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Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox makes its grand return to Australia this September



Famed time-twisting musical collective Postmodern Jukebox are bringing The Grand Reopening Tour to stages across the country this September.

The 14-date Australian tour will kick off in Brisbane and then head to Darwin, Perth, Adelaide Melbourne, Hobart, Newcastle, Wollongong, Sydney, Canberra, Toowoomba before winding up on the Gold Coast.

Wednesday 7 September Brisbane Brisbane Concert Hall

Sunday 11 September Darwin Playhouse Theatre

Tuesday 13 September Perth Astor Theatre

Wednesday 14 September Perth Astor Theatre

Friday 16 September Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre

Saturday 17 September Melbourne Plenary, MCEC

Sunday 18 September Hobart Wrest Point Entertainment Centre

Tuesday 20 September Newcastle The Civic

Wednesday 21 September Wollongong Anita’s Theatre

Friday 23 September Canberra Llewellyn Hall

Saturday 24 September Sydney Sydney Coliseum Theatre

Sunday 25 September Sydney Enmore Theatre

Tuesday 27 September Toowoomba Empire Theatre

Thursday 29 September Gold Coast HOTA, Home of the Arts

Tickets are on sale now. Visit www.tegdainty.com for tickets & info.

The wait is finally over, Postmodern Jukebox — the musical collective known for putting “pop music in a time machine” — is set to make the ’20s roar again! The Grand Reopening Tour will see PMJ thrill audiences across the country once more with their unique renditions of modern music’s biggest hits in the classic styles of bygone eras.

After five wildly successful tours, Australia can’t get enough of Postmodern Jukebox, and the announcement of 2022 show dates has been very welcome news for their legion of diehard fans.

Scott Bradlee said “Ever since our first trip Down Under in 2015, we’ve made Australia an annual stop on our tour itinerary and have gotten to meet some of the best audiences in the world, as a result.  We have been so sad to miss a couple of years of this annual tradition due to the pandemic, but we’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be back better than ever in 2022 for our sixth tour of the continent.  We have a lot of catching up to do! Bring your dancing shoes and let’s get together to ring in the New ‘Twenties, PMJ style.”

As always with PMJ’s dazzling live shows, The Grand Reopening Tour will feature an ensemble of multi-talented singers and musicians, bringing Bradlee’s generation-spanning arrangements alive night after night. Surprise guests often join the core ensemble to make each concert unique and unpredictable, making for one of the most thrilling live music experiences of this (and any other) time period.  MusicInsight.com put it quite simply: “Go see Postmodern Jukebox. Stop whatever you’re doing, right now, and go see them!”

“I’m grateful to be able to create and collaborate with so many talented people and playing live to a theatre full of music fans is something that we’ve all really missed,” says Bradlee. “We’re fortunate to have so many incredible fans worldwide that have enabled PMJ to become a global touring act, and we’re looking forward to bringing outstanding talent and classic sounds to every corner of the world once more. It’s a Grand Reopening, but it’s also a Grand Reunion — not just for our talented cast and crew, but also for PMJ and fans of classic, ‘Old School’ entertainment.” – Scott Bradlee

Over the past decade, Postmodern Jukebox has grown from a viral phenomenon into a worldwide juggernaut, amassing more than 5 million subscribers and 1.6 billion views on their YouTube channel. PMJ’s growth has not been limited just to the digital world, with the outfit evolving from Bradlee’s tiny apartment in Astoria, Queens, to a Los Angeles studio befitting the bandleader’s increasingly ambitious vision. 

Recently, PMJ reimagined the beloved theme from Friends via the evolution of music styles throughout the 20th century — beginning in the Hot Jazz 1920s and climaxing in the 90s with a guest appearance by original “I’ll Be There For You” performers, The Rembrandts. 

Meanwhile, Concord Records has released two Essentials compilations featuring PMJ classics from American Idol alum Haley Reinhart’s torch song rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep” to actor-comedian Wayne Brady’s Cab Calloway-inspired version of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. In 2018, Bradlee told his incredible story in his memoir, Outside the Jukebox: How I Turned My Vintage Music Obsession Into My Dream Gig

Since embarking on a touring career in 2014, PMJ has performed on bigger and bigger stages as they’ve traversed the globe, including memorable shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. As the Houston Press proclaimed, “Scott Bradlee’s project has turned into a worldwide phenomenon in quite a small amount of time, having sold-out shows in more than 60 countries around the world — and rightly so.”

For a band so deeply rooted in Jazz Age aesthetics — though their time warps have touched on virtually every major trend in popular music, from doo-wop to Motown to hair metal — the coming of another twenties was obviously a symbolic milestone. Ironically, the original Roaring 20s was itself ushered in by a worldwide flu pandemic.

“It’s crazy how history repeats itself,” Bradlee says, “and it’s striking that people back then reported the same feelings — everybody was beyond tired of being cooped up by themselves after weathering a long pandemic. They just wanted to get out there and dance and party and see each other again. Music has served such a valuable function of inspiring us and reminding us of our shared humanity throughout history, and there’s simply no substitute for gathering together to experience such a powerful force live.”

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Evolution of the Friends theme “I’ll Be There For You (285,626 views)

“Creep” (94.2 million views)

“All About That Bass” (75.2 million views)

“Royals” (30.3 million views)

Tickets on sale now

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Mick Pachollihttp://www.tagg.com.au
Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.