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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.

Sep 25, 2019

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The world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra is the most sought after big band in the world today. Their classics include In the Mood, Chattanooga Choo Choo, A String of Pearls, Moonlight Serenade, and Tuxedo Junction. After Miller’s death in 1944, the band was reformed in 1956 and has played an average...

Sep 16, 2019

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Marking the 20th anniversary of their coming together, Yonder Mountain String Band's nature and instincts remain progressive. Melding sophisticated songcraft, irrepressible spirit, and remarkable instrumental ability, their latest efforts are a testament to their organic, dynamic, and intensely...

Sep 9, 2019

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The Blue Canvas Orchestra takes you on a historical adventure of jigs and ballads, journeying through the transformation of traditional Celtic tunes into bluegrass and other genres. Before the United States was formed, its people were merging and transforming the ethnic sounds of their roots....

Sep 6, 2019

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Led by the songwriting and vocals of Jay Farrar, Son Volt was one of the most instrumental and influential bands in launching the movement, precursor to what is now widely referred to as Americana. Farrar possesses one of the most distinctive voices in roots, rock, country or any genre. He...