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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Minneapolis speed-grass band Pert Near Sandstone joins us for an evening on the Big Top Stage!

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


  • Added: Apr 18, 2014
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 6
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World funk grove band party on the radio!

Bought by Wisconsin Public Radio, KSRQ, KMXT, and WDSE


  • Added: Apr 11, 2014
  • Length: 59:30
  • Purchases: 4
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Tent Show Radio host Michael Perry welcomes Birds Of Chicago.

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


  • Added: Mar 20, 2014
  • Length: 59:31
  • Purchases: 5
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Tent Show Radio host Michael Perry welcomes Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Bought by WRNC-LP, KPIP-LP, Wisconsin Public Radio, WDSE, WRNC-LP and more


  • Added: Mar 20, 2014
  • Length: 59:31
  • Purchases: 7
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Tent Show Radio live in concert from the CAL Center in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. Featuring Tent Show Radio host Michael Perry, the Blue Canvas Orchest...

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


  • Added: Mar 15, 2014
  • Length: 01:00:20
  • Purchases: 5
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Top of the world charts Celtic rock band Gaelic Storm takes the Big Top Stage.

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


  • Added: Mar 12, 2014
  • Length: 01:00:20
  • Purchases: 5
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Tent Show Radio host Michael Perry talks about outhouses and welcomes singer songwriter Corey Carlson.

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


  • Added: Feb 28, 2014
  • Length: 01:00:20
  • Purchases: 6
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Tent Show Radio host and New York Times best selling author/humorist Michael Perry welcomes Kathy Mattea to the Big Top stage. Born in South Charl...

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


  • Added: Feb 19, 2014
  • Length: 01:00:20
  • Purchases: 5
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Tent Show Radio host Michael Perry talks about his Olympic shortcomings and welcomes guest Kathy Mattea.

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


  • Added: Feb 14, 2014
  • Length: 01:00:20
  • Purchases: 5
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Tent Show Radio best selling author Michael Perry discusses hoof trimmers and forgetfulness and welcomes Elephant Revival to the Big Top Stage.

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


  • Added: Feb 07, 2014
  • Length: 01:00:20
  • Purchases: 7