It’s finally here! CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS! Loyola has been shining in New Orleans for 100 years, and we get to be a part of the party! There are lots of events going on for the rest of the year, and TONIGHT we are lucky enough to have a great concert at the Howlin’ Wolf. After an opening set by Loyola band Naughty Professor, Fitz and the Tantrums will get up on stage. They are definitely an up and coming band, and will put on an excellent show.
The band formed in 2009 when Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick bought an old church organ and became inspired to write the song “Breaking the Chains of Love.” Says Fitz of this single, “I immediately knew it was the best song I’d written.” A few phone calls later, the band was assembled and rehearsing. They played a show the end of that week, and have been touring and recording ever since.
With a neo-soul, Motown, and Stax inspired sound, Fitz and the Tantrums have a very unique feel. Fitz and the Tantrums consists of Michael Fitzpatrick (lead vocals and keyboards), Noelle Scaggs (vocals and percussion), James King (saxophone, flute, trumpet, and harmonica), Joseph Karnes (bass guitar), Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboards) and John Wicks (drums and percussion). Interestingly, the guitar isn’t featured in the music because Fitzpatrick was “sick of hearing it.” There music takes you back to the 1960’s but has a modern twist on it with their funky style and crooning voices.
SGA and UPB are providing buses to the Howlin’ Wolf starting at 6:30pm. Naughty Professor plays at 8pm, and Fitz and the Tantrums go on at 9pm. Here’s the Facebook group with more information.
The best part? The concert is entirely FREE! So, are you going to come?