Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

Saturday, June 9, 2018 8:00PM
Power Center

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
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How did Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” become a Shirelle’s style doo wop number? Since when was Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" about an upright bass fiddle? At what point did Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" evolve into a '20s hot jazz tune in spats and sequins? It's all part of the saucy, vintage nouveau world of Postmodern Jukebox, a tongue-in-cheek musical project for all ages spearheaded by Scott Bradlee, a revered pianist and genius of song arrangement known for growing his big band’s one-take home music videos into a fanbase of 3.2 million on YouTube and sold-out dates the world over. From Radio City Music Hall to this Ann Arbor début, this playful revue dips into nostalgia with a dozen vocalists and a mini orchestra dressing up an unparalleled playlist of the greatest songs of modern pop in 20th century forms.

Calling their movement “gramophone music in a smartphone world,” the impact of technology on their success cannot be understated. Their '50s-style reimagining of Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop” was their first song to go viral, racking up over four million views in less than two months and topping 14 million two years later. By 2018, they have over 170 clips online with 850 millions views. Through digital releases they have been able to accumulate a remarkable and accomplished catalog that would have been decades in the making for previous generations, releasing in the past four years the humorously titled Top Hat On Fleek, PMJ and Chill, Squad Goals, 33 Resolutions Per Minute, Swing Vote, and New Gramophone, Who Dis?

Prolific, ambitious, and with the chops to back it up, Postmodern Jukebox’s success online has been met with high demand to see their energetic and theatrically entertaining shows live, sending them across North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. If you’ve loved Pink Martini on the A2SF Mainstage, this is a must see.