Review :: Fitz and the Tantrums and Capital Cities
The House of Blues was sold out on Friday November 15th. Fans came to the venue to see "The Bright Futures Tour" featuring Fitz and the Tantrums and Capital Cities.
Before the indie pop duo took the stage "Don't Know Much" by Aaron Neville started playing. It seemed like a strange choice of song to start this show. I'm sort of curious why this song was selected. The stage featured a huge pair of sunglasses that lit up throughout the performance.
The band took the stage and immediately the party started. The entire show was very energetic. This was my first time seeing "Capital Cities" live in concert and I had no expectations. In the end, I was impressed with how well they sounded.
Towards the middle of their set they played a Bee Gees cover "Stayin' Alive" which ended with a few lines from "The Sweater Song" by Weezer. I'm not a huge fan of bands playing cover songs during a live performance. It always seems like they are trying to fill time and extend their presence on stage. However, the crowd seemed excited and everyone had their hands in the air following the band's lead.
"Safe and Sound" is probably the band's most recognizable track. It's played frequently on the radio. This was the last song performed on Friday night. When the original version of the song was ending the music got faster and it turned into a techno version of the song. The band talked to the audience through out the extended version of "Safe and Sound" asking them to take off their jackets or shirts and swing them over their head. They really tried to get the crowd going. The venue was sold out so even if you wanted to dance faster or harder there wasn't much room to do so.
Capital Cities performed for almost an hour. My favorite song of the night was "I Sold My Bed, But Not My Stereo". At the end the lights on stage came on and the band members linked arms and took a bow.
Seems like I've been waiting to see Fitz and the Tantrums for a long time. I missed their recent show in Columbus and was thrilled when they announced this Cleveland date. Noelle and Fitz have great chemistry on stage. Both of their voices are unique and captivating which creates a distinguishable and unforgettable sound.
They opened their set with "Get Away". A few of my favorites that followed were "Don't Gotta Work It Out", "Out Of My League" and "Money Grabber".
Noelle and Fitz both talked to the fans in between songs. Noelle mentioned her family including her mom was sitting in the balcony. She pumped up the crowd by saying she wanted to show her mom a good time.
In the middle of the set Fitz and the Tantrums also played a cover "Sweet Dreams" by the Eurythmics. They got the fans involved by asking them to sing along to the chorus. The response from fans was loud and enthusiastic.
Both bands were fantastic on Friday night.