SCOTT BRADLEE’S POSTMODERN JUKEBOX: COMING TO DES MOINES FOR ONE SHOW ONLY ON WEDNESDAY, OCT. 104/3/2018
35 Concerts and Hoyt Sherman Place are pleased to announce that Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox will play Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets will go on sale to the public this Friday, April 6th 2018 at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Hoyt Sherman Place Box Office (1501 Woodland Ave.), online at Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000.
Imagine wandering into a nightclub somewhere on the outskirts of time. A classic jukebox in the corner plays timeless music with oddly familiar modern lyrics, incongruously marrying the 21st century party vibe of Miley Cyrus or the minimalist angst of Radiohead is incongruously married with the crackly warmth of a vintage 78 or the plunger-muted barrelhouse howl of a forgotten Kansas City jazzman. The dance floor is full of revelers twerking in poodle skirts, while at the bar well-heeled hipsters balance a martini in one hand with a smartphone in the other.
If such a place actually exists, no doubt the soundtrack is Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. Founded by pianist and arranger Scott Bradlee in 2009, the ensemble reimagines contemporary pop, rock and R&B hits in the style of various yesteryears, from swing to doo-wop, ragtime to Motown – or, as Bradlee himself puts it, “pop music in a time machine.” The band parlayed a series of YouTube videos shot in Bradlee’s Queens living room into massive success, accruing more than 500 million YouTube views and over 2 million subscribers, an appearance on “Good Morning America,” and performances at packed houses across the globe.
Bradlee’s choice of material ranges from the ‘80s hard rock of Guns N’ Roses to hits as recent as “Finesse” by Bruno Mars. They’re rendered by a rotating cast of musicians and singers in fashions that date back to a time when Axl, Slash and Bieber’s parents had yet to be born – a time of street corner harmonies and torch singers, blues belters and golden-voiced crooners.
Bradlee conceived Postmodern Jukebox as a tonic for the autotuned vocals and programmed beats that populate today’s radio soundscape. Postmodern Jukebox combines a genuine appreciation for the melodies and songcraft of these recent hits with a passion for talented musicians playing real instruments.
“I just wanted to make music in the classic styles of ragtime, blues, swing, doo wop, and Motown that I loved as a kid,” Bradlee writes. The album, he continues, includes “breathtaking vocal performances, raucous horn solos, infectious dance rhythms, and nostalgic melodies – all captured the way music was recorded in the Golden Age of the record industry: with everyone together, in the same room.”
In the early days, that room was in the rather cramped confines of Bradlee’s small apartment in Queens, NY, at a time when he was one of countless struggling musicians in the city. The backdrop has grown along with the ensemble’s success, but the spirit remains the same – a collective of musicians dedicated to the timelessness of music, performing songs vibrantly and without a trace of irony. And the media has taken notice: Entertainment Weekly wrote, “Scott Bradlee’s group is known for retro-fying modern hit songs into viral success,” while Yahoo! Music added, “if you’ve been on YouTube in the last couple of years, then you’re familiar with the everything-new-is-old-again brilliance of the viral phenomenon known as Postmodern Jukebox.”
Postmodern Jukebox is certainly a rebuke to the contention that “they don’t make ‘em like they used to.” To echo Bradlee’s own invitation: “Dust off the turntable, fix yourself a stiff drink, and get comfy. Welcome to the world of Postmodern Jukebox.”
Don’t miss Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Wednesday, October 10 at 7 p.m. at Hoyt Sherman Place. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, April 6 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at the Hoyt Sherman Place Box Office (1501 Woodland Ave.), online at Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000.
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