INDIO, CA - MAY 06: Garrison Keillor performs onstage during the Stagecoach Music Festival held at the Empire Polo Field on May 6, 2007 in Indio, California. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Garrison Keillor
Public radio paragon Garrison Keillor will bring his acclaimed "Prairie Home Companion" show to Humphreys By the Bay on Aug. 23.
The radio show -- always performed in front of a live audience -- has been broadcast in some incarnation since the '70s. And while Keillor and his crew often perform from the comfort of their Minneapolis home, they sometimes take the show on the road. Next week, San Diego is one of their stops.
The broadcast is known for its folk and Americana musical guests, corny jokes and medium-brow radio drama, as well as Keillor's storytelling segment, "News from Lake Wobegon." The humorist has also written several books about the fictional town of Lake Wobegon, which chronicle the goings-on and philosophies of small-town America that have been mournfully replaced by today's fast-paced rat race.
Keillor will be joined by Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins, the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, and sound-effects man Fred Newman for "tender duets and ballads," poetry and stories. Prairie Home regulars like Guy Noir and Dusty and Lefty will also factor into the performance. Unlike in the 2006 film of the same name, Lindsay Lohan will not make an appearance -- unless her judge and current rehab facility are OK with it.
T. Loper is a writer for the San Diego music blog Owl and Bear.