Will you be in town this weekend? Oh, and you like music that might rock your booty into another zip code? Then my friend, you owe it to yourself, and your booty, to hit the Black Cat on Saturday for Fitz and the Tantrums. (Tickets available here.)
I'm almost sorry that I'm shooting this show, as it will prevent me from dancing up a storm to their infectious heap of happy hooks. This is a band with a groove so uptempo that a friend, after seeing a video of their track, "Breaking the Chains of Love," told me, "I think we should designate a special day where anyone standing in a line of any kind is legally required to shimmy from side to side like they do in the beginning of the video. The DMV alone would be spectacular." A combination of blue-eyed soul and Brit-Pop, lead singer Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick and his Tantrums bring it oh so mighty live, with a great rhythm section, horns, a Hammond B3 organ, and a killer accompanying singer, Noelle Scaggs. Resistance of a combo such as this is futile, so know in advance that legs and feet attached to one's booty will experience major movement; shoes and clothing should be prepared accordingly.
FATT opened many dates as of late for Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings (including the New Year's Eve show this last year at the 930 Club), and of the many acts I saw at this year's SXSW, they were one that immediately lodged themselves in my top 5. So get yourself to the Cat on Saturday and prepare to groove, move, and rock your your booty clean into Prince Georges County. That is one trip to Maryland I can promise you'll be glad to make...
Fitz & the Tantrums EP Songs for a Break Up, Vol. 1 is out now, with a full length coming 8/24.