Photo – Braverijah Gregg
Ah, the ‘good ole' days’: When music had depth, singers had charm and style, musicians were multi-talented and punters dressed for the occasion. Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox has managed to recreate this experience with a powerhouse of performers delivering contemporary hits, revamped in a revival of that old-time jazz feel. Crooning has been making a fierce come back on the entertainment scene and this array of artists are absolutely nailing the hits on the head, covering everything from Bieber to Beyonce and in most cases are swinging the smash hits better than the originals ever were! Think Sinatra swinging 'Sweet Child Of Mine' backed by a handful of horns, and if the band and music weren’t already the complete package, factor in the members’ attire and shout, “va va voom!” The constant costume changes were the envy of every woman in the audience, I’m sure, witnessing the stunning divas before them, draped in diamante encrusted dresses, trimmed with an entire ostrich-worth of feathers: a feast for the eyes AND the ears, this show is straight up entertainment, served neat.
The line-up of artists (too many to single out) cover contemporary songs with a classic feel; Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox has everything you can expect for a great musical experience: talented singers covering every style from swing to scat; backed by a band of horns, upright bass, drums and piano, bringing the energy along with the occasional cheeky dance move. And as if that wasn’t enough, the tap dancer bangs along with the band, demanding your attention, despite only being on the side of the stage. With moves Gene Kelly would give the nod to, the tap dancer holds the beat with his feet, rivalling his band mates, proving this with a highly entertaining tap-dancer-versus-drummer ‘beat battle’ that held the audience in awe. A man who can tap out the beats for Salt N' Pepa (and the Jackson Five) will always be a tap-legend in anyone’s books!
Witnessing a sign of our times, the Beyonce ballad had everyone bringing out the next generation’s candle with a sea of smart phones swaying to the sound of 'Halo' with the MC not only hosting the show but hitting the high notes like he was born to sing the song, receiving a well-deserved standing ovation mid show: a powerhouse performer, complete with sparkly smoking jacket...
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox has a cornucopia of talent, with so much jive and juice that audience members were jumping and jiggling up and down the aisles: a perfect mix for a memorable music experience, and with the promise that this show will return, I'm certain the audience have already promised themselves to be there when they do.
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Dates: 16 September 2016