Friday, March 18 / 7:30 p.m.
Berks Jazz Fest Preview Concert
The Grand Reopening Tour
SCOTT BRADLEE’S POSTMODERN JUKEBOX
Santander Performing Arts Center
Ticket: $44.50 (Reserved Seating)
If there ever was a band made-to-order for getting people in the mood for Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest, it’s Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, making a stop in Reading’s Santander Performing Arts Center on Friday, March 18, during their Grand Reopening Tour.
Why? PMJ is historic, eclectic, imaginative, and likes to mix genres in one song—just the thing for a festival known for blurring the lines between jazz (smooth and straight-ahead), blues, rock, Latin, pop and much more. What better way to find out what BJF is all about in one concert?
With the natural musical synergy, the SPAC and Berks Arts teams have decided to collaborate and make the PMJ concert an official part of the 31st annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest set for April 1-10.
Their backstory is amazing even today’s viral-video standards. Bradlee, a struggling New York jazz pianist/arranger playing in piano bars, started inviting musician friends to make YouTube videos in a basement in Queens in 2011. They would perform Bradlee’s arrangements of modern pop tunes in vintage styles (swing, 20s-style jazz, swing, early R&B, etc.), releasing a new one every week.
People started noticing their unique talent, and by 2012, they went viral with their 1930s swing-style arrangement of hip hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop,” sung by Robyn Adele Anderson.
By 2014, PMJ had released their first album, and their ‘40s-style arrangement of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” sung by Kate Davis, gained 8 million views in three months. This led to world-wide fame, thanks to 1,000 live shows on six continents, more than 30 albums on CD and vinyl, and a huge collection of videos on YouTube.
They have covered songs by Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Lady Gaga, Dua Lipa, Maroon 5, Michael Jackson and many more. Their rotating collective of artists stands at close to 100, including vocalists, instrumentalists and tap dancers (some do all three!).
After returning to virtual performing during the Covid pandemic, PMJ is returning to live performances, continuing to spread their “Today’s Hits Yesterday” gospel.
PMJ’s concert on March 18 at 7:30 p.m., presented by the Santander Arena as part of its 20th Anniversary series, will occur exactly two weeks prior to Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest’s opening on April 1.