Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox
Saturday, June 9 @ 8pm
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,” musical savant Scott Bradlee and a rotating cast of musicians, vocalists, and tap dancers film single takes of a new song each week from a lavish LA living room. Their efforts have garnered a huge, enthusiastic following thrilled to see what songs they will reimagine next. With 170 clips online, technology has allowed them to amass a catalog that would have been decades in the making for previous generations. In four years they’ve released: Top Hat On Fleek, PMJ and Chill, Squad Goals, 33 Resolutions Per Minute, Swing Vote, and New Gramophone, Who Dis? Delightful, 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. If you’ve loved Pink Martini on the A2SF Mainstage, this is a must see.
“We want them to escape reality and join us for the most sensational 1920s party this side of The Great Gatsby. We want them to experience what it was like to be at the New Years’ Eve show that Sinatra would have hosted in the 1940s. We want them to feel the excitement of hearing the greats of Motown live and up close. Our goal is to give our audiences their favorite show again and again and still have it feel like the very first time.” –Scott Bradlee
This performance has been generously underwritten by Erin McKean and Steve Sullivan.