Sunfest 2016: Fitz and the Tantrums

Michael Fitzpatrick
Singer-songwriter Michael Fitzpatrick

[Typist’s Notes:

The 2017 edition of this five-day West Palm waterfront music/art festival will take place May 3rd -7th. The following is a previously unpublished concert review from the 2016 edition.]

About a month after this neo-soul group’s appearance at Sunfest, its third album, a epynomous release, came out. So in addition to upbeat hits such as “She’s Out Of My League” and “The Walker” , the group’s Sunfest appearance also featured new material such as “Complicated” and the immediately ubiquitous “Handclap.”

James King
Saxophonist James King

While Fitzpatrick tended to stay fairly solitary and low-key, his co-vocalist Noelle Scaggs was a bundle of energy, dancing around the stage, leading the audience in clapping, and shaking a tambourine.

Noelle Scaggs II
Co-lead vocalist Noelle Scaggs

But the two were on the same romantic wavelength for the slinky funk of “6AM.” Fitz and the Tantrums put on a performance worthy of their Sunfest-Saturday headliner status.

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