You may have heard of Postmodern Jukebox, the genre-busting collective of musicians and singers now appearing at 1OAK Nightclub. But have you actually heard them? One song into Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox Hideway, their new production at The Mirage, and you'll become a lifelong fan.
Postmodern Jukebox is a brilliantly entertaining concept. An ever-changing lineup of performers and songs, PMJ (as they're affectionately known) has become a sensation thanks to the power of YouTube. Founded in Queens just eight years ago by pianist Scott Bradlee, Postmodern Jukebox takes your favorite contemporary songs, puts them into a time-machine blender and gives them a whole new spin.
Imagine hearing your favorite rap single performed in a roaring ‘20s style. How about an electronica dance hit re-imagined as swing or Motown? Perhaps a country ballad doled out as a cool jazz session or a doo-wop ditty? That's what PMJ does, and they do it so well. Every song is a thrill to experience, and you'll marvel at how well it all works.
PMJ has been enjoying a love affair with Sin City for quite some time. Their short-term gigs around the city and in a 2016 New Year's Eve performance at Cosmopolitan were such successes that it was only a matter of time before they landed a residency here. And why not? Las Vegas attracts music lovers of all generations and tastes, as does the group itself.
The new Hideaway stint has already been hailed by Mark Shunock (Rock of Ages, voice of the Las Vegas Golden Knights) as "The best show in Las Vegas right now...period!" Presented as an evening at an early 1900s nightclub, Hideaway gathers the best singers, dancers and musicians you may ever see on a stage. And each performance is unique to that particular evening.
Fans of Palazzo's glorious BAZ: A Musical Mash-up will be thrilled by the return of its stars Nicci Claspell and Jaclyn McSpadden. Revisiting BAZ's infectious vintage-pop fusion, Claspell delivers and cool and bouncy take on Portugal The Man's "Feel It Still." Dazzling Vegas local McSpadden brings down the house with a torch song rendition of Radiohead's "Creep."
Lead vocalist/host Ariana Savalas (daughter of Kojak actor Telly Savalas) and award-winning tap dancer Aaron Turner (son of Vegas legend Earl Turner) rip up the floor with a stunning "Bad Romance." They're supported by an electrifying five-piece band and a hot cast of dancers that take the excitement to every corner of the club.
Coming in at a crisp 75 minutes, Postmodern Jukebox Hideaway is a fast-paced and electrifying experience that will lift your soul and put a song (or several) in your heart. This new production deserves a top spot on your list of Vegas must-do's.
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox Hideaway performs Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. inside 1OAK Nightclub at The Mirage.