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Nitfall on the River Presents: Fitz & The Tantrums

  • Historic East Village, 520 Robert E. Ray Drive | Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Presented By: Nitefall on the River
  • Dates: July 2, 2019
  • Location: Brenton Skating Plaza
  • Start/End Time: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Event Times: Doors 6pm; Show 7pm
  • Price: $30.00 - $130 All Ages
  • Overview

    Led by songwriter Michael Fitzpatrick, Fitz & the Tantrums brew up a retro sound inspired by Motown and Stax Records. Fitzpatrick initially formed the Tantrums as a neo-soul solo project, having purchased an old church organ, and found that it helped inspire his songwriting. While recording a solo EP, he recruited an old college friend, James King, to add horn arrangements to the material. The lineup grew from there, with the Tantrums eventually becoming a co-ed septet. Songs for a Break Up, Vol. 1 marked the group's first release in 2009, and Fitz & the Tantrums headed to South by Southwest the following year, stirring up some industry buzz in the process. In 2010, the band returned with its first full-length effort, Pickin' Up the Pieces, featuring the single "MoneyGrabber." In 2013, Fitz & the Tantrums delivered their second studio album, the Tony Hoffer-produced More Than Just a Dream.