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  • Tracy Heck

Fitz & the Tantrums wrap up tour with party at Arts, Beats & Eats

The streets of Royal Oak were buzzing this Labor Day weekend with the return of Arts, Beats & Eats.

The annual festival filled with mouth watering food, eye-catching art and a vast variety of sounds, was celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Over the four days, a number of local and national acts of all genres took to the various stages including the Jim Beam National Stage headliners: 311 on Saturday, Sponge on Sunday and Flo Rida on Monday.

Indie pop with soul band Fitz & the Tantrums kicked things off headlining the main stage on Friday with a set filled with their biggest hits alongside a couple of tracks from their forthcoming new album.

Before they hit the stage for the final date of their tour, the crowd was entertained by local openers Frame 42 before Boston's Tommy DeCarlo hit the stage performing some of the band's biggest hits and then Average White Band brought the funk as the stage area filled in.

By the time Fitz & the Tantrums hit the stage with "OCD", there was little room to move around, but their enthusiastic fans still found a way to dance, jump and sing along with every note.

Catchy hits like "Complicated," "Out of My League" "MoneyGrabber" and "6AM" kept the party going and new singles "Sway" and "MoneyMaker" kicked up interest for their upcoming release.

The band closed their set with a encore featuring the popular "HandClap," "All the Feels" and "Walker."

Vocalists Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs have a palpable chemistry that just leaps off the stage and Fitzpatrick does a great job of interacting with the crowd throughout their sets leaving everyone with a positive aura.

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