Fitz & The Tantrums in Nashville

October 24, 2011

The Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN

OK, I know they just played here in July but I can’t get enough of this group.  It is so cool to watch and hear their vibe coming off the stage.  If you aren’t moving and grooving to this band, they will CALL YOU OUT! That doesn’t happen too often though because the crowd is there and they are into it.

Since exploding onto the scene, Fitz & The Tantrums has been touring like crazy, implanting their Motown infused pop into current and new fans.  They have 3 sold out shows in Chicago coming up on this run.  If you have not seen them live, this is the ONLY way to experience them and be reminded of just how much FUN music can be.  Crowd participation is not an option with this band, it’s required.  During the encore, which was the unforgettable “Moneygrabber”, they make the entire crowd – sound man included, get down low to the floor and then build it back up to a hopping fest as they bring us to the end.

Noelle Scaggs and her tambourine are one throughout the entire show.  I do not see many tambourine players on the road, especially ones that play the way she does – old school!  It awesome to watch!  Her voice works so well with Fitz’s.  Both of them are on Shure UHF-R wireless – Noelle on the Beta 58A and Fitz on the SM58.

Multi-instrumentalist James King is using the PGXD14/98H for his tenor sax and all are loving the freedom of wireless.  Noelle has just stared using the PSM900 ear system and enjoying the control it gives her over her volume leves.  Drummer John Wicks is enjoying some new mics as well: Beta 98AMP on his toms, KSM137 on overheads, and the Beta 52A on his kick.

After soundcheck, I got a great video interview with Fitz and Noelle. Fitz discussed his minimalist approach to recording Pickin’ Up The Pieces in his living room.  No label pressure, no deadlines, just a few mics and experimenting with mic placement.

Keep up with this group and where they are going.  Their show is well worth your money!

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Ryan Smith

Ryan is a Regional Manager of Artist Relations at the Shure office in Nashville, TN. He started at Shure in 1993 in Customer Service and joined the AR team in 1996. Ryan has over 30 years of performance experience playing drums and percussion in various groups and genres. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, watching movies, videography, and camping with his family. His Twitter handle is @ryan_smith1969.

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