Yep, you read that right. The Hot Sardines.

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Even here in FL, it isn’t all bikinis and surfboards. It is winter, after all, and spice is nice. The Lyric Theater in town has plenty.

A one-time silent movie house, now on the National Register of Historic Places, this intimate venue presents shows, concerts, movies, and fun events.

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The other night, Evan “Bibs” Palazzo and lead singer Miz Elizabeth came to town. And they brought Plenty Of Heat.

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The Hot Sardines are a New York-based brass jazz band that specializes in classic pop and jazz tunes from the first half of the 20th century. Heck, they even have a tap-dancer. And does he sizzle.

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They wowed me with a blustery brass lineup, a cheeky rhythm section led by a Fats Waller-ish pianist, and a sassy front-woman with a voice from another era.  And, oh, that tap dancer.

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Mis Elizbeth has a sweet and soulful voice like Madeleine Peyroux. Her music is early-American jazz with a mischievous twist of French culture. Parisian-born Miz Eliz sings eloquently and effortlessly in both French and English – and sometimes in Mandarin, just for fun (“Chinatown, My Chinatown”).

 

The sound and style are distinctly their own. It’s old-time jazz with new-time energy, an edgy, raucous, speakeasy sound. You almost expect the cops to bust in waving billy clubs.

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The Hot Sardines, started by two non-musicians who never set out to form a band, played to a sold out audience at the Lyric.

Here’s why.

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