The Rhubarb Show
The Fitzgerald Theater
Saint Paul, MN«archive page
Hailing from Winnipeg and Montreal, vocal quintet Chic Gamine first got together five years ago. Since then, their fresh new sound — Motown to French pop — has captivated music lovers and earned the group a Juno Award for their self-titled debut album. Their second CD, City City, came out in 2010, and their latest, Closer (Lucky Fox Records), was released this year. Chic Gamine is Alexa Dirks, Andrina Turenne, Annick Brémault, Ariane Jean, and Sacha Daoud.
Katy Vernon Trio
London, England-born Katy Vernon became interested in singing and songwriting before she hit her teens. She wrote her first song when she was only 12. And she'll tell you that as a kid, she'd go to church just so she could sing in the choir. Now based in White Bear Lake, with two pre-teen kids of her own, she has once again turned her attention to music. Her debut solo CD, Before I Forget, was released last year. Joining Katy are Clay Williams (guitar), Simon Husbands (keyboard), and Paul Odegaard (trumpet).
Sound effects man Fred Newman is an actor, writer, musician, and sound designer for film and TV. This Harvard Business School grad is author of the book (and CD) MouthSounds. Fred admits that, growing up in small-town Georgia, he was unceremoniously removed from several classrooms, "once by my bottom lip."
Magician, comedian, emcee (and more) Bill Arnold is known to many folks in the Twin Cities (and elsewhere) as the co-writer and co-star of Triple Espresso, which opened in Minneapolis in the mid-1990s. During his 17-year run in that show, he played to more than 2 million people in 50 cities and six countries. These days, Bill is busy doing standup comedy at corporate events and serving as an emcee at fundraisers and other gatherings.
Garrison Keillor was born in Anoka, graduated from the University of Minnesota ('66), and lives in St. Paul. He is the author of numerous books, including Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance and O, What A Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound (Grove Press), and the editor of several anthologies of poetry, including Good Poems: American Places (Viking).
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).