Release Date: October 21, 2015
The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo presents Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $29.
The work of Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) has been viewed on the ensemble’s YouTube channel well over 200 million times. Simply stated, the group takes pop music back in time. Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” as a doo-wop number; Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” tricked out in flapper jazz; Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” rendered a 1940s big-band standard. PMJ has now parlayed their online popularity to presence on concert stages worldwide and their album releases have topped the Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart.
Bradlee’s first video in 2009 was straight-up jazz. He then decided to try a video experiment of his own: a ragtime medley of ’80s pop. He managed to amass 100 views. But through one of those viewers, Neil Gaiman discovered him. The author tweeted Bradlee’s flying fingers to his millions-strong Twitter following and within a week, Bradlee reports, “more people had seen that video than had seen me play live my entire life.”
Things went viral from there, affording Bradlee and the coalescing PMJ a receptive online crowd. Among Scott Bradlee & PMJ’s subsequent hits are a New Orleans-flavored take on Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child o’ Mine” – 6 million views; a bluegrass take on “Blurred Lines” – 6.6 million views; “All About That Bass” – 14.2 million views; and even a seven-foot clown performing Lorde’s “Royals” -- 13.5 million views. The list goes on and Bradlee posts new videos several times per month.
"It’s a variety show, a musical revue featuring special guests,” Bradlee illuminates. “Coming to a PMJ show is like time-traveling back to Old Hollywood – it’s an experience.”
Tickets: Center for the Arts Box Office (Mon-Fri 10 am-6 pm) and tickets.com. To charge tickets call 1-888-223-6000. For more information call 716-645-2787 or visit www.ubcfa.org or www.pmjlive.com and www.youtube.com/user/ScottBradleeLovesYa.