Giant Step Presents SVEDKA Vodka Sessions: Fitz And The Tantrums plus DJ Smash
Giant Step Presents the third installment of our 2010 SVEDKA Vodka Sessions with a Special Performance by Fitz and The Tantrums with guest DJ Smash, on Friday, November 5th, for the very first time at the Velvet Room at Clift, A Morgans Original.
Entrance is free but strictly RSVP only.
Giant Step and SVEDKA Vodka continue to bring you the very best bands and emerging artists with the SVEDKA Vodka Sessions' intimate showcase series at Morgans Hotel Group luxury properties across the country. The series has already featured live performances from Wale plus DJ Mark Ronson at Hudson in New York, Peter Bjorn And John plus DJ Jason Bentley at SkyBar at Mondrian in West Hollywood, Diane Birch plus DJ Anané Vega at Hudson, Nneka plus DJ Vikter Duplaix at SkyBar at Mondrian, Kid Sister plus DJ Induce Poolside at Delano in Miami Beach, Daniel Merriweather plus DJ Mateo DiFontaine at The Florida Room at Delano, Robyn plus DJ Marques Wyatt at SkyBar at Mondrian, and José James at Woodward at Ames in Boston.
In just over a year, soulsters Fitz and the Tantrums went from the living room to the main stage. The recipe for meteoric success? Six killer musicians, five dapper suits, irresistible songs, some serendipity and one vintage organ.
Since their first show at Hollywood's Hotel Café in December 2008, Fitz and co. have toured with Maroon 5, played to thousands at Colorado's world famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre, shared the stage New Year's Eve with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and performed on KCRW's esteemed show, Morning Becomes Eclectic. All this on the strength of their stellar five-song EP, Songs for a Breakup, Vol. 1.
Enter the Tantrums, Fitz's airtight ensemble keeping it real like it's 1969. Funky drummer John Wicks is a Motown B-side aficionado and prolific session player, Jeremy Ruzumna manned the keyboards for Macy Gray, while King and bassist Ethan Phillips backed De La Soul. Then there's Noelle Scaggs, the powerful voice behind Fitz's croons. Make no mistake, Scaggs is not just there for "doo-wops" and handclaps. She shimmies and flirts, she stokes the crowd and simmers them down, and she has no qualms about keeping Fitz in check. "She is not just a backup singer," Fitz says, "We have repartee. Onstage, we're Ike and Tina."
For some bands, it takes a lifetime to build this success, but few performers deliver an unrestrained blast of soul-clapping, get-down-on-the-floor, moneymaker shakers like Fitz and the Tantrums. Now with the release of their debut full length, Pickin' Up the Pieces [Dangerbird Records], the troupe is poised to get down in dancehalls across the universe.
Eclectic DJ, studio musician, producer, remixer and label founder DJ Smash is an innovative veteran of the international club scene and for the last 15 years has been spinning in nightclubs, festivals and private events worldwide. An original DJ at seminal Giant Step club nights in New York, the San Francisco based DJ has remixed and produced his personal heroes including Stevie Wonder (Motown Remixed vol. 1), Herbie Hancock (Dis Is Da Drum), Roy Ayers (Naste), Dizzy Gillespie (Savoy Remixed), and many other established as well emerging artists.