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Cambridge gives another warm welcome to Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

The talented collective, who perform well-known pop songs in a jazzy, 1920s style wowed the audience at the Corn Exchange on February 21.

After touring their second album, The Essentials II, regionally in November 2018, the YouTube sensations are in the middle of an 11-date UK tour.

Started by Bradlee in 2009, Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) has gone on to amass over one billion YouTube views with 3.5 million subscribers, and have accumulated more than 1.7 million fans on Facebook. For the past half decade, PMJ has also toured the world, playing hundreds of shows to sold-out houses on six continents.

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

The show - the fourth time the collective have come to the Corn Exchange - kicked off with LaVance Colley, who was also tonight's MC, singing, while backed by an outstanding six-piece band and accompanied by the captivating tap dancing of Alex MacDonald.

This was followed by four glamourous female vocalists who each came out individually and sang well-known songs in that timeless style.

They included Tia Simone (previously a contestant on America's Got Talent) and West End star Emma Hatton, who each delivered well-known and very familiar tunes with real energy and passion.

Tia Simone's I Will Survive was a belter and Emma Hatton delivered a sultry version of Bon Jovi's You Give Love a Bad Name.

More surprising choices - though certainly not unwelcome - came in the form of Jet's Are You Gonna Be My Girl? and Metallica's enduring ballad, Nothing Else Matters.

An ensemble rendition of Toto's Africa brilliantly closed the first half, to rapturous and well-deserved applause.

As well as further delightful renditions over the course of the second half - including Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass, Radiohead's Creep and a doo-wop-style take on Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On - a piece of pure virtuoso magic came when MacDonald did a stunning tap routine to the music of the first Super Mario Brothers computer game.

The Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) provided a superb evening's entertainment - full of fun and full of surprises.


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