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John Wesley Harding’s “Cabinet of Wonders” returns to NYC’s City Winery.


“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’sCity Winery for a 3-show residency on February 4, March 10 and April 28.

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 February 4 show features Edie Brickell, Eugene Mirman, Tom Perrotta, the Punch Brothers, Josh Ritter, Haley Tanner, Sarah Vowell, and the Spinto Band performing alongside John Wesley Harding and the English U.K.

Participating artists in the upcoming March and April performances include musicians A.C. Newman, Will Sheff (Okkervil River), Sondre Lerche and Meg Baird (Espers), authorsColson Whitehead, Rick Moody and Megan Reilly and comedians Fred Armisen, Reggie Watts and Janeane Garofalo.

“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.

The Cabinet of Wonders is joining together with NPR to record, broadcast and exclusively distribute the show beginning this spring. Recorded live at City Winery this past winter and airing in six one-hour episodes, NPR’s “Cabinet of Wonders” features an exciting mix of musicians, authors, comedians and other artists including Ted Leo, Josh Ritter, Craig Finn, Nicole Atkins, comedy from Eugene Mirman and John Hodgman, and readings from authors Patrick McGrath, Colson Whitehead and Rick Moody 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 Voicecalls 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.

Click HERE for additional info on the Cabinet of Wonders.