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Transported To the Universe of Odesza at the House of Blues Boston

Ever had that feeling, for a moment, when your heart has been torn apart and then is put back together again?

Those were the effects of the sheer beauty that was and is Odesza. Last night at the Moment Apart tour, Boson witnessed an event to never forget. With a sold out show at the House of Blues in Boston, MA, Odesza blew the crowd away with its magic.

(Clearly, because one show wasn’t enough, they perform again at the same venue the following day!)

The lights went out and nothing but stars were left on the backdrop of the stage, as theatrical and orchestral sounds gradually grew louder, images of satellites, and asteroids, and other interstellar characteristics filled the space. When the duo jumped on stage, it was almost as if we blasted off to infinity and beyond. The rest of those two hours, I wasn’t sure what hit me but it felt like being in a spaceship, headed to somewhere unearthly. It was elsewhere in this universe where lights consumed adoring fans and where souls became the music.

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Odesza is made up of two gentleman, Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight, who originated from Seattle, Washington. After finishing college, these two decided to pursue their passions in this field of manipulating sound back in 2012, and since became the rising producing pair they are now.

They released their album A Moment Apart earlier this year, which received critical acclaim from many and all! This is what set them on this journey for their Moment Apart Tour. The music is exotic and the sounds are electronic yet global. They create songs that are fragmented and melodic. The overall project exists to reveal stories of matters untold. Every single off the Odesza album feels as though they hide a secret, and as you close your eyes, you are transported to Odesza’s planet where these mystifying things are.

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The concert was just this galactic experience – out of body, outside the box, and between the stars. It was a lullaby and daydream all placed together in this hopeful roll of imagination.

Ok, I’ll stop with the imagery. However, honestly, this duo has blown away minds with their work. With music that seems almost too good to be true. The compositions make you feel as though you are living a movie.

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These were some of the photos I captured of the night, but truly it does the show no justice. With Naomi Wild appearing on stage, the lazers, and the space theme, it was so much wonderfulness to take in that it was blissfully overwhelming. The guys of Odesza even were having a great time on stage, dancing and shouting to the crowd. If there was any word to describe the night, it would be “fantastic”. Fans who attended responded with statements such as “mesmerizing” and “taken to another level”. Everyone was in a good mood that night, because how could you not be?

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All in all, the results of this concert were undoubtedly incredible. From the sound quality, to the drum line, to the lights, to the band and the artistry, there was no going back to reality after this trip. Thank you, Odesza, for a truly memorable time and have the chance to dream for a night.

Check out their album A Moment Apart on Spotify now below:

 

 

 

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San Holo Releases New Single “One Thing” Today, Now on New Music Friday

He’s got the One Simple Thing

A lullaby that whispers a beautiful melody through an intricate composition comes the newest San Holo tune “One Thing”.

“Wandering, searching all the world for one thing” sings the light vocals of the female artist as San Holo creates a stunning track about constantly looking for the one simple thing that makes us tick or that one person who makes our world go ’round.

With a simple melody, but an uplifting atmosphere, the song about aspirations is motivational and inspiring and absolutely worth adding to your playlists. It’s got just right amount of rhythm, number of beats, and vocals to make the song a beautiful wandering daydream.

I had the chance to catch up with this incredibly talented young artist on his tour when he made his stop to Boston last Friday, performing at the well-known venue Royale. If there is any way to describe San, it is that his music is not the only thing that is great, so is the man behind the music. He is such a kind, genuine, and sweet man, and I am honored to have been able to sit next to him and chat and to be able to take pictures of his incredible show that almost sold out the entire space that could fit 1000 people!

San Holo is originally from The Netherlands, where he began his musical career, working with some of the best in the business, bitbird, Heroic, and Sony, he has been able to get his footing right in the music industry.

His hit single “Light” skyrocketed to over 83 million streams on Spotify, and continues to grow each day. He is so humble as an artist, and the connection he has with his touring team is incredibly heart warming. I loved the way they were able to interact with each with ease and calmness that it felt that though bumps always arise for big shows, nothing was going to mess with their positive state-of-minds.

San performed “Light” as both his opener and his closer, adding a perfect layer of symmetry to the night. He hyped the crowd both at the beginning and at the end of the show, leaving them showered under a hues of technicolor LED lights tones and melodies endlessly playing in their dizzy heads. He also then performed his newest single “One Thing” before it’s release to the crowd, and they absolutely adored it.

Check out the song above now, which is also on New Music Friday!

Here are some images below from the show:

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I hope to see San again when he comes to a city near me, and I am excited to hear more and more of what he is to release in the coming year and next year to come.

Be sure to check him out now on SpotifyInstagram, Twitter, and Facebook !!!

[Photo Story]: R.LUM.R Cambridge Performance at the Sonia

Close Enough to Fame

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This would be considered the fourth time  I see R.LUM.R perform and I will probably keep on going. Since I first heard his music, I was hooked, and truly have never believed in an artist more than Reggie. As friends now, I really hope to keep supporting him as he continues to venture on into the industry and achieve so much more.

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With already his own headlining tour, a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and numerous co-writes and collaborations, the artist is on a golden path to fame. He recently released his album “AfterImage” this past summer, and since then has been crushing it with the streaming game. With already 26 million streams on his single “Frustrated”, he has proven that people are devoted and in love with the fabrications this designer of sound creates.

The other night, R.LUM.R performed at the Cambridge’s Sonia, and I was beyond excited to see the crowd and the energy that filled the space.

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With a smile across his face, he sang all of his greatest hits, as well as performed some of his notable covers including The 1975’s “Somebody Else”, Frank Ocean’s “Thinking ‘Bout You”, and Bonnie Raitt’s “Can’t Make You Love Me”.

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With a stunningly simple stage set up with diamond lights that changed into various hues of color according to the mood of the song, the crowd danced, sang, and moved to the sonic waves of the room.

R.LUM.R, barefoot on the stage, performed with force, charisma, and class. He commanded the crowd with happiness, throwing up his shaka  for all to reciprocate the gesture. All were hanging loose and free and all were shouting statements of adoration.

Once again, it was a stunning and mind blowing performance with some of my favorite tracks, including: “Tell Me”,“Bleed Into the Water” and “Close Enough”. When it came to “Bleed Into the Water”, the crowd was getting so into it, they were bumping, grinding, dancing, swaying, and singing– it was a wonderful atmosphere of euphoria.

Truly an experience to not miss, from someone as talented as R.LUM.R. I am excited to see where he will go from here!

Be sure to check out his music HERE, to follow him on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and to check out the tour dates for when he comes to your city HERE.

[Exclusive]: Behind the Scenes with Jaymes Young at House of Blues Boston

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“My name is Jaymes Young, I’m originally from Seattle, Washington, and I make music.” Meet the mastermind behind one of the most beautiful album’s of the summer, Jaymes Young (also James McFarland). Though a man from Seattle, he moved to Los Angeles in 2012 to continue doing just what he said he does, to make music.

“When I grew up, there was a lot of music in the house, my parents played all kinds of music. I mean I was just inspired by the variety and they listened to music while they cooked, while they cleaned, every time we were in the car. So, I think that was the first catalyst.

Today, Young is a  Please Rewind/Atlantic Records recording artist with a full-length album on his list of completed achievements. The album is titled Feel Something (released June 23, 2017), and it’s an alluring rendezvous to the erotic desires and haunting dark corners in love. The album is now available on Spotify and the album has thus far accumulated over 30 million streams since its release!

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So, we had the chance to catch up with Young before his opening act for the pop-duo phenomenon Oh Wonder, at the House of Blues in Boston, MA. This sensual songster, caught us by surprise because we knew his emphatic and vivid lyrics from his music, but instead we were introduced to a very soft-spoken, down-to-earth man.

A man who has had recognition from sources in the industry such as EARMILK stating, “The release of Feel Something will no doubt solidify him as a major player in the pop market in years to come”, and Ones To Watch claiming that “The album name and title track, Feel Something, fully encapsulates the core essence of his music–raw and honest interpretations of life and love bundled in a quality alt-pop sound.”

We wanted to learn more from the strikingly stunning voice behind the music. “I think, I had been living in this house for almost 2 years, during part of the writing process, and I was sort just striving for different sounds than the sound that I previously reached out for. It wasn’t necessarily one artist or one experience, it was kind of a myriad of experiences and kind of looking for styles and sounds that I hadn’t really done before”, admits Young.

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So, from the curation of this project, curiosity built as to which song was the one that resonated with the artist himself. “That’s hard, the title track was literally just the most explanatory for the whole album… It set the stage, and it explained everything I wanted to say during that whole writing process.”

With his live show only a couple hours away, we wanted to hear what exciting novel concepts and plans Young and his team had planned for his adoring fans. “I mean we’re doing a shorter set than usual (35 minutes), we’re changing it up a little bit. The songs are not exactly as they are on the album and same with previous releases. Some of them are, pretty close, but we’re kind of taking a different approach, we kind of wanted to make the music feel really organic and be perceived differently live.”

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And those were exactly the emotions we experienced during his set. His music captured an aura of its own, commanding the full-packed crowd (it was a sold-out show that night!) and making heads sway side to side and bob front to back. The music wasn’t exactly the way it sounded off the studio productions, but it was exquisitely redefined  and revamped for the sake of truly immersing oneself in the music. It was as if the whole room was cast under his spell and were really experiencing the performance with him. It was mystifying to say the least.

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“I’m doing what I love for a living so that’s the best part for me, but of course there’s its pros and cons. I don’t think I could do anything else”, confesses Young on the topic of what is the best part of being in the music industry.

I then asked him what one word would be to describe him, and he told me very honestly, “Hungry”. #Tourlifestruggles.

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We followed with what would be one thing he would want to do, that he has not done yet or where would be a place that he wishes he could perform that he has not yet? “Oh Wonder is doing a show in Israel, and we’re not on that, but that has always been on the bucket list.”

So, to be a little more spontaneous and in the moment, I asked him “If you had to write a song, right now off the top of your head, what would it be called?” He replied, “Fuck Traffic”.

We ended the interview with our favorite wrap-up question… of course. Jaymes Young is “#OntheVerge of … writing a lot of new music”!

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Oh Wonder soon followed after the amazing performance by Young, and the crowd was most certainly well-prepared for a night filled with more music to come. Young has much more in store though, so that being said, stay tuned for more this year from the alt-pop creative. Thank you, James, for a wonderful time.

 

 

 

Listen to him now on Spotify and follow him on Instagram, Facebook, Website, and Twitter.

[Ones to Watch]: Live Nation Presents Allie X & Buddy – LA

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ONES TO WATCH STRIKES AGAIN FT. ALLIE X & BUDDY

Back at it again with Live Nation’s incredible event that showcases some of the most talented up-and-coming artists today! Ones to Watch has to be one of the best ideas in the music industry and for it. On the hunt for new talent, OTW scouts search and seize those they find have incredible musical skills and potential and bring them to this one night where they are seen by many within the music business world!

Last wednesday, (August 2nd), OTW presented us two artists of different genres who truly have a passion for their art and a talent that will most likely blow up on the charts at some point!The crowd that night was ecstatic as all filed in to get their free shirts from Bella X Canvas and The Shirt Agency and to get their free beverages from the bar. The room decorated with chandeliers looked fantastic under the lighting and the glass windows showed off a perfect sunset to start the night.

To set the scene, the event unfolds before our eyes on a simple stage of mics, seats, a drum set, a rug, and a “One to Watch” projected backdrop.

Artist 1: Allie X (Electronic-Pop):

Allie X is a radiant character hailing from Oakville, Ontario. Her real name is Alexandra Ashley Hughes. She originally came from a classical piano, opera, and musical theatre background, and it wasn’t until 2014 when she started to outgrow that scene to enter into the world of pop and electronica. Her first ever released single was “Catch”, which Time magazine had written about. Her music can be described as whimsical, positive melancholy, and enchanting. They’re hypnotic in their own way with her strong, yet serene vocals and she just manages to shock you with that electric feel. She will remind you of Betty Who, Charli XCX, and upbeat Lana Del Ray, and Ashe.

In 2015, she released her debut EP CollXtion I and in 2017, she released her sophomore EP CollXtion II. She has drawn quite the crowd through the power of her music and with her inquisitive nature and her fascinating personality, she draws attention to herself. She exposes a whole new side of the nature of pop to her fans and listeners. Truly a talent, she is one to watch.

Listen to her music below:

Artist 2: Buddy (Hip-Hop/R&B):

The second artist at the event was Buddy, a young man from Compton, CA who will remind you of artists such as Mack Wilds, Tunji Ige, and Saba. Simmie Sims (aka Buddy) has a cutting-edge sound to offer the hip-hop world. He was known for his impressive rap battles in the LA scene and starting at the age of 11, Buddy was performing in various showcases, and writing and performing for a rap collective. He was found out by DJ Casanova who then decided to take the budding rapper under his wing to help construct his style and discover his musical persona.

Soon after, Pharrell would find Buddy and mentor him. Together, the two produced Buddy’s single “Awesome Awesome” with the Neptunes. Buddy spits fire and will remind you of the skillful, witty tricks of Vince Staples, but he will also remind you of the fun, light-hearted stylings of Smino. He’s a new taste for hip hop. He recently collaborated with KAYTRANADA to create his EP Ocean & Montana. He will also be on a US tour with KYLE this fall, so be on the lookout for this one to watch.

Listen to his music below:

 

 

 

Find more emerging artists, here at OnesToWatch.com!

Ones to Watch: Aquilo & Brika Perform at Live Nation Event and Stun

These are the Ones To Watch and the ones to listen to.

According to Live Nation, these two acts are worth keeping your eyes and ears open to, and that was proven to us when the two groups of breathtaking artists stole the attention of the crowd at Live Nation’s annual Ones To Watch event at its Beverly Hills headquarters in LA. With lots of smiles, drinks, and customized t-shirts and tanks with the artists’ names, we were all welcomed to the talents of these musicians.

Our first artist to perform was Aquilo, who is an electronic, downtempo indie band from across the pond that will swoon your soul with their beautiful productions that could serenade you to sleep. With dreamy lullabies intertwined into riveting, adventurous soundscapes, they have recaptured the emotions of nostalgic wastelands of the mind and memory in the form of stunning tunes.

Aquilo has also built recognition for themselves, noticed by big names. For example, it has been remixed by Marian Hill and has collaborated with artists such as Madeon and Betty Who! Aquilo also reached over 11 million streams on their single “Silhouette” alone!

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Her last release was back in April titled “Don’t Want Your Love”. Her music will remind you of the forces of Vérité, Tei Shi, and Sza. Crowds are excited to watch her music take off as she releases more tracks and allows people to truly hear her voice.

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Both sets were riveting and extremely well-performed, and worth noting as they work their ways into their musical career futures. Be on the lookout, they’re the ones to watch after all!

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[Exclusive] Interview with UK Electronic Outfit Fenech-Soler at The Middle East

“London’s got me dreaming of you…”

Well, if not London, then at least these vibrant characters, Fenech-Soler, have got you dreaming. UK electronic outfit are back with a technicolor sound they call Zilla and it’s a wonderful compilation of rejoicing for the sounds of music. This recently released studio production includes 12 strong tracks that all embody a different tune & tone to cater to all types of musical tastes!

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With eclectic sounds and positive vibes, the music instills an energy into any room that is lucky enough to host their shining compilations. Zilla is an album that will uplift spirits and will have you jamming along to its metallic dance music. Utilizing elements of techno-pop beats, 80’s melodies, and disco-funk ballads, theses two English brothers create a synergy between synths and sounds!

One of their lead tracks off of the album “Kaleidoscope” now has a wonderful visual to accompany it; you can see it below:

Recently, the boys had a performance at Cambridge, Massachusetts’ well known venue, The Middle East, with opening act Knox Hamilton.

I had the pleasure of talking to Fenech-Soler, pre-show, about their talented creations and to find out more behind them and the music.

When I introduced myself to Ben and Ross Duffy, they were both smiling, excited to be interviewed, which of course made me thrilled to speak with them!

“We are a band from the UK, from a small little village called Kings Cliffe, which is a farming village in Northhamptonshire, England and that’s where we’re from.”

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The dynamic duo went into the story of how this all started for them which began when they grew up around instruments, especially from their musically-affiliated father who was very much into the bluegrass/country world of music. Then as they grew up, they turned towards dance music and Ross started a band, which Ben eventually joined. “After that we were in a lot of embarrassing teenage bands, and then we just started recording music at home ourselves on our laptop and that then transformed into playing gigs and becoming a solo act.”

I was very curious to know where the eclectic sounds of their genre came from. “Ultimately, we were always influenced by electronic music, that was kind of the spark that led us to make Fenech-Soler…if you kind of draw line between the DJ world and the dance music and the band world, that’s kind of where we place ourselves, certainly from a live perspective.”

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Their influences stem from notable acts such as Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, and other modular stuff, as well as some late 80s and early disco work and indie-rock tunes. “Those are kind of the melting pots of our musical influences,” says Ben. “We’re bad about being decisive, it may be our downfall,” Ross admits. But what they call their downfall, could easily be considered their expertise in this fun, captivating project they released back in February!

The album was named after their close-friend Zilla, a named they always loved, something they considered different, and a word that not many people have heard before. For them, this musical process/journey has been quite the ride and has been extremely riveting and fulfilling. “We’ve gotten to perform for our friends and family and we’ve gotten to travel the world…We take so much from that.” Fun fact? This electro-rock/pop pair performed at the Russian Summer Olympics once!

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I then proceeded to ask Fenech Soler if there was any song from the album that they felt they identified with best, or would consider their soul song?

“Cold Light, is one of the few songs that if we went back to it, we wouldn’t want to change anything about it because we were really in it when we made it. Very happy with it sonically,” recalls Ben. Ross followed up by also noting that his favorite song would be “Kaleidoscope” just because “it felt like everything we were trying to achieve along the process of making the album, it was pretty much the last song we wrote…” Ben then jumped in, “it wasn’t the last song we wrote, but it was definitely the turning point. It was the most emblematic song of the ‘Zilla‘ sound, and right after that, the rest of the record fell in line really quickly.”

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When I asked them the birth of the band name, they both chuckled and Ben replied, “the band name, it’s a weird name, kind of a made up language… People always say it wrong on the radio.” [Fen-eck Soh-luhr] in case you were curious to know yourself.

We then went on a bit of a tangent to discuss the music indsutry itself, and kind of how hey made their way into the scene. “A lot of what we did was find our way through the music industry by talking to people… Music in its essence is subjective, so it’s good to kind of chat and meet people… and it’s super connected.” It is always good to talk about the music with to share each others’ ideas, opinions, and perspectives.

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Where does Fenech-Soler want to perform next? They said they would love to perform on the beach, at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, and in Japan! The two were witty and funny

Like always, I had to ask these guys what they are #OnTheVerge of … and they told me….

After the interview, the guys prepped for the performance and when they entered from stage right in jackets bedazzled and frilled, the crowd went wild, and immediately their music filled the room with color and excitement. Their charisma spread throughout the crowd and the contagious sounds of optimism carried us through the night.

Listen to their album Zilla here now:

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Fitz and The Tantrums Electrify the Night at Boston’s House of Blues

“All of you sitting, that just won’t do!” shouted Michael Fitzpatrick, lead singer of Fitz and the Tantrums.

On November 15th, a warm and rainy night in Boston, the House of Blues was graced by the musical stylings of an amazing band, Fitz and the Tantrums! This American indie-pop / neo-soul band from Los Angeles has been riding the waves of fame as they grow their fan base more and more with each album they release. Their debut studio album began with Pickin’ Up the Pieces, then came their second project More than Just A Dream, followed by their most recent and self-titled album Fitz and the Tantrums.

 

fitz_mainIt was incredible. The concert instantly began with flashing lights and bold vocals as crowd members of all ages and types stood in excitement and awe at the energy brought by the artists on stage. The band consists of members: Fitzpatrick, as lead vocals,  Noelle Scaggs, as co-lead singer and percussionist, James King, as instrumentalist (saxophone, flute, keyboard, percussion, and guitar), Jeremy Ruzumna, as keyboardist, and John Wicks, as drums and percussion. Fitzpatrick was jovial as he cracked jokes between each song and as people cheered and laughed along with him.

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The saxophonist of the band then took the forefront of the stage as he masterfully played some of the best improvisation I have EVER heard. It was stunning, mind-blowing, and enlightening, truly. The most hysterical moment in his performance was when he all of sudden began playing the tune to “Wiggle” by Jason Derulo. At that time, the crowd went wild. This band is just an extremely talented and well-rounded group of individuals that the music industry has not seen in a while. Back in April of 2011, Fitz and the Tantrums were deemed by the music-publication-god itself, Rolling Stone, as a “band to watch.” Now, we’re here!

Fitz and co. have certainly evolved from the initial sound that they once had. They have now come to find more solidarity in the modern 80’s techno-indie-pop tunes they produce, and of course, it works! Within the storm of noise, the crew found their real element and true identity.

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To match along with their exuberant charisma, the lights and staging, though simple, perfectly reflected the emotions behind each of their songs. Scaggs and Fitz danced their hearts out and had the crowd jumping with them as the musicians had the crowd dancing and swaying in every direction possible. It seemed that everyone in the venue space forgot their troubles for the hour and half we were all together. It is easy to describe this band as the epitome of the saying, “your vibe brings the tribe.” There is no doubt that his band brings the vibe and along with it came their tribe of fun-loving spirits all into the music because it’s a good time and a feel-good experience.

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Everyone was clapping, swaying, jumping, swinging, stepping, stomping, and more! When they sang their song off of their sophomore album “Out of My League” the crowd instantaneously rejoiced!

Fitz is known to have a very bold voice, much like Freddy Mercury and Scaggs steals hearts with her music and majestic appearance. When the two combine to form their dynamic duo, their voices become this other dimension of reverberations and creativity. Scaggs, like a glamorous gypsy, danced, sang and played her tambourine all across the stage and back as she and Fitz danced to a choreographed piece together. They rallied the crowd to evoke an engaging, epic, and interactive show!

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In addition to some of the songs mentioned, they also sang:

“Burn It Down”

“Out of My League”

“Break The Walls”

“Run It”

“Roll Up”

“Get Right Back”

“Walking Target”

“Complicated”

and more!

In an elegant and pristine storytelling voice, Fitz spoke to the audience before each song to get them hyped up and to also thank them for their graciousness, love and support!

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The love was so real in the room that when they cam back out for their encore, they played 3 more songs!!! Those songs included their latest hit “Handclap,” “The Walker,” and one other!

To hear more from this incredible group, check them out on Spotify!