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Fitz and the Tantrums go bananas at the Fillmore

Photo courtesy: Joseph Cultice, Atlantic Records Press
Photo courtesy: Joseph Cultice, Atlantic Records Press

The Fillmore provided a stage for Fitz and the Tantrums for their “Come Get Your Love” fall tour on Nov. 12.

While Fitz and the Tantrums are not necessarily a household name, the band has released two well known songs from their 2013 album, “More Than Just a Dream.” Many have surely heard “Out of My League” and “The Walker.”

Having formed back in 2008, this tour highlighted their third, self-titled album “Fitz and the Tantrums.” Their hybrid style of music has evolved throughout all three of their albums and continues to garner a positive reaction as displayed by the audience within this particular show.

The concert started with Barns Courtney, a singer-songwriter from the United Kingdom. His humor and energy charged the atmosphere. He performed quite a few incredible songs, including “Fire” and “Glitter and Gold.” His enthusiastic demeanor prepared the crowd for Fitz and the Tantrums to take the stage.

The stage was arranged so that lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick was at the center, with Noelle Scaggs at his right and James King to his left. The other three band members — Joseph Karnes, Jeremy Ruzumna and John Wicks — stood towards back of the stage.

Fitz’s presence surely made the show unforgettable, along with Scaggs; their onstage chemistry was amazing. Playing off of each other, there was never a dull moment.

Fitz explained that the band considers the audience to be the “seventh member” of the band, and they stood by their word. Throughout the entire concert, the audience played off of the band’s energy on stage. Fitz and Scaggs constantly moved and danced around, engaging the crowd and encouraging them to do the same.

Fitz made a point that he hates to see people standing still and looking at their phones. At a Fitz and The Tantrums concert, it is hard to not dance and move with the incredible music.

When King took over the stage with a saxophone solo, the crowd was enticed by the soulful R&B atmosphere that reverberated throughout the venue. Just as much as Fitz and The Tantrums hyped the audience up with their spirit, they were in turn feeding off of the audience’s excitement and overall liveliness to put on the best concert they possibly could.

Fitz and the Tantrums pride themselves on their unique music style which infuses soul and R&B and are directly influenced by the dance-pop feel of new wave music. As unique as their genre of music is, it just goes to show that there is never a dull moment within their music.

Watching them perform live with incredible vocals, tremendous instrumental talent and overall contagious energy is an experience unlike any other. Psychedelic lighting effects with various color schemes enhanced the animated tone of the show and set the ideal scene for every song.

Starting the concert off with “Get Right Back” and closing with “The Walker,” the show was simply unforgettable. Our favorite moment of the concert was during “Roll Up,” where Scaggs provided the crowd with a particular dance move to do every time they sang the chorus.

They made sure to save the most popular song from this album, “HandClap,” for the encore as they knew this is what the audience was anticipating the whole time. It concluded with confetti falling from the ceiling — a perfect ending to a perfect show.

Maybe it was our close proximity to the stage or just the flow of happiness and excitement throughout the venue, but we thought Fitz and the Tantrums truly delivered in putting on an exceptional show that captured the audience in every way.

Dancing onstage and in the audience, singing from every corner of the venue with unparalleled vitality — this concert merged together all the facets of an amazing show. Be sure to give their latest album a listen and even delve into their two older albums as there surely won’t be a low moment.