Postmodern Jukebox Live Is Not Just A Concert, It’s An Experience
If there is a weakness in my knowledge of pop culture, it is the world of music. I seem to discover artists three years after everyone falls in love with them, except for Evanescence and Taylor Swift. At least I have two points! I do not keep up with new music as much as I should, and when I hear a song I like on the radio, I forget to figure out who sings the song to add to my playlist. I am not sure if Harry Styles is a name or something to do with Bigfoot. Music is important to me but not as much as it is to others. Well, recently I have decided that it is time to step out of my comfort zone and start going to concerts again. If there is one thing that can be said nothing beats the feeling of seeing your favorite bands play live. If there were a way to describe a religious experience without ever going to church concerts would be the definition. So, this past Tuesday night, I was able to jump into a time machine and rediscover a love for live music.
If you have never heard of Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, I want you to stop reading. I want you to go to YouTube, search, listen to a few songs and then come back…….. PMJ is a very talented group of people who take the songs of today and give them the sounds of yesterday. And this week PMJ was performing at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, and I knew that I had to be there. Tickets went on sale in July, and we bought the very same day. And it was a ticket that was worth the money and then some.
If anything can be said about the live PMJ experience, it is the fact that everyone on that stage has talent to the brim. The men and women that performed for us in Memphis were able to bring down the house time and time again. Robyn Adele Anderson was the first voice I was able to put with PMJ when I discovered their sound a few years ago. She quickly became one of my favorite artists in music, so when she took the stage in Memphis on Tuesday, I was elated with joy. But little did I know I was going to be blown away more so by her voice. Hearing someone recorded is one thing, but hearing that voice live is something that every music fan needs to experience in their life.
Von Smith was one of two male singers during the concert. And this guy has a stage presence that dreams are made of. His voice melted quite a few of the hearts of the women around me, including my wife. (Thanks!) He can have fun on stage, and belt one out as well.
If you could bundle up the energy of the emcee and singer LaVance Colley, you would become a multimillionaire on Shark Tank. One of the things that will take me out of a concert quickly is when the performers will not interact with the audience. Well, I didn’t have to worry about that at all. LaVance made you feel like your part of the show as well. And anyone that has ever emceed an event knows that can be difficult at times. Plus, his show-stopping performance is one that needs to be seen live.
I am always amazed by dancers. I have two left feet and have the moves of a cube in an earthquake. I didn’t realize PMJ was going to have tapdancing during the show. Anissa Lee made my mouth hit the floor. I have never seen anyone tap dance live, and damn that is skill and talent. She had her own solo of the night, where every eye in the venue was on her showing her craft. Her performance was a moment that stood in time for the people around us at the very least.
Have you ever heard a voice that gives you goosebumps? A voice so amazing that it shakes the very core of your soul? Dani Armstrong has that voice. LaVance said, “She can bring down any house.” He was not lying. Each time she took the mic, you knew the music gods were smiling down upon us.
And finally, I had very little knowledge of Joey Cook. I knew she was a contestant at one time on American Idol. What I didn’t know was #1. She was going to play an accordion. Complete 100% approval. Seeing that in a concert was flat out awesome. And #2. She had the performance of the night in my opinion. Her rendition of “Ain’t No West for the Wicked” is something that you need to go out of your way to hear. She brings such a different feel to that song that to me it was the moment of the night. I found myself just silent and listening in amazement.
I have never been to a concert that the age range was so diverse. Young children, all the way to men and women in their 80s were in attendance. This just shows how much power the sound of PMJ has to all ages Even if you don’t like the music of today, PMJ can make you love the song. If you happen to see Postmodern Jukebox coming to your city, jump on those tickets. It is an experience you need to see live in person.
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