Postmodern Jukebox At The Birchmere, January 19

STOP THE PRESSES: For those who who were dawdling around with politics and missed the big news for Washington DC on November 4: Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox announced they are returning to the East Coast on January 19 for a single show at The Birchmere in Alexandria. (They missed the DC area on their recent tour).

You might, perhaps, notice who is running the United States Senate in January. But you will definitely rue your fate for the remainder of your days if you miss the chance to see PMJ while they are in town.

Tickets go on sale, formally, tomorrow at noon at Ticketmaster; HOWEVER, you can buy tickets right now, “pre-sale,” through the PMJ Web site.

If you want to see Postmodern Jukebox, you should get the tickets now, because last time they played in our area they sold out two consecutive shows at The Hamilton in DC. They have a serious fan base here.

Also, tomorrow at 2:00 pm, you can get tickets for the pre-show “mingle” with PMJ which is fun, inexpensive and, well, just silly to miss.

It’s one of the best shows you will ever see in your life, and it’s in Alexandria for goodness sakes, so make a list of all the people you really like and go buy tickets for the January 19 show while you can.

PMJ Overnight: “On Hold” Genre Variations

If you’re up late randomly clicking on links in search of diversion, the selection above (or click here) likely will suit the purpose:

The great Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox performing “on hold” recorded message variations in 10 different musical genres. I’m partial to Motown.

With Postmodern Jukebox, The Future Is Meta – And It Is Beautiful

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox is a cultural phenomenon on the verge of breakout, currently putting on a series of powerhouse concerts in select cities.

Postmodern Jukebox in Pittsburgh
Scott Bradlee (on keyboard) and Postmodern Jukebox launched their current tour on Friday at the Rex Theater in Pittsburgh.

We were able to get tickets to Pittsburgh’s Rex Theater this weekend for their North American tour’s sold-out opening night (Friday) which, fortuitously, featured Von Smith in his first live performance with the group. (Smith is “Man with Chihuahua” in the “Anaconda” video, on which more below).

Here’s the one-word concert review: Whoa.

My advice: Run, do not walk: Tickets are still available to see this amazing group of performers, on only their second trip in North America. There are about six cities left in the Eastern portion of the tour from Montreal down through Knoxville, and then about as many out West from Seattle to Tucson. If you’re in the DC area, the best bets are probably Philadelphia on October 26th or Charlottesville on the 27th.

Click here to find tickets. For most shows they also offer a separate meet and greet “vintage mingle,” a unique opportunity to talk to the band, at this early stage in the growth arc when they can still do this type of thing. Ticket prices are ridiculously low.

(I learned, for instance, that bassist Adam Kubota already has a Three Wolf Moon shirt, but has not been able to get himself a bolo tie. So, holiday gift idea.)

Don’t miss this. You can thank me later.

(Check #PMJTour on Twitter, or on Facebook, for audience reviews and reports.).

With a respectable portfolio of viral videos, and having their first group performances before live audiences earlier this year, much of this talent-soaked musical company just relocated from Brooklyn to Los Angeles – from the cultural outskirts to the center of influence, which is appropriate because they have one of the few veritable “new ideas” in recent memory.

Not too far in the future, they are likely a Next. Big. Thing.

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