Turn It Up Tuesday: Fitz and the Tantrums

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Fitz and the Tantrums

Yesterday as I was browsing through Showbox Market's calendar for upcoming shows, I discovered a gem... actually six gems. Six musicians with smooth voices that remind me of classic Motown jams, and they've got a vintage organ that's got my toes tappin' away these past 24 hours.

Having toured with Maroon 5 and shared the stage with Sharon Jones, Fitz and the Tantrums is more than just a simple du-wop... they are bringing back groovy beats. I can't help but bob my head and dance along to the tunes.

My favorite part about Fitz and the Tantrums is they, like any great band, have a story:

Fitz's ex-girlfriend calls one day and asks him if he wants organ from the neighbors moving out next door.

"Not one say to no, Fitz called some piano movers, cashed in some favors and seven hours later, the organ went from the curb to his living room. That night, Fitz stationed himself in front of that vintage instrument and wrote a blue-eyed soul anthem, 'Breaking the Chains of Love.'"

And that's how it all began.

The group consists of soulful singer Fitz, funky drummer John Wicks, Jerry Rumzumna on keyboards, James King, bassist Joseph Karnes and the powerful voice of Noelle Scaggs.

Together, they are are not just a band.. They are bringing back the real jams to tweny twelve.

For more information, check out Fitz and the Tantrum's website, here.

To my Seattleites, you can see them live on Jan. 20, 2012 at the Showbox Market. To purchase tickets, click here.

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