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Just Announced: Wesley Stace sheds his stage name for fall tour (playing World Cafe Live October 3rd)

WesleyStaceColorWesley Stace, better known by his moniker John Wesley Harding, just announced a fall tour to support his anticipated self-titled album coming out September 17th. Swapping the established stage name for his own, Stace mentions in his Wall Street Journal interview that this album portrays a more intimate feeling inspired by autobiographical accounts. Along with his headlining tour dates, Stace will also host a traveling version of his Cabinet of Wonders, featuring artists including John McCrea (from Cake), Alec Ounsworth (from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah), and regular Cabinet collaborator Eugene Mirman. The World Cafe Live will welcome the celebrated author, NPR personality, and singer/songwriter October 3rd. Find more information and tickets for the All Ages show here. Listen to Stace’s single “Stare At The Sun,” off of his self-titled album below.

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XPoNential Fest: John Wesley Harding’s Cabin of Wonders (photos, audio, setlist)


On Sunday, a new twist for the XPO Fest included a comedy/musical variety show hosted by John Wesley Harding entitled “John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders”. Harding curated, hosted, and performed during the set renouncing stories, live poetry, and sing-a-long’s. For each show, he handpicks different artists to collaborate together to perform weird, out of the ordinary pieces. This performance featured guests, Megan Reilly, Rhett Miller, and others. To learn more about the show go to NPR’s website. Check out the photo gallery above and listen to the entire set here (via the XPN media player). Continue reading →

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John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet Of Wonders radio show debuting on WXPN Tuesdays at 8PM


John Wesley Harding is adding something new to his already impressive resume – radio show host. Starting next Tuesday, May 29th at 8 p.m, Wes’s Cabinet Of Wonders radio show will be broadcasted on WXPN. The show, distributed by NPR and hosted by Harding, brings together musicians, writers and comedians in a live setting. The shows were recorded live at the City Winery in New York and will also be available as a podcast. The first show features appearances by Josh Ritter, Edie Brickell, the Punch Brothers, Sarah Vowell and Eugene Mirman and Haley Tanner. In other Cabinet of Wonder news, Wes is putting together a special edition of the show for WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival. Go here to buy tickets and for more information about the festival.