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Join host Michael Perry as he hosts another edition of Tent Show Radio from Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua.

Tent Show Radio is a weekly variety music series showcasing live performances from Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua. Featuring author, humorist Michael Perry, and nationally and regionally renowned performers, Tent Show Radio is heard every week on listener-supported radio stations across the country, and the world on the Internet. Each week features a different live performance from Big Top Chautauqua’s summer season of concerts and musical productions. Tune into Tent Show Radio and bring Big Top Chautauqua into your home.


Jun 26, 2021

Joan Baez is a singer, songwriter, musician and activist, whose music encompasses genres including folk, rock, pop, gospel and country.  Joan performed music for over 60 years and released over 30 albums, in which her first three achieved gold record status.  A long and impressive list of awards, Joan has received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 49th annual Grammy Awards® in 2007, Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award in 2015, and she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.  Big Top Chautauqua was fortunate enough to have Joan Baez grace the stage under the blue and pearl grey canvas on August 7 in 2009.

First broadcast in 1994, Tent Show Radio is a one-hour public radio program created from the best live recordings from acclaimed musical acts who grace the Big Top Chautauqua stage each summer in beautiful Bayfield, WI.  During intermission, host Michael Perry spins a story “from the backstage dressing room, with the one lonely little light bulb burning."  Topics range from Mike’s battles with trees, to the behavior of rogue chickens, to the search for hope while stoking a wood stove in the darkness. ​ Running 52 weeks a year, Tent Show Radio is broadcast on 31 listener supported radio stations across 6 states and on most podcast streaming platforms. "Tent Show Radio" is also available for streaming at