On Monday night Fitz & The Tantrums performed a free (with rsvp) show at Roseland Ballroom to thousands of fans as part of an event that was sponsored by Barcardi and Rolling Stone and was billed as "Bacardi Rebels". Slated to also perform was the duo of Mackelmore & Lewis.
The Los Angeles soul/indie pop band is primarily fronted by vocalists Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs. Rounding out the band is James King (sax), Joseph Karnes (bass), Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboards), and John Wicks (drums/percussion). The band formed in 2008 and you would most likely recognize them from their hit song "Moneygrabber" off their first album Pickin Up The Pieces.
Fitz promptly got the party started at 9:30pm to a slightly buzzed crowd (the event was open Bacardi bar) that was ready to hear some live music and get their dance on. They opened up with a song from their new album More Than Just A Dream that right away got the crowd moving their feet and shaking their hips. The next two songs were from their first album and I spotted some long time fans along side of me singing along to every word. Throughout the rest of their roughly hour and fifteen minute set the band would switch back and forth playing songs from their two albums. I thought it was a smart and refreshing move as this strategy kept followers of the band guessing what would be played next while introducing new fans to a mix of new/old songs.
As the crowd’s energy picked up throughout the set, so did the band. Fitzpatrick and Scaggs displayed an energetic stage presence that found the duo clapping with the audience, showing off their dance moves, and running out halfway into the crowd while singing (the stage featured a catwalk that extended out).
The show reached a fevered point when they performed their biggest hit "Moneygrabber". I think a good majority of the people finally realized this was the band responsible for the song. Everyone around me was singing along and dancing either to themselves or with a partner. The energy and funtastic meter was definitely at its highest point. The band would perform one more new song before saying its thank you’s and goodbyes.
I’m most certain that after this performance the band picked up a bunch more new fans and kept the current ones very satisfied. If you live in the NYC area and would like to catch one of their upcoming shows, they will be opening up for Bruno Mars on June 29th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY and headlining a show on June 30th at Irving Plaza in NYC.
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