Dec 21, 2011

A Prarie Home Companion, live from Honolulu - 2 broadcasts!

Special Guests

Led Kaapana

Jake Shimabukuro

Danny Carvalho

Jeff Peterson

Heather Masse

The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band

Fred Newman, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Erica Rhodes

Join Us for Two New Year's Eve Broadcasts from Hawaii!

"New Year's Eve is supposed to be lighthearted, optimistic, even joyful, and for our listeners across America and overseas, Hawaii represents those things. Yes, I suppose it is a cliché, but it's a happy cliché, and it means that when we Statesiders get off a plane in Honolulu in that marvelous open-air airport and smell the sea breeze and the flowers, we feel an instant buoyancy. New Year's Eve tends to be a disappointing night, too much alcohol in crowded rooms with loud people. I can imagine someone sitting on a farm in Minnesota on December 31st and hearing soft-voiced Hawaiian singers and slack-key guitars and smelling the flowers and imagining beautiful people and deciding that 2012 may be a happy year after all."

    Garrison Keillor

Our regular Saturday live broadcast begins at 12:45 p.m. Hawaii Time. Then, at 4:45 p.m. (HT) it's "A Prairie Home Companion's Hawaiian New Year's Eve," a three-hour special broadcast that will ring in 2012 across the country.

In addition to favorites like Guy Noir and The Cowboys, both performances will feature The Royal Academy of Radio Actors; Sue Scott, Tim Russell, and sound-effects wizard Fred Newman, along with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, led by pianist Rich Dworsky. There will be an array of special guest performers, including slack key guitar and ukulele master Led Kaapana, ukulele star Jake Shimabukuro, slack key guitarists Danny Carvalho and Jeff Peterson, vocalist Heather Masse, and actress Erica Rhodes. And as always, there's a chance to catch up on the News from Lake Wobegon.

Tune in on December 31!

Check with your local station to see if they're carrying the "A Prairie Home Companion's Hawaiian New Year's Eve" special right after the regular Saturday broadcast!

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