Fitz and Tantrums & Lee Fields at Central Park’s SummerStage

Published on June 26th, 2011 by Lauren Valenti

Pickin’ Up the Pieces by Fitz & the Tantrums

This weekend was truly a triumph for the state of New York’s Gay Community and made my musically enlightened weekend that much sweeter! Friday night’s passage of the legalization of same-sex marriage seemed to spark a fire of love and celebration in the city. It couldn’t have made for day to head to Central Park for one of their summer series concerts.

I knew that the concert had a lot in store for me as the soulful Fitz & the Tantrums, easily one of my favorite new bands, would be performing! Also on the program for the evening was soul and funk legend, Lee Fields, who proved that even after a few decades, he’s certainly got the moves!

One of the city’s greatest DJs Rich Medina was on the one’s and two’s in between performer sets and illuminated the atmosphere with classics such as Ray Charles ” I’ve Got a Women” and Bill Wither’s ” Lovely Day.”

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Dan Schneider-Weiler and Myself!

Central Park Summer Stage

City Parks Foundation Summer Stage at Central Park

Fitz and the Tantrums | Central Park Summer

Haling from Los Angeles, California, Fitz & the Tantrum’s indie soul sound had the crowd dancing from start to finish. Their first album debuted back in August 2010 to rave reviews and were heralded as a “band to watch” by Rolling Stone in April. Feeling truly lucky to be part of their audience, I was happy to find that they sounded even better live, as most of the greatest bands do.

Playing hits from the album such as “Pickin’ Up the Pieces” and “Rich Girls” , the group enchanted the audience whether they were long-time fans or newbies. Finishing their set with one of their biggest hits ” MoneyGrabber”, they left me wanting more and I feared it would be the last time I’d ever get to see them for free!

Fitz and the Tantrums Singer

Fitz & Tantrum’s Singer Michael Fitzpatrick sounds even better live. Like, seriously.

Central Park Summer Stage

Summer Stage

Soul band The Expressions had a sound, which perfectly balanced an old sound with modern ingredients. I can’t stop listening to their theme which you listen to here

Lee Fields Summer Stage

The legendary Lee Fields

Feeding my hungry retro-soul, Lee Fields put on a magnificent performance that salutes the saying “you’re as young as you feel.” Since the 70′s, Fields has been keeping the hey day of soul alive and spreading it to a new generation with his collaboration with The Expressions in their album My World. Performing songs from the album such as “Money is King”, with dance moves that undoubtedly were born during the groove days of the 70′s, the crowd was totally vibing out!

Ladies By Lee Fields


Central Park Concert

Lee Fields Funk

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