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Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua

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Address: 32525 Ski Hill Rd., Bayfield, WI 54814
Phone Number: 715-373-5552; 888-244-8368
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Description: Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua (sha-ta-qwa) is a year round non profit...
Lake 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, lectures, and a highly acclaimed professional local troupe which performs original multi-media musicals in the tent and on tour. Tent Show Radio, a weekly one hour program which showcases live performances from the Big Top stage, is aired on public radio stations throughout the country.Named "The Best Outdoor Concert Venue" by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 2013.We partner with Non-Profit Mt. Ashwabay Outdoor Education Foundation who provide 100% of food and drink concessions.
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Vince Gill

Outstanding! We saw Vince Gill on August 23. His vocals and guitar playing were flawless. His band is amazing. He has great rapor with the audience. The venue under the big top is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Kennan, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Outstanding! We saw Vince Gill on August 23. His vocals and guitar playing were flawless. His band is amazing. He has great rapor with the audience. The venue under the big top is very special. It is run like a well oiled machine. Great time.

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Harshaw, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Local culture or national headliners like Lyle Lovett - the Big Top has them all for a very reasonable price. Sitting under the blue stripped Big Top Tent is a special experience. The seating is comfortable and the seats are assigned. No need to worry about rain, and yet still feel connected to nature. The light and sound are very... More 

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Stillwater, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We're big fans of Big Top Chautauqua, and have seen a bunch of national acts there, but have never been to one of the "local" shows that are developed and performed by the musicians from the area -- until last night when we saw the Opry. Wow! This was not only a well-written, well-performed show, it was utterly charming. We... More 

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Fremont, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Planned our trip around seeing LL. What a great venue. Went back two nights later for another artist. Order food early at large events.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Got to listen to some really great music. Super enthusiastic crowd and overall just an amazing experience plus it is located in one of the best places.

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Denmark, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This place is a diamond in the ruff!! Very nice place to have a concert. Great lineup of entertainment. Glad we went! It doesn't say it on their website but they do serve food and yummy refreshments. Even homemade apple pie squares. Save room!!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We had never attended anything at this location so we got tickets to Garrison Keillor & the show was of course outstanding. We have seen him several times at indoor locations. It was a lovely summer evening & parking on site was good. The indoor bathrooms were very nice, given the rustic location. I found the seats to be quite... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We saw the Wailin' Jennies with the family. Easy food, great service from the super friendly volunteers, and a top-notch show!!

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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Seeing great artists in such a relaxed atmosphere is such a treat. We saw Lyle Lovett under the tent and just had a great time. This was our third time at Big Top and we'll go back again. Give yourself enough time to get a bite to eat and enjoy the outdoor atmosphere. Amazingly this is all run by volunteers.... More 

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Rockwell, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Saw Charlie Daniels here. Great show!!!! Had yard seats. Which I thought was great.Very pretty area. Would go back to the tent for another show. Good times!

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