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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, 2022

Savor a transportive hour of soulful rock and roll and boundary-pushing music of Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco, recorded live at Big Top in August 2021. With 22 studio albums and more than three decades of touring under her belt, DiFranco demonstrates the enduring power any artist can possess: the rare ability to give a voice — both personal and political — to our deepest frustrations and tensions simply with her words and chords. The trailblazing musician performs songs from her transcendent new album Revolutionary Love, where she takes on the unrest and anxieties of the current social climate and transforms confusion and pain into clarity and perseverance with her poetic lyrical prowess, ever-commanding vocal work, and elaborate arrangements. Additonal Crediting: Michael Perry-Host, Matt Jugenheimer-Sound Engineer, Ani DiFranco & Righteous Babe Records-Photos