Garrison Keillor will play a string of intimate shows in Minnesota and Wisconsin in August and mid-October. “An Evening with Garrison Keillor” will feature Keillor at the microphone, singing and telling his signature style of humorous and labyrinthine stories, accompanied by former “A Prairie Home Companion” music director Richard Dworsky at the piano.
Last February, the duo performed a similar set of shows all across Minnesota in the middle of a week-long blizzard. Critics hailed the infectiously joyful “singing intermissions” and the easy, unrehearsed chemistry between old friends who have worked together for decades. This time, they look forward to milder weather.
Keillor has kept busy since retiring from his legendary ensemble radio show, ‘A Prairie Home Companion,” in 2016. His beloved poetry program “The Writer’s Almanac” is now available as an email newsletter and as a podcast via most major podcast apps and smart speakers, with 200,000 plays and downloads per month. A brand-new set of monologues about Lake Wobegon, culled from the final two years of Keillor’s time hosting the show, was just released exclusively via Shop.GarrisonKeillor.com along with a suite of other new products. The 12th “A Prairie Home Companion” cruise, which sold out within 24 hours, will set sail for Jamaica, Cozumel, and the Cayman Islands in March 2020. And meanwhile, Keillor has been working on a book of limericks, a memoir, a weekly column, a screenplay, and various other writing projects, including a guest essay in the August 2019 issue of Harper’s Magazine. To call him “retired” wouldn’t be quite accurate.
Audiences should expect a rambling and rollicking show of poetry recitation, fan-favorite songs, stunning piano improvisation, and Keillor’s trademark wry humor.
For more information on each show, please visit GarrisonKeillor.com
Show dates include Saturday, August 24, Faribault, Minn., Paradise Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m., $38.50; Friday October 18, Winona, St. Cecelia Theater, Cotter Schools, 7 p.m., $38.50-$50; Saturday, October 19, Worthington, Minn., Memorial Auditorium, 7 p.m., $35-$40; and Sunday, October 20, Menominee, Wis., Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m., $46-$50.