Capital Cities performs Monday at the Phillips Center

By Tyler Francischine
Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 10:49 a.m.

Heads will bob and feet will tap in Gainesville on Monday when a UF student group brings a free concert of two popular indie-electro groups to campus.

On Monday, Capital Cities and Fitz and The Tantrums will bring their Bright Futures Tour to the Phillips Center, with special guests Beat Club. Tickets are free for UF students, and on the day of the show, the remaining tickets will be available to the general public for free.

Nicole Berrio, director of public relations for Student Government Productions, said her organization aims to bring quality entertainment to the UF student body. In the past, SGP has organized performances by such artists as Bob Dylan, the Dave Matthews Band and Lil Wayne.

“Our goal is to bring a diverse group of genres to campus to serve the eclectic music tastes of our students,” she says. “These two bands fill the indie-pop genre, which we have yet to bring to campus.”

Capital Cities is a duo from Los Angeles whose debut album, “In A Tidal Wave of Mystery,” was released in June. Their single “Safe and Sound” topped the Alternative Songs chart and is frequently played on indie radio. The two members, Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant, met on Craigslist and wrote jingles for commercials and ad campaigns together for years before signing to Capitol Records as Capital Cities last year.

Simonian says there won't be a dull moment during their Gainesville performance.

“The entire night will be a fun-filled dance party,” he says. “I would like the audience to feel they experienced a great night of music, dancing, smiles and hugs.”

Simonian's tourmates Fitz and The Tantrums are a neo-soul outfit from Los Angeles. Signed to Elektra Records, the band features co-lead singers Fitz and Noelle Scaggs. Their debut album, “Pickin' Up The Pieces,” was released in August 2010. Simonian says he enjoys life on the road with The Tantrums.

“They have a really fun and energetic sound,” he says. “They write great songs with really interesting lyrics, and they're really great people.”

Berrio says she hopes this night will bring pure happiness to all involved.

“Both these bands are upbeat and energetic,” she says. “Not one of their songs will bring any of us sadness.”