National Public Radio fans are used to hearing “A Prairie Home Companion” over the airwaves, but for nearly as long as he has been on the air, Garrison Keillor has been taking the show on the road to escape the studio.
Banjos. Banjos as far as the eye can see. The traditional instrument may not be associated with the kind of entertainment usually found in the Amphitheater, but banjoists Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn and band Punch Brothers will show that banjos — and the other bluegrass instruments — are not limited to the hillbilly stereotype that is often applied to them. The groups will take the stage at 8:15 p.m. tonight.
Most jobs are acquired by an application process. Fred Newman got his job by crawling into the lap of his future boss and pretending to be a little girl.
Newman does the sound effects for Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” The radio show’s actors and musicians are bringing their Radio Romance Tour 2013 to Chautauqua Institution at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater. The performance will be mostly unscripted, inspired by the radio program but without the time constraints of the medium. It is like watching and listening to the show being made.