John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders to include Rosanne Cash, Eugene Mirman, Josh Ritter and more

February 17, 2009  |  8:22am
John Wesley Harding (née Wesley Stace) must have gotten a bit antsy doing the typical folk-rock concert thing while supporting his 2004 album, Adam's Apple.

This time around, in lieu of rigging up his backing band (The Minus 5) and setting out on tour in support of his March 10 release, Who was Changed and Who was Dead, the singer-songwriter has taken up residence at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge.

Harding has compiled an eclectic, hand-picked mix of artists from the literary, music, comedy and ventriloquism sectors for his music-based variety show, Cabinet of Wonders. His penchant for mixing media shouldn't come as a surprise; the man is, in a sense, a jack of all literary trades. He's dipped (or rather plunged) into the literature pool with his best-selling book, Misfortune, as well as other novels, chapbooks and essays.

 

The Feb. 11 show has already come and gone, but the lineup for last two shows is just as good:

March 11, 2009
Rosanne Cash (singer-songwriter, Capitol Records)
Eugene Mirman (comedian, Flight of the Conchords)
Colson Whitehead (author, The Intuitionist, MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient)
Colum McCann (author, This Side of Brightness)
Errollyn Wallen (classical musician, performing U.S. premiere of "From Eleanor to Sweet William") 

April 15, 2009 
Graham Parker (musician, Bloodshot Records)
Josh Ritter (singer-songwriter) (moved from March)
Eugene Mirman (comedian, Flight of the Conchords)
Daniel Wallace (magician/author, Big Fish
Dan John Miller (actor/musician, ex-Blanche, played Luther Perkins in I Walk The Line)
Sam Lipsyte (author, one of New York Magazine's "Ten Funniest New Yorkers You've Never Heard Of")
Daniel Felsenfeld (classical composer/author)

Meanwhile, head over to Boing Boing for a detailed explanation of Harding's payment options for Who was Changed and Who was Dead. Take that, Radiohead!

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