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32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States
715-373-5552 bigtop.org

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Jun 2017
$32 - $58

Asleep At the Wheel with Special Guest: Dale Watson

Sat, Jun 24, 7:30 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

Asleep At The Wheel has released more than 20 studio albums, charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard country charts, and earned nine Grammy Awards. The band is known for its classic western music. Asleep at the Wheel will be making its third appearance on the Big Top stage, this time joined by Dale Watson. Watson is a country singer, guitarist and songwriter based in Austin.

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$11 - $22

Rise Up Singing

Sun, Jun 25, 7:30 pm
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Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

The Blue Canvas Orchestra will perform songs of hope from all different eras and from all around the world. It will also feature some of the most inspirational and powerful songs that sprang forth from songwriters, poets and storytellers. While the show bumps up against the reality of war, it is an uplifting show spotlighting the collective triumph of the people. Tickets are $22 for adults and $11 for students.

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$11 - $22

Big Top Does the Beatles

Thu, Jun 29, 7:30 pm
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Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

Corey Carlson and Severin Behnen lead the Blue Canvas Orchestra in an evening of songs by the Beatles. Tickets are $22 for adults and $11 for students.

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$40

Leftover Salmon with the Secret Sisters

Fri, Jun 30, 7:30 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

Slamgrass pioneers Leftover Salmon took their form of aggressive bluegrass to rock and roll bars at a time when it wasn’t so common. Today, Leftover Salmon is Vince Herman, Drew Emmitt, Andy Thorn, Greg Garrison, Alwyn Robinson and Erik Deutsch. The Secret Sisters, an Americana singing and songwriting duo consisting of vocalists Laura and Lydia Rogers, will open the show ahead of the June release of their latest album, You Don’t Own Me Anymore, produced by Brandi Carlile.

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Jul 2017
$49

Ziggy Marley

Sat, Jul 1, 7:30 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

Reggae music sensation Ziggy Marley is an eight-time Grammy winner and an Emmy winner, humanitarian, singer, songwriter and producer.

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Free

Wigwam Talks with Michael “Laughing Fox” Charette

Sun, Jul 2, 12:15 pm to Wed, Aug 16, 1:00 pm
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Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

Wisconsin’s Native American culture and heritage is featured in several events at the tent throughout the season. Michael "LaughingFox" Charette holds multiple Wigwam Talks to provide opportunities to learn about the Ojibwe culture and heritage. The event is part of the Native American Community Connections Series, and all events in the series can be found at bigtop.org/nacc.

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Free

Darren Thompson & Friends

Sun, Jul 2, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

Native American flutist Darren Thompson, Ojibwe from the Lac Du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, performs and tells the history of this "iconic and ancient instrument." He is joined by guest Laughing Fox from the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and violinist Aleah Eagleboy, Oglala Lakota from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Dancer Michelle Reed, Lac Du Flambeau Ojibwe, joins with members of her Woodland Sky Dance Troupe. An appearance will be made by…

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$11 - $22

Riding in the Wind

Sun, Jul 2, 7:30 pm
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Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

Learn about the musical history and secrets of Bayfield and the Apostle Islands through original music and song stories. Riding in the Wind was created in 1985 and was the first show to be performed on the Big Top stage.

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$30 - $55

Blackberry Smoke

Thu, Jul 6, 7:30 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

Blackberry Smoke is a southern rock 'n' roll band that has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Conan as well as had songs featured in movie and video game soundtracks, such as EA Sports’ Madden NFL 16.

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$48

Michael Franti and Spearhead

Fri, Jul 7, 7:30 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

Musician and humanitarian Michael Franti returns to the Big Top for a night of hip-hop, reggae, funk and rap. Joining Franti on the Big Top stage will be rapper Chali 2na and electric duo the Funk Hunters.

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$44 - $68

Travis Tritt

Sat, Jul 8, 7:30 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

Travis Tritt is an American country music singer, songwriter and actor who has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1992. Seven of his albums since 1989 have been certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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Free

Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue

Sun, Jul 9, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

The Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue (“Precious Mother Earth”) is a Kalpulli (“learning community”) of Indigenous people joined by the desire to learn, share and live the tradition of Aztec dance. Ketzal Coatlicue pursues this spiritual, mental, and physical vocation with music from the sacred drum, conch shells, seeds and other instruments. Ketzal Coatlicue’s cultural learning center is located in South Minneapolis. This show is part of the Essentia Health Free Family Series. A free shuttle serving Bad River, Ashland, Washburn and Bayfield…

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$15 - $17

Big Top Opry 2: The Outlaw Years

Thu, Jul 13, 7:30 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

In 2014 Severin Behnen and Corey Carlson put together a show which featured songs from the Grand Ole Opry from the 1930s, '40s and '50s. Their new show includes songs from the mid-1960s to the early 1980s. The Blue Canvas Orchestra and Corey Carlson will play music from Opry icons such as Willie & Waylon, Dolly & Loretta, Johnny Cash, George Jones and Glen Campbell. Special guests include Andy Dee, Randy Sabien, Joe Savage, Danielle Diamond and Emily Belanger. Tickets…

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$30 - $48

Josh Ritter & Brett Dennen

Fri, Jul 14, 7:30 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

Singer/songwriter Josh Ritter travels to Bayfield in support of his eighth studio album, Sermon on the Rocks. Folk singer/songwriter and self-proclaimed “Wild Child” Brett Dennen opens the show. He’s also a social activist striving for equality and peace, topics which find their way into his song lyrics along with themes of vulnerability and forgiveness.

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$26 - $48

I Am He Said: A Tribute to Neil Diamond

Sat, Jul 15, 7:30 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

Matt, Jeff and Tommy Vee are celebrating music sensation Neil Diamond. Diamond has sold over 100 million records worldwide. His achievements also include writing songs for Elvis Presley, Deep Purple and the Monkees.

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Free

Cirque Zuma Zuma

Sun, Jul 16, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

African Acrobats International, Inc. has established Cirque Zuma Zuma, an African Circus showcasing different cultures. This show is part of the Essentia Health Free Family Series. A free shuttle serving Bad River, Ashland, Washburn and Bayfield is available, with details available at bigtop.org/shuttle.

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$77 - $108

The Beach Boys

Sun, Jul 16, 7:30 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

The Beach Boys are led by original member Mike Love and longtime member Bruce Johnston. Along with Scott Totten, Tim Bonhomme, Jon Cowsill, Jeffrey Foskett and Brian Eichenberger they have toured as the Beach Boys regularly since 1998.

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Free

Trinity Irish Dance Company

Sat, Jul 29, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

This matinée performance by the Trinity Irish Dance Company will demonstrate Irish Dance techniques and discuss the rich tradition of Irish Dance. Following the performance, members of the company will give a brief lesson on the grounds. Many of their dancers came through the prestigious Trinity Academy of Irish Dance, the Chicago/Milwaukee-based school that was founded in 1981 and won team titles for the United States at the World Championships of Irish Dance. This show is part of the Essentia…

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$55 - $80

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Sun, Jul 30, 7:30 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

Mary Chapin Carpenter has recorded 14 albums and sold over 14 million records. She has also won five Grammy awards, two CMA awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, and is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. This will be her second performance at Big Top Chautauqua.

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Aug 2017
$22 - $38

Here Come the Mummies

Thu, Aug 3, 7:30 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

Here Come the Mummies is an eight-man band of Egyptian Mummies who play a mixture of funk and rock. They have opened for P-Funk, Al Green and Cheap Trick and they've performed all over North America.

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$40 - $68

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Sat, Aug 5, 7:30 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

Ricky Skaggs performs country bluegrass music. He has won 14 Grammy Awards, eight CMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, 11 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, and two Dove Awards. He was the youngest person to have joined the Grand Ole Opry back in 1982.

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Free

Okee Dokee Brothers

Sun, Aug 6, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

Okee Dokee Brothers, consisting of Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing, are a Grammy-winning Americana/bluegrass children’s music duo from Minneapolis. This show is part of the Essentia Health Free Family Series. A free shuttle serving Bad River, Ashland, Washburn and Bayfield is available, with details available at bigtop.org/shuttle.

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$38

Shakey Graves

Sun, Aug 6, 7:30 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

Austin native Alejandro Rose-Garcia performs under the stage name Shakey Graves. His music is considered Americana, crossing between blues, folk and rock and roll. Graves performs at Americana festivals across the country, has been a successful actor with an early recurring role in Friday Night Lights, and was featured on Austin City Limits. The opening set features David Ramirez.

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$38 - $58

Mary Black

Thu, Aug 10, 7:30 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

Mary Black is an Irish folk singer who has been described by The San Francisco Chronicle as "one of the best interpretative singers around."

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$40 - $62

Delbert McClinton

Fri, Aug 11, 7:30 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

Delbert McClinton has won three Grammy awards and is regarded as a master among Texas music aficionados, blues experts and critics. McClinton performs a mix of American blues, rock and electric blues.

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$11 - $22

WPR 100th Anniversary with the Blue Canvas Orchestra

Sat, Aug 12, 7:30 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

Attendees can experience the golden age of radio with a live stage drama of Oscar Wilde’s Canterville Ghost. Wisconsin Public Radio’s Norman Gilliland hosts this family-friendly performance by the 9XM Players featuring classic radio scripts, period costumes, sound effects, live music and more. Big Top’s Blue Canvas Orchestra performs under the musical direction of Severin Behnen with BCO musicians and singers plus special guests.

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$11 - $22

Superior!

Sun, Aug 13, 7:30 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

Jan Lee and Severin Behnen lead the Blue Canvas Orchestra in a new show about Lake Superior. The show celebrates the power, majesty, history and natural wonder of the Gitche Gumee through original songs, stories and spectacular images on the big screen. Lee is the founder of StageNorth in Washburn and a regular performer on the Big Top Stage. Behnen is Big Top's musical director during the summer and a teacher and professional musician in Los Angeles in the offseason.…

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$48

John Butler Trio

Thu, Aug 17, 7:30 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

The John Butler Trio is an eclectic Australian roots and jam band led by APRA and ARIA-award winning musician John Butler. Butler was born in California and moved to Australia -- his father's native land -- when he was 11. He started his career as a busker on the streets of Perth and Fremantle, playing a variety of different music styles, including Indian, Celtic, bluegrass and folk. He has gone on to be one of the most successful recording artists…

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$28 - $55

Tab Benoit

Fri, Aug 18, 7:30 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

Tab Benoit is known as one of Louisiana's best musicians. He received a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album in 2006 and in 2010 he was given the Governor’s Award for Conservationist of the Year from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.

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$28 - $42

Gaelic Storm

Thu, Aug 24, 7:30 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

The chart-topping Celtic band Gaelic Storm returns to the Big Top stage to perform songs from its latest album, Full Irish: The Best of Gaelic Storm, the band’s fifth consecutive #1 Billboard World Album.

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Sep 2017
$79 - $110

Bonnie Raitt

Sat, Sep 2, 7:00 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

Bonnie Raitt is a ten-time Grammy award winning performer. She has been named one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone. She performs a mashup of blues, rock and country-style music.

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2017 Old Last Night

Sat, Sep 9, 7:00 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

Big Top Chautauqua holds its traditional closing night event of the 2017 season.

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$25 - $45

Big Tap ChautauquaFest 2017

Sat, Sep 16, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Big Top Chautauqua 32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield, WI 54891 United States

Big Top Chautauqua's seventh annual Big Tap ChautauquaFest features brews, local cuisine on the “Fatty 5K” trek, live music and more.

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