2016 Shows

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TSR16-01 Kahulanaui

Kahulanui (The Big Dance) is an inspiration passed down three generations. Come enjoy the big band sounds ringing under canvas!

1st Airing: 1/02/16
2nd Airing: 7/2/16
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TSR16-02 Arlo Guthrie

Arlo returns to Big Top to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the event that inspired his seminal song, ‘Alice’s Restaurant Massacree’.

1st Airing: 1/09/16
2nd Airing: 7/09/16
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TSR16-03 BCO & Tin Can Gin

Big Top’s very own Blue Canvas Orchestra with special guests in the first half followed by Duluth, Minnesota’s Tin Can Gin.

1st Airing: 1/16/16
2nd Airing: 7/16/16
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TSR16-04 Brule

Brulé returns to the Big Top bringing their blend of contemporary Native American sounds and rhythms.

1st Airing: 1/23/16
2nd Airing: 7/23/16
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TSR16-05 Michael Franti & Spearhead

“Music is sunshine,” says Franti, one of the most positive and conscious artists in music today. “Music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.”

1st Airing: 1/30/16
2nd Airing: 7/30/16
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TSR16-06 The Creole Cowboys

Jeffery Broussard creates incredible music and with his accordion mastery and soulful vocals. Bringing great renditions of Creole classics and Cajun-style contemporary Zydeco.

1st Airing: 2/06/16
2nd Airing: 8/06/16
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TSR16-07 The Mavericks

With a Cuban-American lead singer, garage band ferocity, an intense live show and a deep love of both romance and pure country laced with polyrhythmic beats.

1st Airing: 2/13/16
2nd Airing: 8/13/16
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TSR16-08 BCO, Nattali Rize & Notis

Our very own Blue Canvas Orchestra in the first half followed by Jamaican and Australian combined Natalie & Notis.

1st Airing: 2/20/16
2nd Airing: 8/20/16
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TSR16-09 The Wailin’ Jennys

The Wailin’ Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse – three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound.

1st Airing: 2/27/16
2nd Airing: 8/27/16
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TSR16-10 Melissa Ethridge

Academy Award and GRAMMY winning artist takes the stage to perform songs from her new album, This is M.E., as well as some of her greatest hits.

1st Airing: 3/05/16
2nd Airing: 9/03/16
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TSR16-11 Corey Carlson

Our hometown boy, but he’s known and celebrated far and wide. He grew up right here on this very ski hill that is the home of the Big Top, and was weaned on all of the legendary performers that have graced this stage.

1st Airing: 3/12/16
2nd Airing: 9/10/16
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TSR16-12 Greg Brown

After more than 20 albums (including Live from the Big Top) and more than three decades of performing, We always look forward to Greg Brown’s return to the Big Top.

1st Airing: 3/19/16
2nd Airing: 9/17/16
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TSR16-13 Hot Rize

Hot Rize has been astounding the bluegrass world with their fresh, contemporary approach to traditional music ever since their formation in 1978.

1st Airing: 3/26/16
2nd Airing: 9/24/16
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TSR16-14 Tab Benoit

In 2007, Benoit won the dual awards of B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Best Contemporary Male Performer at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis

1st Airing: 4/02/16
2nd Airing: 10/02/16
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TSR16-15 Cloud Cult

An experimental chamber rock band that has sold more than 100,000 albums via their own label. The band is known for its commitment to the environment and for its philosophical lyrics centered on big picture spirituality.

1st Airing: 4/09/16
2nd Airing: 10/09/16
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TSR16-16 Riders In The Sky

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.

1st Airing: 4/16/16
2nd Airing: 10/16/16
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TSR16-17 Horsehoes & Handgrenades

While strongly rooted in bluegrass, old-time, and folk music, the band produces a sound that draws on the vaults of music collectively and individually enjoyed throughout the course of their lives thus far.

1st Airing: 4/23/16
2nd Airing: 10/23/16
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TSR16-18 Charlie Daniels Band

Partly Western and partly Southern. He is the son of a lumberjack and a Southerner by birth; his music – rock, country, bluegrass, blues, gospel – is quintessentially Southern.

1st Airing: 4/30/16
2nd Airing: 11/05/16
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TSR16-19 Gaelic Storm

Over the course of 10 albums and nearly 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is dishing up a hearty serving of Full Irish

1st Airing: 5/07/16
2nd Airing: 11/12/16
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TSR16-20 The High Kings

Ireland’s Folk Band of the Year, The High Kings, is Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden. Coming from impressive musical pedigrees, The High Kings grew up in households soaked in the Irish musical tradition.

1st Airing: 5/14/16
2nd Airing: 11/19/16
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TSR16-21 Home Free

Country a cappella band Home Free was crowned Champions of NBC’s “The Sing-Off” in 2013 launching them onto the national spotlight. Hailing from Mankato, Minnesota.

1st Airing: 5/21/16
2nd Airing: 11/26/16
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TSR16-22 BCO & Tin Can Gin

A variety of musical favorites performed by Big Top Chautauqua’s very own Blue Canvas Orchestra.

1st Airing: 5/28/16
2nd Airing: 12/03/16
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TSR16-23 Quebe Sisters

Three sisters from Fort Worth, Texas. The Quebe’s unique brand of music has taken the Americana music scene by storm.

1st Airing: 6/04/16
2nd Airing: 12/10/16
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TSR16-24 Ronny Cox

A superbly talented singer-songwriter, musician and actor who you might recall his character spots in Deliverance, Beverly Hills Cop, Total Recall and others.

1st Airing: 6/11/16
2nd Airing: 12/17/16
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TSR16-25 The Cactus Blossoms
& Paula Poundstone

Two twanky guitar-town brothers from Minneapolis and public radio comedian Paula Poundstone in the second half!

1st Airing: 6/18/16
2nd Airing: 12/24/16
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TSR16-26 Belfast To Bluegrass

Belfast to Bluegrass is a musical adventure of jigs and ballads as they travel to the Appalachian Mountains by way of a quarter of a million Scots Irish.

1st Airing: 6/25/16
2nd Airing: 12/31/16
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