Yesterday evening, in the Whelans pub in Dublin, I was transported back in time to around the 1930-1940’s by the Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox. It wasn’t just their music that did this, oh no, it was the way they played, the way they acted, everything.
You see, I already knew what to expect from watching their Youtube Channel, but boy were my expectations exceeded, actually, blown out of the water completely. It has been a long time since my ears were this pleased to relay the sweet sound of music to my brain.
They showed up on the stage dressed up in period clothes, presenting the show as it was a radio show from the 30’s complete with weird “commercial” messages which they dubbed: “A word from our sponsor”. The vocals were done by three lovely ladies and the whole band really fit together very well. Heck, they even had a tap dancer on stage
Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox, you say?
The Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox is a project started by Scott Bradlee as you may have expected. He is taking contemporary songs and playing them in a jazzy, big bandy, country, amazingly interesting way and this crazy project actually works.
I mean, you wouldn’t expect to hear “Talk dirty to me” played this way, would you:
This is how Mr. Bradlee describes the project himself on their about page:
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–and it is through this exploration that the gap between “high” and “low” art can be bridged most readily.
Looks like he certainly has a way with words, not just with music
Another proof of that is the fact that he spoke at a TEDx event about his project:
What songs did you enjoy the most ?
Well I’m glad you asked, but it’s so hard to pick the ones I enjoyed the most as I was enjoying every single moment of the show.
Let me give a shot with 3 though:
These of course, are just three which I loved, but you can find all of them on their YouTube channel.
So, wholeheartedly I recommend to drop whatever you can and if Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox is coming to somewhere near you in their tour, go and see them.
Here is their tour schedule:
June 13 – Whelans; Dublin, Ireland
June 14 – The Ruby Lounge; Manchester, UK
June 15 – O2 ABC; Glasgow, UK
June 16 – The Institute; Birmingham, UK
June 17 – Dingwall’s; London, UK
June 18 – De Roma; Borgerhout, Belgium
June 19 – Divan du Monde; Paris, France
June 20 – Sugar Factory; Amsterdam, Netherlands
June 21 – DR Concert Hall; Copenhagen, Denmark
June 22 – Uebel & Gefährlich; Hamburg, Germany
June 23 – Luxor; Cologne, Germany
June 24 – Imperial; Berlin, Germany
June 25 – Lucerna Music Bar; Prague, Czech Republic
June 26 – Magazzini Generali; Milan, Italy
June 29 – Bikini; Barcelona, Spain