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Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

New 2017 Shows Announced!

It’s almost concert time! Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, just three miles from Bayfield, Wisconsin and overlooking Lake Superior, has released several names of musicians who will appear at the tent this summer.

If you have visited Big Top Chautauqua, you know about the quality sound, beautiful starlit views, and the excellent of musicians awaiting you: Mary Chapin Carpenter, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Blackberry Smoke, The Beach Boys, Asleep at the Wheel with Dale Watson, Here Come the Mummies, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Mary Black, Ziggy Marley, and Delbert McClinton, and many more.

For those who haven’t been, wait no longer! Audiences of all ages flock to the Big Top for a fabulous blend of good sound, open air summer concerts, and an experience like no other. Enjoy stunning views of Lake Superior from the top of Mt. Ashwabay. Hear your favorite band or take in one of the entertaining and informative historical musicals about the area.

There’s plenty to do in Bayfield to round out your visit: take a cruise amongst the Apostle Islands, hike on one of the many beautiful trails in the area, charter a sailboat and enjoy an afternoon picnic on the water, entrust a guide to show you the best views on the lake from a kayak, or rent a bike and meander along the flat, paved roads of Madeline Island.

To start planning your Bayfield summer getaway to get some “Culture Under Canvas” – or perhaps just experience Bayfield and the Big Top tent for the first time – visit at Big Top Chautauqua

The Old Rittenhouse Inn awaits you with a free shuttle stop to the Big Top just outside the front door, beautiful lake view rooms, and accommodating dinner schedules that allow you to enjoy both the show and a wonderful meal. Call 715-779-5111 today or visit to learn more about room and dining availability.

Brandi Carlisle at Lake Superior Big Top – Live Music in Wisconsin

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlisle will return once again to Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua. She’s one of the favorite performers at the Big Top for good reason, and is known for her big, belting voice and well-crafted songs.

Live Music near Lake Superior

Brandi Carlisle has consistently packed the Big Top on each stop through town. Carlyle is currently touring in support of a newly released album, “The Fire Watcher’s Daughter.” Her music mixes genres from folk to rock to alternative country, but Carlisle is perhaps best known for her hit song, “The Story.”

Brandy shows always draw huge crowds, so we recommend buying tickets now. You can purchase them online from Big Top Chautauqua or at the ticket office at 715-373-5552. For luxury lodging accommodations for the Brandi Carlisle show, make sure to reserve ahead of time as lodging in Bayfield will be difficult to find as this concert sells out.

You can reserve a room online here or give us a call at the Inn at 715-779-5111 we look forward to providing an incredible lodging experience to match that which you’ll surely enjoy during Brandi Carlisle’s set at Big Top Chautauqua on August 4.

Lyle Lovett at Lake Superior Big Top :: Summer Concerts in Wisconsin

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Make plans to enjoy an evening with Lyle Lovett and his large band July 30 at 7:30 PM at Lake Superior’s Big Top Chautauqua. Lyle Lovett has become a perennial favorite at Lake Superior Big Top. This year will mark the third year in a row that he has played here and clearly the fans can’t get enough.

Big Top Chautauqua

Lovett and his band deliver an incredible night of entertainment straight from Texas. This four-time Grammy award winner singer-songwriter and actor has broadened the definition of American music. His career spans 14 albums, with appearances in movies and television. The Texas-based musician combines country, swing, jazz, folk, blues and gospel in a manner that defies convention and expectations. His band is incredible, truly one of the hottest groups to ever play at Big Top Chautauqua.

Tickets for this July 30 event will sell quickly and are available online or by calling the BTC ticket office at 715-373-5552.

Bayfield, WI Lodging

Area lodging will fill up quickly for this event as well, so we recommend planning ahead. Reserve online today or call us at 715-779-5111 to speak to a representative of Old Rittenhouse Inn and reserve your luxury accommodations in Bayfield for this special night with the legendary Lyle Lovett and his large band!

Arlo Guthrie to Appear at Big Top Chautauqua

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Big Top Chautauqua

Living legend, songwriter and singer, Arlo Guthrie, returns to the Big Top for his seventh appearance on the Chautauqua stage this summer on Thursday, July 9 at 7:30 PM. Guthrie will present material from throughout his illustrious career and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the event that inspired his seminal song “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree.”

This is a day when people put aside differences and enjoy the company of others while having a good time. Enjoy the big, brand-new canvas tent with state-of-the-art stage and sound system and one of folk music’s legends: Arlo Guthrie.

Mr. Guthrie has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall too, well, just about everywhere! Born in Coney Island, Brooklyn, Arlo is the eldest son of America’s beloved singer, songwriter and philosopher Woody Guthrie. Arlo grew up surrounded by dancers and musicians like Pete Seger, Leadbelly, Ramblin Jack Elliott, and Brownie McGee. Arlo gave his first public performance and age 13 and is pleased to return to Lake Superior’s Big Top Chautauqua for his seventh appearance.

Tickets are now on sale. You can purchase tickets online, or call 715-373-5552. Lodging in town will be hard to come by on the night of this show, so don’t forget to make your lodging plans at the Old Rittenhouse Inn soon. Click here for lodging availability for the Arlo Guthrie show, 50th Anniversary of Alice’s Restaurant Massacree on July 9 at 7:30 PM at Lake Superior’s Big Top Chautauqua.

Wassail Dinner Concerts Underway at Old Rittenhouse Inn

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Wassail Dinner Concerts Underway at Old Rittenhouse Inn

The 2014 Wassail Dinner Concert series is officially underway. Wassail concerts are held in December at Old Rittenhouse Inn, Bayfield, WI’s first B&B Country Inn. Wassail concerts are unique in that they feature an intimate interaction between the singers and the audience. The result is a moving and memorable experience for those in attendance.

During the 12:00 Noon or 6:30 PM Dinner Concerts, the Old Rittenhouse Singers perform throughout the building in the dining rooms, hallways and on the home’s large main staircase. You’ll enjoy the food and music, along with highlights such as the “Boar’s Head” song and the traditional “Flaming of the Figgy Pudding.”

The Old Rittenhouse Inn is decorated for the season with hundreds of yards of roping and white lights. The pillars are wrapped in ribbons and light, and the 16 foot Concolor Fire Christmas tree is filled with over 600 silver and white decorations that show off its beautiful 2-inch-long blue needles. Tickets are limited, so call today to join in the fun at a Wassail Dinner Concert!

Call now for tickets: 800-779-2129

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