This August, a coast-to-coast concert tour takes on the everlasting theme of romantic love.

Join host Garrison Keillor, Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins, the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, and sound-effects man Fred Newman for tender duets and ballads, poetry (Poe, Shakespeare, Anonymous), stories of passion and marriage, and Mr. Keillor’s intermission walk through the audience for the sing-along of “Unchained Melody” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.” All this and favorite elements of A Prairie Home Companion — Guy Noir, Dusty and Lefty, the News from Lake Wobegon — during an entertaining date night for all ages.

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Notes from the Road

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August 11, Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, Michigan


August 12, Fraze Pavilion, in Kettering, OH


August 13, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, in Richmond, VA


August 14, Music Center, in Brevard, NC


August 15, Conner Prairie, Indianapolis, IN


August 17, Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ


August 18, Ives Concert Park, Danbury, CT


August 19, Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion, Gilford, NH


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August 21, Pine Mountain Amphitheater, Flagstaff, AZ


August 22, Red Butte Amphitheater, Salt Lake City, UT


August 23, Humphreys Concerts by the Sea, San Diego, CA


August 25, The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA


August 26, The Britt Festival, Jacksonville, OR


August 27, The Cuthbert Amphitheatre, Eugene, OR


August 28, The Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre, Portland, OR


August 29, Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, Denver, CO


August 31, Majestic Theatre, San Antonio, TX


September 1, Trollwood Arts' Imagine Amphitheater, Moorhead, MN


September 8, Knoxville Civic Auditorium, in Knoxville, TN


September 9, Salem Civic Center, in Salem, VA


September 10, Pier Six Pavilion, in Baltimore, MD


September 11, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, in Cary, NC


September 12, The Charlottesville Pavilion, in Charlottesville, VA


Garrison Keillor

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 his latest, Life Among the Lutherans (Augsburg Books) and Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance (Viking).

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Sara Watkins

Feature: Sara Watkins interview in the Bristol Observer. (PDF)

Note: Sara Watkins will appear on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on September 2nd.

Sara Watkins’ solo debut has been a lifetime in the making.

The 28-year-old singer-songwriter and fiddle player spent nearly two decades as one-third of Nickel Creek, the Grammy Award-winning acoustic trio. With Nickel Creek on indefinite hiatus, she recently released her self-titled solo disc, produced by former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. It features an impressively wide range of backing players, including duo Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas; fellow bluegrass musicians Tim O’Brien, Chris Eldridge, Ronnie McCoury and Rayna Gellert; and her Nickel Creek bandmates.

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Fred Newman

Sound effects man Fred Newman is an actor, writer, musician, and sound designer for film and TV.

He can be seen daily on public television’s 
Between the Lions, and he is author of the book (and CD/CD-ROM) MouthSounds. Fred admits that, growing up, he was unceremoniously removed from several classrooms, “once by my bottom lip.”

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Guy's All-Star Shoe Band

Each week, fans of A Prairie Home Companion are treated to an eclectic mix of music provided by The Guy’s All Star Shoe Band.

The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band is led by A Prairie Home Companion music director Richard Dworsky. A masterful keyboard player, composer, and improviser in any style, he writes all the script themes and underscores, and he has accompanied guests from James Taylor to Renée Fleming. His latest CD is So Near and Dear to Me.

Chet Atkins called Pat Donohue (guitar) one of the greatest fingerpickers in the world today. And he writes songs too — recorded by Suzy Bogguss, Kenny Rogers, and others. Freewayman (Bluesky Records) is the most recent of Pat’s nine albums.

Gary Raynor (bass) has performed with the Count Basie Band, Sammy Davis Jr. — with whom he toured for several years — and the Minnesota Klezmer Band. He teaches jazz bass at the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul.

Peter Johnson (percussion) has played klezmer music with Doc Severinsen and jazz with Dave Brubeck. He was a drummer for The Manhattan Transfer and for Gene Pitney. He has toured the world, but he always comes back to home base: Saint Paul.

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