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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.

Jan 19, 2024

On this episode of Tent Show Radio, enjoy an hour of electric performances from Corey Carlson & the Big City Band.

Corey Carlson may be Bayfield, WI's hometown boy, but he's known and celebrated far and wide. He grew up on the very ski hill that Big Top Chautauqua calls home and was weaned on all of the legendary performers that have graced its stage. A talented songwriter and exceptional musician, Corey is known for his magnetic stage presence, versatile voice, and solid instrumentation. His live performances blend rock, blues, and soul into a captivating musical experience.

In August of 2023, Corey Carlson & the Big City Band, came together for a long-awaited reunion concert, dedicated to their long-time friend Andy Dee. Big City Band members Tony Axtell, Michael Pilhofer, Paul Mayasich, along with special guests Joe Savage and Al Oikary of The Big Wu, joined the two-time Bob Dylan Fest "Best Songwriter" winner for an epic, high-energy night of music under the Big Top.



Michael Perry - Host

Phillip Anich - Announcer
Keenan McIntyre - Engineer
Gina Nagro - Marketing Support



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