Tent Show Radio

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Available for free and airing continuously for 26 years, Tent Show Radio is hosted by best-selling author Michael Perry, Tent Show Radio is a weekly is a 59-minute weekly radio program assembled from the best live recordings from the acclaimed musical acts that perform at the Big Top Chautauqua Tent each summer located on the south shore of Lake Superior near Bayfield, Wisconsin.

Tent Show Radio features regional and national acts like Arlo Guthrie, Michael Franti, Punch Brothers, and Brandi Carlile, with regular contributions by the Big Top’s Blue Canvas Orchestra, a 9-piece vocal and instrumental ensemble consisting of band leaders Ed Willett, Randy Sabien, Jack Gunderson, Phillip Anich, Tom Mitchell, and Andy Dee.

 

Big Top Chautauqua is a non-profit performing arts organization since 1986, providing entertaining and educational cultural activities with an emphasis on performances that celebrate history and the environment. www.bigtop.org

 

 

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253 Pieces

Available for free and hosted by best-selling author Michael Perry, Tent Show Radio is a weekly one-hour variety series showcasing live performances from Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, Bayfield Wisconsin.


Pieces

Caption: Merle Haggard at Big Top, Credit: Merle Haggard
The word “legend” usually makes an appearance at some point when discussing Merle Haggard. It’s an acknowledgement of his artistry and his standing...

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  • Added: Apr 07, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Blue Canvas Orchestra, Credit: Big Top Chautauqua
In 2019 we cut the band loose on some of their favorite songs from the season and from summers past. Severin Behnen leads the famed house band that...

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  • Added: Apr 01, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Different Drums of Ireland, Credit: Different Drums of Ireland
This week, Different Drums of Ireland joins us on Tent Show Radio. Different Drums brings the indigenous drums of Ireland, the Lambeg and the Bodh...

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Rosanne Cash, Credit: Rosanne Cash
This week's Tent Show Radio performance is from August of 2019 when Rosanne Cash came to play under the pearl grey and blue canvas tent! One of th...

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  • Added: Mar 19, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Blue Canvas Orchestra, Credit: Big Top Chautauqua
The Blue Canvas Orchestra has been the Big Top Chautauqua's house band since its founding in 1986. Severin Behnen has led the famed house band to ...

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  • Added: Feb 25, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Available for free and hosted by Michael Perry, Tent Show Radio this week features two amazing artists, Tommy Emmanuel recorded at the Big Top in 2...

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  • Added: Feb 10, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
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This week on Tent Show Radio, we have two great groups who played under the Big Top Tent in 2008. In the first half of the show, the award-winning...

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  • Added: Feb 05, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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This week on Tent Show Radio, living legend, songwriter and singer, Arlo Guthrie. Mr. Guthrie has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall too, wel...

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  • Added: Jan 27, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Ruthie Foster at Big Top Chautauqua, Credit: Ruthie Foster
From houses of worship to houses of blues, Ruthie Foster has always been a rafter-rattler. And with a soul-filled voice honed in Texas churches, sh...

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  • Added: Jan 20, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Sam Bush Band , Credit: Sam Bush Band Instagram
If joy were a person, he’d bring both peace and frenzy. He’d be full of music, light, and energy that soothes even as it stirs us up. Eyes closed, ...

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  • Added: Jan 14, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 7