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Media Contact: David O'Neill
Prairie Home Productions
Phone: 651-999-1095
E-mail: davido@prairiehome.us

September 17, 2009

A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION LAUNCHES ITS 36th SEASON WITH MUSIC, MIRTH, AND MEATLOAF

Season-opening show is Saturday, September 26, at the Fitzgerald Theater, followed by annual street dance and meatloaf supper

(ST. PAUL, MINN.) — Garrison Keillor is set to kick off A Prairie Home Companion's 36th season. The opening show and street dance will be held on Saturday, September 26 — the live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul, followed by the annual street dance and meatloaf supper on Exchange Street, right in front of the Fitz.

Actress Sue Scott, Tim Russell (the man of many voices), and sound-effects wizard Tom Keith will be on hand, along with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, led by pianist Rich Dworsky. Special guests — including the Sam Bush Band, Connie Evingson, Sarah Jarosz, and Andra Suchy — will provide the music, and everyone can catch up on the news from Lake Wobegon during Keillor's signature monologue.

Following the broadcast, we'll head outside for the annual Prairie Home Street Dance. There will be food (the famous $5 meatloaf dinner) and fun (contests, prizes, and more), with Garrison leading the festivities and Salsa del Soul stirring up music sure to get the most dyed-in-the-wool wallflowers kicking up their heels. This event is open to the public and free — save a small charge for refreshments.

There will be four more live broadcasts of A Prairie Home Companion at the Fitzgerald Theater this fall: October 3 (with guests Wilco and Patty Loveless); October 10 (Neko Case, Mark Knopfler); October 17 (Roseann Cash); and October 24 (Old Crow Medicine Show, Robin and Linda Williams, newsman Harry Smith). And on November 21, the show comes from the State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis, with guest Nellie McKay. (Details at www.prairiehome.org.)

A Prairie Home Companion is heard on close to 600 public radio stations nationwide, with a weekly audience that tops 4.3 million listeners. The program can also be heard on the Armed Forces Network Europe, the Far East Network, and in dozens of European cities via the Astra satellite network.

A Prairie Home Companion is produced by Prairie Home Productions and presented by American Public Media. The show is sponsored nationally by General Mills, Inc. and by Ford. Audio clips, scripts and more information on A Prairie Home Companion can be found online at www.prairiehome.org.

WHAT: 2009–10 Season Opener of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, followed by the annual (and free) Street Dance

WHO: Garrison Keillor, with Tom Keith, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. Plus special guests Connie Evingson, the Sam Bush Band, Sarah Jarosz, Andra Suchy, and Salsa del Soul

WHEN A Prairie Home Companion Saturday, September 26, 2009, 4:45 p.m., followed by the Prairie Home Street Dance, 7–10 p.m., whatever the weather

WHERE: The Fitzgerald Theater, 10 East Exchange St. (at Wabasha), downtown St. Paul (Street Dance on Exchange Street, in front of the theater)

ADMISSION: Tickets to A Prairie Home Companion are available online at prairiehome.org or by going to Ticketmaster.com. The general public may purchase tickets in person at the Fitzgerald box office. Minnesota Public Radio members may order tickets by phone at 651.290.1221. Rush tickets are sold at 4:15 p.m. on day of show ($15 each, limit of two, cash only)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: go to www.prairiehome.org, or contact David O'Neill at 651 999-1095

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