Review: Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox @ City Hall
Tongue was most firmly in cheek as Sheffield was treated to some sultry Stateside smoulder with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox.
Our fabulous ‘Femme C’ Ariana Savalas set the innuendo filled tone for the evening, as we were whisked on a jazz-fuelled journey through unlikely modern day song choices, which strangely worked when transported to a different era.
Stripped back versions of Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’, and Britney’s ‘Womaniser’ met fifties style renditions of Celine Dion’s ‘My Heart Will Go On’ and Meghan Trainor’s ‘All about that Bass’. Doo-wop morphed into Hanson’s ‘Mmm Bop’ (yes, really!) and the night was topped off with a crazy rendition of ‘Stacey’s Mom’.
Long Haired Lunatic, Casey Abrams stole the show, balancing Peroni swigging buffooning with a haunting rendition of Radiohead’s ‘Creep’. In true PMJ style, even that was saved from being indulgent, when his band members ironically swayed their phones overhead.
The beauty of the PMJ experience is that none of the artists take themselves too seriously, when in fact they have every right to. Throw in some breakneck tap dancing, a touch of burlesque and a red plastic kazoo and you get the picture that anything goes with the PMJ.