JOHN WESLEY HARDING’S CABINET OF WONDERS RETURNS TO NYC’S CITY WINERY
RESIDENCY TO FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY LEO ALLEN, FRED ARMISEN, PETER CAREY, GRAHAM PARKER, AMY SOHN, DAN ZANES AND many other Special Guests
NPR IS EXCLUSIVE BROADCAST SYNDICATION PARTNER
“A vaudeville night that combines music and literature, resulting in one of the finest nights of entertainment this city has to offer.”—The New Yorker
“Inspired silliness…the audience roared in delight.”—Wall Street Journal
Musician/author John Wesley Harding once again brings his Cabinet of Wonders back to New York’s City Winery for a 3-show residency on March 14, April 19 and May 24. Drawing together collaborators from the worlds of music, literature and comedy, the Cabinet of Wonders features Harding curating, hosting and performing with a number of hand-picked artists in a variety show format. The March 14 show features Leo Allen, Fred Armisen, Peter Carey, Graham Parker, Amy Sohn, Dan Zanes and more performing alongside John Wesley Harding and the English U.K. Participating artists in the upcoming April and May performances will be announced shortly. “I wanted to bring together my novel writing friends (who mostly envy my musician friends) and my musician friends (who mostly envy my novel writing friends) under one flag,” says Harding. “The fact is: I like everyone who’s performing.” Additional artists to be announced, line-ups are subject to change.
For a second season, the Cabinet of Wonders continues to join together with NPR to exclusively distribute the show. Recorded live at City Winery and airing in seven one-hour episodes beginning in May, NPR’s “Cabinet of Wonders” features an exciting mix of musicians, authors, comedians and other artists including Fountains of Wayne, Ron Sexsmith, Steve Earle, Loundon Wainwright III and Dean & Britta, comedy from Eugene Mirman and John Oliver, and readings from authors Colum McCann, Chuck Klosterman, Paul Muldoon, and Gary Shteyngart among many others.
The Cabinet of Wonders premiered in the spring of 2009 to packed houses in New York City presenting a diverse lineup of performers. Many talented artists have joined in. Past collaborators include Andrew Bird, Colin Meloy, Rosanne Cash, Jonthan Ames, Daniel Handler and Patton Oswalt. The Village Voice calls the Cabinet of Wonders “a brilliant evening of laid-back fun,” while Time Out New York compares it to “an awesome mythological beast…another fantastic hybrid creation.”
Since his critically acclaimed 1990 debut Here Comes the Groom (lauded by the LA Times as “the first great rock record of the `90s”) John Wesley Harding has recorded 18 records for both major (Sire, Hollywood) and independent (Mammoth, Rhino, Appleseed) labels alike, with his most recent release The Sound of His Own Voice (Yep Roc Records) being hailed as “Wes’ most exciting album ever” by Magnet and “first-rate folk-rock” by the Utne Reader. His novels have been published by Little Brown and Picador in the U.S. and his fourth novel, Wonderkid, is due in early 2014 on Overlook Press.
See http://www.jwhcabinetofwonders.com/ for additional info.