Fitz and the Tantrums at Metro: Concert pictures and review

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  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Fitz & the Tantrums' opening act Ivy Levan plays to a packed house at the Metro, on June 18th, 2013.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Fitz & the Tantrums' opening act Ivy Levan plays to a packed house at the Metro, on June 18th, 2013.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Fitz & the Tantrums' opening act Ivy Levan plays to a packed house at the Metro, on June 18th, 2013.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Fitz & the Tantrums' opening act Ivy Levan plays to a packed house at the Metro, on June 18th, 2013.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Fitz & the Tantrums play to a packed house at the Metro, on June 18th, 2013.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Fitz & the Tantrums' opening act Saints of Valory play to a packed house at the Metro, on June 18th, 2013.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Fitz & the Tantrums' opening act Saints of Valory play to a packed house at the Metro, on June 18th, 2013.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Fitz & the Tantrums' opening act Saints of Valory play to a packed house at the Metro, on June 18th, 2013.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Fitz & the Tantrums play to a packed house at the Metro, on June 18th, 2013.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Fitz & the Tantrums play to a packed house at the Metro, on June 18th, 2013.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Fitz & the Tantrums play to a packed house at the Metro, on June 18th, 2013.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Fitz & the Tantrums play to a packed house at the Metro, on June 18th, 2013.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Fitz & the Tantrums play to a packed house at the Metro, on June 18th, 2013.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Fitz & the Tantrums play to a packed house at the Metro, on June 18th, 2013.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Fitz & the Tantrums play to a packed house at the Metro, on June 18th, 2013.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Fitz & the Tantrums play to a packed house at the Metro, on June 18th, 2013.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Fitz & the Tantrums play to a packed house at the Metro, on June 18th, 2013.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Fitz & the Tantrums play to a packed house at the Metro, on June 18th, 2013.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Fitz & the Tantrums play to a packed house at the Metro, on June 18th, 2013.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Fitz & the Tantrums play to a packed house at the Metro, on June 18th, 2013.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Fitz & the Tantrums play to a packed house at the Metro, on June 18th, 2013.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Fitz & the Tantrums play to a packed house at the Metro, on June 18th, 2013.

  • Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

    Fitz & the Tantrums play to a packed house at the Metro, on June 18th, 2013.

Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

Fitz & the Tantrums' opening act Ivy Levan plays to a packed house at the Metro, on June 18th, 2013.

The first of two back-to-back, sold-out shows by Fitz and the Tantrums at the Metro started very early; unlike tonight’s second show, Tuesday’s was all-ages, meaning the doors had to open at 6pm to get all the kids home by bedtime.


And yet, confounding my expectations of being one of the oldest dudes in the room, Tuesday’s show really was all-ages; I spotted a full range of tween girls to late-50s guys in sweater vests and khakis among the head-bopping crowd last night, which speaks to the broad appeal of 42-year-old bandleader Michael Fitzpatrick and his cohort’s populist, neo-soul aesthetic.


In an admirably sweaty set that lasted nearly two hours, Fitzpatrick and co-lead singer Noelle Scaggs (who took the lead as hype woman, addressing and embracing the crowd more than the gawky but lovable Fitz) ran through most of the material from the band’s two studio albums (2010's Pickin' Up the Pieces and last month's More Than Just a Dream); the only cover I noted was the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams.”


With his fevered, ungainly moves and marked affinity for handclaps, Fitzpatrick might be one of the odder frontmen to sell out two nights at the Metro in recent years—if the band gets any bigger, he’s a soft target for a Taran Killam impersonation on SNL—but he and Scaggs had the packed house wrapped around their little fingers.


I missed the first opener, brassy swing-popper Ivy Levan, but was glad to catch the second, Austin modern-rock foursome Saints of Valory. Their driving, percussion-heavy energy got me to do something I haven’t done in a while: buy a CD.



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