KUSA - Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukeboxhas proven that online fame can translate into a successful career beyond the clicks. The group's rise happened on YouTube in 2013, fueled by the idea of taking modern songs and sending them back in time (musically speaking.) A formula that's earning them millions of subscribers.
Fast-forward to a North American tour with a Denver date that sold out faster than most artists who play by the more traditional route. On Friday, a packed Paramount Theatre was filled with fans of all ages and many dressed in vintage for the occasion.
But the band almost didn't make it. Weather had held them up at an airport and the highway they needed was shut down. The entire was eventually flown via charter to the show.
Despite the long journey - the group's energy was never below a ten - not even for a minute.
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With a series of performers, Postmodern Jukebox also embraced the nearly-forgotten variety show presentation style.
In the digital world, the group releases a song each week, featuring an array of guests. On tour, the Postmodern Jukebox's "hits" (the renditions with the most clicks) made their way onto the stage.
Ariana Savalas played the sultry Hollywood starlet- recreating Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space" into a ballad, while tap dancer Sarah Reich brought the vaudeville vibe to stage.
Maiya Sykes' rendition of Radiohead's "Creep" is worth the YouTube search to see. Speaking of social media, PMJ has not forgotten it online roots - if you'd like to see photos and videos from the show - search the hashtag #PMJTour.
But in a world filled with auto-tune and manufactured sounds - Postmodern Jukebox is a great reminder to the crossover power of raw, musical talent.
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