I arrived during the first set which was modern day pinup, Ivy Levan. I only caught the last three songs of the set, but I really liked what I heard. She has a dark, edgy vibe, and a band that played while all wearing black ski masks. Her music is very funky and bluesy and got the crowd really warmed up for more dancing.
The second act was Austin-based act, Saints of Valory. These guys are quite an eclectic group of musicians with each one coming from a different country: Brazil, Canada, France, and the US. They put on a great set with lots of guitar work and percussion that was very danceable! I had never heard their music before, but really enjoyed their stage performance and the energy they had as a group. The audience was very responsive to their conversation in between songs. I would say if you like Imagine Dragons or Walk the Moon, it is worth checking out their new EP, Possibilities.
When Fitz and the Tantrums finally took to the stage, I am not going to lie, I was super EXCITED! I love every track on their debut album Pickin’ up the Pieces and had seen them perform at last year’s Summer Cut. They were great, but they only did a short set at that show.
The stage was set up with a giant lighted heart straight off of the cover of their newest release More Than Just a Dream that pulsed, flashed, and changed colors to each song. Micheal Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs are phenomenal on stage. Both have great vocals and harmony together. Noelle moved so much it was almost impossible to get a photo of her. Saxophonist James King rocked an amazing solo that could not be ignored. Their energy never took a pause doing their 17 song set featuring Breaking the “Chains of Love,” Out of My League,” “6am,” and a dance party fiasco version of “Moneygrabber” during their encore. The dancing and singing lasted the entire set. The crowd was a worn out, sweaty, ecstatic mess at the end and that is how I wish every show ended…
They are wrapping up their headlining tour so, if you weren’t there, you totally missed out. They will be opening for Bruno Mars on quite a few of his tour dates so maybe you can check them out there.
Review and Photos by Reanna Streater