I had little knowledge of Fitz and the Tantrums (FATT) other than watching with envy the love my friend (and self proclaimed concert whore) Trina Green has for their music. Her constant Facebook status updates urging everyone who will listen to check them out actually prompted me to watch a few of their videos. When the Del Mar Summer Concert Series was announced and showed FAAT on the bill for July 26th, I knew where I would be. And they didn’t disappoint. Trina dear, once again your musical radar proved right on point.
The Del Mar Summer Concert Series is unique in that all the concerts are free with racetrack admission, which can be as low as $3.00 with your Diamond Club membership (which itself is free). After spending the day watching (and wagering) on the ponies at the world famous Del Mar Racetrack, you top it off with a world class concert. How awesome is that?
Unfortunately since I’m not as familiar with FATT as I soon will be, I can’t give you a full set list breakdown of songs they played but I’ll tell you they are as slick a band as you will find on the road right now. An amazing mix of what used to be called New Wave and modern Soul just sets your feet to groovin’. Anyone that knows me knows that I am not a dancer. Never have been, never will be. But as I was moving around in the photo pit trying to get different angles due to the insufficient lighting (not the band’s fault), I found my self boogying as I moved. What? Yeah, that was me. I would like to promise never to do it again, but who knows?
Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick may be the brains of the band, but Noelle Scaggs is the heart and soul. This woman has it all, hip-shakin’, ground-quakin’, love-makin’ moves and a damn fine set of pipes combined with stunning good looks. Keep your eyes on this lady, and this band. As Trina said in her Fall 2011 cover story for High Voltage Magazine, they are the Hardest Working Band in Show Business.
If you would like a testament to how rocking this band really is, go no further than the fact that I didn’t notice they don’t use a guitar player until the show was nearly over. Amazing band, amazing show, great venue.