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Band: Scott Bradlees Postmodern Jukebox
Venue: Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
Date: November 16, 2015
Tour: 2015 US Tour
Members Of The Band:
LaVance Colley (MC, Vocals, Backing Vocals)
Haley Reinhart (Vocals, Backing Vocals)
Casey Abrams (Vocals, Backing Vocals, Upright Bass, Melodica)
Joey Cook (Vocals, Accordion, Backing Vocals)
Ariana Savalas (Vocals, Backing Vocals)
Sara Reich (Tap Dancing)
Adam Kubota (Bass)
Chip Thomas (Drums, Percussion)
Ben “The Sax Guy” Golder-Novick (Saxophone)
Ric Becker (Trombone)
Comments: Postmodern Jukebox hold a very dear place in my heart. Not just for what it is they do. Although there is that. No, PMJ hold a very dear place in my heart because they took me completely by surprise when I was first introduced to them by a very dear friend, Bob, way back in ’14. You see, I had never, ever heard of PMJ before. Bob had acquired a pair of tickets and then asked me if I would care to accompany him to the gig. Considering the fact that I was well on my way to re-embracing my love of live music following the dissolution of my marriage I was more than all in. Bring it.
What do they play?
And, so, I attended what turned out to be the opening date on Postmodern Jukeboxs first ever concert tour.
Yep. June 2nd, 2014. Check out the set list, my thoughts and a few photos elsewhere in the Aattic. I’ll wait.
Damn, I was hooked. I had hoped to see them every time they came back to town betwixt then and now but, somehow, it seemed never meant to be.
And then last November happened. A very dear friends birthday (a different dear friend for those of you playing along at home) just so happened to be that very night so I was bound and determined to procure a pair of tickets (well, determined at the very least). And I was successful, low and behold.
OK, guilty pleasure admission here, if I may.
I have watched exactly two seasons of American Idol.
Thing is, those two years coincided with the two years Steven Tyler graced one of the judges chairs. From his sharp wit, unpredictable comments and spot on observations and feedback he provided the wannabes each and every show he was on proved entertaining. One of my favorite artists from season one of Mr Tylers’ tenure as a judge was Casey Abrams. So I absolutely loved the fact that @CaseyBassy was a member of the touring entourage rolling into the venerable Massey Hall in the 6ix. And the seats I managed to procure didn’t exactly suck. Although we weren’t dead centre (we were stage right), we were in the second row.
The only holdover, musically speaking was “Bad Romance”, originally by Lady Gaga herself.
The only holdover, musicianally speaking (;)) was Adam Kubota.
Instead we were treated to awesome takes on Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”, Britney Spears “Womanizer”, Joey Cook’s kick ass take on Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah” and a mind blowing take on Beyonce’s “Halo” with stellar vocals from evening MC LaVance Colley. Hell, they even made me like “that song from Titanic” with a 50’s Jackie Wilson style take on fellow Cannuck Celine Dions warhorse. The aforementioned Casey Abrams seemed omnipresent, singing backup, playing mid song roadie, swapping base duties with Adam mid song and bringing the house down with his take on Fountains of Wayne tune “Stacey’s Mom”.
For me, they did what any band worth their salt will do when playing live. They came, the kicked ass and left their audience wanting more.
Long live Postmodern Jukebox.