Dance the Night Away with Fitz and the Tantrums at Terminal 5

June 20th, 2016

Inspired by the likes of Motown and Stax Records, Michael Fitzpatrick (vocals and keys) formed the neo-soul six-piece Fitz and the Tantrums eight years ago in Los Angeles. Initially, it began as a solo project, but wanting horn arrangements, Fitzpatrick started adding instruments and musicians until the band was rounded out by James King (sax, flute and guitar), Noelle Scaggs (vocals and percussion), Joe Karnes (bass), Jeremy Ruzumna (keys) and John Wicks (drums). Their first full-length, Pickin’ Up the Pieces (stream it below), was released in 2010, landing atop Billboard’s Top Heatseakers list. “These songs find them playing to the polished and poppier end of the R&B spectrum,” per AllMusic. “On their own terms they’ve made a solid album that fuses past and present and creates a space that’s a cool place to be.” While out on the road in support of the album, Fitz and Tantrums (above, doing “HandClap” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show) earned even more fans thanks to their upbeat, energetic live performances. The hard-working band’s third LP, a self-titled affair (stream it below), came out this past March. And again AllMusic weighed in, calling it a “fun, exuberant album that finds the Los Angeles outfit moving completely away from their old school R&B roots and embracing a slick, contemporary dance-pop style.” And while their sound’s changed some, “Thankfully, Fitz and the Tantrums have lost none of the funky, sweaty, high-energy soul that made their previous work so indelible.” Catch them tomorrow night at Terminal 5, when they arrive on their Get Right Back Summer Tour. Bay Area rockers Finish Ticket open the show.