POSTMODERN JUKEBOX // O2 ACADEMY, GLASGOW
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox return to Scotland for a sell-out show at Glasgow’s O2 Academy.
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox blasted Glasgow back to the twenties with style and music from the decade with modern classics performed in jazz – rock n’ roll style of Postmodern Jukebox. The cabaret style show was something different for the venue, members of the audience dressed in the retro style to create a theme for the evening with soft hats to retro style dresses and waistcoats. The stage was set out with the Postmodern Jukebox theme with red velvet Austrian curtain as a back drop, props and art deco music stands around the brass section.
The band formed of a 6 piece with 3 singers and the MC for the night, transported the Glasgow audience back in time to the glitz of a cabaret style show, with top hats and tails and Charleston style dresses.
The MC LaVance Colley superb host and also one of the singers that changed from song to song. The show featured Hannah Gill, Emma Hatton & Tia Simone. The stand out songs for the evening was Nothing Else Matters (Metallica) with Tia Simone on vocals. The Tina Turner look alike had the look and the vocals to match. Superb version of Are you gonna be my girl (Jet), & Life on Mars (Bowie) with Hannah Gill performing a beautiful version of (Panic at the Disco’s) Ballad of Mona Lisa.
The audience was a little up and down during the evening the more upbeat songs they were singing and dancing along to, other songs it was just flat. The show comprised of two sets to complete the two-hour show. With the rotating show it was, I felt the songs chosen from heir catalogue could have been a lot better. Postmodern Juke box didn’t have the right mix to match the performance of the band and singers. The show would peak and then fall flat in places.
All the band and singers moved to the front of the stage to perform a great version of Toto’s Africa and brought the house down with singing and dancing in the crowd, great harmonies and performance of this 80’s classic.
The idea of the touring cabaret show is a great idea but need to keep the audience on their toes once you have them there.