It's an established fact that Mt. Airy Englishman John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders is playing the WXPN Xponential Festival at Wiggins Park in Camden in July, but until now, we haven't known who will be in this edition of the Cabinet.
Now it can be told: The lineup for the musical variety show will be pop savvy songwriter Rhett Miller, excellent Memphian and sometime Harding collaborator Megan Reilly, comedian Eugene Mirman and novelist/musician Rick Moody.
Reached for comment, Harding, whose real name is Wesley Stace, said, "it's going to be outside, which is a first, so that's exciting. And I won't be able to wear my usual black suit and flouncy shirt, so that will mean a major revamp. And it's also going to be a very concise Cabinet: the Festival version.
Everyone on the show - Rhett, Eugene, Rick and Megan - is a close friend of the Cabinet, and knows how we do things, so I'm confident of Camden conquest."
Five episodes of the JWH's CoW that have aired on NPR are archived here. More info on the Xponential Fest, which takes place from July 20-22 at Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center and will feature Wilco, the Hold Steady, Kathleen Edwards, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound and more, is here. The Cabinet will open up on Sunday the 22d.
An In The Mix Live clip of Harding doing "There's A Starbucks (Where The Starbucks Used To Be)" with the King Charles Trio at Range Recordings in Ardmore is below.