The Fillmore Detroit was treated to a night of exhilarating entertainment as Postmodern Jukebox took us back in time on their Welcome To The Twenties tour.
Postmodern Jukebox has won the hearts of millions online. Created by Scott Bradlee, this ensemble takes contemporary songs that we all know and love and gives them a unique retro spin, their influences from the 1920s-40s. Their stylized YouTube videos have made them a household name. So it was no surprise to see Detroiters flocking to The Fillmore to see this one of a kind act in person. People were dressed to the nines, some in full flapper costume, others decked out in their Hollywood best.
The venue exploded into cheers as the band took the stage, led by the charismatic MC and frontman of the evening, Michael Cunio. With powerhouses Robyn Adele Anderson and Dani Armstrong (a proud Detroit native) harmonizing behind him, the trio led the night with a blinding cover of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” complete with the dizzying tap dancing talents of Matt Shields and the night was off.
The band lets everyone shine; with Dani’s sultry take on Britney Spears’ “Toxic,” Robyn’s bop twist on Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” complete with a tap duo from a Mr. Shields, and a special treat from David Simmons Jr.- the winner of winner of #PMJsearch2018- a booming rendition of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know.”
Cunio performed a blistering rendition of “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?” by Jet, blowing everyone off their feet with his soaring vocals. This night is dripping with talent. What makes the band shine is the outstanding musicians; the horn section gives every tune that classic retro flair, the piano twinkles perfectly, and the guitar, bass and drums keep everything glued together.
Fans got to hear some of PMJ’s biggest hits, with Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle,” Lady GaGa’s “Bad Romance,” and Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do.” Robyn and David harmonized beautifully on a soulful take of A Great Big World’s “Say Something” that almost breaks your heart. Dani’s hard take on Cage the Elephant’s “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” was straight out of a speakeasy. Matt Shields almost stole the night with his tap solo to the tune of the Super Mario medley.
The true highlights of the night were when the ensemble performed together. Cunio dazzled the crowd with the Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” as the ladies were in perfect pitch behind him. Their performance belonged in an arena with the power they put behind it. David took the helm of the group with a driving cover of The Chainsmokers’ “Don’t Let Me Down.” Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” let Dani and Robyn steal the stage.
The party hit its high with the dazzling covers of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and Haddaway’s “What Is Love,” which brought everyone to the stage and absolutely pulled the crowd in.
Even if you’ve seen every one of their YouTube videos, you are not prepared for seeing the live show, it is like nothing you’ve ever seen. The music is grand, the vocals are over the moon, and the sound pulls you to your feet. The music takes you both back in time, and to a place never before heard. It is truly unique and one of the most fun shows you will see.
Event Date: 01-Feb-2019