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Concert Review: Fitz and The Tantrums and Capital Cities at Stephens Auditorium

By Nicole Presley, Nicole.Presley@iowastatedaily.com


Fitz and The Tantrums and Capital Cities was probably the most fun I have had at a concert even though I was one of the few sitting in a balcony seat at Stephens Auditorium.

The show opened up with the band Beat Club from Los Angeles. The band had an eclectic sound and a good beat. The music was not very lively but it was fun to listen to. By the end of their show the audience had gotten out of their seats (upon request of the band) and were getting into the music.

Capital Cities was the highlight of the show. While the night finished with Fitz and The Tantrums, I personally thought Capital Cities should have been last. Fitz and The Tantrums performed a good show, but Capital Cities definitely had a better reaction than Fitz and The Tantrums.

Throughout their set, Capital Cities had the crowd out of its seats and dancing and jumping to the music. Their lights matched the beat of their electro-pop sound and the huge sunglasses light set in the background could only be described as psychedelic.

They taught the “Capital City Shuffle” to the crowd and ended with their hit song “Safe and Sound.” This set really made me want to ditch my balcony seat to join the crowd on the ground and dance along.

Fitz and The Tantrums was the last set to perform. It was hard not to compare them to Capital Cities’ set, but they still had the crowd out of their seats and dancing along.

Overall, Fitz and The Tantrums set had a good sound and an upbeat feel. Lead singers Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs sounded great and harmonized well. Fitz and The Tantrums also had a cool heart light set in the background.

The show ended with an encore, in which Fitz and The Tantrums performed two songs. It really looked like the crowd enjoyed every minute of the concert.