Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox – 5.6.22

7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2022 – Hering Auditorium

Update: We’re down to the last few tickets and then it’s standing room only, but that’s OK because it’s for PMJ! The lobby doors open at 6:30 p.m., so get there early to snag a ticket. Follow the signs for the box office and will call, down the sidewalk between Hamme and Lathrop.

How perfect that we get to celebrate our season finale with one of our most popular artists from recent years, pianist Scott Bradlee’s ever-changing ensemble known as Postmodern Jukebox! PMJ have long since become a viral sensation, with what must be at least a zillion views. Taking current hits and rediscovering them in a variety of vintage styles, Postmodern Jukebox is a genre-busting, time-traveling musical experience which will transport you back in time while celebrating all that is new – just like FCA itself! Fan of Gorillaz? You’ll love them… Fan of Ella Fitzgerald? You’ll love them!! Bring your sweetheart, bring your grandma, bring your love of a million years, come celebrate with us!

Proving that everything new can be old again, pianist Scott Bradlee has become a viral pop sensation after creating a series of clips for YouTube that finds him and his ad hoc group Postmodern Jukebox reworking 21st century pop hits in a variety of vintage styles — transforming Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” into a ’50s-style doo wop number, giving Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” a ’20s jazz accent, crossing Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” with Irish folk music, and showing how Ke$ha’s “Die Young” would work as a classic country tune.
Bradlee writes, “My goal with Postmodern Jukebox is to get my audience to think of songs not as rigid, ephemeral objects, but like malleable globs of Silly Putty. Songs can be twisted, shaped, and altered without losing their identities — just as we grow, age, and expire without losing ours.”

Long Island-born Scott Bradlee grew up with a taste for jazz and classic standards, and he rose to a successful career playing supper clubs and night spots in New York City. By his own admission, Bradlee regarded most pop and rock tunes as unrefined, but, as he himself put it, “As a relentless devil’s advocate, I then found that by simply altering the context of such songs, I could find quite a bit of artistic merit inside of them.”

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Proof of full vaccination (two weeks since last dose) OR medically administered negative test taken within 72 hours of show date will be required to attend this performance. This applies to all audience members regardless of age.

 

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