Sunday, August 20, 2017 • 10:30 PM ˇtil 1:00 AM Friday, August 25, 2017 • 7:30 PM Tickets: $ 12 Tickets: $ 28/ $ 32/ $ 42 Tickets: $ 22 adult/ $ 11 student Opening set: Noble Sound Machine After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is looking sharper than ever. Their TWELFTH studio album Matching Sweaters delivers the foot-stomping, eclectic mix of tunes that has established the band as one of world music’s premier live acts. Michael Perry and guests present a staged adaptation of Perry's sometimes comic, sometimes heartbreaking bestselling memoir of life, death and hilarity from the perspective of a small town fire department. The show includes musical collaboration with Sean Carey (of S. Carey and Bon Iver.) ∆Dance Alert Birds of Chicago, the collective centered around Allison Russell (of Po’ Girl) and JT Nero (JT and the Clouds,) demonstrate that beautiful words and music can still tap deep veins of emotion. Music this raw and soul-rich demands to be experienced live. The Birds have developed a fervent following, touring more than 200 nights a year since their formation in late 2012. For them, singing for a room full of new people, hearts wide open, keeps out the cold and chases off the shadows. Noble Sound Machine is a reggae trio featuring Noble Falconer, Marlin Ledin and Dane Hauser with roots in the Bayfield and Duluth music scene. The group plays a mix of original and cover tunes and relies heavily on their natural chemistry, thick rhythms, and smooth flowing vocal harmonies. Says the Pittsburgh Tribune, “Gaelic Storm is rock-flavored… music as Irish as Guinness and Harp.” Regularly playing more than 120 shows a year, Gaelic Storm has built one of the most diverse fan bases in modern music From bluegrass fans and country cowboys to Deadheads, rock & rollers and Celtic fanatics. This marks Gaelic Storm's 11th performance at Big Top. Spoiler Alert! You will definitely miss the boat back to Madeline Island on this one! Quality Full Service Meats the Old Fashioned Way! • USDA Choice All natural Beef • Specialty Items • Lean Pork Cut to Your Satisfaction • 32 Flavors of the Finest Quality Homemade Bratwurst in the Northland! - Wild rice - Jalapeno - Cheddar to name a few! Sponsored by: •Fiorio Wealth Advisors• •Northern State Bank• Perry is a New York Times bestselling author, humorist and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin. His bestselling memoirs include Truck: A Love Story, The Scavengers, The Jesus Cow, and Visiting Tom. He hosts Big Top’s “Tent Show Radio,” performs widely as a humorist, and tours with his band the Long Beds. Michael is a frequent guest with the Blue Canvas Orchestra at the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua and on tour. Media Sponsor: •Wisconsin Public Radio• 1413 6th Street West, Ashland, WI Just Minutes Away! 715-682-9608 Hours: 7 am to 9 pm, 7 Days a week! email@example.com www.sixthstreetmarket.net 32 WWW.BIGTOP.ORG (715)373-5552 ∆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.