Garrison Keillor Announces 26-City Coast-to-Coast A Prarie Home Companion “Radio Romance Tour” With a Stop At Wharton Center

Date/Time: Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
● Cobb Great Hall
Tickets: $35.00, $50.00, $60.00 ● plus applicable fees
Ticket Office:
517.432.2000 or 1.800.WHARTON


TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, MAY 17 at 10:00 a.m.
 Duet singing, improv, poetry, foolishness, and the News from Lake Wobegon.
SAINT PAUL, Minn. ¾  A Prairie Home Companion’s “Radio Romance Tour 2013,” is on a coast-to-coast bus tour with a stop at Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall on Sunday, August 4, 2013 for a 7:00 p.m. show. The show stars host and writer Garrison Keillor along with comedian Fred Newman, accomplished fiddler and singer/songwriter Sara Watkins, Richard Dworsky and the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band with guitarist Pat Donohue and violinist/mandolinist Richard Kriehn.  This non-broadcast evening offers more than two hours of duet singing, plus absurd improv with sound effects, Guy Noir Private Eye, poetry, outright foolishness, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.  Tickets go on sale Friday, May 17th at 10:00 a.m. online at, at the Auto-Owners Ticket Office at Wharton Center, or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.
Garrison Keillor was born in 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota, and began his radio career as a freshman at the University of Minnesota. He went to work for Minnesota Public Radio in 1969, and on July 6, 1974, he hosted the first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion. Today, some 4 million listeners on more than 600 public radio stations tune in to the show each week. His many books include Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, and Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny (Viking). He is the host of the daily program The Writer’s Almanac and the editor of several anthologies of poetry, most recently, Good Poems: American Places (Viking). In 2006, Keillor played himself in the movie adaptation of his show, a film directed by Robert Altman. In 2007, he opened an independent bookstore, Common Good Books, in St. Paul.
Sara Watkins was a mainstay of the Grammy Award-winning trio Nickel Creek. An accomplished fiddler and singer/songwriter, she has established her identity as a solo artist with her albums Sara Watkins and Sun Midnight Sun.
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.”
The Guys All-Star Shoe Band is an all-purpose roots quintet covering blues, jug band, primitive jazz, good timey, R&B, swing, and hillbilly, with occasional ventures into classical, romantic, French café, music hall, surfer, spa, and Scandihoovian. The band is: Richard Dworsky (leader, keyboards), Pat Donohue (guitar), Gary Raynor (bass), Peter Johnson (percussion), and Richard Kriehn (fiddle, mandolin).
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