The Hot Sardines at Pruis Hall

Calendar: Pruis Hall
Start: February 12, 2015 7:30 p.m.
End: February 12, 2015
Location: Pruis Hall
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In a short time, the Hot Sardines have gone from their first gig – at a coffee shop on the last Q train stopin Queens – to selling out Joe’s Pub five times in as many months, headlining at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing, and opening for the Bad Plus, Lulu Gainsbourg and French gypsy-jazz artist Zaz. Through it all they’ve become regulars at the Shanghai Mermaid speakeasy and turned The Standard, where they play regularly, into their own “saloon in the sky” (The Wall Street Journal) –complete with tap dancing on the bar – honing a live persona that’s been called “unforgettably wild” and “consistently electrifying” (Popmatters).

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. (Literally – the band includes a tap dancer whose feet count as twomembers of the rhythm section). They manage to invoke the sounds of a near-century ago and stayresolutely in step with the current age. And while their roots run deep into jazz, that most American ofgenres, they’re intertwined with French influences via their frontwoman, who was born and raised inParis (and writes songs in both languages).

The band was born when said Parisian (“Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol) met a stride piano player (bandleaderEvan “Bibs” Palazzo) at a jam session they found on Craigslist. Above a noodle shop on Manhattan’s49th Street, they discovered a mutual love for songs from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s that no-one reallyplays anymore. Or if they play them, “they handle them with kid gloves, like pieces in a museum,” saysEvan, underscoring a point the pair can’t stress enough: “This music isn’t historical artifact. It’s a living,breathing, always-evolving thing.

”Members of the Sardines collective have worked with a genre-hopping roster that includes RufusWainwright, Sufjan Stevens, Lauren Ambrose, Sondre Lerche, Vetiver, Of Montreal, Nicholas Payton,Kurt Elling, Branford Marsalis, the New York and Jerusalem Philharmonics, Slavic Soul Party and theWilliamsburg Salsa Orchestra.

Emens Presents at Pruis Hall

Pruis Hall is situated just off of Woodworth drive next to Bracken Library. This 640-seat venue provides an intimate setting for musical performances and is used to host a variety of special events throughout the school year. Emens Auditorium programs a series of talented musical artists at Pruis Hall in a series called "Emens Presents at Pruis." This event is featured in this series. 

How to Purchase Tickets

Tickets - General Admission 
 Adults  $19(adv)/$24(door) 
Youth(18 & under)  $5 
Artist Series Subscribers  $16(adv)/$24(door) 
Pick 4+ Package  $16(adv)/$24(door) 
Ball State Students  $5(adv)/$10(door) 
Groups (12+)  $16 

Purchase Tickets - on sale, Monday, August 11 at 10 a.m.

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Call the Emens box office at 765-285-1539.

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