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Available for free and hosted by best-selling author Michael Perry, Tent Show Radio is a weekly one-hour radio program showcasing the best live recordings from acclaimed music acts and entertainers who grace the Big Top Chautauqua stage.

Available for free and hosted by best-selling author Michael Perry, Tent Show Radio is a weekly one-hour radio program showcasing the best live recordings from acclaimed music acts and entertainers who grace the Big Top Chautauqua stage.

Location:

Washburn, WI

Description:

Available for free and hosted by best-selling author Michael Perry, Tent Show Radio is a weekly one-hour radio program showcasing the best live recordings from acclaimed music acts and entertainers who grace the Big Top Chautauqua stage.

Language:

English

Contact:

Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua PO Box 455 101 West Bayfield Street - Washburn, WI 54891 715-373-5552


Episodes

Cloud Cult and Charlie Parr | Episode 22-46

11/12/2022
This week on Tent Show Radio, enjoy the distinctive artistry of Minnesota songwriters and musicians Cloud Cult and Charlie Parr. Known for incorporating live painting into their performances, Cloud Cult’s experimental style, philosophical lyrics, and alternative-orchestral-folk-rock sound has been lauded by critics and has garnered a dedicated following. With a sound deeply tied to the blues and folk traditions of an earlier era, Charlie Parr’s boundary-pushing roots music showcases...

Duration:00:58:59

Gaelic Storm | Episode 22-45

11/5/2022
This week on Tent Show Radio, enjoy an electric episode from the archives featuring multi-national Celtic juggernaut Gaelic Storm. Since forming in 1997, Gaelic Storm has risen from hometown pub performers to a world-famous touring and recording act that continues to grow stronger with each live performance. The band’s first major career breakthrough came with their appearance in the 1997 Blockbuster Film Titanic as the “steerage band” where they performed “Irish Party in Third Class.”...

Duration:00:59:01

Steve Earle & The Dukes / Episode 22-44

10/29/2022
This week on Tent Show Radio, enjoy a high-voltage hour featuring the rough-neck poetics of troubadour Steve Earle and The Dukes. He has run a lot of roads and run ragged, but the singer-songwriter has never run out of things to say or songs to sing. Over the course of twenty studio albums, Earle has distinguished himself as a master storyteller, and his songs have been recorded by a vast array of artists, including Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, the Pretenders,...

Duration:00:59:01

Dear Earth: A Love Song-Letter of Hope | Episode 22-43

10/22/2022
This week on Tent Show Radio, we celebrate Earth Day, with performances from the Big Top Chautauqua original show Dear Earth: A Love Song - Letter of Hope. This episode features our very own Blue Canvas Orchestra musicians and singers as they perform original songs and sentiments that celebrate the planet we all call home. Created by Ed Willet & Betty Ferris, Dear Earth: A Love Song-Letter of Hope pulls original music from the deep, creative well of BCO songwriters and ignites the Blue...

Duration:00:59:01

Buffy Sainte-Marie - Part Two | Episode 22-42

10/15/2022
This week on Tent Show Radio, enjoy a very special two-part episode from the archives. Enjoy electric folk-rock from the powerful, unyielding, and ultimately uplifting Buffy Sainte-Marie, as she performs tunes from across her career. Since her groundbreaking debut, 1964’s It’s My Way!, the Cree singer-songwriter has been a trailblazer and a tireless advocate, an innovative artist, and a disruptor of the status quo. Sainte-Marie has spent her whole life creating, and her artistry,...

Duration:00:59:00

Buffy Sainte-Marie - Part One | Episode 22-41

10/8/2022
This week on Tent Show Radio, enjoy a very special two-part episode from the archives. Enjoy electric folk-rock from the powerful, unyielding, and ultimately uplifting Buffy Sainte-Marie, as she performs tunes from across her career. Since her groundbreaking debut, 1964’s It’s My Way!, the Cree singer-songwriter has been a trailblazer and a tireless advocate, an innovative artist, and a disruptor of the status quo. Sainte-Marie has spent her whole life creating, and her artistry,...

Duration:00:59:01

The Mavericks - Part Two | Episode 22-40

10/1/2022
Relive an electric night under the tent in this special two-part episode of Tent Show Radio, featuring Grammy award-winning country-rock band The Mavericks. Founded in 1989 in Miami, Florida, The Mavericks - revered for their unique sound that fuses Tex-Mex, neotraditional country, Latin, and rockabilly influences - became one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful groups of the early 1990s with culture-crossing hits like “What A Crying Shame” and “All You Ever Do Is...

Duration:00:58:59

The Mavericks - Part One | Episode 22-39

9/24/2022
Relive an electric night under the tent in this special two-part episode of Tent Show Radio, featuring Grammy award-winning country-rock band The Mavericks. Founded in 1989 in Miami, Florida, The Mavericks - revered for their unique sound that fuses Tex-Mex, neotraditional country, Latin, and rockabilly influences - became one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful groups of the early 1990s with culture-crossing hits like “What A Crying Shame” and “All You Ever Do Is...

Duration:00:58:57

John Hiatt with the Jerry Douglas Band | Episode 22-38

9/17/2022
Relive the night the two legendary musicians came together for an unforgettable performance on this week's episode of Tent Show Radio. Master lyricist and musician John Hiatt is revered for delivering songs filled with tales of redemption, relationships, and surrendering on his own terms. With a sound based in acoustic blues, rock, and American roots music, Hiatt’s songs have been recorded by the likes of Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, and more. 14-time Grammy award winner Jerry Douglas is a...

Duration:00:58:59

Joyann Parker Band | Episode 22-37

9/16/2022
Enjoy a soulful hour of Tent Show Radio featuring performances from the Joyann Parker Band. A northern Wisconsin native Parker, like many artists, discovered her love of music at a very young age. She harnessed her talents in the Baptist church and as a young adult built a solid foundation of music theory and technique as she pursued a degree in music education. While the multifaceted and versatile performer found her authentic voice later in life, she has created her inimitable blend of...

Duration:00:58:58

Warren Nelson & Friends | Episode 22-36

9/3/2022
Enjoy an hour of stirring performances from Big Top Chautauqua Founder Warren Nelson featuring the Blue Canvas Orchestra and additional special guests on this week’s episode of Tent Show Radio. Long admired for his songwriting, script works, and stage presence, the musician and entertainer has been performing since thelate 1960’s. After forming the Lost Nation String Band alongside the late Don Pavel, Nelson moved to northern Wisconsin’s Bayfield Peninsula where he founded Lake Superior Big...

Duration:00:58:54

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band | Episode 22-35

8/27/2022
This weekend on Tent Show Radio, savor the return of legendary country-rock group Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, with a look back on their 2021 performance at Big Top Chautauqua. This episode features performances of Bob Dylan’s “You Ain’t Going Nowhere,” “Buy For Me The Rain,” Bob Dylan’s “You Ain’t Going Nowhere,” John Prine’s “Grandpa Was A Carpenter,” “Fishin’ In The Dark,” and “Mr. Bojangles.” Originally founded in 1965 as a small jug band, by 1969 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band had become a...

Duration:00:58:56

Tin Can Gin & Molly and The Danger Band | Episode 22-34

8/20/2022
This week on Tent Show Radio: Enjoy an hour featuring fast-paced upbeat tunes from alternative Bluegrass string band Tin Can Gin, then Molly & The Danger Band present a unique musical cocktail of American roots music. Tin Can Gin was launched in Duluth, MN in 2011 by childhood pals Harrison Olk and Trevor Marrin with mandolinist Bryan Nelson. First up, Tin Can Gin, a Duluth area band launched in 2011 by childhood pals Harrison Olk and Trevor Marrin with mandolinist Bryan Nelson. A few years...

Duration:00:58:58

Ani DiFranco | Episode 22-33

8/13/2022
Savor a transportive hour of soulful rock and roll and boundary-pushing music of Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco, recorded live at Big Top in August 2021. With 22 studio albums and more than three decades of touring under her belt, DiFranco demonstrates the enduring power any artist can possess: the rare ability to give a voice — both personal and political — to our deepest frustrations and tensions simply with her words and chords. The trailblazing musician performs...

Duration:00:58:57

Charlie Berens & Adam Greuel | Episode 22-32

8/6/2022
Enjoy an electric hour of comedy and music on this week’s episode of Tent Show Radio, featuring comedian Charlie Berens and “Horseshoes & Hand Grenades” Adam Greuel. Now a New York Times Best-Selling author, Charlie Berens is perhaps best known for his viral comedic news series, “Manitowoc Minute” and his frequent collaborations with “Funny or Die.” Fresh off the release of the Berens & Greuel Bluegrass comedy album “Unthawed,” this episode revisits Charlie’s 3 night residency at Big Top in...

Duration:00:59:00

Anishinaabe Dibaajimowin: An Ojibwe Story | Episode 22-31

7/30/2022
Celebrate the rich culture, history, and spirit of the Anishinaabe people in a musical theatre experience that honors the indigenous peoples of the Great Lakes region, in this poignant episode of Tent Show Radio. The acclaimed original show “Anishinaabe Dibaajimowin: An Ojibwe Story,” which debuted in 2021, features Michael “Laughing Fox” Charette and Severin Behen, members of the Blue Canvas Orchestra, and artists from Red Cliff, Bad River, LCO, and Fond du Lac. Observe, as talented...

Duration:00:58:58

Them Coulee Boys | Episode 22-30

7/23/2022
This week on Tent Show Radio, experience Them Coulee Boys and their innovative brand of Americana that blends folk, punk, bluegrass, and rock & roll. Soren Staff & Beau Janke formed the group back in 2011, and with the addition of Jens Staff on Mandolin, played their first gig as the rough-around-the-edges folk band, “Them Coulee Boys,” in 2013. Since then, the group has added Neil Krause on guitar & bass, and Stas Hable on drums, as they have evolved into the full-on Americana rock band...

Duration:00:58:58

New First Night | Episode 22-29

7/16/2022
This week, enjoy a marvelous hour of Tent Show Radio while we revisit our grand reunion under the tent for the first show of our 35th Anniversary Season, “New First Night.” As our host, Michael Perry weaves his humor and stories throughout this special recording, experience the heart and soul of Big Top Chautauqua, the Blue Canvas Orchestra. Ed Willet leads our famed house band that has graced the Chautauqua stage since its founding in 1986, as they kick things off performing fan-favorite...

Duration:00:58:57

Chris Kroeze | Episode 22-28

7/9/2022
Enjoy genuine-country soul and alluring vocal delivery from NBC’s THE VOICE 2018 runner-up Chris Kroeze on this week’s episode of Tent Show Radio, recorded live from Big Top in 2021. Kroeze's vocal abilities, guitar skills, and small-town charm connect with both the hearts and minds of audiences across various generations, performing more than 200 shows across the world every year. The Wisconsin-born artist performs tunes from his 2020 album “We All Sing Along,” and his 2019 self-titled...

Duration:00:58:40

Glenn Miller Orchestra | Episode 22-27

7/2/2022
Enjoy a lively hour of the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra on this episode of Tent Show Radio. After the legendary composer's death in 1944, the band re-formed and continued performing Miller's classic pieces including In the Mood, Chattanooga Choo Choo, A String of Pearls, Moonlight Serenade, and Tuxedo Junction. Now regarded as the most sought-after big band in the world, the Glenn Miller orchestra has played an average of 300 shows a year since 1956. This episode revisits the group's...

Duration:00:58:56