Date: July 28, 2013
City: San Francisco, CA
Venue: The Warfield
Artist: Fitz and the Tantrums
Opening Act(s): Hunter Hunted, The Colourist
I was bummed to find out that Fitz and the Tantrums were not going to be opening up for Bruno Mars when The Moonshine Jungle Tour came to San Jose. But I was thrilled to hear that it was because they were going out on their own headlining tour.
Fitz and the Tantrums is a high-energy band. They know how to get the crowd going – encouraging clapping, dancing and singing. Audience participation included singing ‘Hey, woo’ during “Dear Mr. President”, ‘L.O.V. for you and me’ during “L.O.V.” and ‘moving on’ during their cover of the Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams”. Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs are constantly in motion you can’t help but groove to the music. Saxophone player James King moved all around the stage as well. He even played part of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” at one point.
They performed all of their singles including “Winds of Change”, “Breakin’ the Chains of Love”, “Don’t Gotta Work It Out”, and of course their latest, “Out of My League”. When they did “MoneyGrabber” they got the crowd to “get down”. This is when the entire audience crouches down and then jumps up and goes crazy on Fitz’s command. If you don’t get down Fitz will call you out. There were a few people that didn’t get down at first but they were shamed into it. Fitz and the Tantrums did this the very first time I saw them in 2011. I think it is fantastic that it is still part of their act.
Hunter Hunted from SoCal by way of San Francisco and The Colourist, also from SoCal with a drummer from the Bay Area opened up. They were both a great fit for this lineup. Fitz and the Tantrums shows are great fun. This is the fifth time I’ve seen them and I’ll definitely see them again.