Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox Hideaway
At a Glance
What is it?
An intimate concert by the pop/jazz group that takes modern songs and reinterprets them with old-school arrangements.
Is it worth the cost?
The arrangements, the vocalists, the band, and the dancers are top notch, so yes.
Why should I see this show?
Because you appreciate good music done by great performers.
What else do I need to know?
Singers and band members will change so it could be an entirely different show if you see it multiple times.
What’s the bottom line?
If you like them on YouTube you’re going to love them in person.
Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox has wracked up hundreds of millions of views on YouTube for their videos of pop classics redone with old-school arrangements. For a primer, check out their torch song remake of Britney’s “Toxic,” their 50’s rock and roll cover of Toto’s “Africa,” or their flapper era version of Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe” as a starters.
The group has now taken up residence at the 1OAK nightclub at The Mirage, doing five nights a week at 7:30 before the club opens.
PMJ is a fluid group, meaning that the singers and band members are often different, with multiple versions of the group touring at any given time. So that means you could see an entirely different show here in Vegas each time you see it, but you can usually expect high caliber entertainers, many of which you might recognize from shows like “American Idol” and “The Voice.”
The lineup I saw had some local ties to the proceedings with Vegas resident Jaclyn McSpadden as one of the lead vocalists. You may have seen her in BAZ at The Venetian where she shined but here she absolutely slays, doing stunning interpretations of everything from a jazzy “I Will Survive” to a heartbreaking slowed down version of “Every Breath You Take” to a cover of “Creep” that inspired me to give her a standing ovation at the end.
Tap dancer Aaron Turner, son of local legend Earl Turner, was also featured and he proved why he got so far on “So You Think You Can Dance.”
I’m singling the two of them out but everyone was incredible – the vocalists, the band, and the dancers. This tight ensemble blew through fun covers everything from Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” to Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and beyond, each with a fun twist arrangement that gave new life to classic songs. Even the person who was resetting the stage between numbers was working her butt off to provide a great night of entertainment.
Go see this show!