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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.

Mar 21, 2023

Grammy Award Nominee, Songwriter Hall of Fame Member, and BBC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Don Mclean hit the road to celebrate 50 years since the release of one of the most iconic songs and albums of all time. Since the eight-and-a-half-minute ballad “American Pie” hit number #1 on the billboard charts in 1971, the song has since been inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, named a top 5 song of the 20th Century by the Recording Industry of America, and inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame. The 50th Anniversary American Pie Tour will see McLean entertain fans across North America as he performs songs from the iconic album and other fan-favorite hits. With 22 studio albums under his belt, numerous accolades, and mega-hit songs like "Vincent (Starry Starry Night) “And I Love You So,” “Castles in the Air,” and “Crying,” McLean has cemented himself as one of the most significant and influential performers of all time.

Grammy Award Nominee, Songwriter Hall of Fame Member, and BBC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Don Mclean is hitting the road to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of “American Pie.” The legendary performer, known for mega-hit songs like "Vincent (Starry Starry Night)” and “And I Love You So,”  entertained fans across North America as he performed songs from the iconic album, proving that “bye-bye, Miss American Pie” will forever remain a classic staple in American music.

This episode features recordings from McLean's June 2022 performance under the tent.


Michael Perry - Host
Phillip Anich - Announcer
Jaime Hansen - Engineer
Gina Nagro - Marketing Support



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