By: Jordan Lindley
We're huge fans of Fitz and the Tantrums here at HeadRush TV, and have covered and promoted their shows in the past. If there was only one thing fans of Fitz could count on (even though there are many, many great things you could count on with this band), it would be that they put on a brain-bustingly fun show every time they perform. At the House of Blues Boston, I watched as a woman nearly forty years older than me danced like she was 18 years old to the hit song "Handclap." Let's start from the beginning:
For those concert goers in the world who don't pay attention to opening acts, or show up after the openers have finished their sets, I urge you to reconsider your habits. You never know when you will discover an artist you love. There are some opening acts which invoke a certain response, namely, awe and wonder, and hopefully, a good deal of dancing.
Barnes Courtney took on the oxymoronic role as the show-stopping opener as he unlocked the sonic gates for Fitz. With hard-hitting acoustic rock pouring out of every word, Barnes Courtney was the perfect music appetizer, bringing palate notes of Dave Matthews, Frank Turner, James Bay influences to an eager crowd. His minimalist and rugged appearance and approach to his work made him all the more charming and it's safe to say that he exceeded expectations in pumping up the audience in preparation for the main event. I certainly hope to see more of Courtney in the future, particularly in a headlining position.
After a brief intermission of the stage crew - the real magicians and true lifeblood of the live music industry - setting up and preparing, the Main Event took place. Fitz and the Tantrums took the stage under vibrant neon purple lights, as if to blind the audience to enhance their hearing capabilities. The purple fell and gave way to deep red, as Fitz jumped into the first song on the set, "Get Right Back." From there, it was a nonstop power train of dancable pop through the next three songs, until "Out Of My League." It was during that song that I realized that the audience had been singing along for the whole concert so far, and the chants of the lyric "you are more than just a dream" snapped me out of my trance and helped me to realize that everybody else was having just as much fun as I was.
The group didn't stop the momentum as they touched on every big song from all of their major record releases, including "Breaking The Chains," "Fools Gold," "LOV," and "Walking Target" - and all of this was before the encore. In the middle of the set, the saxaphone player, James King, showed off some incredible skill by pulling out screaming improvised solos in more than one jazzy breakdown. The drums (John Wicks), keyboard (Jeremy Ruzumna), and sax played off of each other and exchanged short solos in one of the most impressive improvised jams I've seen in a long time. At the same time, the ever-beautiful Noelle Scaggs and Fitz himself continuously pumped up the crowd by dancing and genuinely having the time of their lives on the stage. There is something about watching musicians so envelloped in love for what they do that just makes you want to share the joy with them. It's infectious, and it's magnificent.
The encore hit the biggest hits of course, "Handclap," "6AM," and the remarkably catchy "The Walker." Exhausted, elated, and high on the engery from the venue, I left the concert feeling like surviving the rest of the workweek would be the easiest task in the world. Fitz and the Tantrums is one of those precious bands, with the innate ability to get you on your feet and filled with youth, no matter what age you may be.
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