This week, from the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, we bring you the official Prairie Home Companion season finale and Independence Day Special. Broadcasting from the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood, the performance will be live on radio and filmed for broadcast on the PBS television program Great Performances, Sunday, July 2 at 9 pm Eastern. With very special guests, two-time Academy Award winner and star of Robert Altman's "A Prairie Home Companion" movie, Meryl Streep, Canada's finest female trio, The Wailin' Jennys, and spine-tingling Gospel singer, Jearlyn Steele. Also with us, the Hopeful Gospel Quartet with Robin & Linda Williams, Carol Elizabeth Jones, and Mr. low G himself, Carson Wyler. Actress Erica Rhodes will join the Royal Academy of Radio Acting, and sitting in with the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, Mr. Andy Stein. Join us for the fireworks, this Saturday on your local public radio station, and again Sunday on your local public television station.I had the wonderful experience of being in the audience. Garrison, for all his jowly, basset-hound self-deprecation, is an absolute trip to watch - and he was clearly having fun dancing and singing all over the stage. Plus, he got to flirt with and tease Meryl Streep - who is a pretty durn good singer, as well as a top-flight actress.
I was also impressed with the Wailin' Jennies. They're three Canadian singer-songwriters who have wonderful voices and some pretty impressive original tunes.
(I was briefly thinking about trying to live-blog the concert. Fortunately, I came to my senses in time, and just sat back and enjoyed the show.)
And, as it turns out, PBS filmed the concert and is going to broadcast it as part of the Great Performances series tonight at 9PM EDT. I don't know whether I'll be in any of the crowd shots - but that crane-mounted camera at stage left spent an awful lot of time swooping over my head ...