Fitz & The Tantrums brought their new album, Let Yourself Free, to the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. They are a vibrant band with a discography that is rhythmically infectious, pulling from a variety of influences from indie pop to Motown. The show was also featured as part of Wells Fargo’s One Night Only livestream series and for good reason; they know how to have a good time.
Lead singers, Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs have a vibrant charisma that comes from working together in a band for 14 years. Their energy and stage presence intoxicated the crowd alongside their vocal and dance moves. The show featured newcomer, Sammy Rash, who opened the show with several acoustic pop numbers.
By the time Fitz and the Tantrums took the stage, the crowd was eager to dance and sing along. For a Wednesday night, they had the crowd bouncing and moving from start to finish. Delivering fan favorites with “Sway” and “Out of My League,” they kept the energy electric and dynamic. The band is rounded out by bassist Joseph Karnes, keyboardist Jeremy Ruzumna, and multi-instrumentalist James King who provided the most insane saxophone solos throughout the show.
Despite the high energy and fast-moving songs, it never felt like there were any moments that felt rushed. After a fifteen song setlist, the band returned to the stage for a three song encore comprised of “MoneyGrabber,” “Ahhhh,” and “HandClap,” a song that deems impossible to not participate in. Fitz and the Tantrums are still going strong after over a decade because they know how to make themselves stand out from the crowd.