When one thinks of Garrison Keillor and Utah, an image comes to mind of "the world's tallest radio host" on the stage of Abravanel Hall with the Tabernacle Choir behind him.
During that concert last year, Keillor reminisced about listening to the choir as a kid, spoke of that early album "with the wheat on it," then said he always knew it was Sunday when the record player needle in his home touched down on "side one, band one."And with that, the choir broke into "Come, Come Ye Saints."
Music and Keillor are inseparable.
As are music and Utah.
So it's only fitting that he's bringing music back to the state on Monday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. in Red Butte Garden's outdoor amphitheater.
This time around we'll be hearing Keillor sing bass as a member of the Hopeful Gospel Quartet.
"We Hopefuls are four friends who started singing together for fun backstage at shows," Keillor has said. "We sing a little doo-wop, some folk, a hymn to sweet corn and your basic straight-edged, old-time foursome gospel."
The group's latest CD is "Climbing Up on the Rough Side." Over the years they've performed at Carnegie Hall, on "Austin City Limits" and at London's famous West End.
The other three singers are Kate MacKenzie and Robin and Linda Williams.
"I'm on the road to get away from summer in Lake Wobegon," Keillor told his Salt Lake City publicists. "I hear Salt Lake City has fewer mosquitoes and no horseflies . . . And it'll be good to see Salt Lake again. We (the Hopeful Gospel Quartet) were here last in June of 1995 when the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang on the show. We're only four singers, but if the audience will join in on the choruses, we'll try to get that big sound again."
Tickets for the show are available by calling 355-ARTS. They will also be at Red Butte Garden at 5 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m.
KUER is sponsoring the show. For information call 581-6702.