Big Top Chautauqua Celebrates 35th Anniversary With Jam-Packed Summer

The Season Kicked off Friday, June 18, 2021

BAYFIELD, Wis. – After a COVID-19 prompted hiatus in 2020, Big Top Chautauqua is back and ready to celebrate 35 years of entertainment in the community.

This year’s season began June 18 and will run through September 17.

“We can’t wait for our grand reunion when we see you all back up at the tent, and we are able to join again in the joy of live performances,” says Big Top’s executive director Terry Matier.

“We’ll be performing lots of upbeat and celebratory music for our first nights back together,” said musical director Ed Willett. “Expect some new music from shows we’ve been working on, plus some Big Top classics and favorites.”

Organizers say it’ll be a full season with some 50 shows including nationally touring artists such as Wynonna Judd, Ani DiFranco, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Mavericks, Tanya Tucker, Garrison Keillor, Steve Earle, and Paula Poundstone plus many more.

Two new shows will feature members of the Blue Canvas Orchestra and special Native American guest artists from the region.

Dear Earth: A Love Song/Letter of Hope is a new show featuring the celebrated conservationists from Wisconsin, with beautiful musical compositions, poetry, big-screen photography, and lots of humor. Debuting on July 8, the show is written by Ed Willett and Big Top Founder and Visuals Director Betty Ferris.

Anishinaabe Dibaajimowin: An Ojibwe Story is a new show written by Michael Laughing Fox Charette with Big Top Musical Director Severin Behnen. The show features the stories, music, and traditions of the Ojibwe people of the Great Lakes region. It debuts July 30.

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