Commentary by Amy Pauszek
“Where’s Amy?” on New Years Eve? … I was rocking out at the Palladium to live music from local band favorites “The Bishops” and “Flatbread Twitch”. Next, I was treated to the amazing “Hot Sardines” who came all the way from NYC to perform to a sold out crowd at the Palladium’s 1st New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. Guests who attended dined on delicious hor d’oeuvres (including a fabulous fully loaded mashed potatoes bar) cocktails, champagne, dancing and Karaoke. The Palladium staff did a wonderful job and made the night festive and magical. I loved catching up, mingling and chatting with Palladium patrons and supporters of the arts. The highlight of the evening was counting down and ringing in the 2016 New Year with “The Hot Sardines” live in concert. Bandleader Evan “Bibs” Palazzo, lead singer Miz Elizabeth combined with the Sardine ensemble of powerhouse musicians played the night away including hits from all era’s. My favorites were songs from Indiana’s own Cole Porter and a memorising rendition of George Gershwin’s ‘Summertime.’ The fun didn’t end after the ball dropped atmidnight – guests devoured desserts and coffee with the opportunity to meet and take photos with Palazzo and Elizabeth. “The Hot Sardines” vibrant performances bridge generations and captivate 21st century audiences all around the world. ‘Forbes Magazine’ calls them “one of the best jazz bands in NYC today.” Palazzo told me the band really took a’ liking to Carmel, Indiana’, loved performing on stage at the Palladium and enjoyed meeting Mayor Brainard and President /CEO Tania Castroverde Moskalenko. There will be no question about “Where’s Amy?” next year on New Year’s Eve because I will be at the at my most favorite place in the world – The Palladium. What a fantastic way to ring in the New Year! I left with an autographed CD, a smile on my face and a tiara. Yep, a little tiara party favor that will remind me of my new Palladium NYE tradition – if you missed out this year … see you in 2017. In the meantime, please continue to support and attend the many concerts and events the Center for the Performing Arts has to offer. Check out what’s happening in 2016 by visiting TheCenterPresents.org.