Talent Shows

Every year or so, we gather a specific group of people together and have a little talent contest.

2010 Talent Show: Battle of the Bands

The Battle of the Bands talent show will feature bands, the kind that can get a crowd up on their feet and dancing. Five finalists will appear on the April 17th broadcast from Newark, NJ.

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The Great American Duet Sing-Off

April 11, 2009 This year's version will feature vocalists, with the Great American Duet Sing-Off. Duet singers are invited to submit their best song for a chance to appear on the April 11th, 2009 broadcast from The Town Hall in New York City.

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Twentysomething Special

March 15, 2008 Nearly 1,000 entries flooded in from all over the country, and we gathered together in our basement to listen to them all, with new pens and big cups of coffee. The acts we've selected are incredible, and we can't wait for you to meet them.

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P.I.T.T.S.

April 21, 2007 This week on A Prairie Home Companion it's the PITTS, or rather, our first annual People In (their) Twenties Talent Show. The six finalists, and all hope for the future are as follows...

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Talent From Twelve To Twenty

February 19, 2005 We flew these kids into St. Paul for the last Fitz show of the season—from Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Idaho, Michigan and Georgia. We can't wait to show you what they can do.

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Talent From Twelve To Twenty

May 8, 2004 This week, we welcome the six finalists in our Talent from Twelve to Twenty contest. A double bass and violin duo from Philadelphia; a classical pianist from Providence; a singer/songwriter from Wimberley, Texas; a uilleann piper from Baltimore; a guitarist from Eugene, Oregon; and traditional-music-playing brothers from Fulton, New York, join us on our stage at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.

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Talent from Towns Under Two Thousand (T-TUTT)

April 21, 2001 This week, we welcome the six finalists in our Talent from Twelve to Twenty contest. A double bass and violin duo from Philadelphia; a classical pianist from Providence; a singer/songwriter from Wimberley, Texas; a uilleann piper from Baltimore; a guitarist from Eugene, Oregon; and traditional-music-playing brothers from Fulton, New York, join us on our stage at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.

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T-TUTT Champ 2000

April 15, 2000 Leilani Clark was voted this year's winner of the Talent From Towns Under 2000 Contest and awarded the Silver Water Tower Trophy. A special thanks to all our finalists!

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Talent from Towns Under 2000

April 17, 1999 This [show] represents a sort of quota in hiring preferences, setting aside a show for people from small towns and discriminating against people from Minneapolis, New York, Los Angeles, even Anoka [Keillor's hometown]. Though they may be more talented and deserving, I say, "Tough." We all know that life is terribly unfair, so why not spread the unfairness around more evenly? - GARRISON KEILLOR

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Talent from Towns Under 2000

April 4, 1998 The fourth annual contest was bigger than ever — listen to selected auditions and performances, and hear the winners! (

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Old Sweet Songs: A Prairie Home Companion 1974-1976

Old Sweet Songs

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).

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