It's been a rapid rise for Los Angeles pop-soul-R&B hybrid Fitz & the Tantrums since the band's 2008 debut. Led by the frontline of vocalists Fitz and his female foil Noelle Scaggs, the group's hyper-caffeinated take on Motown melodies and infectious pop grooves has journeyed across the country and back a few times, with high-profile stops to perform before the TV eyes of millions, via "late night" gigs hosted by Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon, Conan O'Brien, Carson Daly, et al.
All of this, coupled with the effervescent studio recording "Pickin' Up the Pieces," has endeared Fitz and Co. to fans of mainstream acts like Maroon 5 -- for whom the band did an opening stint -- as well as more diversified Bonaroo-style festivalgoers.
Buffalo fans will recall the group's 2011 debut performance here, on the Thursday at the Square stage, and will certainly be psyched to reprise the occasion when Fitz & the Tantrums arrive for this week's Thursday at the Harbor gig. Get there at 5:30 p.m. to catch opening acts Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds and ZZ Ward. Admission is free.
-- Jeff Miers