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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265 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

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This week, Different Drums of Ireland joins us on Tent Show Radio. Different Drums brings the indigenous drums of Ireland, the Lambeg and the Bodhr...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: Sep 16, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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On this episode of Tent Show Radio we revisit Rosanne Cash's August 2019 performance at Big Top Chautauqua. One of the country's preeminent singer/...

Bought by KFCF FM, WDSE, and GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: Sep 08, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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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 Lon...

Bought by KSJE, KFCF FM, WDSE, and GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 4
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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 i...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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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...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio)


  • Added: Aug 11, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Suzanne Vega's music career spans almost 40 years and we were lucky to have her in the summer of 2009.  As an American singer-songwriter, musician ...

  • Added: Aug 04, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This episode of Tent Show Radio features, Tommy Emmanuel recorded at the Big Top in 2006 and Leo Kottke recorded in 1998. Tommy Emmanuel is an Aust...

  • Added: Jul 29, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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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 ...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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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, well...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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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, ...

  • Added: Jul 01, 2021
  • Length: 59:01