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Hot Swing Jazz Comes to Weis Center Sept. 25 During Family Weekend

Sep 02, 2015 09:37AM ● By Erica Shames

The Hot Sardines will bring their hot swing jazz sounds to the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University - Lewisburg, PA on Friday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m.

In addition to sponsorship support from the Standard Journal and the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau, this tour engagement of The Hot Sardines is made possible by a grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation as part of its Jazz Touring Network with support from the National Endowment of the Arts. 

Bandleader Evan "Bibs" Palazzo, lead singer Miz Elizabeth and the Sardine ensemble of powerhouse musicians — along with their very own tap dancer — play "hot jazz" as it was in the era when live music was king, with a little glamour, a little grit and a lot of passion. Giving a voice to the history-defining jazz of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, the Hot Sardines' vibrant performances bridge generations and captivate 21st-century audiences. 

Forbes Magazine calls them "one of the best jazz bands in NYC today." 

The Sardines have consistently sold out their NYC "home" stage of Joe's Pub and performed in arenas ranging from the ultra-swank Top of the Standard (Boom Boom Room) and the internationally-known Montreal Jazz Festival, to Symphony Hall in Boston, where they have performed to sold-out audiences in collaboration with the Boston Pops. 

The Sardine sound — wartime Paris via New Orleans, or the other way around — is steeped in hot jazz, salty stride piano and the kind of music Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Waller used to make: straight-up, foot-stomping jazz. 

They manage to invoke the sounds of a near-century ago and stay resolutely in step with the current age. And while their roots run deep into jazz, that most American of genres, they're intertwined with French influences via their frontwoman, who was born and raised in Paris. 

London Jazz News says, "They had won over the audience right from the start. The closing sequence had the crowd baying for more." 

Joining Palazzo and Elizabeth on the band's debut, self-titled album are accomplished musicians Jason Prover (trumpet), Joe McDonough (trombone), Nick Myers (tenor saxophone, clarinet, flute), Sam Raderman (guitar, banjo), Evan "Sugar" Crane (bass, sousaphone), Alex Raderman (drums, percussion) and "Fast Eddy" Francisco (tap dancing). Joe McDonough and Sam Raderman do not tour with the band, but the rest of the posse will perform in Lewisburg. 

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62+, $15 for youth 18 and under, $15 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $15 for non-Bucknell students and $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2). 

Tickets can be purchased online at the or by calling 570-577-1000. 

For more information about this performance, contact Lisa Leighton, Weis Center marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or

The next event in the Weis Center's 2015-16 Season is a performance by Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq in concert with Nanook of the North, on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre in downtown Lewisburg. Tagaq, winner of the 2014 Polaris Prize, reclaims the controversial 1922 silent film classic Nanook of the North. It is considered to be the world's first work of non-fiction filmmaking, yet is rife with contradictions. General admission tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 62+ and $5 for Bucknell students and youth 18 and under. 

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, visit their or

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