Season Program | Big Top Chautauqua 2017 - Page 20

Saturday, July 8, 2017 • 7:30 PM Thursday, July 6, 2017 • 7:30 PM Tickets: $ 30/ $ 44/ $ 55 ∆Dance Alert Blackberry Smoke has evolved from a rough-edged club act to arena-ready rock ‘n’ roll juggernauts, while steadily expanding the Southern rock tradition. The band has never shied away from hard work, playing more than 250 shows a year and building an ever-expanding audience on the strength of its live shows. They’ve recorded a handful of releases, including Bad Luck Ain’t No Crime, Little Piece of Dixie and The Whippoorwill, plus a pair of EPs, the concert DVD Live at the Georgia Theatre, and the live CD/DVD set Leave A Scar. Their latest, Holding All the Roses, is the first album the band feels properly captured their musical essence. The band has had songs featured in movie and video game soundtracks, including Madden NFL 16, performed on The Tonight Show, and toured with idols such as The Marshall Tucker Band, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd and George Jones. Reserved Seating: $ 48 Tickets: $ 44/ $ 56/ $ 68 Opening set: TBA Travis Tritt is an American country music singer, songwriter, and actor, and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1992. Seven of his albums since 1989 have been certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Assoc. of America; the highest-certified is 1991's It’s All About to Change, which is certified triple-platinum. Tritt has also charted more than 40 times on the Hot Country Songs charts, including five number ones: “Help Me Hold On,” “Anymore,” “Can I Trust You with My Heart,” “Foolish Pride,” and “Best of Intentions,” plus an additional 15 top ten singles. He also has two Grammy Awards and four awards from the Country Music Association. He appears as part of his solo acoustic national tour. ∆Dance Alert As a musician, filmmaker, and 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. “I make music because I believe it can change people's lives and make a difference in the world,” enthuses Franti, “music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.” He and his band Spearhead guarantee a show that will be thought provoking as well as energetic. We’re excited to welcome Franti for his 3rd visit to Big Top. Sponsored by: •Kylmala Truss & Northern Composite Foundations• •Quito's Gazebo - Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, BVI• Details Page 11 20 WWW.BIGTOP.ORG (715)373-5552 Sponsored by: •Sixth Street Market• •Lulich Implement• ∆Dance Alert We never know when joyous dancing or standing may break out. We try to make it fun for everyone. If you are not a dancer and don’t want to be caught behind one, try choosing seats in the mid-center or back sections.