Preview: Fitz and the Tantrums @ House of Blues 11.15.16

by Mayeesha Galiba (Political Science and Journalism), published November 13th 2016


Fitz & the Tantrums rose to fame with their debut album Pickin’ Up The Pieces in 2010 and has since released two other studio albums, the most recent being a self-titled that they released earlier this year. They’re currently on a fall tour promoting their latest album and are coming to House of Blues in Boston on Nov. 15.

According to bassist Joseph Karnes, fans can look forward to a “big, sweaty dance party” when it comes to their live show. This is a space focused on clapping your hands together and dancing and celebrating with the person next to you, not with the person on your phone. With the tension that is gripping the country right now, both politically and otherwise, Fitz and the Tantrums strives to create a cathartic experience that can act as some sort of emotional release for those attending. Karnes says the band wants to give fans a chance to, “feel their body, feel their hearts and feel the love of actually getting together with people instead of feeling so separated from everybody.” The band also created a new stage design for this tour, which is something to look forward to.

Karnes told Tastemakers a heartwarming story about the band’s attachment to Boston, which he said he got a chill thinking about. At the beginning of their tour in 2011, which was their first headlining tour for Pickin’ Up The Pieces, singer Noelle Scaggs lost her voice after a residency in Vegas where she was singing two shows a night.

 “The audience just embraced her with so much love. They saw she was struggling and they were singing her lyrics back to her and like helping her and lifting her up. It blew our minds, the generosity of the crowd… the people of Boston have a lot of heart, and they always have,” said Karnes.

“And you’ve got great coffee,” he added, with a chuckle.

Head over to the House of Blues this Tuesday to witness the band create a live show that is both important to them and their fans.


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