Garrison Keillor is Back with the Prairie Home Love & Comedy Tour

Garrison Keillor is Back with the Prairie Home Love & Comedy Tour

Garrison Keillor is Back with the Prairie Home Love & Comedy TourOn Monday, August 7 Garrison Keillor, celebrates his 75th birthday-the next morning, Tuesday, August 8 "The Old Scout," boards the bus and kicks off a 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-effects genius Fred Newman, Richard Dworsky and the exemplary Road Hounds (Larry Kohut, Richard Kriehn and Chris Siebold), and on the first leg of the tour the inimitable Heather Masse and then the extraordinary Aoife O'Donovan.

Garrison Keillor in Anoka, Minnesota, and 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.

With her ethereal voice and substantive songwriting, Aoife O'Donovan captivates fans and critics alike. She was lead singer of the string band Crooked Still and a featured vocalist on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, the Grammy-winning album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile. Aoife is also 1/3 of the band I'm With Her, with Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz. Her own recordings include 2016's In the Magic Hour, follow-up to her acclaimed solo debut, Fossils. Her most recent release, Man In A Neon Coat: Live From Cambridge, is a collection of original songs and covers, recorded live at The Sinclair.

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.


Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Love & Comedy Tour 2017


Garrison Keillor, Richard Dworsky and the Radio Hounds, sound-effects wizard Fred Newman and duet partners include Heather Masse (*) or Aoife O'Donovan (+)


Aug 8 - Appleton, WI-Fox Cities Performing Arts Center*

Aug 9 - Grand Rapids, MI-Frederik Meijer Gardens *

Aug 10 - Cedar Rapids, IA-McGrath Amphitheatre *

Aug 11 - Sioux Falls, SD-Washington Pavilion *

Aug 12 - Lincoln, NE-Pinewood Bowl Theater *

Aug 13 - Littleton, CO- Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms *

Aug 14 - Aspen, CO-Aspen Music Festival - Benedict Tent *

Aug 16 - Spokane, WA-Fox Theater +

Aug 17 - Seattle, WA-Woodland Park Zoo +

Aug 18 - Portland, OR-Oregon Zoo +

Aug 20 - Saratoga, CA-Mountain Winery +

Aug 22 - Los Angeles, CA-The Greek Theatre +

Aug 24 - San Diego, CA-Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay +

Aug 26 - Flagstaff, AZ-Pepsi Amphitheater - Fort Tuthill County Park +

Aug 27 - Santa Fe, NM-Santa Fe Opera House +

Aug 29 - Kansas City, MO-Uptown Theater +

Sept 2 - Madison, WI-Breese Stevens Field *

Sept 3 - Rochester Hills, MI-Meadow Brook Amphitheater *

Sept 5 - Fort Wayne, IN-Foellinger Theatre +

Sept 6 - City TBA +

Sept 7 - Louisville, KY-Iroquois Amphitheater +

Sept 8 - Atlanta, GA-Atlanta Botanical Garden *

Sept 9 - Chattanooga, TN-Tivoli Theatre *

Sept 10 - Charleston, WV-Clay Center *

Sept 12 - Charlottesville, VA-Sprint Pavilion *

Sept 13 - Baltimore, MD-Pier Six Pavilion *

Sept 14 - Charlotte, NC-Belk Theater - Blumenthal Performing Arts*

Sept 15 - Cary, NC-Koka Booth Amphitheatre *


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