Our dynamic jazz duo Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams reunited last weekend to play at the 22nd Annual Jazz in the Pines festival in Casey’s hometown of Idyllwild, California.
The youthful Reinhart elevated the set from a fun reunion of friends to something very special with original material, the torch song, “Hey Baby, Ain’t I Good To You” and some beautiful harmonies with Casey. Their set was promoted as a showcase of a new type of jazz in which Casey and Haley would re-arrange contemporary pop hits in a ’20s and ’30s style, but they only did that on Meghan Treynor’s “All About That Bass,” which has an old-timey feel anyway. I’d love to see more of that since their version of that song was infectious.
The estimated crowd size was around 3,000 people. One lucky fan got to keep their setlist, which included songs such as “Never Knew What Love Could Do”, “Stuck in London”, “With a Little Help from My Friends”, “You Were There”, “Moanin'”, “My Cake”, “Better”, “Creep”, “Stacy’s Mom”, “Can’t Find My Way Home”, and many more!
Here is a clip of “My Cake” being performed on Sunday, courtesy of Julie Pendray on YouTube:
While at the event, Haley spoke with specialsnotonthemenu.com, and talked a little bit about her upcoming EP! Watch below:
Musical soulmates Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams will be reuniting in Casey’s hometown of Idyllwild, California to play at a local jazz festival “Jazz in the Pines” on Sunday, August 16th 2015.
“Likewise Casey Abrams, who is a real rising star, and Haley Reinhart, his compatriot, who are part of this collective post-modern jukebox. They are a group of young musicians, 20-somethings, who have stumbled upon this really interesting style wherein they take popular music — music by Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Meghan Trainor — and rearrange it. They re-appropriate it into 1920s and ’30s swing, and they are just blowing up on the Internet. They are really ushering in what I would say is a new generation of jazz enthusiasts — young people who are really into it. So we’re necessarily trying to bridge that generation gap. This is something I would suggest is the direction of the festival.”
Haley Reinhart arrived in Nashville last Thursday to join Scott Bradlee, and Postmodern Jukebox for part of their North American Tour! The tour kicked off in Boston on April 30th. Haley just now joined them, but she didn’t miss a beat, jumping right in to perform all of her PMJ covers with the band flawlessly, despite being sick with a cold. First song of the night was “Lovefool”, her latest cover with the band which was released the day of the show.
[All videos are courtesy of Steve Klumpp]
“Burn” with Ariana Savalas and Morgan James
Encore song “All About That Bass”
Show finale solos:
Haley’s remaining time on tour with PMJ runs from certain dates between 5/23-6/23! Don’t miss out on a chance to attend a show, see all tour dates here.
As the tour goes on, I’ll be updating this post after every show with the most recent pictures & videos!
Haley Reinhart, Casey Abrams and Dylan Chambers put on another great show at the Room 5 Lounge in Hollywood last Wednesday night. The show was made possible thanks to Dylan, who went on first at 10pm and opened the show with an entertaining charming set.
Next on was Casey, who started his set with a few of his own songs. He even mashed up Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty to Me” with his song “Dry Spell”. After that, it didn’t take long for Haley to join him up on stage and sing with him for the rest of his set.
Haley creeped up on stage to play her “hand trumpet” for “Almost Like Being in Love”:
Casey then teased Haley for barging in on his set, telling her that now she has to stay and sing more songs with him. So of course she stayed and they went on to sing Casey’s song “Never Knew What Love Could do”, where Casey invited Haley to share a seat with him:
Next song up was “Stuck in London”, a song from Casey’s debut album which always gets a fantastic crowd reaction:
They also brought back a popular cover of theirs that they hadn’t done in awhile, “Sail”:
It was then Haley’s turn, and with her she had friend and fellow singer/songwriter Anders Grahn to play guitar and do backup vocals. Anders and Haley have written a few songs together now. They first met at a song camp in Santorini Greece, where they wrote “Better”.
Haley started off her set with a brand new song called “Lover Girl”, that as she explains in the video, may or may not make the upcoming EP:
LYRICS (might not be 100% correct):
Next was “Better”, as stated earlier, Haley and Anders wrote this song together on the first day of their songwriting camp. It was a treat to watch it performed by the people who created it:
Haley said it’s tradition to do a new Beatle’s cover at every Room 5 show, so her and Anders gave us a beautiful rendition of “Don’t Let Me Down”:
The second new song she debuted for us that night was “Good or Bad” which may also make the EP as well:
LYRICS (might not be 100% correct):
Casey was then brought back up on stage to perform with Haley and Anders for the rest of the show, they started with a jazzy acoustic amazing version of “Night and Day”:
The show was almost over, but the crowd at this sold out show were in for a real treat. Haley gave a sensational acoustic performance of her highly popular “Creep” cover. Less jazzy this time around, but still the same singing arrangement. It was nothing short of amazing to hear live. Do yourself a favor and have a listen below:
Last but not least, to close out the show Haley and Casey sang another popular cover of theirs (and Postmodern Jukebox), an epic (and hilariously entertaining) performance of “All About That Bass”:
Yet another amazing sold out (well deserved) show by Dylan, Casey and Haley. They are all so talented and are the kindest most down to earth people, which doesn’t go unnoticed and is probably the reason their shows keep selling out.
I got to talk to Haley, and she said her EP is moving along quickly, and should be out this summer! There are lots more new songs we have yet to hear, and a few will be left for a surprise once the EP is out. I also asked about the possibility of her own tour for her EP, it’s definitely a possibility, stay tuned.
As for the Postmodern Jukebox tour coming up, Haley’s really excited about it and is so proud of what her and Casey have been able to do with them. Check to see if Haley’s coming to a city near you here, & buy tickets at pmjlive.com!
Haley Reinhart, along with friends Dylan Chambers and Casey Abrams are set to perform at Macy Gray’s album release party, amongst other artists at Skyspace LA in Los Angeles, May 9th, 2015.
“We’re having a huge celebrity-studded PledgeMusic Benefit Concert Party & Poker Game in Outer Space to help keep music & art programs in underprivileged schools!”
“I’m throwing a big party at Skyspace LA in March for my PledgeMusic supporters on top of the U.S. Bank Tower Building in downtown Los Angeles. That’s the tallest building west of the Mississippi and we’ll be all the way at the top together!”
[From Macy Gray’s PledgeMusic page]
There are different ticket packages you can purchase:
$55 – Pledger Party Ticket
(General party access to the concert and festivities starting at 9pm + 2 cocktail tickets)
$100 – VIP Ticket
(ALL party access to the concert and festivities, including VIP Room access + 2 hour open bar starting at 9pm)
For all information, visit Macy Gray’s PledgeMusic page here!
If you’ve been on Facebook lately, there’s a good chance you’ve come across some familiar faces on your timeline. Postmodern Jukebox’s recent new cover of “All About That Bass” was uploaded to the website, and has now gone viral.
On Facebook, the video currently has 20,243,557 views (and counting). 20 MILLION! Along with that it has 130,000+ likes, and over 450,000 shares. (It’s getting roughly 10 new shares per minute!). The video also just reached 1 million views on YouTube as of yesterday.
On top of the recent success of this video, they officially have the approval from the original singer/songwriter Meghan Trainor herself! She tweeted this today:
This version of the song is currently sitting at #1 on the iTunes Jazz charts. Own it for a buck 29 here!
I couldn’t be happier to see a video involving Haley blow up, it’s helping her get some of the recognition she deserves.
Here are some notable comments found on the Facebook video:
“Casey Abrams and Haley Reinhart…Just goes to show, the great ones are not always (usually) AI winners.”
“Love their style! I knew we would see more of them after they were on TV. They have such incredible talent.”
“Gotta share this. Outstanding. The First Singer is Haley Reinhart. Possibly the next Christina Aguilera. Incredible voice and jazz talent.”
“I’m so in love with that girls voice at the beginning. I could listen to her sing all day with my eyes closed.”
“Wow. Haley Reinhart hasn’t lost a beat since American Idol. She was the best singer then and still is.”