garrison-keillor(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.”

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.

WHEN/WHERE:

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

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.

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