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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 5, 2022

Enjoy an electric hour of music & comedy on this week’s episode of Tent Show Radio, featuring comedian Charlie Berens and musician & singer Adam Greuel (Horseshoes & Hand Grenades). Now a New York Times Best-Selling author, Charlie Berens is perhaps best known for his viral comedic news series, “Manitowoc Minute” and his frequent collaborations with “Funny or Die.” Fresh off the release of the Berens & Greuel Bluegrass comedy album “Unthawed,” this episode revisits Charlie’s 3 night residency at Big Top in July 2021. Together, Berens & Greuel share anecdotes from their college days, poke fun at Wisconsin culture, and  perform original songs that cover subjects ranging from types of cheese to famous gangsters of the North Woods.