Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 am for a star-studded fundraiser happening February 13 at the Aladdin Theater. Northwest rock royalty, including Colin Meloy, Carrie Brownstein, Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Peter Buck (REM, Minus 5), Sallie Ford, Storm Large, Laura Veirs, and Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, Minus 5), will join local authors Monica Drake and Lidia Yuknavitch for an electrifying edition of John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders. [Breaking addition: Just when the lineup couldn't get anymore ridiculous, k.d. lang has been added, too!]
With a similar vibe to our very own Live Wire!, the Cabinet of Wonders is a loosely structured radio variety show that airs on NPR, featuring singer-songwriter-author Harding (who writes books under his actual name, Wesley Stace) serving as host. Guests are musicians, writers, and comedians who sing, read, spin yarns, tell jokes, and in this case, most likely collaborate, since a majority of the assembled musicians appeared on Harding's last record, The Sound of His Own Voice, which was recorded in Portland at Adam Selzer's Type Foundry Studio.
Also along for the ride is the "Portland UK" house band, with members of the Decemberists and Black Prairie, who will provide spirited musical accompaniment. The lucky beneficiary of this gala evening is the Children's Cancer Association's My Music Rx, a group that raises money for childhood cancer research and prevention by selling songs on iTunes.
It's sure to sell out, so get cracking!
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