Rep. Dennis Moore (D-Kan.) is one of the best musicians in Congress, but on Wednesday night, the Karaoke in the Capital contest will have to put on the show without him.

Moore, a singer and guitarist, was listed in a press release last week as one of the “expected” acts at the annual karaoke contest, which is sponsored by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) Mid-Atlantic Chapter.

But that was news to Moore.

ITK caught up with the retiring lawmaker (pictured here jamming at the 2009 karaoke contest) last week in a Rayburn House Office Building garage. Guitar in hand, Moore said he was on his way to play at a party with friends.

Asked what he’d be performing at the contest next week, Moore looked stumped.

“Karaoke contest?” he asked.

When the nature of the event was explained to him, Moore shook his head and laughed, “Nope, I haven’t heard a word about that.”

Here’s the skinny: Moore’s chief of staff initially accepted on Moore’s behalf, but canceled when Congress adjourned early.

Either way, Moore told ITK on Monday that he would have had to cancel his appearance in order to return to Kansas this week, where his wife, Stephene Moore, is running for his congressional seat.

But don’t let one missing Moore keep you from enjoying a wide range of journalists, pundits and policymakers on Wednesday night, including CBS’s Bob Schieffer, MSNBC’s Luke Russert, Talking Points Memo’s Christina Bellantoni, CNN’s Ed Henry and The Hill’s Sam Youngman.

The contest will be held at the Rock & Roll Hotel, and tickets are $15. Doors open at 7 p.m., but the contest continues until nearly midnight.

Prizes range from a “Best in Show” award all the way to the dubious honor of a “You Sing and Dogs Bark” award.