Mar 6, 2021
Multi-Grammy Award winners: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is an
American country rock band that has existed in various forms since
its founding in Long Beach, California in 1966. The group's
membership has had at least a dozen changes over the years,
including a period from 1976 to 1981 when the band performed and
recorded as the Dirt Band. Constant members since the early times
are singer-guitarist Jeff Hanna and drummer Jimmie Fadden.
Multi-instrumentalist John McEuen was with the band from 1966 to
1986 and returned during 2001. Keyboardist Bob Carpenter joined the
band in 1977. The band is often cited as instrumental to the
progression of contemporary country and roots music.
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 www.tentshowradio.org.
Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua was founded in 1986. The first
show under canvas was the Nelson-Ferris Concert Company
Production Riding the Wind, the story of Bayfield and
Madeline Island. Since then Big Top has welcomed
over 700,000 patrons to the grounds
for 2,000+ concerts and shows and
countless lectures, workshops and other unique events. In addition
to the action on the tent grounds, Big Top has also broadcast its
performances over the public radio airwaves since 1994
through Tent Show
Radio, bringing Big Top concerts into living
rooms across the country and around the world via internet
streaming and podcasts. Our resident band, the Blue
Canvas Orchestra, also tours to theaters and schools
throughout the Upper Midwest. Over the course of 30 years we’ve
touched millions of lives and created millions of memories with our
eclectic blend of excellent musical offerings.