I am going to be honest, I enjoy pop music. Yes, I absolutely do. In a world where music superiority complexes are more prevalent than ever, I am incredibly embarrassed that I sometimes scream sing Katy Perry and Lizzo in my car.
I absorb pop music like sponge.
If there is a catchy chorus, use of chest singing or a fruit innuendo, it is automatically added to my playlist. At the ripe age of 13, I had fallen down the rabbit whole of 2015 YouTube when I stumbled across a life changing video. It was none other than Haley Reinhart's "Creep", a video produced by Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox. Having already been a fan of Reinhart I was in awe of the fact that "vintage covers" were in existence. I guess other individuals felt this way to, as this single video has over 101 MILLION views. The Postmodern Jukebox Youtube channel has about 5.48 Million subscribers and over a billion views.
Which is why I was in awe that Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) was coming to sleepy sunny Tucson during their grand world tour.
The group formed in the basement apartment of Scott Bradlee and his college friends. Struggling as a jazz musician in New York City, Bradlee turned to social media to share his art. He shared medleys and tributes under the name Postmodern Jukebox but it was not until the cover of "Thrift Shop" which racked up over a million views in the first week and four million that year. Since then, PMJ has filtered out musicians and vocalists and have held various American and World tours.
I attended the Grand Reopening Tour at the historic Hotel Congress and was not upset! Having attended with the highest of hopes I was incredibly pleased. The energy left on stage radiated throughout the hall. Tap, strings, horns, and vivacious vocals were brought to life on the timeless stage. The musicians and vocalists interacted with each other and the crowd. It was almost unbelievable it was all live and unfiltered. It was a must see show and further grew my love for not only pop but PMJ as a whole. I am an old soul.
Thank you PMJ tour!
Reviewer Name: Zoe Montano Date of Review: December 15, 2020