Column: Anticipating the greatest party


Commentary by Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, President/CEO The Center for the Performing Arts

It gives me great pleasure to share with our community that this December the Center for the Performing Arts will host our first New Year’s Eve Extravaganza!

Since my arrival to Carmel in August of 2012, I have had a number of individuals asking about a New Year’s Eve celebration at the Palladium. Some of these individuals have been very vocal about the benefits of having such an event in Carmel. They have also not been shy at expressing their disappointment when, time and time again, I’ve had to explain that the timing was not right.

Well, after three years of disappointing my friends, our 5th Anniversary Season is the perfect time to say yes! I am pleased to announce that we at the Palladium are now ready to ring in the New Year with 1,000 of our closest friends!

On Dec. 31, The Center for the Performing Arts will put on what promises to be the best New Year’s Eve party on the North Side. The evening will include food, cocktails, dancing, and entertainment, all at a reasonable price. Two local bands will entertain us at the pre-parties: the Bishops – a fun, party, cover band will play in the Robert Adam Room, and Flat Bed Twitch – a three piece country and rock acoustic trio will play in the Founders Room. Karaoke in the Shiel Sexton Songbook Lounge will add fun and frolic to the festivities.

The Hot Sardines, “one of the best jazz bands in New York today,” (Forbes Magazine) will hit the Palladium stage at 10 p.m. and will welcome the New Year at midnight.

The Hot Sardines will dish out their unique musical recipe of hot jazz and sultry standards from the 20s, 30s, and 40s, sprinkled with rich New Orleans sounds, a dash of 40s Paris flavor, infused with vibrant musical surprises. Steeped in salty stride piano and the music of Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Fats Waller used to make, The Hot Sardines make straight-up, foot-stomping jazz. They invoke the sound of nearly a century ago, yet stay right in step with the current age.

If you haven’t made plans for Dec. 31, I sure hope you will join us. And, if you have made plans, change them … because the Palladium is the place to be this New Year’s Eve!