Garrison Keillor, Minnesota’s sensational multi-talented artist is bringing his signature show to the Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall!
Gary Edward ‘Garrison’ Keillor was born in Anoka (Minnesota) in 1942) and is an author, storyteller, humorist, and radio personality. After graduating from Anoka High School in 1960, he studied English at the University of Minnesota and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1966. He began his broadcasting career during college by working on the student-operated radio station KUOM (aka Radio K). He began his professional radio career in 1969 by working at Minnesota Public Radio where became the host of renowned old-style variety show, A Prairie Home Companion. It debuted in 1974 and featured guest musicians along with a cast of performers doing musical numbers and comic skits full of elaborate live sound effects. The show also featured spoof commercial spots from fictitious sponsors such as Powdermilk Biscuits and also contained parody-based serial melodramas such as The Adventures of Guy Noir, Private Eye and The Lives of the Cowboys. Garrison would provide lead or backup vocals for some of the show's musical numbers and he also voiced Noir and other recurring characters. The show received a Peabody Award in 1980 and in 1994 Garrison was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
Don’t miss your chance to the artist with a shy, introspective, persona that’s balanced by a sharp sense of humor, small-town wisdom and love of traditional folk and jazz!