Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox performed on Nov. 10, 2018, at Zoellner Arts Center. The musical group mainly performs jazzy renditions of modern pop songs. (Hallie Fuchs, B&W staff)

Postmodern Jukebox sells out third performance


Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, a YouTube cover band, sold out its show at for the third time when it performed at Lehigh on Nov. 10 at Zoellner Arts Center.

Students and community members gathered at the show to listen to the group’s jazzy renditions of modern pop songs.

Miles Necker, ’18, who has played in multiple musical ensembles on campus, described the show as “absolutely unreal.”

“It was like listening to every song that I hate, played in such a way that I love,” Necker said.

The audience seemed to share Necker’s favorable opinion of the performance, as the act received two standing ovations at the end of the show.

The performance also appeared to be a special one for band founder and creator Bradlee. He grew up just outside of Southside Bethlehem and said he views his performances at Lehigh as a return to home. In celebration, he called attention to his parents who were in the audience and performed an impromptu piano solo mashup of television theme songs that the crowd suggested.

Positive audience feedback and Bradlee’s ties to the community seem to be driving forces behind Postmodern Jukebox’s return to Lehigh for the past three years. Each time, the group brings a fresh performance consisting of new songs, gags and performers.

Necker, for example, particularly enjoyed this year’s rendition of Meghan Trainor’s “All About that Bass.”

“I loved watching them do it live,” Necker said. “They did a thing where there were two bass players playing on the same bass and it was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen.”

Griffin Turner, ’19, attended the show two years ago and was pleased with the band’s new performance this time around.

“I went to the first concert, and this was different, but it was still good,” Turner said.

Turner said musical events such as this one help bridge the divide between the campus and the community. Because the concert fell in line with other Family Weekend events, the crowd consisted of an eclectic mix of Lehigh students, staff, families and community members.

This union between people of various groups through the arts is an important one to students like Frances Colon, ’21.

Colon said she attends these events regularly because she believes they are important and a great opportunity for Lehigh students.

“It is important to support our fellow students and to support the community in general when it comes to the arts because we are a very talented community,” Colon said.

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