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Tab Benoit Friday, August 18, 2017 • 7:30 PM Saturday, August 19, 2017 • 7:30 PM Sunday, August 20, 2017 • 7:30 PM Tickets: $ 28/ $ 40/ $ 50 Tickets: $ 70/ $ 86/ $ 99 Tickets: $ 22 adult/ $ 11 student Tab Benoit is one of Louisiana’s best musical exports. In 2007, Benoit won the dual awards of B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Best Contemporary Male Performer at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards). In 2006, he received a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album for Brother to the Blues, a collaboration with Louisiana’s LeRoux. More than just an acclaimed bluesman, he is an indefatigable conservation advocate. Benoit is a driving force behind Voice of the Wetlands, an organization working to save Louisiana’s wetlands. In 2010, he received the Governor’s Award for Conservationist of the Year from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. Benoit also starred in the iMax motion picture Hurricane on the Bayou, a documentary of Hurricane Katrina’s effects and a call to restore the wetlands. Opening set: R Country Gals Ride the winds of time and have fun while you learn in this classic “illuminated musical history” of Bayfield and the Island Environs, with secrets of Red Cliff and Old LaPointe. Original music and song-stories tell the tales while the Big Screen shines with hundreds of then and now photos featuring Lighthouse Keepers, Ojibway life, dreamers & schemers, town scenes, Voyageurs, sailing, f ishing, the big flood and more. Created in 1985 by Warren Nelson and Betty Ferris (Nelson Ferris Concert Company), “Riding the Wind” was the first show performed on the Big Top stage and is still a season highlight. ∆Dance Alert Sponsored by: •Kim & Derek Ogle• With 36 Number 1 hits and more than 25 million albums sold, Charley Pride is a true country music legend. From 1966 to 1984 the overwhelming majority of his more than 50 singles reached the Top 10, with more than half hitting Number 1 including “Kiss an Angel Good Morning,” “Mountain of Love” and “Is Anybody Going to San Antone?” In 1971 the Country Music Association named him Entertainer of the Year. He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1993 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000. Sponsored by: •Haukaas Law Office, S.C.• •Ashland Construction Co., Inc.• Also plays July 2 Sponsored by: •Woody & Linda Petersen• (715)373-5552 WWW.BIGTOP.ORG 31