Our featured performer on today’s show is self-proclaimed “wild child” singer songwriter Brett Dennen. Sometime around the halfway mark I’ll share a story about the consequences of self-inflicted sugar bombs. We’ll also sneak in musicby Quito Rymer and our very own Blue Canvas Orchestra.

Direct download: 18-3_-_Brett_Dennen_-_Quito_Rymer.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 5:52pm EST

Join host Michael Perry as he hosts another edition of Tent Show Radio from Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua.

 
 Big Top gave a warm welcome to Indie songwriter Josh Ritter to the tent. The New York Times says: “The literary-minded songwriter Josh Ritter…recharges his music on his eighth studio album, Sermon on the Rocks…Harking back to Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and maybe a little Mark Knopfler, Mr. Ritter has always been a slinger of serious ideas and high-flown imagery.” And, “A guileless, boy-next-door voice belies the depth and ambition of Josh Ritter’s songs, whether he is confessing a simple crush or following his thoughts on a long, Whitmanesque incantation.”

While the music made by Perry and the Long Beds has been variously described as ‘country folk,’ ‘roughneck folk,’ ‘folk-twang,’ and Americana, they prefer the description given by an audience member after a benefit concert in Perry’s old high school gym: “You sound just like Gordon Lightfoot… only zippier!” Nice – but there are limits. “Zippy or not,” says Perry, “when ‘The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald’ comes on the radio, we sit down, shut up, and listen.”

Direct download: 18-320-20Brett20Dennen20-20Quito20Rymer.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 9:51pm EST

Our featured performer on today’s show is Ray Benson, founder of legendary Texas country and western swing outfit Asleep at the Wheel. Sometime around the halfway mark I’ll share a story about surviving the New Year and Colonoscopies. We’ll also sneak in a pair of tunes from Ray Benson’s Lone Star pal Dale Watson, and—for local flavor—one from our very own Blue Canvas Orchestra.

Direct download: 18-120-20AATW20-20Dale20Watson-FIXED.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Join the Blue Canvas Orchestra as they play your favorite holiday classics. 

Originally performed in 2013, this Tent Show Radio program features Big Top Chautauqua's Blue Canvas Orchestra performing original songs and arrangements of broad range of holiday music from classics like Tchaikovsky's Russian and Arabian Dance songs to Jackson Browne's Rebel Jesus to Mr. Grinch.

Direct download: TSR17-2520Blue20Canvas20Christmas.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 11:15am EST

Join Big Top for the traditional closing night of the season, where we celebrate with music and laughter the end of another year. Our beloved house band, The Blue Canvas Orchestra, opens the night with rollicking renditions of some of our favorite songs, illuminated by big screen images. Author, humorist and host of Tent Show Radio, Michael Perry delivers his hilarious, winding tales of rural Wisconsin life.

Direct download: TSR17-26_Old_Last_Night.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 11:39am EST

The Villalobos Brothers all the way from Mexcio to the shores of the great Lake Superior and Big Top Chautauqua stage.

Direct download: TSR17-25_Vilanoba_Brothers.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 11:27am EST

During the late 70s, Ziggy could also be seen alongside his brother Stephen at some of their father’s larger concerts around Jamaica and abroad. In 1978, the duo appeared on stage at the One Love Peace Concert in Kingston, and the following year at Reggae Sunsplash II in Montego Bay.

Also in 1979, Ziggy and his siblings Sharon, Cedella and Stephen formed the Melody Makers – named after the British weekly pop/rock music newspaper, Melody Maker – and made their recording debut with "Children Playing in the Streets". The track was written for them by their father, who had composed the song four years earlier for them and wanted to share this gift with children around the world. All royalties from the single were pledged to the United Nations, to aid its efforts during the International Year of the Child.

Later that year, the Melody Makers made their on-stage debut as a group on 23 September 1979, performing on the same bill as their father for the first and only time at the ‘Roots Rock Reggae’ two-day concert series in Kingston's National Arena. Ziggy was 11 years old at the time. Notable other early moments in Ziggy’s musical history include a performance with Stephen at their father’s funeral in 1981, and later that year the Melody Makers released their second single, "What A Plot", under the family’s Tuff Gong record label.

After Bob Marley’s passing, Ziggy began performing in his place alongside the Wailers at various shows around Jamaica, and in 1984 the group went on tour in support of the year’s Bob Marley ’Legend’ compilation album release.

Direct download: TSR17-22_AURALI_ZIGGY_MARLEY_MEG_HUTCHINSON.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 12:48pm EST

If you’re within range of (or can stream) one of these stations tonight (Saturday, June 3rd) we hope you’ll join Mike and the Blue Canvas Orchestra as he hosts an edition of Tent Show Radio from Grand Opera House in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, sings a couple of songs and debuts yet another Clodhopper Definition of the Big Dang Word of the Week. Information on streaming the show here.

This episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burning – tells a tale of broke down trucks and bad food choices.

Direct download: TSR-17-21_LIVE_FROM_OSHKOSH.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 12:34pm EST

If you’re within range of (or can stream) one of these stations tonight (Saturday, May 27th) we hope you’ll join Mike as he hosts another edition of Tent Show Radio from Big Top Chautauqua and debuts yet another Clodhopper Definition of the Big Dang Word of the Week. Information on streaming the show here.

This episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burning – Mike tells the story of his fall from…well, not from GRACE, because if he had GRACE he wouldn’a fell like that!  Then – in clodhopper terms – he defines the word “insipid.”

Direct download: TSR17-10_COLVIN_AND_EARLE_episode.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

If you’re within range of (or can stream) one of these stations tonight (Saturday, May 13th) we hope you’ll join Mike as he hosts another edition of Tent Show Radio from Big Top Chautauqua and debuts yet another Clodhopper Definition of the Big Dang Word of the Week. Information on streaming the show here.  This week’s show welcomes Ruthie Foster with a throwback performance by Brandi Carlile.

This episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burning – Mike goes to the book festival and studies cacti.  Then – in clodhopper terms – he defines the word avuncular.

Direct download: TSR17-19_RUTHIE_FOSTER.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 12:25pm EST



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