June 17, 2024


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Postmodern Jukebox is back on tour and bringing its unique music to N.J. again

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Postmodern Jukebox is back on tour, juking and jiving into New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania for a string of concert dates.

The band is known for its reinterpretations of today’s biggest hits, such as Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” and Olivia Rodrigo’s “Driver’s License,” spinning the songs into raucous ragtime, jazz or Motown standards to give them a whole new feel.

Bandleader Scott Bradlee once told NJ.com he summons “an alternate universe where the songs of today were actually written half a century ago.”

The group found major success after their cover of “Thrift Shop” garnered millions of views.

Since then, Postmodern Jukebox has played thousands of live shows over six continents. Later this month, the band is coming to New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania as part of its 2021 tour through North America.

However, the shows are never the same.

“Two sets with a variety of different artists,” is how bassist Adam Kubota described the band’s concerts. “Singers (and) tap dancers, so it’s a robust show with a variety of different singers and styles.”

Kubota and the band are especially excited to return to the region.

“My mom is originally from Long Beach Island so a lot of my cousins come to our shows so it’s nice to see family,” Kubota said. “Also, I have to get a pork roll sandwich. The egg and pork roll breakfast sandwich is money for me.”

Kubota said he has fond memories of performing ahead of Weezer at Musikfest in 2014, one of Postmodern Jukebox’s first big festival gigs.

All of this goes to show just how important live music is to the band. Kubota recently played the Telluride Jazz Festival and said “to see everybody and the outpouring of emotion that live music unlocks for people was totally profound. To witness that after so many months of it not being able to happen made me happier in my life.”

Postmodern Jukebox is performing live at a number of venues in the region this month.

They kick things off in Rahway at the Union County Performing Arts Center on Oct. 16. At the time of publication, tickets were as low as $68 plus fees.

The group is then in New York for two shows. The first will be in Huntington at the Paramount on Oct. 17. Tickets cost $39.50, plus fees. The second New York show is at Town Hall on Oct. 19. The cheapest tickets were listed on Vivid Seats for $70 plus fees and on TicketCity for $73 plus fees.

Next, Postmodern Jukebox is at the State Theatre Easton in Easton, Pennsylvania on Oct. 21. The best deals are on Vivid Seats for $63 plus fees, as well as on TicketCity for $63 plus fees.

Finally, the run through the area concludes in New Jersey at the Borgata in Atlantic City on Oct. 22. The best prices are on Ticketmaster, which had tickets starting at $58.32 plus fees.

All prices are subject to fluctuation.

For more show dates and times, you can find the full tour schedule here. Prices vary based on tour date and city.

“If you can come out to the show, come out,” Kubota said. “You will definitely feel something.”


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