This week on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, it's a live broadcast performance from the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, California. With special guests, male vocal ensemble Chanticleer and singer-songwriter-fiddler Sara Watkins. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.
  • Chanticleer

    Chanticleer had its beginnings in 1978 when a musicology grad student named Louis Botto got a bunch of his friends together around a dining room table in San Francisco. Now in its 35th season, the Grammy-winning male vocal ensemble has toured worldwide and released dozens of recordings, including 2012's By Request (Chanticleer Records). More than 100 men have sung with Chanticleer, the first group of its kind to be inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame. The current members are: Eric Alatorre, Michael Axtell, Casey Breves, Michael Bresnahan, Brian Hinman, Ben Jones,Matthew Knickman, Cortez Mitchell, Gregory Peebles,Kory Reid, Alan Reinhardt, and Adam Ward. Jace Wittigis the interim music director.
  • Sara Watkins

    Singer-songwriter and fiddle player Sara Watkins - along with her brother Sean and mandolinist Chris Thile - was a founding member of the Grammy-winning progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek. In 2015, Sara and Sean released their "family-band-of-sorts project," Watkins Family Hour, and then embarked on a tour that included stops at Conan, NPR's Tiny Desk Concert, and the Newport Folk Festival. Sara's latest recording: Young in All the Wrong Ways (New West Records).