Garrison Keillor's Rhubarb Show|
April 3, 2004
This is the second of a series of special late-night cabaret performances at the Fitzgerald Theater. This week we featured Jazz singer Jennifer Grimm, gospel group House of Mercy, piano legend Willie Murphy, Mike Gunther, Spider John Koerner, and the Rhubarb House Band.
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|00:00:00||"Blue Guitar Stomp" - The Blue Rockets|
|00:04:22||"Blue Bonnet Rag" - The Blue Rockets|
|00:07:29||GK recites "A Poem for Spring" - A.E. Housman|
|00:08:40||"Nothing But The Blood" - House of Mercy band|
|00:11:14||"Lonesome Grove" - House of Mercy band|
|00:14:39||House of Mercy band introduces its members|
|00:15:42||GK tells a joke|
|00:16:45||GK introduces Jennifer Grimm|
|00:17:06||"The Boy From Ipanema" - Jennifer Grimm and her band|
|00:21:50||"At Last" - Jennifer Grimm and her band|
|00:27:43||Video segment 1|
|00:28:47||"Shake Sugaree" - Willie Murphy|
|00:35:16||GK talks about binge drinking in the Midwest|
|00:36:13||GK recites "As Befits A Man" - Langston Hughes|
|00:37:17||"What I Don't Want to Know (I Don't Want to Know)" - Mike Gunther|
|00:40:56||"Have Mercy" - Mike Gunther|
|00:49:33||John Koerner tells a joke|
|00:51:18||"Careless Love" - John Koerner|
|00:55:27||"Stride By Stride" - Richard Dworsky|
|00:57:57||"Steel Guitar Rag" - Cindy Cashdollar and the Blue Rockets|
|01:01:30||"Limericks" - GK and Rich Dworsky|
|01:03:14||"Christ For President" - House of Mercy band|
|01:06:26||"Just Like Abraham" - Mike Gunther|
|01:10:22||GK tells a joke|
|01:11:35||"Delia's Gone" - John Koerner|
|01:15:11||"Ezekiel Saw the Wheel" - John Koerner|
|01:18:11||GK talks to Jennifer Grimm|
|01:19:45||"Kansas City" - Jennifer Grimm and her band|
|01:25:13||Video Segment 2|
|01:26:26||GK recites two poems about comfort|
|01:27:50||"Built For Comfort" - Willie Murphy and the Blue Rockets|
|01:35:31||"Pickaway" - Cindy Cashdollar and the Blue Rockets|
|01:38:39||Credits, "Blue Guitar Stomp"|
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.”