Fitz & The Tantrums have been on an extensive tour since the release of their self-titled third album came out in June of 2016. Since their formation in 2008, The Tantrums have been on a steady upward path of fame to bigger and better venues and bigger and louder crowds. Their Come Get Your Love Tour made a stop at the iconic Tabernacle venue in Atlanta. For this fun-filled night, Michael Fitzpatrick and the gang called on England native Barns Courtney to serve as opening act.
At 8:00PM, Courtney presents to the stage. The 25 year old up-and-comer has no problems getting the crowd going as he instantly breaks into the single “Think I’d Rather Die”. Courtney, known for a handful of singles in the United States, goes on to perform more unreleased tracks from his upcoming debut album. However, the loudest cheers for Barns come way of tracks “Glitter and Gold”, “Hands” and show finale “Fire”. This young star possesses a huge amount of talent and will become a household name sooner rather than later. If you have yet to do so, be sure to check out Barns Courtney’s music, you’ll be happy you did.
Come 9:20PM, Fitz and The Tantrums take over the venue. The back-up musicians warm the crowd up with salutations before settling in behind their instruments. You could feel the energy erupt as the attendees anxiously wait for Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs to take the stage, and once all are on stage the neo-soul bunch break into a rendition of track “Get Right Back” off their latest LP and the party began. Michael Fitzpatrick strolls from stage end to stage end getting fans in all directions to clap their hands and tap their feet to lose themselves to the music. Noelle Scaggs, whose charm is only outshined by her talent, manages to keep up with Fitz's neurotic pace as she dances on the edge of the stage and reaches out to all fans in the front rows. Not only does Scaggs serve as a perfect complement to Fitz's vocal stylings, but she’s the glue that brings this performance together to make it an experience. She instinctively brings out the best of her bandmates and fans alike.
Not one minute of the 18 track show is spent taking a well-deserved break; The Tantrums along with Fitz and Scaggs give it their all and continuously find new ways to get their fan base cheering over and over again. They perform many fan favorites like “Fools Gold”, “Don’t Gotta Work It Out”, “Out Of My League” and “Moneygrabber” before heading off stage to a rousing ovation. Of course, no concert is complete without an encore and Fitz and The Tantrums somehow saved the best for last. The superb lightshow and excellent musicianship from all members made the 3 song encore a perfect send off. Just when we all thought the best of the night had passed us by, The Tantrums perform finale “The Walker” amidst raining confetti shot out from side stage cannons, sending fans to regain their energy for one final frenzied moment. Amidst this the gang waves goodbye to Atlanta in grand fashion.
Be sure to catch Fitz and The Tantrums with special guest Barns Courtney on their Come Get Your Love Tour as they hit markets like Charlotte, Philadelphia, Boston, Niagara Falls and Detroit next. They’re definitely worth the price of admission.
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