Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders featuring Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), Nada Surf, Eugene Mirman & More! - 3/226:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Start
Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders Returns to City Winery for 3 Spring 2014 nights:
Saturday, March 22, Friday, April 18 and Saturday, May 17
ABOUT WESLEY STACE'S CABINET OF WONDERS
A one of a kind variety show with celebrated musicians, writers and comedians. You'll laugh, think and sing along. Sometimes all at once. A little bit vaudeville, a little bit literary and a lot of rock 'n' roll— you can never predict what's inside the Cabinet of Wonders.
“One of the finest nights of entertainment this city has to offer." –The New Yorker
"Inspired silliness... the audience roared in delight." –The Wall Street Journal
"Like an awesome mythological beast... another fantastic hybrid creation." –Time Out New York
"See what all the buzz is about. A brilliant evening of laid-back fun." –The Village Voice
"A deeply transcendent experience." –Magnet
NPR’s Cabinet of Wonders, a series for public radio featuring the best of the acclaimed New York variety show which finds leading novelists, musicians and comedians each performing as part of a rare showcase of talent hosted by musician and author Wesley Stace (formerly known as John Wesley Harding), is now airing nationally as a six-episode radio program (WXPN Philadelphia and WFUV in New York were among the first to carry the show).
Since its inauguration in 2009, Cabinet of Wonders has established itself in New York, and on tour around the USA, as an exciting stage for both prominent and emerging voices in music, literature and comedy. Stace originally conceived Cabinet of Wonders as a way to bring together his creative friends; he handpicks the performers and facilitates unusual onstage collaborations for each show, managing to weave the diverse lineup into an unforgettable night and, subsequently, one highly entertaining hour of radio. An acclaimed artist in his own right, Stace has released 18 albums under the name John Wesley Harding and published three novels. Yep Roc releases his next album, Self-Titled in September; Overlook Press will publish his new novel, Wonderkid, in March.
ABOUT THE SPECIAL GUESTS:
Derrick Brown (poet/writer)
Derrick Brown is the winner of the 2013 Texas Book of The Year award for Poetry. He is a former paratrooper for the 82nd airborne and is the president of one of what Forbes and Filter Magazine call “…one of the best independent presses in the country”, Write Bloody Publishing. He is the author of four books of poetry. The New York Times calls his work, “…a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words.”
From his debut as a jazz influenced blues-based artist to his evolution into a pop music iconoclast, singer-songwriter A.J. Croce has traveled a circuitous musical road. Now, with Twelve Tales, A.J. unveils his most ambitious recording project to date: A dozen new tracks recorded by legendary producers across a variety of American cities to be released one song each month in 2013. A.J. recently signed with Compass Records Group (Colin Haye, Victor Wooten), an independent label that has been touted by Billboard Magazine as one of the leading labels of the past decade.
The son of legendary singer-songwriter Jim Croce, A.J.’s career began with his first tour at age 18 opening up for B.B. King. In the span of a 20+-year career, A.J. has headlined festivals, concerts and major listening venues worldwide. He has been seen and heard on shows including Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Austin City Limits, Good Morning America, E!, and CNN, and he has shared the stage with an innumerable list of eclectic artists from Willie Nelson to Ray Charles, Béla Fleck to James Brown, Lyle Lovett to Morphine, and Rod Stewart to Ben Harper.
David Grand (writer)
David Grand is the author of Louse, a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year, and The Disappearing Body, which Bookforum described as “satirical noir at its mesmerizing best.” Grand received his MFA from New York University, where he held the Fellowship in Fiction and studied with E.L. Doctorow. His writing has appeared in anthologies as well as The New York Times Magazine, Travel and Leisure, BlackBook, and elsewhere.
Gary Louris (The Jayhawks)
Gary Louris is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter of alternative country and pop music. He was a founding member of the Minneapolis-based band The Jayhawks, and their principal songwriter and vocalist after the departure of Mark Olson; he is often credited with the band's subsequent move from folk-country toward a more progressive, poppier sound.
Eugene Boris Mirman is a Russian-born American comedian and writer. Mirman also played Yvgeny Mirminsky on Delocated, and voices Gene Belcher on the animated comedy Bob's Burgers. Mirman has appeared at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, Bumbershoot, and South by Southwest.
Nada Surf is an American alternative rock band which consists of Matthew Caws (guitar, vocals), Ira Elliot (drums, backup vocals), Doug Gillard (lead guitar) and Daniel Lorca (bass, backup vocals). Based in New York and formed in the 1990s, Nada Surf continues to tour, and their most recent studio album, The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy, was released in 2012.