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Fitz & The Tantrums - Reviewed

by Molly Foster

On February 7th, 2013, Fitz and The Tantrums released what would be known as one of the top songs of the “2010s.” Ten years later, they continue to write, produce, tour, and play shows that are Out of my (fans) League. On January 31st, 2023, they hit the stage at the Admiral Theatre in Omaha, Nebraska. Combining new and old pop, Fitz and The Tantrums played a show that made Your Hands Clap for all 23 songs. But first, it was Sammy Rash that got the crowd going.

Sammay Rash Performing at The Admiral Photo Credit: @mfoster_photo

Rising pop-star Sammy Rash out of L.A. took the stage. He first gained attention with his debut single, "Lead Me On," which was released in 2022. The song was a hit, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Rash followed up with the release of his debut album, "Summer & Cigarettes," which was released in 2023. The album was a critical and commercial success, and it helped to solidify Rash's status as a pop star. He has since released several other singles, including "Smile More," "Fantasize," and "Let's Be Friends." To say that Sammy Rash is one of the most promising new pop stars of his generation might be an understatement. His music is sure to continue to resonate with fans for years to come. His songs, widely viewed on TikTok and with millions of streams on Spotify, were loved by the audience and most sang along with them. Performing alongside Will Perryman, his long-time friend, and DJ, the two play a chill-pop set that makes everyone want to hear more. What I loved most about their set was how they made it personal. They talked about their tour so far, travels as young artists, and how it was Sammy’s dad's birthday- we even sang happy birthday on Facetime to him!

After their set, I was able to talk with Rash and Perryman for a minute before they went backstage to enjoy Fitz and The Tantrums. They made sure to reach out to the photographers and fans as much as they could and make connections with everyone, saying thank you and hugging everyone they met. They play a few more shows with Fitz this tour then are wanting to plan a headlining tour within the next year. As such young and rising artists, I would check them out and see them as soon as you can!

Fitz & The Tantrums at The Admiral Photo Credit: @mfoster_photo

Once Fitz and The Tantrums went on, The Admiral Theatre was bouncing as people jumped and yelled along to the lyrics. Fitz and the Tantrums is an American indie pop band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 2008 the group consists of Michael Fitzpatrick (lead vocals, keyboards), Noelle Scaggs (vocals, percussion), James King (saxophone, flute, keyboards, percussion, guitar), Joseph Karnes (bass), Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboards, guitar), and John Wicks (drums). To date, the group has released four studio albums: Pickin' Up the Pieces (2010), More Than Just a Dream (2013), Fitz and the Tantrums (2016), and All the Feels (2019) also released several singles, including "HandClap", "The Walker", "Out of My League", and "Gimme Love".

They have been growing ever since Out of My League was released, with chart-topping songs such as Hand Clap, Moneymaker, and Sway. Their newest album, Let Yourself Free, was a hit among the younger crowd but they made sure to vary between new and old hits throughout the show. An extremely engaging set, they had lights up on phones, waving hands in the air, and sing-alongs like 123456. There wasn’t a song that the whole crowd wasn’t into.

Fitz and The Tantrums are wrapping up their tour in mid-february in Florida. After that, they are playing a few festival sets before breaking. Whether they continue writing or playing, Fitz and The Tantrums will always be legends in my mind. I had the best time seeing them live and would highly recommend checking them out if they come to a city near you!

*Updated 4.30.23*


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