Hopeful Gospel Quartet 2004 Summer Tour
Join the Quartet this summer for another set of traveling shows.
Hopeful Gospel Quartet to Tour for First Time in 5 Years
April 2, 2004
The Hopefuls describe themselves simply: "The Hopeful Gospel Quartet began its career backstage at Prairie Home shows, when we stood waiting for the balloon to go up and sang to pass the time and found out that we all like gospel songs and that they sound wonderful in a stairwell. And at heart we are still a stairwell quartet, searching for the sound. Radio City had a great booming stairway, the Fox Theatre in St. Louis had a good one, and also the Flynn in Burlington, Vermont. Somewhere in backstage America, we feel, the Spirit had a stairway for us, with the exact perfect landing with the right plaster walls and just the right angles. When you sing in a great stairwell, it doesn't feel as if the music comes out of you as much as it comes through you, and that is the true gospel vision: to be an instrument. We're still looking, and we remain hopeful."
Having always sung gospel music, in the late 1980s they teamed up with their old friend and A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor to form The Hopeful Gospel Quartet. Together the ensemble has released two albums and toured the USA, British Isles and Europe.
Colorado has been home for her since 1980. First, she sang with a number of local jazz and R&B groups and then formed her own band which was voted best R&B band by Westwood Magazine in 1991 and 1992. Her second solo CD, Every Night In The Week was an Association For Independant Music Indie Awards finalist in 1992. With her brother Tim she released three duet albums to massive critical acclaim. Her first solo CD for Sugar Hill Records, Tell It True was in the top 10 of Gavin's Americana chart for six weeks and astounded her bluegrass fans and reacquainted her with R&B fans. She has appeared at every major acoustic music festival and venue in the United States and has toured Europe, the United Kingdon and South America.
Keillor received a Grammy Award for his recording of Lake Wobegon Days; he received two ACE Awards for cable television and a George Foster Peabody Award. In 1994, he was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame at Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications. With Philip Brunelle, he has performed with many orchestras, including the Chicago, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Dallas, and National symphonies; he has appeared at Wolf Trap, Carnegie Hall, and other major concert halls as a member of The Hopeful Gospel Quartet; and he has performed on his own in one-man shows across the country and in tour broadcasts of A Prairie Home Companion.
The Hopeful Gospel Quartet have released two albums: Climbing Up on the Rough Side, (1998, HighBridge) and Garrison Keillor & the Hopeful Gospel Quartet (1992, Sony Music Entertainment).
Tour Dates & Ticket Information
Saturday, June 19, 2004
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA—8:00 p.m.
Sunset Center Theatre
San Carlos Street, east side between 9th and 110th Avenues
Tickets on sale to public: May 3
Box office:(831) 620-2040 or in person
Sunday, June 20, 2004
Saratoga, CA—7:30 p.m.
Montalvo Garden Theatre
15400 Montalvo Road
Tickets on sale to public: April 11
Prices: $47.00, $52.00, $62.00, $72.00, $82.00
Box office: www.villamontalvo.org or (408) 961-5858 (Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Ticketmaster: www.ticketmaster.com or (408) 998-8497
Monday, June 21, 2004
Santa Rosa, CA—8:00 p.m.
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Ruth Finley Person Theater
50 Mark West Springs Road
Tickets on sale to public: now
Prices: $45.00, $55.00, $65.00, $80.00
Box office: www.lbc.net, www.tickets.com, (707) 546-3600 (Tue.-Sat., 12-6 p.m.), or in person
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Jacksonville, OR—7:30 p.m.
Britt Festivals Amphitheater
Tickets on sale to public: May 10. Tickets available now to members.
Prices: $34.00 lawn; $55.00, $58.00 reserved seating
Box office: www.brittfest.org, (800) 882-7488, (541) 773-6077, or in person at 216 West Main Street, Medford, OR.
Thursday, June 24, 2004
Portland, OR—8:00 p.m.
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
1111 SW Broadway
Tickets on sale to public: April 26
Prices: $26.50, $37.25, $42.50
Box office: www.pcpa.com or in person (Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Buy Hopeful Gospel Quartet CDs
Climbing Up on the Rough Side
Garrison Keillor & the Hopeful Gospel Quartet
(1992, Sony Music Entertainment)
Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).