Garrison Keillor is set to resurrect A Prairie Home Companion at least for one night this spring.
Keillor is scheduled to host “A Prairie Home Companion American Revival” May 2 at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The one-night event is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. and will feature performances by Brad Paisley, Heather Masse, Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio, and Ellie Dehn. Additionally, Keillor’s longtime APHC cast members, Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman will be on hand along with Richard Dworsky and the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band.
“We’ve heard enough about despair,” Keillor said. “Let’s take a night in the Colorado mountains to have a big time with Brad Paisley, Elvin Bishop, Ellie Dehn, the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, our Actors, Heather Masse, and the host Himself who is very happy to be turning 80. So let’s get our chins up and sing about the beauty of the land and the rainbow our people were looking for, the rivers they crossed, their high hopes for their kids.”
In other news, Keillor is scheduled to release his latest novel, Boom Town April 11. The story takes fans of Keillor and A Prairie Home Companion back to the Minnesota town of Lake Wobegon once more. In this story, the town is seeing an economic boom thanks to millenials who are investing in the town.
Garrison Keillor stepped down as the host of A Prairie Home Companion in June 2016. His home network, Minnesota Public Radio, fired him in November 2019 following allegations of improper behavior in the workplace. Keillor openly explained the allegation, stating he was trying to console a female co-worker.
He said he had put his hand on her back to console her, and the back of her shirt was open. He apologized when the woman reacted and she later accepted his apology until her lawyer contacted him. He did not say when the alleged incident happened. Keillor was one of many well-known male figures that year and in 2016 who were victims of the MeToo movement, which went after every male star in America.
Following Keillor’s retirement in 2016 and firing in 2017, A Prairie Home Companion was re-named Live From Here. The largely music-based program was hosted by Keillor’s hand-picked successor, Chris Thile, mandolin player of neo-folk/bluegrass band Nickel Creek.
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