Posted On 17 Oct 2016
The Los Angeles outdoor venue, the Greek Theatre was welcomed by three incredible performances on Friday, October 14th. Neon Tree’s Tyler Glenn, X Ambassadors and Fitz And The Tantrums treated the sold out crowd to a roughly three and a half hour dance party!
Tyler Glenn began the evening with a short but sweet set of his new electro-pop tunes from his forthcoming debut solo album, “Excommunication.”
“This album is a break-up record,” Glenn has previously explained. “It’s been liberating to find a greater sense of purpose, but it’s not been without its sadness. I wanted this album to feel the way it feels to have a crisis of faith. The highs, the lows, the dark and the light – with the end result being a paradigm shift. I feel liberated and more creative than ever. I thank God for that, whoever she is.”
Glenn belted out his songs in front of a large “X” sign on stage and filled the venue with his raw and powerful voice. His energy and passion for the music was contagious.
Then it was time for X Ambassadors to take the stage. Lead vocalist Sam Harris, keyboardist Casey Harris, lead guitarist Noah Feldshuh, and drummer Adam Levin played just about all the songs off their album, “VHS.”
“VHS is our story,” the band tells states. “It’s about growing up, falling in love, messing up, starting over and trying again; about family, commitment, broken promises and going up against the odds. It’s an intimate, personal look into our past — to figure out what made us who we are today, and who we want to be.”
Their front-man, Sam was particularly good at engaging with the audience. At one point, he asked for the house lights to be turned up bright so he could see everyone. Sam then commented how attractive the audience was and how it’s true what they say about everybody good looking living in LA. The band went on to seamlessly play their track “Gorgeous.”
During “Unsteady”, the entire venue swayed together with their arms in the air. Their final song “Renegades” was a big sing-along and really brought the crowd to their feet.
In just an hour and a half, the pop and neo soul group Fitz And The Tantrums were able to create such a happy and warm environment. Carefree dancing filled the theatre.
The band consists of Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick (lead vocals), Noelle Scaggs (co-lead vocals and percussion), James King (saxophone, flute, keyboard, percussion and guitar), Joseph Karnes (bass guitar), Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboards) and John Wicks (drums and percussion).
With only mere seconds in between each song, they effortlessly moved through their three studio albums, “Pickin Up The Pieces”, “More Then Just A Dream” and their recently released self titled collection. The songs “Moneygrabber”, “Out Of My League”, “Break The Walls”, “Fools Gold” and “The Walker” were particular favorites of the crowd.
Towards the end of the show, the USC marching band entered the stage to perform their newest album’s lead single, “Handclap.” They were definitely a welcome addition to the show and really amped up the show for the finale.
“ ‘HandClap’ is a primal tale of love and lust, a call to arms in the late hours of the night,” Fitz said of the single. “It’s the X-rated version of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind happening on a dance floor.”
Vocalists Noelle and Michael are truly two amazing performers. Their voices, dance moves and personalities are a must see!
This Fitz And The Tantrums “Come Get Your Love” fall North American headline tour will continue until late November.