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Columbus Arts Festival Welcomes Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox June 8 on Bicentennial Park Stage

March 6, 2018

Contact: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Arts Festival, powered by American Electric Power (AEP) and produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council), is excited to welcome Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, performing a free concert on Friday, June 8 at 9 p.m. on the ABC6 Bicentennial Park stage.

Postmodern Jukebox is a multi-talented collective of performers known for reimagining contemporary pop, rock and R&B hits in the style of various yesteryears, from swing to doo-wop, ragtime to Motown — or, as Bradlee himself puts it, “pop music in a time machine.”

The collective was started by Scott Bradlee in 2009 out of his small apartment in Queens, NY, recording original videos for YouTube using a rotating cast of singers and musicians. The videos on PMJ’s YouTube channel now collectively near the one billion views mark with more than three million subscribers. Some of their most popular videos include Radiohead’s “Creep” performed with a small brass jazz band, Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” as 1950s doo-wop and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” in a 1920s Gatsby-style complete with tap dancer.

The popularity of these compositions led to Bradlee establishing a touring performance featuring musicians and vocalists from the videos that rotates with new songs and performers each tour. The collective has performed hundreds of shows to sold-out houses across the globe, from intimate standing-room gigs to large-scale, theatrical extravaganzas.

“We’re excited to offer a performance of Postmodern Jukebox that’s free and open to the public,” says Festival Director Sean Kessler. “Scott Bradlee’s work is a lot of fun and will make a great evening of entertainment for everyone.”

The performance is presented by Worthington Industries and CoverMyMeds.

Festival Hours: Friday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Please note: on Friday and Saturday artist booths close at 9 p.m.)

To volunteer at the Columbus Arts Festival, please go to columbusartsfestival.org/get-involved/volunteer.

For more information on the Columbus Arts Festival, call (614) 221-8625 or visit columbusartsfestival.org.

The Columbus Arts Festival is produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

The 2018 Columbus Arts Festival is powered by American Electric Power. Additional sponsors and partners include Smart Columbus, AT&T, Bank of America, Blue Moon, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, Columbus Recreation & Parks, COTA, CoverMyMeds, Easton Town Center, G&J Pepsi Cola, Graeters, Grange, Hotel LeVeque, Huntington, IGS Energy, Jose Cuervo, LAZ Parking, LBrands Foundation, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Nationwide, The Ohio State University, OSA Technology Partners, PNC, Puffin Foundation West, Three Olives Vodka, Toyota, Vintage Wine Distributors, Westin Columbus, White Castle and Worthington Industries. Media sponsors include ABC6/FOX28, CD102.5, Dispatch Media Group, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Mix 107.9, Ohio Magazine, Orange Barrel Media, RBX Media, RSVP, WCBE 90.5 and WOSU Public Media.

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, the Arts Council funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. The Arts Council thanks the city of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support. www.gcac.org

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