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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.

Feb 12, 2014

Tune in this week as New York Times best selling author/humorist Michael Perry discusses smartphone apps that work in the chicken coop and introduces his daughter to the magic of a manual typewriter ~ and welcomes musical guest Rockin' Jason D. Williams.

With high acrobatics and excellent musical skill, Jason D. Williams performs ear-shakingly, dynamic and high energy performances night after night, and this night, he brought it to the Big Top stage.  Williams has the ability to perform songs on the piano with his body in several difficult, acrobatic-like positions, such as in a handstand, backwards, forwards, sideways, upside-down, on the ground, on his knees, with his limbs or feet, standing or lying on the piano, and standing on top of piano keys incorporating jazz, boogie woogie, country, blues, rock, rock & roll, gospel, and classical music into his performances.