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Review and photos by Johnny HallPostmodern Jukebox brought their style of cover songs to a packed 1930s era theatre in the college town of Ithaca, NY. The gilded walls and ceilings of Ithaca's historic State Theatre evoked a nostalgia which was the perfect fit for the retro heavy vibe of this band.
Postmodern Jukebox, who also go by the moniker PMJ, was founded by Scott Bradlee and has surged to popularity through both their YouTube channel and their unforgettable live performances. A refreshing, one of a kind group, they cover today's popular music with a twist, all the while proving that YouTube is a viable option for catapulting musicians to superstardom. Bradlee's specialty is his ability to arrange modern music into styles of bygone eras, and these covers are so seamlessly crafted that the listener often has to take a moment to place each song to their original composer. Song styles range in era from the 1920s to the 1960s and encompass everything from New Orleans Jazz to Motown Doo-Wop.
This evening's lineup consisted of Todd Schroeder -piano, Stanley "Chip" Thomas -drums, Adam Kubota -standup bass, Ben Golder-Novick -sax, Ric Becker -trombone, Sarah Reich -tap dancer, Joey Cook -singer, LaVance Colley - vocals/emcee, Casey Abrams -vocals, and Haley Reinhart -vocals.
For this stop on their tour, PMJ took the stage with a cast performance of "Fancy," giving this Iggy Azalea chart topper a distinctively 1920s flair. The evening's 19 song set list included covers of "Bad Romance," "Hey There Delilah," "Sweet Child o' Mine," and a searing rendition of the Radiohead song, "Creep/" An unexpected part of this already unique show was a twist on the typical drum solo when Postmodern Jukebox again showed their creativity with a "battle" between the drummer and the cast's dynamic tap dancer.
Postmodern Jukebox put on a stellar performance. Each and every member of this band is a superb musician and the singers, with their mesmerizingly powerful voices and vocal ranges, are second to none. PMJ's infectious energy had many people dancing in the aisles, and not even the cold upstate New York air could melt the smiles from the faces of the crowd as they poured onto the streets of Ithaca from the time capsule that had become the State Theatre.
Oops, I Did IT Again
Hey There Delilah
Sweet Child O Mine
My Heart Will Go ON Seven Nation Army
Star Wars Tap Feature
All Abot That Bass
Shake It Off
Such Great Heights
As Tme / Someday
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