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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Garrison Keillor in "An Evening for Africa" Fundraiser for Transforming Individual Lives Today at State Theater in Eau Claire

Garrison Keillor in "An Evening for Africa" Fundraiser for Transforming Individual Lives Today at State Theater in Eau Claire

MENOMONIE, Wis., June 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Garrison Keillor, author and creator of the Prairie Home Companion, will be performing "An Evening for Africa," Friday, September 23 at the State Theater in Eau Claire, Wis. The performance begins at 7:30 pm, and is a fundraiser to continue the charitable work begun in Uganda by Keillor's cousin and former Menomonie resident Alec Johnson.

The performance is being sponsored by Transforming Individual Lives Today, Inc. (TILT), a Vermont based 501c3 nonprofit with whom Alec worked to support the people of Uganda.

Alec died in 2014 from an accidental drowning, but his family and friends are carrying on his work, which focused on breaking the poverty cycle for the people of Uganda. "During his life, Alec was committed to building community wherever he lived, and to providing support to the lonely and impoverished, especially orphaned and needy children," said his father and Menomonie physician Dr. Dan Johnson.

Alec worked with Uganda-based charity, St. Augustine Community Love Program, founded by a local Ugandan, Anywarach Joshua Carter, now a member of the Uganda parliament. He set up scholarships for children. He devised a micro-banking program, providing hundreds of local women with seed money to start or expand cottage industries. He also worked with an African group, Farming God's Way, which teaches farming techniques that enrich soil, protect crops and increase yields.

Money raised for the "An Evening for Africa" fundraiser on Sept. 23 will go towards:

-- Educating students. $70,000 is being raised to provide education for
students in the Nebbi District of northwestern Uganda.
-- Micro-banking. $10,000. Through this program, women purchase a
membership in a group of women who pool their money to start or invest
in small cottage businesses. With additional seed money, more groups can
be formed.
-- Sustainable agriculture. $20,000 to expand training in techniques that
enrich the soil and crops, and to add new wells.
Tickets to "An Evening for Africa" are $60. Premium tickets at $150 include a reception before the program and an opportunity to meet Mr. Keillor. Tickets are available at

For more information about Alec's work in Uganda or to make a donation online, go to TILT'S website,

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CONTACT: Dan Johnson, (715) 235-1585 evenings;Linda Keillor Berg, (612) 220-3355

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Jam Productions Latest Power Player to Join the Pandora-Ticketfly Platform

Jam Productions Latest Power Player to Join the Pandora-Ticketfly Platform

Addition of one of the country's largest independent promoters signals continued momentum for the next-generation music platform

SAN FRANCISCO, June 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ticketfly, the technology company reimagining the live event experience, and a subsidiary of Pandora (NYSE: P), announced today that Jam Productions, one of the largest independent concert promoters in the United States, is the latest to join the Ticketfly platform. Ticketfly will be the exclusive ticketing provider for three of Chicago's best venues--the Riviera Theatre, the Vic Theatre, and Park West--plus select Jam events throughout the midwest. The deal illustrates Ticketfly's successful and increasingly aggressive move upstream into larger venues and promoters. It also rounds out the company's national footprint: Ticketfly now holds leadership positions in the country's top three live music markets--New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

Jam Productions has been producing events in the greater Chicago area, the Twin Cities in Minnesota, and numerous markets around the country for more than 40 years. Run by music industry veterans Jerry Mickelson and Arny Granat, Jam has worked with every top name in the music industry from Bruce Springsteen to U2, Radiohead to Adele, and thousands of others.

"If you told me 25 years ago when I was getting my start in this business that I would be working with Jerry and Arny one day, I wouldn't have believed it," said Andrew Dreskin, co-founder and CEO of Ticketfly. "These guys are living legends and were part of that first wave of promoters that created the concert business as we know it today. We're honored that they've chosen to work with us, and are thrilled to welcome them to the Ticketfly-Pandora family."

"Ticketfly has always been one of the best technology partners in the business and now that they've joined Pandora they're able to offer something nobody else can," said Jerry Mickelson. "We've never been more excited about the potential to completely change the way we market and sell tickets to our events, and we're confident Dreskin and his team are the ones to make it happen."

This deal solidifies a major foothold in Chicago for Ticketfly, where it already works with numerous leading venues such as Reggies, The Hideout, Subterranean, and Beat Kitchen, and has a significant festival presence via longtime clients Pitchfork Music Festival and Riot Fest. The company plans to use this latest partnership to spur further growth in Chicago and other midwestern markets.

Jam Productions is the latest in a steady drumbeat of major client signings for Ticketfly since being acquired by Pandora late last year. In rapid succession, Ticketfly has added Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, Memphis in May, RPM Presents (formerly Pacha), and many more notable venues and promoters to its client roster.

Every month, nearly 80 million users spend an average of over 23 hours listening to Pandora. Ticketfly clients can market their events to a massive audience of listeners through highly targeted placements on Pandora's platform, as well as use Pandora and Ticketfly's trove of data to inform talent buying decisions. Together, Ticketfly and Pandora aim to change the future of live events by making both event discovery and purchase so seamless that fans never miss a show they love, and artists and promoters leave fewer tickets unsold.

"Each new deal is further validation that bringing live and streaming music together under one roof is a win-win-win for fans, artists, and promoters," said Sara Clemens, COO of Pandora. "We're helping venues and promoters book the right talent, promote their events, and build their brand and audience--ultimately helping them to sell more tickets and make more fans happy."

Tickets to Jam Productions shows go on sale with Ticketfly starting Friday, July 8th on

For media/investor inquiries, please contact:
Rachel Durfee, Director of Communications, Ticketfly

Ticketfly, a subsidiary of Pandora, is a technology company reimagining the live event experience for promoters and fans. Its powerful ticketing, digital marketing, and analytics software helps promoters sell more tickets, streamline operations, and increase revenue per attendee, while its consumer tools make it easy for fans to find and purchase tickets to great events across North America. Since 2008, more than 1,200 leading venues and promoters have partnered with Ticketfly, including Merriweather Post Pavilion, Bowery Ballroom, the Brooklyn Bowl, Central Park SummerStage, Pitchfork Music Festival, and The Troubadour. Ticketfly is led by Andrew Dreskin, co-founder of TicketWeb, the first company to ever sell tickets online. The company works with more of Pollstar's top independent clubs than any other provider, and in 2015 was named one of Fast Company's "Most Innovative Companies in Music."

Pandora is the world's most powerful music discovery platform - a place where artists find their fans and listeners find music they love. We are driven by a single purpose: unleashing the infinite power of music by connecting artists and fans, whether through earbuds, car speakers, live on stage or anywhere fans want to experience it. Our team of highly trained musicologists analyze hundreds of attributes for each recording which powers our proprietary Music Genome Project®, delivering billions of hours of personalized music tailored to the tastes of each music listener, full of discovery, making artist/fan connections at unprecedented scale. Founded by musicians, Pandora empowers artists with valuable data and tools to help grow their careers and connect with their fans.

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