One more chance to see Keillor's 'Prairie Home Companion' in MN


You've now got one more chance to see Garrison Keillor lead "A Prairie Home Companion" live from Minnesota.

The Star Tribune reports they've added a May 21 show show to the schedule – which unless something changes would be the last "A Prairie Home Companion" to record in Minnesota with the longtime host Keillor at the helm.

According to the show's site, the May 21 performance will be at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, with special guests Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele. Tickets will range from $40-$65 and go on sale starting 10 a.m. March 18.

This Saturday's Feb. 27 show had previously been the final scheduled Minnesota taping with Keillor as host, but that honor now belongs to the May date. Still, the show in two days will be the last of the era for St. Paul's Fitzgerald Theater, the website notes. It's sold out, but there will be some rush tickets day of.

More on Keillor's successor, Chris Thile

The 73-year-old Keillor is set to retire from the hosting chair this summer, handing the reins over to Chris Thile – a mandolin player and singer with Nickel Creek and the Punch Brothers. (Keillor has said he'll stay involved behind the scenes as a writer and producer.)

Thile has guest hosted a few 'Prairie Home Companion' episodes in recent years, including one earlier this month and another at the end of January as a solo host.

Here's a video of Thile and guests performing a song he wrote specifically for the Jan. 30 show.


Those two served as a hint of what's to come when Thile takes over full time.

MPR spoke with Thile before his most recent "Prairie Home" gig, and the musician – who first appeared on the show when he was 14 – said it was "remarkably thrilling."

The Star Tribune did a review of Thile's "tune-up," and noted how much bigger of a role music played.

" If Saturday’s episode was any indicator, music — not Thile — will be the real star once Keillor is gone," the paper wrote.

Meanwhile on the blog Copious Notes, Kentucky arts reporter Rich Copley said Thile "did a very good job" as host, "bringing his own cadence and personality ... while maintaining many of the show’s standing features." But, he questioned: Is "A Prairie Home Companion" really "A Prairie Home Companion" without Keillor?

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