Garrison Keillor on stage at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium/ photo by Leila Navidi
Those who believe Garrison Keillor will never, ever, ever abandon Lake Wobegon have new material to back up their theory.
The legendary radio host, who is scheduled to relinquish hosting duties of "Prairie Home Companion" in early July will host a program that sounds an awful lot like his current one during the Minnesota State Fair with a band led by long-time maestro RIchard Dworsky and comedy antics from his regular players,Tim Russell, Sue Scott and Fred Newman. It'll even be broadcast during "PHC"'s regular Saturday-evening timeslot.
The only difference: It'll be called "The Minnesota Show."
At least one State Fair appearance from Keillor was widely anticipated, but the fact that it'll be available on public radio was a bit of a surprise.
The program, which will most likely include special musical guests and a visit from Guy Noir, will be taped at 7:45 p.m Friday, Sept. 2. and aired the following day.
Tickets, which will range from $27-$35 are available starting Friday, June 3, at mnstatefair.org or by calling 1-800-514-3849.
The news, announced Friday morning, may make this weekend's show at The Historic State Theatre a little less sentimental, but for the record, it is the Keillor's last "Prairie Home Companion" airing from the Twin CIties before completing the season on the road.