Monday, March 17, 2008
Prairie Home Companion Talent Show
On Saturday night, Sandy and I went to the Fitzgerald Theater to see the PHC Talent Show, as guests of friend Tony Axtell, who runs their sound board. Six contestants in their 20s from around the country competed for a rather strange trophy (a model of a water tower). The winners were the Honey Dewdrops, a two guitar duo from Virginia, who sang some great folk songs, albeit in a somewhat dark vein. They also performed at the after-show party and singalong in the Saint Paul Hotel, along with PHC favorites Rich Dworsky and Pat Donahue, as well as Garrison Keillor himself, of course. It was a good evening, and no doubt a memorable event for those who got to play on national public radio, probably for the first time.