Fitz and the Tantrums bring neo soul/indie pop music to Portland

Posted Oct. 30, 2013, at 6:27 a.m.
Last modified Oct. 30, 2013, at 7:40 a.m.

Neo soul/indie pop swirled through the State Theatre like autumn leaves blowing down Congress Street as Fitz and the Tantrums brought their unique style of music to Portland on Saturday night.

Breana Hodgkins drove up from Newtown, Mass., to join her two sisters from Portland for the show.

“Fitz is way catchy. It’s everywhere kinda music,” she said.

The Los Angeles-based sextet delivered a 16-song, 1½-hour set laced with favorites such as “Breaking the Chains of Love” and “Don’t Gotta Work it Out” off their debut studio album, “Pick’n Up the Pieces.” The thrust of the show, was their sophomore album, “More than Just a Dream.”

The crowd responded to the newer titles, singing along with Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs to “Fools Gold” and “6 am” as if they were golden oldies.

Scaggs said her favorite part of the show was the band’s funked-up version of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams,” including a call and response from those in attendance.

The band’s polished performance and excellent musicianship made it easy to overlook the distorted sound production that persisted throughout the show.

“Best show of the tour,” lead singer Fitzpatrick said as the crowd’s overwhelming response took the band by surprise.

“Fitz was awesome. They played the good ones,” Hodgkins said as the trio of sisters donned jackets after dancing to near exhaustion.

Some concert-goers left hungry for more music, others just left hungry.

“I just want to eat,” said Katrina Michaud of Brunswick, who claimed the dancing left her with a hearty appetite.

“Their energy was infectious,” said Michaud’s friend Katurah Ottawa of Whitefield, still wearing a smile outside the theater.

Singing loudly, a young woman paraded her friends from the venue waving and shaking a blue tambourine fresh from Scaggs’ hands.

Clearly, Portland has a case of the “Fitz.”