Season Program | Big Top Chautauqua 2017 | Page 17

Thursday, June 22, 2017 • 7:30 PM Friday, June 23, 2017 • 7:30 PM Saturday, June 24, 2017 • 7:30 PM Tickets: $ 22 adult/ $ 11 student Tickets: $ 22 adult/ $ 11 student Tickets: $ 32/ $ 46/ $ 58 In 2014 the dynamic team of Severin Behnen and Corey Carlson put together our first Opry show which celebrated the best of the Grand Ole Opry from the 30s, 40s and 50s. Our next installment of great country and western music takes us from the mid-60s through the early 80s with music from Opry icons like Willie & Waylon, Dolly & Loretta, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell, Charley Pride and Tammy Wynette. This show features the Blue Canvas Orchestra with Corey Carlson and special guests Andy Dee, Randy Sabien, Joe Savage, Danielle Diamond, Emily Belanger and Lizzie Herriott. Warren Nelson’s 50th Year in Show Business, and 50 years singing with Jack Gunderson! Big Top’s founder Warren Nelson celebrates his 50th year in show business with a concert of songs chosen from way back to now. He has written over 500 songs and composed songs for 17 original historical musicals including Riding The Wind. This evening also marks the 50th year that Warren and Jack Gunderson have performed together and they will include songs from the years of the Lost Nation String Band. “I’ve been a lucky man to have great musicians carry my songs on the wings of their strings and tonight we travel the years.” Asleep at the Wheel has been the most instrumental force in keeping Western swing music alive. They have released more than twenty studio albums, charted more than twenty singles on the Billboard country charts, and earned nine Grammy Awards. They continue to introduce Western swing to new generations on tour and take audiences on the ride of a lifetime with their freewheeling, classic sound. Described by Reuter’s as “one of the best live acts in the business,” Asleep at the Wheel will be making their third appearance at Big Top, this time joined by Texas musical icon Dale Watson. Watson is a country singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He champions “Ameripolitan” as a new genre of original music and has positioned himself as a tattooed, stubbornly independent and slightly irreverent outsider who is interested in authentic country music. Sponsored by: •Heidi & Terry Anderson• Sponsored by: •Mary Rice• •Ruth Goetz• Also plays July 13 and September 1 Sponsored by: •Motion-to-Go• (715)373-5552 WWW.BIGTOP.ORG 17