Garrison Keillor to Play Fox Cities P.A.C. 8/8

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce Garrison Keillor will bring his Prairie Home "Love and Comedy" Tour to the Fox Cities P.A.C. Tuesday, August 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for this performance start at $35 and go on sale Friday, April 28 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Fox Cities P.A.C. ticket office in person or by phone (920) 730-3760 or through Ticketmaster online or by phone at (800) 982-2787. Additional fees may apply.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of the Friday, April 28 onsale date when patrons add it to their Fox Cities P.A.C. Presents Season Ticket Package along with three or more additional shows from either the Boldt Arts Alive! or Spotlight Series. Those who have already purchased a 2017-18 Fox Cities P.A.C. Presents Season Ticket Package can also add this performance.

Groups of 10+ can also reserve their seats today by calling (920) 730-3786.

On Monday, August 7, Garrison Keillor celebrates his 75th Birthday. The next morning, Tuesday, August 8 "The Old Scout" boards the bus and kicks off the 28-city (in 39 days) coast-to-coast Prairie Home Love & Comedy Tour - 2017!

Two-plus hours of stories, love duets, Guy Noir, Private Eye, The Cowboys, poetic outbursts and the famous Singing Intermission at which the Eager & Able-Bodied stand and sing around the campfire. Garrison will be joined by sound-effect genius FrEd Newman, Richard Dworsky and the exemplary Road Hounds (Larry Kohut, Richard Kriehn and Chris Siebold) and the inimitable Heather Masse for the first leg of the tour.

Garrison Keillor in Anoka, Minnesota, began his radio career as a freshman at the University of Minnesota, from which he graduated in 1966. He went to work for Minnesota Public Radio in 1969, and from July 6, 1974 through July 1, 2016, he created and hosted his popular variety show, A Prairie Home Companion. His many books include Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance, Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny, and The Keillor Reader (Viking). He is the host of the daily program The Writer's Almanac and the editor of several anthologies of poetry, most recently, Good Poems: American Places (Viking). In 2006, Keillor played himself in the movie adaptation of his show, a film directed by Robert Altman. In 2007 he opened an independent bookstore, Common Good Books, in St. Paul, the city where he and his wife make their home.

Growing up in rural Maine, Heather Masse sang hymns and folk songs around home with her family. Now based in New York, this New England Conservatory of Music alum is a one-third of the Juno Award-winning Canadian trio The Wailin' Jennys. Lock My Heart is her recording with piano legend Dick Hyman. A new album, August Love Song - on which she joins forces with trombone great Roswell Rudd - was recently released on Red House Records.

Sound effects man FrEd Newman is an actor, writer, musician, and sound designer for film and TV. Turns out, no one is more surprised than Fred that he's made a career out of doing what he used to do behind the teacher's back - crossing his eyes, making sounds, and doing voices. He readily admits that, growing up, he was unceremoniously removed from several classrooms, "once by my bottom lip."

Keyboardist, composer, arranger, and longtime Prairie Home Companion music director Richard Dworsky has collaborated with such diverse musicians as Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor, Brad Paisley, Kristin Chenoweth, and Sheryl Crow. He has provided music for documentaries on HBO and PBS, and has released many recordings of original material, including his latest, All In Due Time.

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts and cultural education organization located in downtown Appleton, provides a premier venue for live performing arts. Since 2002, the Center has proudly served as a gathering place for the community to engage in educational opportunities while enhancing a greater understanding and appreciation of life through the live performing arts.

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