John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders with Fountains of Wayne, John Roderick, Joshua Ferris, Colum McCann, Eugene Mirman, John Oliver, Ron Sexsmith, The Silver Ages, Stephen Kellogg, and David Wax Museum - 12/16Sunday, December 16 2012 6:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Start
A variety show with celebrated musicians, writers and comedians. It will make you laugh, think and sing along. Sometimes all at once. A little bit Vaudeville, a little bit rock n' roll — and a whole lot of fun.
Last Spring saw musical performances by Rosanne Cash, Ted Leo, Josh Ritter Nicole Atkins, Edie Brickell band members from The Decemberists and R.E.M; readings from authors John Hodgman, Colson Whitehead, Sarah Vowell and Rick Moody; and acts from comedians Eugene Mirman and Janeane Garofalo.
And, NPR joined together with Cabinet of Wonders to record, broadcast and exclusively distribute the radio show, making its engaging dialogue and eclectic performances available to audiences nationwide.
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Fountains of Wayne Formed in New York in 1996, Fountains of Wayne took its name from an iconic garden store in nearby Wayne, NJ. The band has received steady critical accolades since its inception; "Dean Of American Rock Critics" Robert Christgau has called them "lyric poets" and "true art heroes."
Seattle born John Roderick is an accomplished musician and writer. Currently the lead singer and guitarist in the band The Long Winters, Roderick is also a frequent guest musician appearing on the Death Cab for Cutie album Transatlanticism and The Decemberists album Picaresque to name a few. He is also a published author and has written about music and film for various media including MSNBC, The Stranger and Seattle Weekly. Roderick is presently touring with musician Jonathan Coulton as the opening act for Coulton’s Artificial Heart tour.
Joshua Ferris's first novel, Then We Came to the End, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the Barnes and Noble Discover Award, and was a National Book Award finalist. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, The Guardian, and Tin House, among other publications. He lives in New York.
Colum McCann was born in Ireland in 1965. He is the author of five novels and two collections of stories. He has been the recipient of many international honours, including the National Book Award, the International Dublin Impac Prize, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, election to the Irish arts academy, several European awards, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China, and an Oscar nomination. His work has been published in over 30 languages. He lives in New York with his wife, Allison, and their three children. He teaches at the MFA program in Hunter College.
Eugene Mirman is a comedian who lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is a regular on Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim’s Delocated, had his own special on Comedy Central, and voices Gene in the new animated Fox series Bob’s Burgers.
John Oliver is an English comedian. He is best known for his work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and, in his native country, as a semi-regular panelist on the satirical news show Mock The Week.
Ron Sexsmith A singer-songwriter acclaimed by a galaxy of artists from Bob Dylan to Elton John, Chris Martin to Michael Bublé, Steve Earle to Lucinda Williams for his insight into the human heart and a melodic purity. For his 11th album, Long Player Late Bloomer, the award-winning troubadour has paired himself with a fellow Canadian, the producer of bone-crunching classics by Metallica, Mötley Crüe and The Cult — the genuinely named Bob Rock.
The Silver Ages are a Philadelphia-based all male choir. Compiled of members from various other Philadelphia indie rock bands, together The Silver Ages specialize in close harmony men’s chorus tunes from the early 20th century. They've captured the attention of many, including Jens Lekman, who they have been fortunate to perform alongside of.
Stephen Kellogg is part of the American rock band Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers formed in western Massachusetts in 2003. The band's latest album Gift Horse was released in 2011, and Kellogg is currently recording a new solo album to be released in 2013.
David Wax Museum David Wax and Suz Slezak form the artistic core of the David Wax Museum, and together with multi-instrumentalist Greg Glassman, fuse traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock to create a Mexo-Americana aesthetic.
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