(First published in the October 4, 2018 issue of City Pages)
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox
TUESDAY 10/9 | GRAND THEATER, WAUSAU
Trust us: Postmodern Jukebox is hot. Pop music goes back in time in creative, mesmerizing style during this vintage show. Maybe you’ve seen their YouTube videos of remarkable singers performing popular tunes in the various styles of yesteryears. These videos are super popular—since their founding in 2009, Postmodern Jukebox has amassed more than one billion views and 3.3 million subscribers. Their live performances are even bigger theatrical experiences with musicians reimagining contemporary pop, rock and R&B hits in various styles including doo-wop, ragtime and Motown—some of these covers are even better than the originals. It’s a flashy and exhilarating concert experience unlike any other. 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $29. Grandtheater.org, 715-842-0988.
WEDNESDAY 10/10 | LAKELAND UNION HIGH SCHOOL, MINOCQUA
Created by Chris Rupp, founder of Home Free and the Chris Rupp Project, this vocal quartet combines elements of pop, swing, rockabilly, country and more, reinventing and uprooting the standard definitions of those genres with their innovative arrangements. The group formed in 2016, with each member bringing a unique musical performance background, allowing them to create a rich blend of styles with heavy vocal harmony. Hear reinvented version of popular songs including “Hallelujah,” “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” “Uptown Funk,” and many more. 7 pm. $20 adults, $5 students. Lakelandperformingarts.org.
Superstar: The Songs, The Stories, The Carpenters
THURSDAY 10/11 | LUCILLE TACK CENTER, SPENCER
There’s good reason why Richard Carpenter gave internationally acclaimed singer and Grammy-nominee Helen Welch his blessing to bring this show to life. It’s not just a tribute act, it’s a one-of-a-kind “docu-musical” featuring world-class musicians, fresh arrangements and fascinating stories about The Carpenters. This nostalgic journey honors the brother-sister pop duo’s brilliant career. Helen’s voice and charming sense of humor are a perfect fit for her band’s spot-on arrangements of hits “Close to You,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” and “Top of the World.” According to Broadway World, “Helen’s sophisticated vocals and humor leave audiences breezily enchanted.” We know you’ll want to sing along. 7:30 pm. $35. Lucilletackcenter.com.
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