Being a music guy, and, well, younger, I'm not the biggest fan of NPR.  Maybe I'm just ignorant.  But when a radio legend is coming to town, I definitely "geek out" for a moment, no matter what it's background.  It's how I'm feeling about the news that the legendary Garrison Keilor's "Prairie Home Companion" is coming to town. It was just announced on Monday that this year's tour, the "America The Beautiful Tour", will be stopping at the McGrath Amphitheater August 20th. It's Kennedy Center Honors recipient Garrison Keilor, in person, doing radio the way it was done years ago, when it single-handedly was the source of entertainment in the household.  It was true theater of the mind, where you can close your eyes and just let it take you places, utilizing sound effects to create the scene.  It was a magical time in this industry.

I can honestly say, I've never listened to "Prairie Home Companion".  However, to spend a summer's night with a trip to Lake Wobegon, without ever leaving Cedar Rapids, while witnessing the history of radio, I'm game.  If you're with me, tickets go on sale at 10am Saturday morning at the US Cellular Center Box Office (where you can save a few bucks) or online at, or over the phone.

By the way, there's a pre-sale Friday from 10a-10p, prior to Saturday's general public sale. It's only through ticketmaster.  The code is LAKE

Prairie Home Companion
Prairie Home Companion

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