Music is a force powerful enough to calm a baby, soothe a wild beast, or compel the two to dance with each other. Be overcome by this GrouponLive deal to see Fitz & the Tantrums at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. For $28, you get one ticket for reserved seating in Section A or B on Thursday, September 20, at 8 p.m. (up to a $55 value, including all fees). Valid seats appear in red (Section A) and blue (Section B) on the seating chart. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
After serendipitously acquiring a vintage organ, six-musician band Fitz & the Tantrums lit upon a part-soul, part-pop sound that rocketed the collective from its living room to the stage of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in about a year. Since then, the sextet has toured relentlessly, spreading their giddy dancehall funk from shore to shore. Eschewing guitars in favor of powerful, Motown-esque vocals from Noelle Scaggs and instruments ranging from keys to saxophone, the band dedicated its debut album, Pickin' Up The Pieces, to classic rock ‘n’ roll subjects that include heartache, politics, and child-rearing strategies. Fans can expect them to flex their six-string shunning muscles in a marathon performance, rife with favorites such as "Moneygrabber" and "Don’t Gotta Work It Out," along with modernist jams from their upcoming second album. Eight-bit maestro Robert DeLong breaks in dancing shoes with an opening set of genre-puréeing electronic rock, performed with keyboards, laptops, and Nintendo Wii and Sega Genesis remotes.
Mayo Performing Arts Center
The Mayo Performing Arts Center straddles time. While one foot is planted in the old-fashioned charm of the 1930s movie-palace golden age, the other is firmly in the tech-savvy modern day. Between is a stretch of history that saw the theater fall into disrepair and then resurrect itself to its star-studded heyday thanks to volunteers. Since its 1994 rebirth, the center has welcomed everyone from the Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg to Ringo Starr and Aretha Franklin. But, if the Mayo Center were a tripod, its third foot would certainly reach toward the future—a suite of education studios is on site to cultivate the next generation of performers.