For those of you who made it out to Lollapalooza 2011, you may remember Fitz & The Tantrums as the band that played in the middle of a hot Saturday afternoon and sucked in every festival-goer that walked through it’s sound barrier on the South side of Grant Park. Having been around only two years and seeing minimal commercial success, Michael Fitzpatrick & his crew have caught the attention of many new fans through their powerful vocals and polished live shows. Although this year was their first Lollapalooza appearance, F&TT are no stranger to the big stage: having performed on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ ‘Conan,’ and ‘The Tonight Show’ all in the past year. Featuring two singers, a saxophone, a bass, keyboard and drums, Fitz & The Tantrums has no trouble forcing your toes to tap and head to bob before you know what hit you.
Along with Fitz, vocal duties are shared with Noelle Scaggs (who rocks the tambourine harder than anyone in memory). The pairing of Scaggs classicly beautiful pipes with the lounge-singer-with-a-punch voice of Fitz leads to amazing on-stage chemistry that actually sounds better than in the studio. Check out the video for their single, “MoneyGrabber” on Youtube (HD) to get a feel for the kind of energy they produce during their shows. Catch a video of their live performance from Lollapalooza 2011 of their follow-up single, “Don’t Gotta Work It Out” on youtube.
For those of you who didn’t party too hard at any of the Lollapalooza 2011 Friday night aftershows, you might have gotten out to Grant Park early enough to catch Walk the Moon. Having been featured in multple mainstream music publications and being featured on ‘Last Call with Carson Daly,’ Walk the Moon is poised for a large explosion. One listen to the first song, “Anna Sun” off their most recent album, “I want! I want!” (listen to the full album here) and you will dancing out of your chair. Combine that with what seems to be the genuine love that this band seems to have for each other and the music they make, and you know you have a band that will be fun music for years to come. They definitely show this joy during a live recording of a David Bowie remake of “Lets Dance” from SXSW 2011.
Walk the Moon recently finished up a tour with Grouplove, and will be doing a round with The Kaiser Chiefs before starting their tour with Fitz & The Tantrums. This duo starts touring together October 26th in Dallas, TX, and working their way East before finishing up their tour with two dates at The Metro in Wrigleyville.
Tickets went on sale August 27th at noon ($23 advance; $26 at the door).
By Q101.com Blogga “Concert Doctor”, MD Ball. Like most doctors, he’s an addict (we kid, we kid. Or DO we?) By his own admission, Doc is a concert junkie.
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