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.
In 1957 The Kingston Trio emerged from San
Francisco’s North Beach club scene to take the country by storm,
bringing the rich tradition of American folk music into the
mainstream for the first time. During the late 50s & early 60s, the
Trio enjoyed unprecedented record sales and worldwide fame, while
influencing the musical tastes of a generation. Through changing
times, the Trio has played on, remaining popular for a simple
reason… great songs that sound as good today as the first time you
First broadcast in 1994, Tent Show Radio, hosted New York Times best-selling author Michael Perry, 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.