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Chris Thile Announces First Guests for A Prairie Home Companion
Jack White and Lake Street Dive to Perform on October 15 Season Premiere

Tickets on Sale Now!

(SAINT PAUL, Minn.) A Prairie Home Companion's new season debuts on October 15 with new host Chris Thile and musical guests Jack White, and Lake Street Dive, live from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. Guests for the remaining fall broadcasts from the Fitz include Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and John Hodgman on October 22, and Esperanza Spalding and Aparna Nancherla on October 29, with more guests to be announced soon.

Tickets for the fall run at the Fitzgerald Theater are now on sale via eTix, see below for detailed information.

The October shows begin a new chapter for one of the most popular public radio programs, as Thile (THEEL-ee) takes over for Garrison Keillor as the new host, bringing a fresh approach to an audience favorite.

Of the premiere episode, Thile comments "Jack White is an inspiration--he plays, sings, and writes with every fiber of his formidable being. And my God, Lake Street Dive! I've never witnessed a group of musicians create and perform with a more united sense of purpose."

The only live music and variety show aired nationwide today, A Prairie Home Companion is a Saturday night staple for radio audiences everywhere. The show features a unique blend of musical performances and comedy. For 42 years, the program has built a large and loyal audience, with nearly 3.2 million fans from around the world tuning in to enjoy the show each week.

The show will continue to be broadcast live on Saturday nights from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, as well from venues across the country, including The Town Hall in New York, and will showcase unparalleled guests and new digital content. The next version of A Prairie Home Companion is expected to draw new, younger audiences while still engaging longtime fans. Each of the new live shows will feature a mix of well-known and up-and-coming musicians, humor with sketch comedy and spoken word, plus an original 'Song of the Week' composed by Thile.

Tickets for the new fall season, starting with the three live broadcasts from the historic Fitzgerald Theater--October 15, October 22, and October 29--are on sale now. More information about these St. Paul broadcasts and additional tour shows this season are available at http://prairiehome.org/tickets/

Chris Thile was hand-selected by Garrison Keillor--"the best idea I've had since Powdermilk Biscuits"--to take over as host of the famed and long-running live radio variety show. Chris--a multiple Grammy Award-winner, MacArthur Fellow and a member of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek--is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist.

A Prairie Home Companion is produced and presented by American Public Media. Audio and Video clips, along with scripts, photos and more information about A Prairie Home Companion can be found at www.prairiehome.org

WHAT: A Prairie Home Companion with host Chris Thile, Live from The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN

WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 22, and 29, 2016-4:45 p.m.

WHO: October 15 - Jack White, Lake Street Dive October 22 - Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, John Hodgman October 29 - Esperanza Spalding, Aparna Nancherla Visit www.prairiehome.org for additional guest information

WHERE: The Fitzgerald Theater, 10 East Exchange Street, St. Paul, MN 55101

TICKETS: Tickets On Sale Now Prices: $49, $39, $33 (includes $2.50 facility fee). There is a limit of 6 tickets per order. Minnesota Public Radio members receive a $2 discount. $20 Student Tickets available with valid ID.

Tickets available online at www.eTix.com

TUNE IN: Tune in Saturdays to any of hundreds of public radio stations coast to coast (many rebroadcast the show on Sunday). For local listings, go to www.prairiehome.org FOR MORE INFORMATION: go to www.prairiehome.org