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Today’s hits to get Postmodern Jukebox treatment

Monday, October 9, 2017

Today’s biggest hits will get the vinyl treatment when Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox makes its Erie debut at Mercyhurst University’s Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m.

This performance is a late addition to the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture’s 2017-18 MIAC Live season, which opened with Bernadette Peters performing before a sold-out crowd in September.

With the tagline “Gramophone music in a smartphone world,” PMJ has gained critical acclaim for refashioning modern popular songs in vintage swing and jazz styles.

The ensemble traces its roots to 2009, when creator and bandleader Bradlee earned his first break with a medley of ’80s favorites done in ragtime style that went viral on YouTube.

Since then, PMJ has amassed more than 740 million YouTube views and 2.7 million subscribers, and received more than 1 million likes on Facebook. In addition, all of the group’s 14 albums released in the past three years have topped iTunes. The group has also performed on “Good Morning America,” caught the attention of NPR Music and NBC News, and played hundreds of shows to sold-out venues around the world.

Despite finding such success for the project on the road, Bradlee continues to arrange and record new arrangements every week for PMJ’s legions of fans. The multi-talented collective has interpreted hits by Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, The White Stripes, Lorde, Outkast, Radiohead, Maroon 5 and many others.

Last year, PMJ collected 18 favorites from among their hundreds of songs to compile The Essentials for Concord Records. The album included the song that put the band on the map, a vaudevillian distressing of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” and their ’50s doo-wop version of Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop,” which garnered more than 19.5 million views and was named one of the “9 Best Viral Cover Videos of 2015” by People magazine.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. Prices are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $20 for students and youth 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased online at miac.mercyhurst.edu or by calling the box office at 814-824-3000.

The 2017-18 MIAC Live season is made possible through the generosity of Dr. & Mrs. Robert Guelcher, Cumulus Media and the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority. This performance is sponsored by Dusckas-Taylor Funeral Home, Northwest Savings Bank and Panache Salon & Spa.