Everything old is new again. There are no original ideas. If you can’t beat them, join them.
All cliché. All fitting for Postmodern Jukebox.
The brainchild of composer Scott Bradlee. PMJ as they’re called affectionately by their fans, is a rotating collective of professional musicians—ranging from dudes in rock bands to Broadway starlets—who found their fame on YouTube, posting weekly videos of reimagined pop songs.
Focusing mostly on the genres of ragtime, jazz and swing, PMJ is an often joyous throwback to bygone times. Recent set lists have included no original material, instead the troupe covers songs from Notorious B.I.G, Taylor Swift and Gloria Gaynor.
The delivery is flawless and one could argue that many of their covers improve upon the original, though to use another cliché, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Postmodern Jukebox plays the Eccles Theater on Sunday, November 13 at 7:30. Tickets are still available here.