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Road trips: Big Top Chautauqua starts weekend with Toad the Wet Sprocket

Toad the Wet Sprocket plays at Bayfield’s Big Top Chautauqua tonight. (Photo courtesy of Big Top Chautauqua)

If all you want is to feel this way, Big Top Chautauqua’s got you covered. Toad the Wet Sprocket plays the outdoor venue near Bayfield at 7:30 tonight.

The Santa Barbara, Calif.-bred band had a bunch of hits, including “Walk on the Ocean,” “All I Want,” “Something’s Always Wrong” and “Fall Down,” during a run from 1989-98.

Tickets for Toad start at $39 and are available at

Also playing at Big Top this weekend:

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band returns for a show at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The “Fishing in the Dark” folks have been playing together for almost 50 years and are regulars at Big Top. They’ve had multiple platinum and gold records, tons of Top Ten hits and Grammy and CMA awards.

Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience with the Sauce Boss play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Grammy Award-winning Simien is an eighth-generation Louisiana Creole who plays indigenous music. He’s one of the most respected and accomplished roots musicians touring.

Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton is a guy with a delicious schtick: He plays slide guitar while cooking gumbo.

And, of course, there will be a pre-show shrimp boil. Tickets for the show and food are $75.

Road Trips, compiled by News Tribune staff, are listings of cool events that are worth a short drive.