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Fitz and The Tantrums Live at the Paramount

What an experience it was to see Fitz and the Tantrums live at the Paramount in Huntington, NY.

Brother Elsey

Brother Elsey opened the show with a strong indie/folk/country-esque set that I, for one, loved. The group just kept playing bangers one after the other. The members’ onstage chemistry made sense once they explained that they are in fact related and that the word “brother” in the band name is there for a reason. I enjoyed the set so much that I had to put my camera down several times in order to save their songs to my phone as I heard them play so I’d be able to re-listen later. Tour openers are some of my favorite ways to find new music and Brother Elsey was no exception. Give them a listen if you haven’t already. 

Fitz and The Tantrums

Fitz and the Tantrums truly knows how to bring a room to life. Noelle Scaggs, one of the group’s singers, makes it look like the stage is her favorite place to be. Noelle dances her heart out to every song as if she could never get sick of playing them every night. Her energy is contagious and clearly contributes to the audience’s experience. Even without knowing the majority of the songs played throughout the set, I had such fun weaving my way through the venue during this show. The audience varied quite a bit in age, from little kids with their parents to adults and their partners, but regardless of age, everyone in the room was on their feet and dancing like nobody was watching. From the upstairs VIP section to the back of GA on the floor, the energy in the building was infectious and stayed that way the entire night. 

I was pleasantly surprised by how wholesome this show was overall. The songs are uplifting with positive messages and are full of joy. Fitz, the group’s frontman, took a minute during the set to tell the story of how he has been pursuing music for a long time and multiple times along the way his own father told him to give up and find a more realistic career path. Clearly he chose to keep going and doing what he loved and now he’s headlining this “Let Yourself Free” tour at 53 years old! 

I started the night having heard a few songs but not having much of an opinion about the band. After the show, I walked to my car with a mental note of all the new tunes I’d be adding to my playlists and wishing I had bought myself a piece of their really cute merch.

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