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Willie Nelson played at Big Top Chautauqua this past weekend, helping to draw the largest weekend total in attendance of the season. (Photo courtesy of Big Top Chautauqua)

A&E Notes: Big Top draws big crowd

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A&E Notes: Big Top draws big crowd
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Big Top Chautauqua found a winning formula for drawing fans: a Celtic act, an original production, and heavies in the country western and reggae scene.

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The outdoor tent-style venue near Bayfield drew nearly 4,000 fans this past weekend, the biggest attendance of the 2014 season so far, according to a news release from Big Top’s marketing department.

The acts included Gaelic Storm, which performs Celtic music; a production of “Shanties & Shipwrecks,” performed by the house band Blue Canvas Orchestra; Ziggy Marley, who sang “Tomorrow People”; and Willie Nelson, the red bandana wearing longtime singer-songwriter.

Big Top seats 950, but allows overflow to spill out around the tent.  

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