At the end of Red Hat Summit 2019 (post coming about that soon) there was a double-header concert with Neon Trees and Fitz & the Tantrums. Neon Trees started things off for the night. I didn’t look them up ahead of the concert, because Fitz was a huge band so I thought Neon Trees was just a local band opening for Fitz. Their section of the concert was a lot of fun even though I didn’t know any of the songs. The lead singer had lots of fun banter and seemed to really be enjoying himself.

Then they played a cover of Human League’s Don’t You Want Me and I was having a blast because I love that song – it’s wrapped up in a lot of great memories hanging out with one of my cousins. Then, near the end they finally played their BIG SONG the one EVERYONE knows Everybody Talks:

Then Fitz & the Tantrums came on. I’ve been listening to them since their first album came out, although somewhere along the line I lost track of them and never got their third album. They had such a great stage presence and seemed to REALLY be feeling the music, even if they’ve been performing some of those songs for nearly a decade. Of course, concerts are always more fun when you know the band’s music, so I was rocking out the entire time. Then they did one of the better covers of Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) I’ve heard. They also played some music from a forthcoming album, and those seem to continue in their tradition of great soul music.

It was a great start to my 2019 concert year.

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