Fitz and the Tantrums, Z.Z. Ward
The Music Farm was fully charged on Saturday, courtesy of a energetic performance from L.A.'s Fitz and the Tantrums. The sextet proved to be in full stride during the first show after their Friday night set at the Bonarroo Music and Arts festival in Manchester, Tenn.
Bluesy singer-songwriter Z.Z. Ward opened up the evening. Her raspy voice primed the audience for a proper Saturday night. Then the packed house welcomed Fitz and the Tantrums and things really started moving — from the show opener through the hits from their album Pickin' Up the Pieces. The band sprinkled in clever covers, like the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" and a harmonizing rendition of the Raconteurs' "Steady as She Goes."
For my first view at this guitar-less band, I came away impressed with the stage presence from frontman Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick and vocalist Noelle Scaggs. The band closed out the show with their best known hit, "Moneygrabber." The sound that sprang from these two was heated with tension, but it smoothed out right when it needed it to be.