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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.

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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.

    Back to the Garden: The Music of Woodstock | Episode 22-26

    Back to the Garden: The Music of Woodstock | Episode 22-26

    Enjoy an electric hour of the Blue Canvas Orchestra’s beloved tribute to the Woodstock Music Festival on this episode of Tent Show Radio. 
     
    In 1969, nearly half a million people gathered on a dairy farm northwest of New York City for a three-day rock concert and celebration of peace, love, and music that became one of the most defining moments of their generation. Featuring the Blue Canvas Orchestra, this multimedia event pays tribute to the festival, the artists, and to the spirit of the sixties that was epitomized by the legendary event.

    See Back to the Garden: The Music of Woodstock live at Big Top Chautauqua this July! Tickets are $26 for Adults and ½ Price for Youth 17 & Under. Head over to www.bigtop.org for tickets.

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    Richie Havens & Robert Cray | Episode 22-25

    Richie Havens & Robert Cray | Episode 22-25

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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 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. Read the full description.
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    Also in the Tent Show Radio series Home Free | Episode 22-24 (59:00)
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    Michael Perry | Episode 22-23 (59:00)
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    Shakey Graves | Episode 22-22 (59:00)
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    Best of the '21 BCO | Episode 22-21 (59:00)
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    Cloud Cult & Charlie Parr | Episode 22-20 (59:00)
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    Gaelic Storm | Episode 22-19 (59:00)
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    Steve Earle & The Dukes | Episode 22-18 (59:00)
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    Dear Earth | Episode 22-17 (59:00)
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    Buffy Sainte-Marie Part Two | Episode 22-16 (58:59)
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    Buffy Sainte-Marie Part One | Episode 22-15 (59:00)
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    Home Free | Episode 22-24

    Home Free | Episode 22-24

    On this week’s episode of Tent Show Radio hosted by Michael Perry enjoy a special recording from the archives featuring award-winning acapella sensation Home Free. With praise rolling in wide ranges from the likes of Billboard and Rolling Stone, their incredible liveshows showcase each member's vocal talent, their combined rich harmonies, and quick-witted-humor - bringing audiences to their feet time and time again. The extraordinary world-class vocalists have garnered a large following, selling nearly 600,000 albums, embarking on major international tours, and amassing 500+ million views and 1.3 million subscribers on YouTube. Their high-energy and electrifying performances fuse Nashville standards with country-dipped pop hits, resulting in a truly unique and incredible sound. 
    Enjoyed this episode? See Home Free live at Big Top this September! Tickets are on sale now at www.bigtop.org.

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    Michael Perry | Episode 22-23

    Michael Perry | Episode 22-23

    This week on Tent Show Radio, enjoy a full episode featuring the best of host Michael Perry. A celebrated New York Times best-selling author, musician, and humorist, Michael Perry shares tales of life in Wisconsin with an eye toward how his stories of the past connect us to the future.  

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    Shakey Graves | Episode 22-22

    Shakey Graves | Episode 22-22

    This week on Tent Show Radio, enjoy an unforgettable episode from the archives, featuring eclectic Americana singer-songwriter Shakey Graves. 
    Playing a smoky, spectral fusion of blues, folk, and rock in a stripped-down one-man-band style, Shakey Graves is the stage name of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Alejandro Rose-Garcia. Originally from Austin, his esoteric bedroom recordings quickly developed a cult following, and he soon began performing live as a one-man band, with a knack for storytelling and an enigmatic stage presence that immediately draws listeners into his strange narrative world. 
    See Shakey Graves live at Big Top October 6th, 2022! Tickets are on sale now at www.bigtop.org.

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    Best of the ' 21 BCO | Episode 22-21

    Best of the ' 21 BCO | Episode 22-21

    This week on Tent Show Radio, experience 35 years of love featuring the best of the 2021 Blue Canvas Orchestra. The Blue Canvas Orchestra has graced the Big Top stage countless times since its 1986 founding, Through their 36 year history, the band has had many iterations, and has performed on stages around Wisconsin, played across the airwaves on Tent Show Radio. As they honor their history, listeners will experience love, comradery, loss, and change, but the music, tent, and the images behind it all remain a constant in our beloved northwoods. 
    This episode of Tent Show Radio features highlights from the Blue Canvas Orchestra’s many performances of our 35th Anniversary season. Visit www.bigtop.org to see our famed houseband live this summer.

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

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Having lived ten years on the south shore of Lake Superior, I’ve learned to enjoy Big Top. Now that I’ve moved I’m so grateful to learn of this as a podcast. Now I can enjoy a little bit of Chequamegon Bay even down here in southern WI. Such a great collection of musicians, actors, singers, and characters!

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