Fitz and the Tantrums, Capital Cities concert gets the crowd moving
Publication Date: November 14, 2013 - 1:24am
Updated: November 14, 2013 - 1:31am

By Anjelica Oswald

Capital Cities and Fitz and the Tantrums had a “safe and sound” environment for the crowd to get pumped up and moving, proving that their goals were “more than just a dream” at Wednesday’s concert.

Audience members were brought to their feet by the opening act Beat Club and continued to dance through both Capital Cities and Fitz and the Tantrums’ sets.

Kaitlyn Adams, an undecided sophomore, said although she initially came for Fitz and Tantrums, she was impressed by the whole show.

“It was one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time,” Adams said. “They energized us and connected with us, and it made me want to dance like crazy.”

The best part of playing onstage is having a receptive crowd who gets involved and reacts to the music, said John Wicks, drummer for Fitz and the Tantrums, in an email.

“As the drummer, it’s an amazing feeling to look out and see a crowd of people moving in unison and partying to my beats,” he said. “I know I’m doing my job well when I see that, and it’s very rewarding.”

Capital Cities played songs off of its debut album and covered the Bee Gees’ “Staying Alive.” Fitz and the Tantrums played a mix of new songs and old favorites and covered Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).”

Fitz’s sound has changed from the first record to its second, but the band enjoys playing everything, Wicks said.

“I think More Than Just A Dream is a much better representation of all six band members’ personalities and their influences,” he said.

“Those sonic changes include adding 80s synthesizers, old and new drum machines layered with real drums and just a more modern sound in general.”

Both Capital Cities and Fitz and the Tantrums showcased individual musicians, including a trumpeter and saxophonist, which were crowd favorites.

“The trumpet player was amazing, and he definitely stole the whole show,” Adams said. “I feel like he pumped up the crowd so much…and the little duet that they did during Fitz was one of my favorite parts of the whole show.”

Matt Thomson, coordinator of student activities for the Campus Involvement Center, was unable to provide ticket sales as of press time, but he said the crowd was high energy.

Although the crowd was small, Michael Fitzpatrick, lead vocalist and principal songwriter of Fitz and the Tantrums, commended the “small but mighty crowd” and thanked them for keeping the band going.