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First broadcast in 1994, 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 each summer in beautiful Bayfield, WI. In the program's nearly 30 year history it has featured artists like Johnny Cash, B.B King, Brandi Carlile, Willie Nelson, Don McLean, and many more. Hosted by celebrated New York Times best-selling author Michael Perry-who weaves stories and humor throughout each episode - Tent Show Radio features performances from renowned national & regional artists, with regular appearances featuring Big Top’s own unique brand of shows that feature songs and stories performed by its acclaimed house band, The Blue Canvas Orchestra.


Tent Show Radio is independently produced by Big Top Chautauqua, a non-profit performing arts organization, with a mission to present performances and events that celebrate history and the environment - along with their annual summer concert series - nestled in the woods on the shores of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands.

Jul 18, 2024

With a career spanning over four decades, Steve Earle has proven himself a master storyteller and one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of his generation. In 1986, his record Guitar Town, was released to wide-spread critical acclaim, shooting to number one on the country charts, and is today, regarded as a...

Jul 18, 2024

On this episode of Tent Show Radio, experience a heartwarming presentation of Glen Campbell’s biggest hits and the stories behind them, delivered by the music legend’s band leader and guitarist of 15 years, Jeff Dayton.

Nashville artist Jeff Dayton’s career is a success story built on hard work, faith and...

Jul 18, 2024

On this episode of Tent Show Radio, enjoy thrilling performances from award-winning Native American music group Brulé.

Brulé has pushed the boundaries of contemporary Native American rhythms and classic rock in their genre-blending selections. Their electrifying show consists of a rock ensemble augmented with...

Jun 29, 2024

On this episode of Tent Show Radio, enjoy performances from the Blue Canvas Orchestra and stars of Big Top Idol as take on some of the most iconic songs to come out of California's greatest music scene.

Laurel Canyon was a hotbed of music in the early 1970s, and legendary artists like Joni Mitchell, Carole King and...

Jun 20, 2024

On this episode of Tent Show Radio, enjoy high-energy and high-caliber entertainment from the Blue Canvas Orchestra in Pickin' on Rock!

Take a classic rock song, add Big Top Chautauqua's famed house band the Blue Canvas Orchestra, and the result is something that is sure to move an audience. Led by Molly Otis & Ed...