Fitz and the Tantrums prove that theirs is a band for all people
People in Colorado love live music. That statement can apply anywhere in the country, of course, but in Colorado, the ability to see shows in amazing indoor and outdoor venues year-round seems like just as much of a reason that folks move here as our weed, our mountains and, well, our weed. Last night's Fitz and the Tantrums show at the Ogden Theatre felt like one of those shows that brought out the music fan hobbyists -- the crowd was diverse and head over heels for the Los Angeles band, which, by all accounts, brought it.
Eric Gruneisen Fitz and the Tantrums at the Ogden Theatre in 2012.
A two-night engagement in Denver at the Ogden Theatre was a smart choice: The band played the same venue last time it was here, in 2012, and the room just works well for its '80s-inspired, big-band sound. This time, though, the stage was overtaken by a fancy lighting rig that I found to be more distracting than useful. Still, all eyes were on lead vocalists Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs.
The two have an interesting chemistry; it's kinetic but not sexual, Scaggs orbiting Fitzpatrick with a shimmy so quick it looks like he's not even moving next to her spins. The duo had a few choreographed dance moves up its sleeve, too, but the magic came from unscripted moments, times when they came face-to-face with each other and just danced.
The set was peppered with old and new songs, and live, there was a very clear distinction between what was coming from 2010's Pickin' Up the Pieces and the tracks off of last year's More Than Just a Dream. The former just has more of the Motown-throwback sound that Fitz does best, while the latter's songs can sometimes sound like they are trying to too hard to be modern. Regardless, the crowd went just as wild for "Breakin' the Chains of Love" as it did for newer songs like "Fool's Gold" and "MerryGoRound."