Fitz and the Tantrums at the Ogden Theatre, 7-2-14 (photos, review)By Bailey Constas | July 3rd, 2014 | 1 Comment »
A neon heart illuminated the anxious crowd as Fitz and the Tantrums took the stage at the Ogden Theatre for a night of soul-fueled energy. From the opening deep, powerful bass note to a final blast of confetti, Fitz and the Tantrums had the audience going without a moment of rest.
Kicking off with “Get Away” and “Don’t Gotta Work it Out,” the group took control of the crowd immediately. If they would clap, all of the audience would clap. If they would pump their fists the air, so did the crowd.
Dressed in a sequined crop-top and smacking a tamborine to her hip, vocalist Noelle Scaggs carried the stage presence of the band. She was funky, confident and carefree, as she connected with the sold out Ogden Theatre. Frontman Michael Fitzpatrick added just as much energy as he spun around the stage belting out his signature neo-soul tunes.
Fitz and the Tantrums are masters of building tension in their music. They release that tension in a cathartic explosion of harmony and energy, and include everyone in it. The band: drums, keyboards, bass, saxaphone and flute, carried and grew on their rich and powerful sound.
A funky cover of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” enticed the audience to dance even more enthusiastically than before.
“This is my favorite part, I get to look around at all the beautiful people standing in front of me,” Scaggs said as the house lights came up. “I was actually born in Denver,” she said to a roar of approval from the crowd.
On “Out of my League,” the band showcased its signature swinging beat. And even though the band was singing about dating someone that should never like you, spirits in the venue couldn’t have been better. It was the band’s euphoric stage presence that got the crowd going — not the somewhat-depressing lyrical content.
After the encore break, Fitzpatrick returned to the stage breathing deeply from an oxygen tank.
“You guys are making me sing a mile up in the air, Jesus Christ,” Fitzpatrick teased.
Seconds later he was jumping and singing “MoneyGrabber” with even more gusto than before. At the height of the main chorus, pink confetti blasted into the audience, dusting the horizon of the crowd.
The show ended with one of their most infectious singles, “The Walker.” After the show, concert goers whistled the main tune walking back to their cars with a bit more swing to their step.
Bailey Constas is a Fort Collins-based writer and new contributor to Reverb. Follow her on Twitter @BaileyLiza.
Karson Brown is a Denver photographer and a regular contributor to Reverb.