If you’re looking for something that has you moving in your seat as soon as the music starts, then look no further! Louisiana native, Jeffery Broussard creates incredible music and outstanding performances with accordion mastery and soulful vocals. The band delivers great, pack-the-floor renditions of Creole classics and Cajun-style covers as well as their own brand of contemporary Zydeco.

Direct download: TSR16-07_CREOLE_COWBOYS.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 1:44pm CST

Musician, filmmaker, humanitarian, Michael Franti, is recognized as a pioneering force using music as a vehicle for positive change. His unforgettable, high energy shows with his band, Spearhead, draw on the music of hip hop, reggae, funk and rap. With the multi-platinum success of his song “Say Hey (I Love You)” and the chart breaking 2010 release of The Sound Of Sunshine, Franti and his band guarantee a show that will be thought provoking as well as energetic. “Music is sunshine,” says Franti, one of the most positive and conscious artists in music today. “Music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.” We welcome Michael back for his 2nd performance at Big Top after his amazing blow-out performance in 2015. ∆Dance Alert

Direct download: TSR16-05_MICHAEL_FRANTI_and_SPEARHEAD.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:39pm CST

Join Paul LaRoche, the  founder of the award-winning Native American group Brulé, and performers from Red Cliff’s school of dance, Native Expressions Drum & Dance, in an afternoon cultural performance. LaRoche speaks of the reconciliation between cultures as he shares Brule’s unique brand of revved up music and dance. Native Expressions performs with a mission of positive self-esteem for all people and brings the message of unity and the knowledge that we are all one tribe. Stick around after the performance to try out a dance step or two, led by the dancers of Native Expressions.

Direct download: TSR16-04_Brule.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 1:29pm CST

Tonight's show begins with the familiar sounds of Big Top Chautauqua's very own Blue Canvas Orchestra along with special musical guests Corey Carlson, Danielle Nepstad, Randy Savage and Randy Sabien!

Closing out the show in tonight's second half are local favorites Tin Can Gin! Born and brewed upon the shores of Lake Superior near Duluth by childhood pals Harrison Olk and Trevor Marrin. Along with mandolinist Bryan Nelson, the trio created the trademark TCG tunes that are fan favorites to this very day. In the autumn of 2011 the group was summoned to the stage at their first gig as “Tin Can Gin”. As time passed the band added fiddle virtuoso Nori Perrine and Neil Krause on stand-up bass to round out the sound! Tonight we welcome them back!

In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin' – Mike talks about why he prefers a yellow firefighter's helmet over a red firefighter's helmet.

Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua (www.bigtop.org) is a non-profit performing arts organization. Culture under canvas on the south shore sands of Lake Superior near Bayfield, Wisconsin. 

Tent Show Radio is a weekly one-hour variety series showcasing live performances from Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua. It has aired continuously since 1994, is available for free and hosted by best-selling author, humorist and pig farmer, Michael Perry. Tent Show Radio features regional and national acts with regular contributions by the Big Top’s Blue Canvas Orchestra.

Tent Show Radio host Michael Perry is a author and humorist, singer/songwriter, intermittent pig farmer and New York Times best-selling author. His works include Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time, Coop, Truck, the essay collection, Off Main Street, and From The Big Top; a collection of Tent Show Radio essays. 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 three live audience recordings (I Got It From the Cows and Never Stand Behind a Sneezing Cow, Live From Big Top). 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.

Direct download: TSR16-03_BCO_AND_TIN_CAN_GIN.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 10:03am CST

Arlo returns to Big Top to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the event that inspired his seminal song, ‘Alice’s Restaurant Massacree’. We’re pleased to welcome Arlo back to the tent for his 7th appearance at Big Top Chautauqua.

In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’ – Mike goes for a summer jog (rhymes with “bummer slog”).

Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua (www.bigtop.org) is a non-profit performing arts organization. Culture under canvas on the south shore sands of Lake Superior near Bayfield, Wisconsin. 

Tent Show Radio is a weekly one-hour variety series showcasing live performances from Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua. It has aired continuously since 1994, is available for free and hosted by best-selling author, humorist and intermittent pig farmer, Michael Perry. Tent Show Radio features regional and national acts with regular contributions by the Big Top’s Blue Canvas Orchestra.

Tent Show Radio host Michael Perry is a author and humorist, singer/songwriter, intermittent pig farmer and New York Times best-selling author. His works include Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time, Coop, Truck, the essay collection, Off Main Street, and From The Big Top; a collection of Tent Show Radio essays. 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 three live audience recordings (I Got It From the Cows and Never Stand Behind a Sneezing Cow, Live From Big Top). 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.

Tent Show Radio can be heard live each week on Wisconsin Public Radio and independent radio stations around the United States.

Direct download: TSR16-01_Arlo_Guthrie.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 12:08pm CST

Kahulanui (The Big Dance) is an inspiration passed down three generations from Grandfather Robert Kahulanui Naipo, to Dad Rodgers L.L. Naipo Sr., to Grandson and Kahulanui band leader, Lolena Naipo, Jr. Lolena remembers stories of his Grandfather who was a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band during an era when horns and drums were a part of Hawaiian music. Come enjoy the big band sounds ringing under canvas!

In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin'  – author and humorist Michael Perry shares his experience with driverless cars.

Direct download: TSR16-01_KAHULANUI.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 11:57am CST

Join us for our traditional closing night of the summer season. Old Last Night is a variety show featuring music from our beloved house band the Blue Canvas Orchestra with commentary by our host and special guest Michael Perry.  Michael is the host of Tent Show Radio and author of several humorous and heartwarming books about ordinary yet extraordinary Midwesterners.

 
 In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’ – Mike tells a little story about music and how it moves him.
Direct download: TSR15-26_OLD_LAST_NIGHT.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 8:22am CST

Cape Breton Natalie MacMaster has received a number of Canadian music awards, including several "Artist of the Year" awards from the East Coast Music Association, two Juno Awards for best instrumental album, and "Fiddler of the Year" from the Canadian Country Music Association. MacMaster was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Niagara University in New York in 2006. In 2006, she was made a member of the Order of Canada.

In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’ – Mike explains how he found the perfect lawn mower.

Direct download: TSR15-25_NATALIE_MACMASTER.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 8:16am CST

Long before they combined their voices, the three members of the Lone Bellow were singing on their own. Brian had been writing and recording as a solo artist for more than a decade, with three albums under his own name. Kanene and her husband Jason were living in Beijing, China, hosting open mic nights, playing at local clubs and teaching music lessons. Zach began writing songs in the wake of a family tragedy: After his wife was thrown from a horse, he spent days in the hospital at her bedside, bracing for the worst news. The journal he kept during this period would eventually become his first batch of songs as a solo artist. Happily, his wife made a full recovery.

In this episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burnin’ – Mike tells a story about pareidolia and the world famous Bongo Java “Nun Bun.”

Direct download: TSR15-24_LONE_BELLOW__BCO.mp3
Category:Tent Show Radio -- posted at: 9:44am CST

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 CST



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