As I entered the Marquee Theatre, I truly did not know what to expect for the night. The venue was crammed wall to wall and the handful of people I spoke to in the crowd before the show began all had one similarity; they were ready to dance. Fitz and the Tantrums started off big, and only got bigger as the show went on. With the combination of brilliant vocals and music, excellent lighting, and ending the show with confetti bursting over the crowd, I was captivated.
When I was first assigned to work this show, I had no idea who Fitz and the Tantrums were, let alone had I ever seen them live. I was a blank slate, ready to embrace whatever was thrown my way.
The first thing that caught my attention was the singing duo, Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs, both of which matched one another the entire night with a fireball of energy, enthusiasm and excitement. If that was not enough, the group’s saxophonist, James King, also stepped into the spotlight during songs, "MoneyGraber," "The Walker," and "Handclap." The crowd and myself were left in complete awe as Mr.King effortlessly captivated the audience with the mastery of his instrument.
From a new ear’s perspective their sound is authentic and funky, while also being relatable enough to get you on your feet and dance, even if you do not know any of the words being sung. With a set list of 18 songs, I was impressed with the consistent amount of energy that was exchanged from the band to the crowd, and vice versa, the entire evening. I quickly learned early on in the show, Fitz and the Tantrums are passionate not only about their music and performing it, but they’re also genuinely interested in the happiness of their fans as well.
During the show I felt an overwhelming sense of community; a community that was all about movement and enjoying the moment. In all honesty, I could go on about how enjoyable my time was, but to put it simply, Fitz and the Tantrums has gained another fan.