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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: David O’Neill

Prairie Home Productions

Phone: 651.999.1095


April 13, 2010



Keillor and company to do concerts in 25 cities coast to coast.

(SAINT PAUL, Minn.)  On August 10, Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion “Summer Love” Tour kicks off a 25-city run that will take the popular radio host and his pals from East Coast to West Coast, Texas to Minnesota.

This concert tour on the everlasting theme of romantic love will be jam-packed with tender duets and ballads, poetry (Poe, Shakespeare, Anonymous), and stories of passion and marriage — not to mention Mr. Keillor’s intermission walk through the audience for the sing-along of “Unchained Melody” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.” An entertaining date night for all ages!

While these are not APHC broadcast shows, they will include many favorite Prairie Home Companion elements — Guy Noir, Dusty and Lefty, and the News from Lake Wobegon. Nickel Creek's Sara Watkins will be on hand, as will sound-effects man Fred Newman and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band.

Garrison Keillor is the author of numerous books, including Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance (Viking) and 77 Love Sonnets (Common Good Books). 
He is the founder and host of the acclaimed public radio programs A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac.
Singer, songwriter, fiddle player Sara Watkins was only eight when she became one-third of the Grammy Award-winning acoustic trio Nickel Creek. Two decades later, she struck out on her own. A solo album, Sara Watkins (Nonesuch), was released in 2009. More at
Sound-effects man Fred Newman is an actor, writer, musician, and sound designer for film and TV. 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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A Prairie Home Companion has been a public radio mainstay since 1974. It is heard by more than 4 million listeners on some 600 public radio stations nationwide, as well as on XM Radio, the Armed Forces Network Europe, the Far East Network, and in dozens of European cities via the Astra satellite network. More information can be found online at

WHAT: Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion “Summer Love” Tour
WHO: Garrison Keillor, the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins, and sound-effects wizard Fred Newman

Aug. 10 Interlochen, MI — Kresge Auditorium

Aug. 11 Grand Rapids, MI — Meijer Gardens

Aug. 12 Kettering, OH — Fraze Pavilion

Aug. 13 Richmond, VA — Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Aug. 14 Brevard, NC — Music Center

Aug. 15 Indianapolis IN — Conner Prairie

Aug. 17 Red Bank, NJ — Count Basie Theatre

Aug. 18 Danbury, CT — Ives Concert Park

Aug. 19 Gilford, NH — Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion

Aug. 20 Dallas, TX — AT&T Performing Arts Center

Aug. 21 Flagstaff, AZ Pine Mountain Amphitheater

Aug. 22 Salt Lake City, UT — Red Butte Garden Amphitheater

Aug. 23 San Diego, CA — Humphreys Concerts by the Bay

Aug. 25 Saratoga, CA — The Mountain Winery

Aug. 26 Jacksonville, OR — Britt Festival

Aug. 27 Eugene, OR —Cuthbert Amphitheater

Aug. 28 Portland, OR —Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre

Aug. 29 Denver, CO —Denver Botanic Gardens-Chatfield

Aug. 31 San Antonio, TX — Majestic Theatre

Sept. 1 Moorhead, MN — Imagine Theatre

Sept. 8 Knoxville, TN — Knoxville Civic Auditorium

Sept. 9 Salem, VA — Salem Civic Center

Sept. 10 Baltimore, MD — Pier Six Pavilion

Sept. 11 Cary, NC — Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Sept. 12 Charlottesville, VA — Charlottesville Pavilion

TICKET INFO: See links at
FOR MORE INFORMATION: go to, or contact David O’Neill at

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