An American indie pop and neo soul band?! Hmmm, not sure what exactly that means, but those are the words used by Wikipedia to describe the musical style of Fitz and the Tantrums. Sounds like one big oxymoron to me, but one word I would definitely use to describe them is FUN! Their energy is infectious, making it nearly impossible not to just get up and dance along as co-lead vocalists Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs go back and forth bopping around the stage and belting out their poppy hits. Fitz and the Tantrums, consisting of Fitzpatrick, Scaggs, Joe Karnes, James King, Jeremy Ruzumna and John Wicks, formed in 2008 after Fitzpatrick purchased an electric organ which inspired him to write the song Breakin’ the Chains of Love the very same night. A few phone calls later, the band members were on board and they performed their first show later that year. They have gone on to record three studio albums and are now supporting the wildly popular, One Republic, on their 2017 Honda Civic Tour.
Although it was over 100 degrees throughout their set, Noelle Scaggs didn’t miss a beat while she danced her way through their biggest hits, including Out of My League, Money Grabber and The Walker. At one point, Fitz dumped a bottle of water on himself before picking back up and finishing the set with their most popular (and my personal favorite) hit, Handclap.
Picking up where Fitz and the Tantrums left off, One Republic, the pop rock band from Colorado, came out to an energized audience and built up the excitement even more by opening their set with dramatic lighting, making only the band’s silhouette visible. Their lighting may have started out subtle, but their music was anything but. Lead singer, Ryan Tedder, dominated the stage, engaging the audience and making his way over to jam with each band member consisting of Zach Filkins, Drew Brown, Brent Kutzle and Eddie Fisher. Tedder and Filkins have been friends since high school and decided to form a band after discussing their similar taste in music. They added the additional band member to their line-up and released their first album in 2007. Their set consisted of several instantly recognizable radio hits spanning their four albums, including Stop and Stare, Apologize and I Lived. Each hit kept the audience standing, cheering and singing along… including me! The 2017 Honda Civic Tour is continuing their tour on the west coast through mid-September.