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Tent Show Radio is a weekly variety series showcasing live performances from Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua. Featuring author, humorist Michael Perry, and nationally and regionally renowned performers, Tent Show Radio is heard every week on listener-supported radio stations across the country, and the world on the Internet. Each week features a different live performance from Big Top Chautauqua’s summer season of concerts and musical productions.

Tent Show Radio is a weekly variety series showcasing live performances from Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua. Featuring author, humorist Michael Perry, and nationally and regionally renowned performers, Tent Show Radio is heard every week on listener-supported radio stations across the country, and the world on the Internet. Each week features a different live performance from Big Top Chautauqua’s summer season of concerts and musical productions.
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Washburn, WI

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Tent Show Radio is a weekly variety series showcasing live performances from Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua. Featuring author, humorist Michael Perry, and nationally and regionally renowned performers, Tent Show Radio is heard every week on listener-supported radio stations across the country, and the world on the Internet. Each week features a different live performance from Big Top Chautauqua’s summer season of concerts and musical productions.

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English

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Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua PO Box 455 101 West Bayfield Street - Washburn, WI 54891 715-373-5552


Episodes

TSR 18-08 The Big Wu - Black River Revue

2/24/2018
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A jam band with a unique style and presence, the Big Wu combines strong, free flowing improvisation and vocal harmonies, with finely crafted songs for all tastes. The story goes that "the Wu," bound for rock stardom, sold their souls for a case of Old Style beer one thirsty night long ago. The legend and the band live on. Still rocking their powerful, moving, and energizing music for the fans, we were pleased to welcome them back in our 2017 show season for their 2nd appearance at the Big...

Duration:00:58:58

Riders in the Sky - BCO Opry 2: The Outlaw Years

2/23/2018
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For thirty-five years Riders in the Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. While remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have themselves become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, and all along encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life ‘The Cowboy Way!’ In addition to being inducted into the Grand Ol’ Opry, and too many halls of fame to...

Duration:00:58:59

18-06 Secret Sisters - Becky Warren

2/10/2018
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There are two ways of handling a dangerous, raging river: you can surrender and let it carry you away, or you can swim against the flow. For The Secret Sisters, there was a point after the release of their last record when they could have chosen to do neither – instead, sinking to the bottom as the weight of the world washed away their dreams. They went from touring with Bob Dylan to losing their label, purging their team, filing bankruptcy and almost permanently trading harmonies for...

Duration:00:58:59

18-05 Leftover Salmon - Keb Mo

2/3/2018
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Looking back over the past 25 years of rootsy, string-based music, the impact of Leftover Salmon is impossible to deny. Formed in Boulder at the end of 1989, the Colorado slam grass pioneers took their form of aggressive bluegrass to rock and roll bars at a time when it wasn’t so common, helping Salmon become a pillar of the jam band scene and unwitting architects of the jamgrass genre. Today, Leftover Salmon is Vince Herman (vocals, acoustic guitar, washboard); Drew Emmitt (vocals,...

Duration:00:59:14

18-04 Tab Benoit - Hope Country

1/20/2018
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This episode features Tab Benoit, a Cajun man who’s definitely got the blues. A guitar player since his teenage years, he hung out at the Blues Box, a ramshackle music club and cultural center in nearby Baton Rouge, Louisiana run by guitarist Tabby Thomas. Playing guitar alongside Thomas, Raful Neal, Henry Gray and other high-profile regulars at the club, Benoit learned the blues first-hand from a faculty of living blues legends. The nightly impromptu gigs were enough to inspire Benoit...

Duration:01:00:01

TSR 18-03 Brett Dennen - Quito Rymer

1/20/2018
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Our featured performer on today’s show is self-proclaimed “wild child” singer songwriter Brett Dennen. Sometime around the halfway mark I’ll share a story about the consequences of self-inflicted sugar bombs. We’ll also sneak in musicby Quito Rymer and our very own Blue Canvas Orchestra.

Duration:01:00:01

18-1 Asleep at the Wheel - Dale Watson

1/6/2018
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Our featured performer on today’s show is Ray Benson, founder of legendary Texas country and western swing outfit Asleep at the Wheel. Sometime around the halfway mark I’ll share a story about surviving the New Year and Colonoscopies. We’ll also sneak in a pair of tunes from Ray Benson’s Lone Star pal Dale Watson, and—for local flavor—one from our very own Blue Canvas Orchestra.

Duration:00:59:58

17-25.2 - Blue Canvas Christmas

12/12/2017
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Join the Blue Canvas Orchestra as they play your favorite holiday classics. Originally performed in 2013, this Tent Show Radio program features Big Top Chautauqua's Blue Canvas Orchestra performing original songs and arrangements of broad range of holiday music from classics like Tchaikovsky's Russian and Arabian Dance songs to Jackson Browne's Rebel Jesus to Mr. Grinch.

Duration:00:59:01

TSR17-26 Old Last Night

6/20/2017
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Join Big Top for the traditional closing night of the season, where we celebrate with music and laughter the end of another year. Our beloved house band, The Blue Canvas Orchestra, opens the night with rollicking renditions of some of our favorite songs, illuminated by big screen images. Author, humorist and host of Tent Show Radio, Michael Perry delivers his hilarious, winding tales of rural Wisconsin life.

Duration:00:58:59

TSR17-25 The Villanoba Brothers

6/20/2017
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The Villanoba Brothers all the way from Mexcio to the shores of the great Lake Superior and Big Top Chautauqua stage.

Duration:00:58:59

TSR17-22 Auralai and Ziggy Marley

6/5/2017
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During the late 70s, Ziggy could also be seen alongside his brother Stephen at some of their father’s larger concerts around Jamaica and abroad. In 1978, the duo appeared on stage at the One Love Peace Concert in Kingston, and the following year at Reggae Sunsplash II in Montego Bay. Also in 1979, Ziggy and his siblings Sharon, Cedella and Stephen formed the Melody Makers – named after the British weekly pop/rock music newspaper, Melody Maker – and made their recording debut with...

Duration:00:59:00

TSR17-21 Live from Oshkosh

6/5/2017
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If you’re within range of (or can stream) one of these stations tonight (Saturday, June 3rd) we hope you’ll join Mike and the Blue Canvas Orchestra as he hosts an edition of Tent Show Radio from Grand Opera House in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, sings a couple of songs and debuts yet another Clodhopper Definition of the Big Dang Word of the Week. Information on streaming the show here. This episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burning...

Duration:00:59:00

TSR17-20 Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle

6/5/2017
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If you’re within range of (or can stream) one of these stations tonight (Saturday, May 27th) we hope you’ll join Mike as he hosts another edition of Tent Show Radio from Big Top Chautauqua and debuts yet another Clodhopper Definition of the Big Dang Word of the Week. Information on streaming the show here. This episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burning – Mike tells the story of his fall from…well, not from GRACE, because...

Duration:00:59:01

TSR17-19 Ruthie Foster

6/5/2017
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If you’re within range of (or can stream) one of these stations tonight (Saturday, May 13th) we hope you’ll join Mike as he hosts another edition of Tent Show Radio from Big Top Chautauqua and debuts yet another Clodhopper Definition of the Big Dang Word of the Week. Information on streaming the show here. This week’s show welcomes Ruthie Foster with a throwback performance by Brandi Carlile. This episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little...

Duration:00:59:00

TSR17-18 The Mavericks

6/5/2017
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If you’re within range of (or can stream) one of these stations tonight (Saturday, May 6th) we hope you’ll join Mike as he hosts another edition of Tent Show Radio from Big Top Chautauqua and debuts yet another Clodhopper Definition of the Big Dang Word of the Week. Information on streaming the show here. This episode’s monologue – delivered from the backstage dressing room with the one lonely little lightbulb burning – Mike admits he cheated on winter this winter. Then – in clodhopper...

Duration:00:58:59

TSR 17-16 - The High Kings

5/25/2017
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Links The High Kings www.thehighkings.com Michael Perry www.sneezingcow.com The High Kings is an Irish folk group formed in Dublin in 2008. The band consists of Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden. By June 2016, the group had released four studio albums, two live albums, and two live DVDs. Their first three studio albums appeared at number three or higher on the Billboard world music chart, the first two went platinum in Ireland,and all of their albums...

Duration:00:59:00

TSR 17-17 Big Top Opry = The Outlaw Yearsv

5/25/2017
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The Blue Canvas Orchestra perform great country and western music takes us from the mid-60s through the early 80s with music from Opry icons like Willie & Waylon, Dolly & Loretta, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Glen Campbell, Charley Pride and Lynn Anderson. This show again features the Blue Canvas Orchestra with Corey Carlson and special guests Andy Dee, Randy Sabien, Joe Savage, Danielle Diamond and Emily Belanger. This show will bring you to your feet as you clap and sing along to popular...

Duration:00:33:45

TSR17-15 John Anderson

4/25/2017
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John David Anderson (born December 13, 1954, in Apopka, Florida) is an American country musician with a successful career that has lasted more than 30 years. Starting in 1977 with the release of his first single, "I've Got a Feelin' (Somebody's Been Stealin')", Anderson has charted more than 40 singles on the Billboard country music charts, including five Number Ones: "Wild and Blue", "Swingin'", "Black Sheep", "Straight Tequila Night", and "Money in the Bank". He has also recorded 22...

Duration:00:59:00

TSR17-14 Oak Ridge Boys

4/25/2017
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The Oak Ridge Boys are an American country and gospel vocal quartet. The group was founded in the 1940s as the Oak Ridge Quartet. They became popular in southern gospel during the 1950s. Their name was officially changed to the Oak Ridge Boys in the early 1960s, and they remained a gospel group until the mid-1970s, when they changed their image and concentrated on country music.

Duration:00:58:59

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