Watching a band in concert is always a great experience but when you get to see one playing their hometown it’s even more special. Often they’ll talk about their history, speak to family in the audience, and reminisce about the smaller venues they played on their way to making it “big.” And that’s exactly what happened as Fitz and The Tantrums took stage, on a full moon lit sky, at the Greek Theatre. The night was great; the band even better!
Fusing their neo-soul sensibility with energetic dance beats Fitz and The Tantrums shook, jumped, and grooved all concert long. Their movements were animated and the delivery emphatic, almost defiant, as lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick implored the audience to dance while singing about both hopes and regrets on songs likes Out of my League and Complicated. His voice was clean, clear, and confident! But this was definitely more than a one man show as the entire band came strong; especially James King on his saxophone solos.
The highlight for me was when they played Run It off their latest album. When I first heard the song I was a fan but it wasn’t a favorite. But seeing Fitzpatrick pour out his heartache I couldn’t help but get hooked. Even now I can hear the chorus over and over in my head “I said you run it, run it/yeah you run it, run it/yeah you run it, run it/there you go.” That’s always the best part of seeing a band live; when on their performance alone they can make you fall in love with a song that you previously only liked.
Although Run It may have been my personal favorite, there is no doubt the evening’s highlight came when the band played their latest hit, Handclap. The song itself is a great “get yourself moving track,” but it really hits another level when you bring out the USC marching band to back-up your crew. Cymbals clashed on every hand clap and my body resonated with every drum hit; such a great moment! I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about seeing the Trojan marching band, looking ever so cool with their shades on, that screams home to me. Fitz and The Tantrums felt it and they made sure the crowd did too.