Monday, October 3, 2011
Music/Bio: Fitz and The Tantrums
Fitz and The Tantrums is a funk indie-pop soul band with a retro band style started in 2008. Started by a heart-broken Micheal Fitzgerald who got a call from his ex-girlfriend saying her neighbor had an old Conn Organ to sell for 50 dollars. That night he had an electric organ and a hit on his hands. He wrote "Breakin' the Chains of Love" that night and through some phone calls he put together a group of amazing artist. Fitz himself on lead vocals, the lovely Noelle Scaggs on back up vocals and tambourine, James King on saxophone and flute, Joseph Karnes on bass, Jeremy Ruzumna on keyboards, and John Wicks on the drums. All of these artist and instruments made an amazing funky soul/pop band that would be performing large venues within three years. The band has released two EP's (Santa Stole My Lady & Songs for a Breakup Volume 1) and an album called Pickin' Up the Pieces. The group has performed on many late-night talk shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan, Jay Leno, and George Lopez. They also have performed on radio stations and many festivals. The band brings an energetic and explosive performance each and every time they perform, often making the crowd join in on the music. Named the "Hardest-Working Band" of 2011 by Vogue Daily and I am inclined to agree. I and two friends had the chance to see them live in San Francisco at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival at Golden Gate Park. THEY ROCKED. Though there were a lot of high/drunk hippies around, it didn't stop Fitz and The Tantrums from blowing the lid off San Francisco. I wish my friends and I had gotten there earlier to get a better spot because we were not in the closest place(see pics below). We had an amazing time watching the explosive performance that the band brought and we hope to see them in the Bay Area again soon.
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