Alive After Five: Fitz and the Tantrums with Finn Riggins 

Summer may seem as far as it close, but Fitz and the Tantrums will undoubtedly bring in the good vibe--regardless of the weather--as the soul-pop sextet opens the 2011 season of Alive After Five.

The group, lead by Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, began humbly with a vintage organ set up in a sun-bleached Los Angeles living room, but hit mainstream success almost immediately. The group got their big break at a tattoo parlor in New York where Adam Levine of Maroon 5 was getting inked. After catching a few jams, Levine invited Fitzpatrick and his gang of funk misfits on tour and introduced them to the rigorous world of touring and a hot mess of new listeners.

The music grooves as much as it croons as Fitzpatrick belts out bluesy phrases about love, loss and politics. Behind this generation’s Old Blue Eyes is a hot rhythm-and-horn section and the lovely Noelle Scaggs whose sultry melodies and vivacious booty shaking add a big dose of sex appeal.


According to the band’s website, “There, on the stage, Fitz and the Tantrums are not just a band, they’re an explosion,” so for all of you looking to kick off what will be your regular Wednesday night happening with a bang, join Fitz and the Tantrums and openers Finn Riggins tonight at the Grove.

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