Rolling Stone calls moe. a “legendary jam band.” They are a celebrated progressive rock band with 20 years of touring and just as many albums under their belt, and they continue to push the standard for performance art. Whether touring across the globe, headlining music festivals, or sharing the stage with such celebrated acts as the Allmans, The Who, or Robert Plant, among others, what keeps moe. at the forefront of the music scene is not only the energy and vitality of their music and songwriting, but the showmanship in which it is delivered.

Direct download: TSR17-04_MOE_updated.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 8:48pm EDT

Tall Heights is a contemporary folk duo from Boston. They provide a moody, harmony-heavy sound featuring guitar, cello and synthesizer that has been called “unclassifiable,” part Simon & Garfunkel and part Bon Iver & Fleet Foxes.

In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’ – Mike describes how he lost $3.78 on a rooster.  Then – in clodhopper terms – he defines the Big Dang Word “chiffonade.”

Direct download: TSR17-05_Tall_Heights_and_BCO_updated.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 1:16pm EDT

The Barefoot Movement has become a Big Top favorite, returning for their third time as the leaders of our annual Bluegrass Camp for Kids. They were award winners at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2013 and the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Awards. They draw on bluegrass, folk, acoustic rock and Americana, and with original songs, impressive instrumentation and interweaving harmonies, this band converges old and new into a style all its own.

In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’ – Mike tells us why the teetotal goes to the tavern.  Then – in clodhopper terms – he defines the Big Dang Word “otiose.”

Direct download: TSR17-03_Barefoot_Movement.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 2:39pm EDT

Country a cappella band Home Free was crowned Champions of NBC’s “The Sing-Off” in 2013 launching them onto the national spotlight. The group, hailing from Mankato, Minnesota was founded by brothers Chris and Adam Rupp during their college years when they performed at countless State and County Fairs, college campuses and in theaters across the country.  Home Free continues to entertain audiences nationwide with their high-energy show peppered with quick-witted humor that meshes Nashville standards with pop hits dipped in country flavor. They were a unanimous hit last summer when they debuted at the tent, tying for Number 1 in our reader’s poll of favorite 2015 Big Top shows. We’re thrilled to welcome them back.

In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’ –Mike tells the story of the clodhopper and the Prince.  Then–in clodhopper terms–he defines the Big Dang Word “encomium.”

Direct download: TSR17-02_Home_Free.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 10:43am EDT

Yonder Mountain String Band bends bluegrass, rock and other influences, pioneering a genre-defying sound of their own. The Colorado-based foursome has crisscrossed the country over the past eleven years playing such varied settings as Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Austin City Limits Festival, Bonnaroo and Big Top Chautauqua six times since 2006!

In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’ – Mike tells the story of getting someone else to cut his trees down. Then–in clodhopper terms–he defines the Big Dang Word “declivitous.”

Direct download: TSR17-01_Yonder_Mountain_String_Band_1.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 12:05pm EDT

Perhaps the biggest new hit of last summer was this musical gem from the team of Severin Behnen, Stevie Matier and Bruce Burnside. Belfast to Bluegrass is a musical adventure of jigs and ballads as they travel to the Appalachian Mountains by way of a quarter of a million Scots Irish. Before the United States were formed, the inhabitants were absorbing, merging and transforming the ethnic sounds of its people. Hear the changes in the traditional Celtic tunes as bluegrass and other genres are being born into the world of our traditional American musical culture. Performed by the Blue Canvas Orchestra, featuring special guests Stevie Matier, Molly Stoddard, Tom Draughon, Nori Perrine and Liesel Wilson.

Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

The Cactus Blossoms, brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum grew up in northeast Minneapolis and have been blending their voices as The Cactus Blossoms since 2010. Their hypnotic harmonies and unforgettable songs have made them favorites in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul music scene. Their latest album, Live at the Turf Club, blurs the line between old and new as they sneak a few originals into their repertoire of early country and Western swing.

Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 11:57am EDT

We bring together music and humor in a special night of grand entertainment. Michael Perry,a Wisconsin native,is a New York Times bestselling author, humorist and the host of Big Top’s Tent Show Radio. Tonight he’ll present humorous monologues from his books and humor albums including Never Stand Behind A Sneezing Cow and The Clodhopper Monologues. Ronny Cox is a superbly talented singer-songwriter, musician and actor who has been consistently active in music and Hollywood for over 40 years – you might recall his character spots in Deliverance, Beverly Hills Cop, Total Recall and others. Ronny’s music is eclectic, a woven tapestry of songs and stories that tells something of “the human condition”. Enhancing his consummate storytelling is the music provided by Ronny and his band of world-class, virtuoso musicians, including Blue Canvas Orchestra member Bruce Bowers.

Direct download: TSR16-24_Ronny_Cox_UPDATED.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 11:54am EDT

The Quebe Sisters (pronounced Kway-bee) are the newest darlings of Western music, performing a refreshing blend of vintage country, bluegrass, jazz & swing standards, and Texas style fiddling.

Direct download: TSR16-23_Quebe_Sisters_UPDATED_FOR_REPEAT.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 11:50am EDT

Our celebrated house band, led by the incomparable Ed Willett on cello, cuts loose in a special concert showcasing the best of the Blue Canvas Orchestra. The band and special guests will reprise some of our favorite songs from the 2015 season of shows and dust off some old favorites. The Blue Canvas Orchestra has been the glue that holds the Big Top family together for 30 years. Their exquisite musicianship covers many styles of music ranging from bluegrass to folk to jazz and country! Come discover why this band is beloved throughout our great state and beyond.

Direct download: TSR16-22_BCO.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 11:43am EDT



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