Since its inception seven years ago Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox has become a worldwide musical sensation.

The ambitious project started out as a concept in the apartment of Jazz pianist and founder Scott Bradlee in Astoria, New York. The blueprint for this groundbreaking venture being to take unmistakable contemporary hit songs and turn them into vintage-pop/rock mashups. Subsequently, many of the ensemble’s regular online YouTube videos have gone viral, all in all, racking up in excess of 811 million views on YouTube.

Postmodern Jukebox has moved on somewhat since those early days in Bradlee’s basement with many sold-out world tours now under their belt. Having been touring the UK since 2014, this evening the group makes a welcome return to the North East of England whilst performing in front of a packed out audience at the prestigious Sage Gateshead.

Taking to the stage, the host for the show and one of the ensemble’s newest recruits Cunio sets the tone for the night ahead by informing the audience that collectively they are going to party like its 1929. This being the perfect strapline for the PMJ all-star’s thoroughly entertaining and somewhat theatrical revue.

The first half of the concert showcases the individual talents of this gifted troupe of musically versatile artists. With a rotating line up featuring a myriad of the best performers from across the globe, the show features a healthy balance of PMJ stalwarts as well as freshmen.

One of those making their debut during this run being London West End singer Emma Hatton who kicks off the proceedings with a sultry Jazz tinged rendition of Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer”. Hatton later delivers one of the standout songs of the evening with a reimagining of Radiohead’s “Creep”.

Dressed in a beautiful red gown and taking her position next to the featured pianist side stage, powerhouse vocalist and Postmodern Jukebox legend Jack Dani delivers Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” as you’ve never heard it before.

However, it’s not long before the gentlemen take over the heavy lifting with crooner Mario Jose performing a soulful, retro take on Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River” whilst simultaneously captivating the Tyneside audience with his vocal acrobatics.

Referred to as ‘PMJ’s blonde bombshell’ by Cunio, American Idol semifinalist Brielle Von Hugel has a vocal style reminiscent of the legendary Amy Winehouse. Adorning a sparkling gold dress and accompanied by both the MC himself and Mario Jose on backing vocals Brielle performs a stunning doo-wop infused rendition of Outkast’s “Hey Ya”.

Having orchestrated the proceedings throughout the night, PMJ’s charismatic MC takes centre stage during an up-tempo performance of Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” as well as giving a superb Postmodern Jukebox debut of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. The latter of which features tap dancer Lee Howard, who makes several appearances throughout the show.

Each number is accompanied by PMJ’s accomplished six-piece orchestra. During a cover of Radiohead’s “No Surprises” multi-faceted sax/clarinet player, Chloe Feoranzo takes the spotlight proving that she can turn her hand to anything and do it all well.

Dancing in the aisles ensues as the talented trio of Cunio, Jack Dani and Brielle Von Hugel close out the main set with an uplifting version of Taylor Swift’s pop smash hit “Shake It Off”. The end result is a standing ovation from the Gateshead audience.

Returning to the stage for a duly deserved encore Jack Dani showcases her sensational vocal range during a breathtaking performance of Sia’s “Chandelier”.

During the course of this musical marathon, these gifted artists light up the stage with their crowd-pleasing and somewhat refreshing approach to contemporary music. Frequently throughout the show, multiple performers seamlessly come together which results in some stunning and harmonious collaborations.

Postmodern Jukebox continues to go from strength to strength, it is truly a musical tour de force and is not to be missed.

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Event Date: 18-Feb-2018

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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