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Michael Perry – Old Last Night at Big Top Chautaqua

September 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Big Top Chautaqua’s Old Last Night hosted by Michael Perry.

Join Mike as he shares a few humorous, heartfelt tales from the Big Top stage. He’ll also be introducing the Open Mic Allstars, the Blue Canvas Orchestra, and special guest Steve Solkela.

Saturday, September 7, 2024
Doors Open: 5:00PM
Show: 7:00PM

Tickets: $22 / $28 / $36
Half-Price Youth 17 & Under
Purchase your tickets here.

As our 38th summer concert season winds down, join us under the tent for Big Top’s annual end-of-season celebration hosted by Michael Perry and featuring performances from the Blue Canvas Orchestra and special guests!

The Blue Canvas Orchestra is truly the heart and soul of Big Top Chautauqua. Having graced the stage countless times since our founding in 1986, the band has had many iterations, performed on stages around Wisconsin, played across the airwaves on Tent Show Radio, and has become beloved for their unique brand of original productions and retrospective shows. Featuring a variety of professional musicians, our famed house band our known for their well-seasoned blend of bluegrass, folk, blues, and more.

Hailing from New Auburn, Wisconsin, Michael Perry is a New York Times best-selling author, humorist, singer/songwriter, and host of Big Top Chautauqua’s independently produced radio program Tent Show Radio. Perry is the author of twenty-plus books including his bestselling memoirs Population: 485Truck: A Love StoryPeaceful Persistenceand the novella Forty Acres Deep.. He tours with his band the Long Beds, hosts a weekly mini-podcast, and–when not on the road–serves on the local volunteer rescue service. ​

Steve Solkela is a Musician/Comedian/Stuntman/Singer/Actor/ & Composer known for his non-sensical sense of humor, creative mind, unpredictable musical combinations, and immense pain tolerance, specializes in Funny Novelty Songs with a Midwestern Flavor that are sure to bring a laugh to your life. Hailing form Palo, MN, Steve studied Music at Rowan University out in New Jersey where he starred in several Operas and left that campus permanently scarred with his wacky antics. The Flying Finn can often be seen playing Accordion on a unicycle, longboard, stilts, or traveling the country with his 23-piece ensemble called Steve’s “Overpopulated” One-Man Band!

We are also excited to present some of our favorite regional musicians from The Backstage Open Mic sessions during this special evening under the tent. The talent that has presented itself has been phenomenal, from right here in our backyard! We’ll pick the best of the best and give them a chance on the big stage – trust us, you’ll be delighted!

Ticket Fees

*Plus applicable taxes and fees

  • 5.5% State and local sales tax
  • $4 Facility Fee per ticket (facility fee is used for tent, building, and grounds needs)
  • 3% Processing and handling fee per order.
  • ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL. No refunds or exchanges will be given.


By purchasing a ticket to this event, you and your party agree to abide by the following conditions:

  • Attendees grant unrestricted rights & licenses for use of their likeness in any form of public broadcast and production, and for promotional purposes
  • Big Top Chautauqua reserves the right to refuse admission or evict anyone from the venue premises due to disorderly behavior without issuing a refund.
  • Big Top Chautauqua reserves the right to search all persons, packages, bags, and other items entering venue grounds and/or other properties owned by Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua. The safety of our guests, volunteers, staff, and artists are top priority.
  • All venue policies and procedures are subject to change without notice.


September 7
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$22 – $36


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Big Top Chautauqua
32535 Ski Hill Road
Washburn, WI 54891 United States
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