Garrison Keillor's Rhubarb Show|
March 27, 2004
Introducing the Rhubarb Show, a new late-night cabaret series at the Fitzgerald Theater, packed with young upstarts and old veterans—from hip-hop vagabonds to blues harmonica to twangy folk-rock.
This week we featured country guitar virtuoso Johnny Hiland, folk singer/guitarist Spider John Koerner, gritty folk singer Mike Gunther, singer/songwriter Marlee MacLeod, and experimental folky electronica outfit Spaghetti Western. Plus Pat Donohue leads the Rhubarb Show's house blues band, featuring your favorite regular members of Guy's All-Star Shoe Band.
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|00:00:00||Opening, "Whoo-pee-ti-yi-yo Jam," GK intros show|
|00:06:45||GK recites E.E. Cummings|
|00:07:26||"Last Will and Temperance" - Mike Gunther|
|00:10:58||"Outside Dutch Town" - Mike Gunther|
|00:14:36||"Dusty Windowsills" - Spaghetti Western|
|00:18:41||Untitled - Spaghetti Western|
|00:23:30||President Bush message, recorded by Tim Russell|
|00:25:15||"Cautionary Tale" - Marlee MacLeod|
|00:29:46||"Gravity" - Marlee MacLeod|
|00:34:23||John Koerner tells a story about lovers in space|
|00:40:26||"Roving Gambler" - John Koerner|
|00:43:48||"Blue Rocket Jam" - Pat Donohue & the Blue Rockets|
|00:47:00||"Frankie & Johnny" - GK and Blue Rockets|
|00:55:09||GK talks to the audience from the stage lip|
|00:58:27||"Eight Bridges on the Allegany" - Mike Gunther|
|01:03:22||"Sullivan Ferry" - Spaghetti Western|
|01:10:52||GK recites James Wright's "The Blessing"|
|01:12:42||"I'm Gonna Leave You" - Marlee MacLeod|
|01:17:03||GK recites Mary Oliver's "Wild Geese"|
|01:19:13||John talks about astronomy|
|01:20:07||"Some People Say" - John Koerner|
|01:23:01||"Running, Jumping, Standing Still" - John Koerner|
|01:27:25||"Blue Rocket Rhumba" - Pat Donohue and the Blue Rockets|
Photos from the show|
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|Pat Donohue||Kathy Jensen|
In Garrison Keillor's latest book, Lake Wobegon native Margie Krebsbach dreams up the idea of a trip to Rome, hoping to get her husband Carl to make love to her he's been sleeping across the hall and she has no idea why. She finds a patriotic purpose for the journey. A Lake Wobegon boy, Gussie Norlander, died in the liberation of Rome, 1944, and his grave, according to his elderly brother, Norbert, is in a neglected weed patch near the Colosseum...
It's a story of Wobegonians in a strange land, telling stories of kinship and self-revelation all delivered with Keillor's trademark humor.
From Garrison Keillor:
“When I was 16, Helen Fleischman assigned me to memorize Shakespeare’s Sonnet No. 29, ‘When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes, I all alone beweep my outcast state’ for English class, and fifty years later, that poem is still in my head. Algebra got washed away, and geometry and most of biology, but those lines about the redemptive power of love in the face of shame are still here behind my eyeballs, more permanent than my own teeth. The sonnet is a durable good. These 77 of mine include sonnets of praise, some erotic, some lamentations, some street sonnets and a 12-sonnet cycle of months. If anything here offends, I beg your pardon, I come in peace, I depart in gratitude.”