Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox
AOTEA CENTRE, Auckland
5th September 2016
After their sold out NZ tour last year, Postmodern Jukebox returned to our shores to present a 7 show tour across our great nation, culminating in a show in Auckland at the Aotea Centre.
With their signature style of delivering a vintage spin on contemporary pop tracks, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox became a truly global phenomenon since their first true viral cover of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ‘Thrift Shop’ achieving over 1 million views in its first week online, and over 4 million views in its first year.
With a rotating cast of truly talented musicians, vocalists and performers you are never sure what will be in store at a live PMJ show, and the cast presented on the 2016 NZ tour does not disappoint! With two of PMJs original viral stars, Robyn Adele Anderson and Cristina Gatti and American Idol alumni Melinda Doolittle (season 6) and Casey Abrams (season 10) in tow, combined with show MC and equally talented vocalist LaVance Colley, the line up on this show was spectacular!
Covering tracks by everyone from Justin Beiber (Love Yourself, Sorry), Gun’s N Roses (Sweet Child of Mine), Katy Perry (Roar), Britney Spears (Womanizer, Toxic), Megan Trainor (All About That Bass) and everything in between, PMJ had the crowd swinging, singing and screaming throughout their two-hour set. And more often than not, the original tracks improved greatly with the PMJ flair added to the songs.
The way PMJ rotate through their all-star group of vocalists throughout the evening is seamless with each artist taking turns at both lead and backing vocals. One of the true highlights of the evening though comes from Alexander McDonald, PMJs touring Tap Dancer, taking centre stage during the drum/tap battle, busting out funk and hip-hop beats from Salt-N-Pepa, Jackson 5 and Sugarhill Gang accompanied by bassist Adam Kobuta and drummer Chip Thomas.
Also, during the last section of the set, woodwind performer Stephen Spencer even busted out a stunning saxophone solo of George Michael’s ‘Careless Whisper’ (which I know is one of Miss Charlotte Cake’s favourites) that had the crowd standing in their seats.
Basically, if you ever get the chance to see Postmodern Jukebox live in your lifetime, you need to get to the show. Judging by the response from audiences here in New Zealand, PMJ will most definitely be returning to our shores for more shows in the near future. This is a flawless cast that leaves you with the most invigorating feeling post-show.
Check out the full setlist from the show below: