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29 May 2010 @ 03:13 pm
Memorial Day Weekend and Garrison Keillor  
Every year, around Memorial Day, Garrison Kiellor brings his show to the DC area. It's no secret that I have been a fan of his since 1984, and now that I cracked the code on how to obtain tickets to see him at Wolf Trap, I've been going to his Friday rehearsal show and Saturday on-the-air show.

The Friday rehearsal show is nice because it starts at 8 pm, Garrison is more relaxed with his language (no young children to possibly corrupt, lol, and it can run over the 2 hours that our tickets paid for. Tonight, it was no different. The show started at 8 pm and went on till 10:37. He went almost 40 minutes over. On Saturday, I am sure some of the skits will be cut off and some of the jokes will be tightened up.

Friday night, I had great seats. Hubby and I sat in the orchestra pit, third row. Saturday, we will be further back. The tickets are in the car, but I believe, we won't be very far. Anyway, Garrison started off by singing the "Wolf Trap Blues," a song that he borrowed from Paul Carrack and Garrison writes new lyrics to fit his theme. Tonight, it was about Wolf Trap. After he was singing, the next thing I knew, he left the stage and went off to sing to the audience sitting at the lawns. He made some cute jokes in his lyrics about the people who thought would get a better view by paying higher prices (that was us in the pit, we paid $90.00 per ticket), but he felt that his true audience were those who paid less, and they deserved to see him up close. I videotaped part of his performance. I had a hard time finding him among the crowd, so the camera wobbles till I finally found him.

I wish that I had continued to tape it. He stumbled into a dead end area and couldn't find his way back to the stage. The words were improvised on the spot and were hilarious.

His guest on Friday and Saturday are Inga Swearingen and Tom Rush. Tom Rush is folksinger from my era. Today, with his white hair and bushy mustache, he looks like Mark Twain and the white suit he wore last night certainly added to his looks. He, as always, was good and funny. Inga has an amazing voice. Garrison has her as a guest a lot and I really enjoy her performance. If you like jazz, she is a singer whom I would recommend to listen to. She also has rhythm and boy did she fell like dancing, as these videos attest to it:

The skits were very funny, by the way. His entire half part of the show went to overtime and was fantastic. The show fell flat towards the end. However, past experience showed that he corrects that for the on-air program.

One drawback about sitting so close is that the camera was not able to focus properly. The lighting was on the subject and all the pictures were kind of washed up. I was sitting close enough that a flash would have done wonders. However, I was not allowed to use a flash. A lot of people were breaking the rules, but an usher was sitting right next to me. Had I brought my Nikon (which sadly, I didn't), I would have had some awesome pictures. C'est la vie.


Garrison reading his lines.

His famous red sneakers. (An aside, he was wearing a tuxedo with red suspenders. Gotta love his style.)

Garrison and Tom Rush

Garrison doing his "News from Lake Wobegon" monologue. The lighting interferes, but there's something about this picture that I really like. Maybe it's his expression.

Any further questions? Ask the shrimp!txvoodoo on May 30th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
Edith, I read this today and thought of you: http://thepioneerwoman.com/blog/2009/12/anatomy_of_a_basset/
Spicedogs: Basil&Carriespicedogs on May 30th, 2010 04:12 am (UTC)
Lisa, that was the sweetest thing ever. Thanks for sharing.
Any further questions? Ask the shrimp!txvoodoo on May 30th, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
I *knew* you'd love it!!!

Frito feet!
~Lirpa~: Locke Wonderkatje0711 on May 30th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
It's cool you were able to see GK again! What did you mean you learned how to crack the code on how to obtain tickets to see him at Wolf Trap? Glad you had a good time.
what you're saying is you just didn'tbohemu on May 31st, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)
Pretty cool guests! Sounds like a great show, especially for a holiday weekend.