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LIVE REVIEW: Fitz And The Tantrums, Seattle, WA

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fitzIt’s not everyday when a band has their music played and promoted across multiple Top 40 and alternative radio stations simultaneously. Fitz And The Tantrums does just this.

Fitz and The Tantrums are one of the few neo soul/indie pop-rock outfits that have been able to achieve this sought-after crossover success. Fitz And The Tantrums’ wide reach became apparent as I stood in line to enter the Showbox SoDo in Seattle. Fans ranged from the ages of 6 years old to mid-60s! The sextet hailing from Los Angeles managed to sell out the 1,500 person capacity venue and had people at the box office begging for tickets to be released.

Founded in 2008 by lead vocalist Michael Fitzpatrick, Fitz And The Tantrums is in the business of captivating audiences with their contagious musical concoctions. Within the first few years of their existence, they were signed and touring with acts such as Flogging Molly, Maroon 5, and Bruno Mars. The band’s distinct sound has no boundaries when they fuse the soulful vocals of Michael and Noelle Scaggs, jazzy saxophone and flute licks from James King, and the incredibly tight and poppy rhythm section.

From start to finish, Fitz And The Tantrums had the audience dancing and singing along to every song. Michael and Noelle led the crowd with their concise harmonies and in-sync dance moves, while the rest of the band provided a high energy soundscape the entire night. Fan favorites such as “Out of My League,” “Spark,” and “Don’t Gotta Work it Out” sounded better-than-ever live. And about mid-set, we were graced with a pumped-up and bass-heavy version of everyone’s favorite 80’s karaoke song, “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” by Eurythmics. Outside of James King’s impressive saxophone solos (he even teased the sax lick from Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty”), perhaps the coolest moment of the night was when they performed their current radio single “The Walker,” as their encore. The entire Showbox was whistling along perfectly to the popular and ridiculously catchy hook. In case you forgot, that’s 1,500 people whistling and fist-pumping together at the same time. It’s a cool moment that only live music can make happen.

Fitz And The Tantrums is a band that puts on a stellar live show and goes above and beyond their studio album performance. Check out their next single that was announced at the show, “Fools Gold.”

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Amanda Tran

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Creating, discovering, and sharing music is the best. Find me at a Seattle show, or a festival near you!

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