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A conversation with Noelle Scaggs of Fitz and The Tantrums

Columbus has fallen in love with Fitz and The Tantrums. The band – led by Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick has been a mainstay on the Columbus concert circuit in the two years since their debut album – Pickin’ Up the Pieces – was released. In 2011, Fitz and The Tantrums performed at The Basement, The Newport and the LC (indoors). On Friday night, they make their LC (outdoors) debut, headlining a show with ZZ Ward and Royal Teeth opening.

Enough music writers have been asking the same old tired questions (“How did you get together?”, “Where did you find Noelle?”, “What influenced your ’60s soul-pop sound?”) that I decided, when given the opportunity to speak with singer Noelle Scaggs last week, I’d rather have a conversation than interview her. If you want to read background about the band, just Google “Noelle Scaggs interview”. If you want to get to know Noelle a little more personally, read on.

It’s a Friday night when you’re not on tour or doing anything band related. What are you doing?

Going out with friends that I don’t get to see that often, spending time in the Venice Beach area with my best friend because he just recently moved there. I do the normal things that people in their early 30s do – they go to bars, they go to dinner, they hang out. It’s quite interesting being a person who is on the road as constantly as we are to have those moments where we can just hang out and be normal.
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Saturday: Old Worlds/The Song Birds/Hawkline/Columbus Priority Mail @ Green on the Green (Worthington)

Green on the Green returns to the Worthington Village Green this Saturday (9am – 2pm). After last year’s inaugural event, GOTG organizers* will expand the event to cover 3 of the 4 Village Green corners (last year was just 1 corner) and have added music acts.

Bands performing this year include Old Worlds (“a cerebral cross between Explosions in the Sky and Minus the Bear”), The Song Birds (female-fronted country-folk for fans of Sheryl Crow, Nickel Creek), Hawkline (“Emotional rock ‘n’ roll along the lines of Elvis Costello or Neil Young”), and Columbus Priority Mail.

Green on the Green is a community festival providing visitors with a sampling of ways to “go green” including opportunities to buy re-purposed or recycled items, learning to appreciate native plants and animals, and educating folks on how to use less energy, produce less waste or adopt sustainable practices.

* Full disclosure: Green on the Green is being put on by Big Green Head. One of Big Green Head’s co-founders is my wife.