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Big Top Chautauqua

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32525 Ski Hill Rd
Bayfield, WI 54814 United States

Screen-Shot-2015-02-25-at-11.40.12-AMLake Superior Big Top Chautauqua (sha-ta-qwa) is a year round non profit performing arts organization with a rich history. We operate an intimate 900-seat, all-canvas, state-of-the-art tent theater, producing and presenting a fifty-plus night summer season of concerts, plays, lectures, and a highly acclaimed professional local troupe which performs original multi-media musicals in the tent and on tour.

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May 2016

30th Anniversary Tent Raising


30th Anniversary Tent Raising Saturday, May 14, 2016 starting at 7:00 AM Volunteers Needed! Big Top Chautauqua friends and volunteers will gather Saturday, May 14 to help the 160’ x 70’, 950-seat, 2,000 pound all-canvas tent for Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua’s 2016 season. The fun begins at 7AM as we unroll five giant 400 pound rolls of canvas. By 10AM we normally have the canopy rising off the ground. After a break for lunch we complete the truss work while beginning to…

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June 2016

Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy Sat, June 25, 2016 at 7:30 PM Tickets*: $49/$70/$82 Buddy Guy is a genuine American treasure and one of the final surviving connections to an historic era in the America’s musical evolution. At age 79, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric…

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Michael Franti & Spearhead

Michael Franti and Spearhead

Michael Franti & Spearhead Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 7:30 PM Reserved Seating*: $48 Musician, filmmaker, humanitarian, Michael Franti, is recognized as a pioneering force using music as a vehicle for positive change. His unforgettable, high energy shows with his band, Spearhead, draw on the music of hip hop, reggae, funk and rap. With the multi-platinum success of his song "Say Hey (I Love You)" and the chart breaking 2010 release of The Sound Of Sunshine, Franti and his band guarantee…

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July 2016



BoDeans Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 7:30 PM Reserved Seating*: $42 Long known as one of the best live acts in the business, Wisconsin’s own BoDeans continue to tour year round and deliver amazing, high energy, performances. They were one of the bands that inspired a new radio format known as Adult Alternative, Album Rock-Triple A. Their reputation for delivering a dynamic live show garnered support slots with U2, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, George Thorogood, The Pretenders, David Bowie, and appearances at…

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August 2016

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band


Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 50th Anniversary Tour Sat, Aug. 6, 2016 at 7:30 PM Tickets*: $40/$50/$62 Fifty years ago, in 1966, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was founded in Long Beach, California. Featuring founding members Jeff Hanna and Jimmie Fadden, plus Bob Carpenter and John McEuen, the band has performed at the Big Top nine times since 2003. The band's successes include several Grammy and CMA awards and nominations, the seminal 1972 album “Will the Circle be Unbroken” plus hit songs…

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Gaelic Storm


Gaelic Storm Thurs, Aug. 11, 2016 at 7:30 PM Tickets*: $28/$32/$40 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 - The Best of Gaelic Storm. The latest album spans the bulk of the band’s career, mixing crowd favorites and concert staples with three previously unreleased recordings, including “Whiskey in the Jar” and “Irish Party in Third Class” from Titanic. Full…

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