Paramount preparing for NYE show

Published 7:32 am Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Scott Anderson sets up a microphone while Sean Benz strums on his guitar in preparation for the Paramount Theatre's NYE event. --Trey Mewes/

Paramount Theatre’s New Year’s Eve Party is a town tradition — one that’s a little bigger this year.

With at least three acts and more than two hours of programming, the New Year’s Eve show is shaping up to be huge.

“Many times it’s a lot of great variety, but not quite like this,” said Scott Anderson, Paramount’s manager.

Denny Charnecki, Scott Anderson and Sean Benz discuss where to put microphones during a dress rehearsal at the Paramount Theatre Tuesday afternoon. Paramount's annual New Year's Eve show has three acts playing this year. --Trey Mewes/

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This year’s show is headlined by Denny and the DC Drifters’ annual Buddy Holly tribute, which they usually perform at the Serf Ballroom in Iowa. This year, the boys wanted to be a little closer to home, according to lead singer Denny Charnecki.

“We’re glad that we’re able to do it in Austin,” Charnecki said. “To be home this New Year’s Eve, I’m glad of that.”

The show also features Sean Benz, a Worthington High School senior looking to be an up-and-coming classic rock and country musician. Benz, who’s performed in Austin before and is known for his Johnny Cash tributes, will perform an Elvis tribute, with Anderson playing bass.

The Radio Hits of the ‘60s, a female vocal group, will perform as well as contestants from this year’s Austin’s Got Talent competition, which was canceled in October.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and can be purchased at About 180 tickets have been sold so far, according to Anderson, but tickets are expected to sell soon. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and is expected to go until at least 9:30 p.m.