      Now there are stage shows performed at the Main Street music hall, and live music offered in almost every local establishment.

      If you have visited the Lake area over the last 30 years, you may have seen Dale Blue, the infamous barefoot singer.

      Dale Blue was born and raised at the Lake of the Ozarks and has seen the music scene change In the last 15 years.

      "There used to be just a few bars to hear music in, mainly country bars in Osage Beach," he said.

      When it comes to the music in the Lake area, Dale said, "There are some great musicians here. And some great bands that come here from out of town."

      Local, regional and national acts have been seen on the Toad Cove stage, which is now part of a new complex known as Camden on the Lake.

      Nicole Kever, the director of sales for Camden on the Lake, said â??Years ago when it was the Horny Toad, they had great bands such as the Little River band, Stick, 38 Special, and Willie Nelson. We are very excited this year to have some of those acts back with us and another big name we are working on for July 4th weekend as well."

      Not to mention last year St. Louis rapper Nelly, Techn9ne and Lil Jon hit the H. Toads stage.

      There are several venues for live music in the Lake region today.

      For instance, a beautiful amphitheater stands in Camdenton. The Lake Ozarks Amphitheater is the largest outdoor venue in Missouri, rivaling the famous entertainment theaters in nearby Branson, with a certified capacity of up to 20,000. For years it has been a destination venue to hear rock and country legends including Garth Brooks, Hank William Jr., Tim McGraw and countless music and entertainment festivals of all genres.

      Dale Blue noted it is "people" that keep the music alive in the Lake area.

      â??It's the people," he said. "The people that come to my shows, they love the Lake of the Ozarks. Mainly for the Lake but for the music, bars and great activities we have here.â??

      There is currently no end in sight for the growing music scene at the Lake of the Ozarks.