[Review] PostModern Jukebox Was “Freaking Awesome”
Scott Bradlee's PostModern Jukebox concert on Saturday night at Miller Auditorium just blew us away.
(PostModern Jukebox via Instagram)
If you're not familiar with PostModern Jukebox, musician Scott Bradlee started putting out videos of mostly current songs a number years ago. The concept is taking these current songs and put them through a time filter. What you get is contemporary songs done in 40's and 50's and even 60's musical styles. The first time most people became aware of
Scott and his musician friends was when Nickleback was signed to play halftime at the Lions' Thanksgiving Day game and many folks got upset. Scott uploaded a video on YouTube of a Motown take of Nickleback songs. And the rest is...well, you know..
(PostModern Jukebox via YouTube)
If you poke around their website or You Tube channel for that matter, what you discover is all these incredibly talented singers, dancers and musicians just making magic with Bradlee's arrangements.
Here's where I need to be careful. What makes PostModern Jukebox performances great is these are people who have taken singing lessons, who don't use auto-tune. And when you slow down a song or do it in a different style, you learn two, maybe three things. One, music is music and a great song is a great song, any style. Two, some of today's songs have incredibly insipid lyrics. And three, PMJ manages to make Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On listenable.
Anyway, back to the review. PMJ was freaking awesome. I didn't catch all the names of the singers and musicians and it wouldn't be fair to single out only a few, because they are all great vocalists. Here's the only regret from Saturday night. I wish they had played two hours more. I didn't want the show to end.