Come sail the Great Lakes and the 7 Seas with Big Top Chautauqua’s Blue Canvas Orchestra. Shanties & Shipwrecks draws on the bountiful collection of sea shanties, sailing songs and rowdy sailors-in-port songs that have come down through time from those that roamed the great waters aboard vessels of wood with canvas sails. Of course not all of the wayfaring men returned to dry land. Hear and see their tales in song, story and big screen pictures. New in 2014, Shanties & Shipwrecks was an audience favorite — rousing and wildly entertaining! Go to www.bigtop.org for this season’s show schedule up at the tent.

In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’ – Mike reports on selfie sticks and a bad case of creeping codgerism.

Direct download: TSR15-23_SHANTIES_AND_SHIPWRECKS.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 9:40am CDT

This week on Tent Show Radio Dave McGraw and Many Fer light up the stage with an opening set followed by - Jeff Daniels - an American actor, musician, and playwright. He founded a nonprofit theater company, the Purple Rose Theatre Company, in Chelsea, Michigan. He has performed in a number of stage productions, both on and off Broadway, and has been nominated for the Tony Award as Best Actor for the Broadway play God of Carnage (2009), along with his other three cast members. Probably best known for his role in the comedy Dumb and Dumber. He played at Big Top Chautauqua on August 28, 2014 with his son’s band The Ben Daniel’s Band.

In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’ – Mike tells a little bedtime story.

Direct download: TSR15-22_DAVEandMANDY_JEFF_DANIELS.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 9:15am CDT

This week on Tent Show Radio: Toad the Wet Sprocket - an American alternative rock band formed in 1986. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Glen Phillips, guitarist Todd Nichols, bassist Dean Dinning, and drummer Randy Guss. They had chart success in the 1990s with singles which included “Walk on the Ocean”, “All I Want”, “Something’s Always Wrong”, and “Fall Down”. The band broke up in 1998 to pursue other projects but in 2006 began touring the United States as a band in small-venue, short-run tours each summer. In December 2010, the band announced their official reunion as a full-time working band and started writing songs for their first studio album of new material since their 1997 Columbia Records release Coil.  The album, New Constellation, was released on October 15, 2013.

In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’ – Mike conflates hope, despair, and a little girl looking at robins.

Direct download: TSR15-21_TOAD_THE_WET_SPROCKET.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 9:04am CDT

Recorded live at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua in beautiful Bayfield, Wisconsin on the shores of the great Lake Superior.  

In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’ – Mike tells the story of how love can bend your beak, and welcomes Barefoot Movement!

Heartfelt, energetic, and down home. Heralded by CMT Edge as “one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene,” the music of the Nashville based group The Barefoot Movement is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while under the blue and gray canvas.

Direct download: TSR15-20_BAREFOOT_MOVEMENT.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 10:35am CDT

The Blue Canvas Orchestra re-creates the music of The Opry’s legendary performers such as Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Marty Robbins and The Carter Family. Debuting in 2014, this show was a resounding hit. Severin Behnen wrote the show and leads the band. Corey Carlson, our own musical chameleon, assisted Behnen in the creation of the show and is featured along with guests Randy Sabien, Joe Savage, Danielle Diamond, and Emily Belanger in this nostalgic and entertaining romp through the best Western songs from the heydays of The Grand Ole Opry. 

In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’ – Mike misses his pigs. 

Direct download: TSR15-19_BIG_TOP_OPRY.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 10:19am CDT

Originally formed by four friends from the same hometown, Pert Near Sandstone formed unintentionally over weekly, whiskey-fueled picking sessions in an old house in St. Paul, MN. In 2008, Pert Near Sandstone was hand-picked by Garrison Keillor to appear as the featured musical guest on A Prairie Home Companion where Garrison proclaimed that, “The group has become a force on the Minnesota roots music scene and beyond.” Listen to them live from Big Top here on Tent Show Radio!

In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’ – : Mike surrenders to the moles. - See more at: http://tentshowradio.com

Direct download: TSR15-18_Pert_Near_Sandstone.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 9:36am CDT

Terrance Simien (born September 3, 1965 in Mallet, Louisiana) is an American zydeco musician, vocalist and songwriter. He and his band won the Grammy Award for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album for 2008. Simien is an eighth generation Creole from one of the earliest Creole families documented to have settled in the Mallet area of St. Landry Parish. He was introduced to music via the piano at home, the Catholic Church choir, and in school band programs where he played trumpet. Simien and his band have toured internationally, presenting over 7000 live performances in more than 40 countries, and released dozens of solo recordings and collaborations and tonight we are pleased to welcome him to our Big Top stage! -

In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’  – Mike discusses sump pumps and daffodils.

See more at: http://tentshowradio.com

Direct download: TSR15-17_TERRANCE_SIMIEN.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 9:31am CDT

After 10 albums, and nearly 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is dishing up a hearty serving of Full Irish. The greatest-hits album spans the bulk of the band’s career from 2004-2014, mixing crowd favorites and concert staples with three previously unreleased recordings. - See more at: http://tentshowradio.com

Direct download: TSR15-16_GAELIC_STORM.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 9:26am CDT

Preservation Hall was founded in 1961 to promote traditional New Orleans jazz in all its authenticity. Legendary players like George Lewis, Sweet Emma Barrett and Kid Thomas Valentine, all rooted in the formative years jazz, were its original stars. That generation is long gone now, yet the hall is still in business and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band continues to tour the world.  Preservation Hall is the geographic and musical heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. The band has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans jazz. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand, the band releases every ounce of the joyful, timeless spirit this music embodies. - See more at: http://tentshowradio.com

Direct download: TSR15-15_BCO_PHJB.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 9:21am CDT

Tent Show Radio is a weekly one-hour music series showcasing live performances from Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, Bayfield Wisconsin.

Airing continuously since 1994, Tent Show Radio is hosted by farmer, humorist, New York Times best-selling author, volunteer firefighter, Michael Perry and features regional and national acts with regular contributions by the Big Top’s Blue Canvas Orchestra.

Michael Perry is a humorist and author of the bestselling memoir Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time, and the essay collection Off Main Street. Perry has written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Backpacker, Orion and Salon.com, and is a contributing editor to Men’s Health. His essays have been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered and he has performed and produced two live audience recordings (I Got It From the Cows and Never Stand Behind a Sneezing Cow). Perry lives in rural Wisconsin, where he remains active as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical responder. He can be found online at www.sneezingcow.com

In 2014, Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua will celebrate its 29th season under canvas on the south shore sands of Lake Superior near Bayfield, Wisconsin. Big Top Chautauqua is a non-profit performing arts organization. For more information visit www.bigtop.org or www.tentshowradio.org

Direct download: TSR15-14_DELLA_MAE.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 8:14am CDT



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