Tent Show Radio is a weekly one-hour variety series showcasing live performances from Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, Bayfield Wisconsin .
Airing continuously since 1994, Tent Show Radio is hosted by farmer humorist, best-selling author, volunteer firefighter, emergency responder and all-around-great-guy, Michael Perry and features regional and national acts with regular contributions by the Big Top’s Blue Canvas Orchestra; a 9-piece vocal and instrumental ensemble consisting of band leader Ed Willett and Bruce Bowers, Jack Gunderson, Bruce Burnside, Phillip Anich, Tom Mitchell, Cheryl Leah, Jane Aleckson and Andy Dee.
Michael Perry is a humorist and author of the bestselling memoir Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time , and the essay collection Off Main Street . Perry has written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Backpacker, Orion and Salon.com , and is a contributing editor to Men’s Health. His essays have been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered and he has performed and produced two live audience recordings (I Got It From the Cows and Never Stand Behind a Sneezing Cow ). Perry lives in rural Wisconsin , where he remains active as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical responder. He can be found online at www.sneezingcow.com .
In 2012, Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua will celebrate its 27th season under canvas on the south shore sands of Lake Superior near Bayfield , Wisconsin . Big Top Chautauqua is a non-profit performing arts organization. For more information visit www.bigtop.org