So, I had the opportunity to go and photograph the latest YouTube sensation, PostModern Jukebox on their European part of the Tour. If you haven’t heard of them you are missing out on such a great band. They take modern music and give them a 1940’s/20’s twist on the songs they pick, creating some amazing sounds in the process.
From the moment I arrived at Whelan’s the atmosphere was electric and filled with anticipation for what would happen next. The crowd slowly but surely filled the 450 capacity club that itself seems to come from an older time with its quirky décor.
First up was Johnny Stewart, an artist from Wexford, to warm up the crowd and what an amazing job this guy did! He got everyone in the audience involved with his songs and new single, “She’s Trouble”, which he was releasing on iTunes. He announced that he and his long-term girlfriend had just got engaged when someone from the audience suggested that he ring her live on stage. At first he thought it was a joke but within a few seconds he had his iPhone out ringing his now fiancée. The crowd was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop, then he told her that someone wanted to tell her something and the entire audience erupted in unison to congratulate the two of them on their engagement.
Next on stage was Drue Davis, the MC for PostModern Jukebox, who announce the band and informed the audience to put their phones down and to enjoy the moment not through a tiny screen. From the very start it was all a show all about taking you back to a bygone era of a more innocent time.
Drue first announced each of the band members as they came on stage, Scot Bradlee on keyboard, Allan Mednard on drums, Adam Kubota on double bass, Tom Abbott on trombone, Seth Paris on Saxophone and last, but by no means least the amazingly talented singer Robyn Adele Anderson.
As soon as they started their first song the crowd was energised and rocking to a tune that they were all familiar with but in an older style that some had never heard before. As the show went on, other talented performers came out to entertain the jumping crowd. The rest of the band where singers Ashley Stroud and Cristina Gatti, Alex MacDonald the tap dancer and Tim “Tambourine Guy” Kubart. With all this amazing talent on the stage it was no surprise the audience had a great time jiving and dancing to the recomposed songs from such artists as Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Pitbull, Ke$ha, Jason Derulo, Lady GaGa, Robin Thicke and many more.
All in all, it was a fantastic night out and I would recommend you see them live if you ever have the opportunity to.
To find out more about PostModern Jukebox pop along to http://www.postmodernjukebox.com/ or check out their great videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/ScottBradleeLovesYa
You can also see the full album of photos that I took at this event at https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesls/sets/72157644759650720/ for the Black & White set or https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesls/sets/72157645182201372/ for the reprocessed colour ones.