'A Prairie Home Companion' celebrates 40th anniversary - KMSP-TV

'A Prairie Home Companion' celebrates 40th anniversary

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - Communities all across Minnesota are becoming honorary "Lake Wobegons" for the July 4th weekend to celebrate the 40th anniversary of "A Prairie Home Companion" -- the show that brought the city to life.

The final day of festivities take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Macalester College campus at 1600 Grand Avenue in St. Paul, Minn.
Garrison Keillor and the Wailin' Jennys, Fred Newman, Butch Thompson and Pat Donohue, Robin and Linda Williams with GK and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band and others will all hit the stage Sunday.

"We intended the show to last for a year, or maybe two, but just as we were about to quit, the show started to draw an audience, fifty, a hundred, two hundred people coming to see it on Saturday night, and we kept going so we could figure out what we were doing right. The formula is simple: a variety of music that appeals, radio actors who can do noir, or horror, or soap, strong writing, a Midwestern ethos, and the thrill of live radio. And a support staff to do the work. It isn't what I planned to be doing for forty years but luckily for me my plans went awry. It's a good show. People have grown up listening to it and now they are middle-aged and still like it." — Garrison Keillor

Event information: http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/tickets/2014/40th/
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