Bethlehem lit up on Sunday, November 13th (and no, not from the super moon!) as Fitz and The Tantrums boogied onto the stage. Fitz was supposedly a blast in Philly the night before, but I’m not sure I believe it with the amount of energy they brought. It felt like any weekend night, well, except a Sunday due to a highly active crowd and lively performance. In fact, the crow was bumpin’ when the opener, Barns Courtney, emanated his astounding voice. This was the first time Fitz and The Tantrums stopped in The Sands, Bethlehem and it is unlikely that it will be the last.
As the crowd filtered in, they were presented with an open guitar case labeled, Barns Courtney. Soon enough the place was packed, and we were over an hour away from Fitz’s first song. If you haven’t heard his tunes make sure you don’t miss out! I would recommend giving a listen to his first released track, “Glitter and Gold.”
Barns is known for singing with his guitar, but he also excels at playful banter. He had the women in the crowd woo-ing when he said that his shirt might have to come off due to overwhelming heat. This was followed by a smile, you know, that smile any man would give in this situation. Then Barns joked about being objectified as he laughed along with the audience. It can be a hit or miss crowd when it comes to openers, but Barn Courtney received a loud and ecstatic cheer as he and his band left the stage.
Now it was time for the crowd’s main attraction to roll in, Fitz and The Tantrums. Quickly, everyone had his or her hands up; encouraging our headliner to start their set. The music kicked in and the crowd grooved out. What stood out the most to me, was how interactive Fitz and The Tantrums was with the crowd. Michael Fitzpatrick, Noelle Scaggs, and James King simultaneously showed off their dance moves and motivated the crowd to match their talents. Noelle had everyone swirling their hands in the air to one of the hits on their self-titled album, “Roll Up.”
There was plenty more when it came to hand signs. Throughout the show you could find heart shaped hands held up in the air complimented by a twinkle in the eyes. As the show approached its encore, The Sands didn’t wind down. Fitz and The Tantrums played LUV accompanied with such a breathtaking Saxophone solo. It felt like the solo by James King lasted longer than half the show itself and it was the perfect transition into the last three songs. The finale consisted of, “HandClap,” “6AM,” and “The Walker,” which is a few songs from their last two albums.
If you’re on the West Coast anytime soon, I hope you treat yourself to one of their upcoming shows!