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John Lamb, Published April 18 2010

Keillor coming to Moorhead

Garrison Keillor is leaving Lake Wobegon behind for a while, and he’s bringing some friends to Trollwood Performing Arts School’s Imagination Theatre in Moorhead.

Keillor’s website, http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/, lists a Sept. 1 date for his Summer Love Tour to come to Fargo. Tickets will cost $38, $48 and $68, though an on-sale date and ticket distributor haven’t been announced.

The site describes the show as “tender duets and ballads, poetry, and stories of passion and marriage.”

Keillor is best known for his Saturday Public Radio variety show, “A Prairie Home Companion,” and his signature fiction “The News From Lake Wobegon.”

“Prairie Home” fixtures like the Guys All-Star Shoe Band and sound-effects man Fred Newman are on the Summer Love Tour. The lineup also includes singer/songwriter Sara Watkins of bluegrass trio Nickel Creek.

Keillor last brought “A Prairie Home Companion” to Moorhead in 2004.

“We are thrilled and excited they are coming,” said Lisa Farnham, marketing coordinator at Trollwood Performing Arts School.

Trollwood doesn’t have a stake in the show and is only the host venue.

Jade Presents has an exclusive agreement with Trollwood to book concerts. When the deal was announced in May, a press release stated two to four events a year would be scheduled at the site.

The only show in 2009, the first year at Trollwood’s new home, was the Fargo-Moorhead-bred singing group The Blenders.

Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533