Review: Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox 2017 Tour – Hoyt Sherman, Des Moines

My goal of having 6 date nights with my wife in 2017 is off to a great start!  We enjoyed an entertaining night out with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox when they made a recent tour stop at the Hoyt Sherman Place Theater in Des Moines, Iowa.

You’re probably familiar with Postmodern Jukebox… even if you don’t know it.  Their rotating cast of musicians and performers provide unique throwback covers of today’s pop music that have racked up millions of views online.

I think my first encounter with their music was when a friend shared a video of their take on Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”.

They did that song during their Des Moines stop and more.

To call a Postmodern Jukebox show a concert really doesn’t do it justice.  It’s really more of an old-time variety show with an emcee to help weave the acts together. There’s comedy, dancing, music… even some brief guitar balancing.

The stage set-up had Lawrence Welk type feel complete with podium type boxes some of the musicians stood behind.  They even used corded microphones.  Sure, they could’ve used wireless technology but I think the cords actually help add to the vintage feel of the evening.

The cast of musicians and entertainers that Postmodern Jukebox brought for their Des Moines show was top notch.  To me, the beauty of the show is that there wasn’t a standout star… instead, they all took turns in the limelight to showcase their particular talents.

Everyone on the stage was a star!  They made each song fun and entertaining… and showed just how cool tap dancing, the clarinet, piano, trombone, and different styles of music can be.

The crowd skewed toward the 30-60 age range but I see those numbers going younger once Pitch Perfect loving teens catch wind of the PMJ fun.

The Hoyt Sherman Place Theater was the perfect venue for a Postmodern Jukebox show.

The nostalgia it elicits just fit with the style of show and music.  After a night of throwback music on stage I halfway expected cigarette girls to be wandering the lobby after the show.

The only thing “modern” about the night were the song lyrics and the selfie the cast took with the crowd at the end of the night and shared on Facebook and Twitter.

There really isn’t a bad seat in the Hoyt Sherman Place Theater and the acoustics are great.  I had no trouble seeing or hearing… even when Postmodern Jukebox cast member and American Idol alum Casey Abrams stepped past the mic to the front of the stage to belt out an interesting take on Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child Of Mine”.

My only regret of the night is that we didn’t get there earlier so we could’ve had a little more time to explore the Hoyt Sherman Place art gallery a little more.

Whether it’s for your first date… or 50th… a Postmodern Jukebox show is the perfect date night.

What’s your favorite Postmodern Jukebox song?


**I was provided a pair of complimentary passes to the show.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

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