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.
this very special episode of Tent Show Radio, Big Top's very own
Blue Canvas Orchestra does Christmas "Chautauqua" style. Tune in to
hear your favorite BCO musicians cover Holiday favorites as they
present a "Blue Canvas Christmas."
First broadcast in 1994, Tent
Show Radio is a one-hour public radio program
hosted by author & humorist Michael
Perry, and created from the best live recordings
from acclaimed musical acts who grace the Big Top Chautauqua stage
each summer in beautiful Bayfield, WI. Running 52 weeks a
year, Tent Show Radio is broadcast on 31 listener supported radio
stations across 6 states and on most podcast streaming
platforms. Lake Superior Big Top
Chautauqua was founded in 1986. The first show
under canvas was the Nelson-Ferris Concert Company
Production Riding the Wind, the story of Bayfield and
Madeline Island. Since then Big Top has welcomed over 700,000
patrons to the grounds for 3,000+ concerts and events. Our resident
band, the Blue Canvas
Orchestra, also tours to theaters and schools
throughout the Upper Midwest. Over the course of 35 years we’ve
touched millions of lives and created millions of memories with our
eclectic blend of excellent musical offerings.
First broadcast in 1994, Tent Show Radio, hosted New York Times best-selling author Michael Perry, 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.