AUG 3 | 7:30 PM
This show will make your hands clap! Multi-platinum artists Fitz and the Tantrums have quickly grown from independent upstarts to bonafide hitmakers. The LA-based band’s much-anticipated, fourth album All the Feels (2019), featuring singles “123456” and “I Just Wanna Shine.” The band is joined by “Honey, I’m Good” singer/songwriter Andy Grammer in his Wolf Trap debut. Georgetown University alum BRELAND brings his unique blend of country-rap to the Filene Center stage to open the evening.
FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS
Multi-platinum artists Fitz and the Tantrums have quickly grown from independent upstarts to bonafide hitmakers. The LA-based band released their much-anticipated, fourth full-length album All the Feels in 2019, featuring singles “123456” and “I Just Wanna Shine.” All the Feels follows the band’s 2016 release Fitz and the Tantrums, which spawned the group’s biggest hit to date, “HandClap.” The RIAA-certified two-time platinum single has logged more than 400 million global streams, appeared in the Top 5 of both the Hot AC and Alternative Radio charts, and enjoyed major radio airplay across the country on Top 40 stations. The band has brought the infectious energy of their live shows to the small screen, with nationally televised performances of “HandClap” on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, Good Morning America, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!; NBC’s Today, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, America’s Got Talent, and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade; and the syndicated Ellen DeGeneres Show, among others.
Fitz and the Tantrums’ eponymous album followed their breakout major label debut More Than Just a Dream (2013), which featured back-to-back platinum-certified, No. 1 Alternative Radio singles in “The Walker” and “Out Of My League.” Both singles also enjoyed Top 15 success at Hot AC. The band has performed countless sold-out shows as headliners and is always a standout at music festivals around the world, including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and more. After frontman Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick released his first-ever solo album Head Up High in 2021, the band returned with a new single “Sway” in June 2022.
Fitz and the Tantrums is made up of: Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick (vocals), Noelle Scaggs (vocals), James King (saxophone, flute), Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboards), Joseph Karnes (bass), and John Wicks (drums, percussion).
Biography provided by artist management.
When Andy Grammer steps up to a microphone, he inspires you to sing and dance along, but he’ll also remind you of your best moments, your most transformative memories, and even your true purpose. The multi-platinum singer and songwriter serves up soaring, anthemic pop hits that make you forget about your troubles, enjoy the moment a little bit more, and—just sometimes—change your life for the better.
He continues to do just that on his forthcoming fifth full-length album in 2023.
“Songs can bring you back to the better parts of who you are,” he observes. “I’m searching for spaces where you remember the best parts of life. Things are hard right now. There’s a lot of negativity around. If my songs bring you back to your center, there would be nothing better. If you can party while getting there, well then, hell yeah,” he grins.
Grammer’s catalog consists of numerous bona fide hits, including the quadruple-platinum “Honey, I’m Good,” platinum singles “Keep Your Head Up,” “Fine By Me,” “Don’t Give Up On Me,” “Fresh Eyes,” “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah),” gold single “I Found You,” and the gold albums Andy Grammer (2011) and Magazines Or Novels (2015). He has generated billions of streams, lent his music to films such as Five Feet Apart, and stands out as the No. 1 “Happy Pop” Streaming Artist Globally. When “Don’t Give Up On Me” soundtracked ESPN’s 13th Annual V Week for Cancer Reach, he garnered a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Music Direction and a Clio Award. Beyond selling out shows on multiple continents, he has electrified dozens of television shows, including The Today Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Good Morning America, American Idol, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and The Late Late Show with James Corden, in addition to appearing as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. Most recently, his 2019 offering, Naïve, received widespread critical acclaim. Parade attested, “Each song on the album magically pinpoints its emotional target with brilliant composition and performance,” and People hailed it as “touching.”
Throughout the global pandemic, Grammer grew, changed, and evolved both creatively and personally. He experienced the birth of his second daughter, embraced therapy, and wrote and recorded music with trusted friends and frequent collaborators. Recognizing the power of sharing his experience, he has quietly stepped into another role altogether as a staunch and spirited mental health advocate. He was a keynote speaker and performer at Mental Health America’s 2022 annual conference Forward Together: Recovery, Healing, Hope. He also opened up to IDONTMIND, a mental health organization, about the effect of mental health on his process, where they wrote, “the struggles that he faced over the past year and a half are now inspiring his music and helping him relate to his listeners in a new way.” Grammer’s Music Connection cover story summed up his impact best: “Grammer brings a rare level of authenticity and humility to the stage, along with a passionate commitment to creating music that heals.”
That healing energy coursed through a series of fan favorite tracks during 2021 and 2022, included “Lease On Life,” “Damn It Feels Good To Be Me,” “Love Myself,” and “Joy.” The latter even inspired the name of his packed 2022 Art of Joy Tour.
“Listening to music and creating it as an outlet has always been therapeutic,” he goes on. “I’m understanding myself through sound and journaling. It’s a gift when you’re listening to a song, and you realize someone else feels the same way as you do. I’ve realized, now more than ever, music is one of the best mediums to make you not feel alone.”
He ignites the next phase with the 2022 single “Saved My Life” with R3HAB.
“This song is meant to be owned by everyone in their own way,” he elaborates. “The person who saved my life is my godmother. She showed up in a really intense time when my mom passed away. I wrote the song for her, but it’s open-ended. There are all of these incredible heroes doing acts of service all around us. I want to bring attention to those quiet acts of service.”
He implored fans on social media to share stories of “who saved their lives” and incorporated those into a heartfelt and touching music video. While on tour, he has had many heartfelt moments with his fans sharing these moments with him as well.
His next single “Good Man” might be one of his most heartwarming compositions yet. It has all the makings of “a future father-daughter dance song.”
“My wife had our second daughter in our living room,” he recalls. “I was thinking of what I had control over with this baby. I’m going to tell her so many things, and she’s probably not going to listen to many of them. So, what do I actually have control over? She’s going to have wild experiences. The only thing I control is when she goes to the edge of the world, at least she’ll know what home feels like when she comes back. I get to be a part of special moments.”
In the end, Grammer will be the soundtrack that makes you smile.
Biography provided by artist management.
New Jersey-born BRELAND began writing songs as a teenager, inspired by a diverse collection of sounds and eclectic artists like the Beatles, Rascal Flatts, Prince, and his number-one influence, Stevie Wonder. While attending Georgetown University, BRELAND knocked on every possible music-industry door and eventually broke through as a songwriter, landing a number of high-profile cuts with rappers like Elhae and YK Osiris. But as he continued to work on his own music, BRELAND soon posted “My Truck” on social media as a challenge to determine whether he could elicit 500 comments. After smashing that goal, he self-released the track to multi-platform success. Along with paving the way for BRELAND’s signing to Bad Realm/Atlantic Records, “My Truck” sparked headline-worthy streaming success, including hitting No. 1 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 and US Viral 50 charts. Praised by Rolling Stone as “1,000 percent the whole package,” BRELAND has been featured in leading press outlets like Genius, Paper, USA TODAY, and Billboard’s “Emerging Artists Spotlight,” and in April released a remix of “My Truck” featuring country superstar Sam Hunt. BRELAND’s self-titled EP debut arrived in May 2022, featuring both versions of “My Truck” and five other standout co-writes.
Biography provided by artist management.
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SPECIAL THANKS TO
Dan and Gayle D’Aniello,
Wolf Trap 2022 Season Underwriters