Tent Show Radio

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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 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 founded in 1986, with a mission to present performances and events that celebrate history, culture, and the environment - along with their annual summer concert series - nestled in the woods on the shores of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands.

Series

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8 Pieces

Listen to all the 2024 episodes of Tent Show Radio, Big Top Chautauqua's independently produced weekly radio program.

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373 Pieces

Available for free and hosted by best-selling author Michael Perry, 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.


Pieces

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New First Night ~ the official kick-off of the Big Top tent season featuring host Michael Perry and Big Top Chautauqua's Blue Canvas Orchestra and ...

Bought by WRNC-LP, WRNC-LP, KALH, WDSE, WUMB and more


  • Added: Dec 30, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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Tent Show Radio on the road live from the beautiful Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, Wisconsin with host Michael Perry, the Blue Canv...

Bought by WRNC-LP, WNMU-FM, WDSE, KMXT, KSRQ and more


  • Added: Jun 25, 2014
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 6
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On the road from The Grand Theater in downtown Wausau, WI. Featuring Frank Montano, Charlie Parr, Michael Perry, the Blue Canvas Orchestra and spe...

Bought by Wisconsin Public Radio, WRNC-LP, WNMU-FM, WDSE, KMXT and more


  • Added: Jun 20, 2014
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 6
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Featuring host Michael Perry, the Blue Canvas Orchestra and Big Top Idol winners Lissa Flemming and Kevin Souiler.

Bought by Wisconsin Public Radio, WDSE, WRNC-LP, KSRQ, and KMXT


  • Added: Jun 06, 2014
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 5
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Tent Show Radio live in concert from the beautiful and historic Capitol Theater at the Overture Center for the Arts. Special guest artists include...

Bought by WRNC-LP, WNMU-FM, KFOK-LPFM, WDSE, KSRQ and more


  • Added: Jun 04, 2014
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 7
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Tent Show Radio welcomes from Nashville, Tennessee, Grammy Award bluegrass Nominees Della Mae.

Bought by KFOK-LPFM, WDSE, KSRQ, Wisconsin Public Radio, and KMXT


  • Added: May 23, 2014
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 5
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A selection of songs performed by some of our favorite artists up at the tent including Brandi Carlile, The Pines, Punch Brothers, Cloud Cult, Taj ...

Bought by KSRQ, Wisconsin Public Radio, WNMU-FM, WRNC-LP, KFOK-LPFM and more


  • Added: May 19, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Tent Show Radio takes the show on the road to beautiful Fish Creek, Wisconsin featuring special guest artist Katie Dahl along with host Michael Per...

Bought by WDSE, WRNC-LP, KSRQ, Wisconsin Public Radio, WNMU-FM and more


  • Added: May 19, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Iowa originated via now Minneapolis situated underground folksters The Pines join us for the their third visit to the Big Top stage.

Bought by KSRQ, Wisconsin Public Radio, KFOK-LPFM, WPCA-LP, WDSE and more


  • Added: May 02, 2014
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 6
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Tent Show Radio is pleased to welcome back to the Big Top stage, all the way from Canada, Great Big Sea, joining us on their 20th Anniversary tour.

Bought by Wisconsin Public Radio, KFOK-LPFM, KSRQ, WDSE, and KMXT


  • Added: Apr 23, 2014
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 5