OneRepublic, Fitz and the Tantrums, and James Arthur at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Englewood, CO on 9/9/17.

OneRepublic and lasers

It was a cool summer Saturday night at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre (the other Colorado amphitheater that’s not red). Parents brought their toddlers wearing rock t-shirts, teenagers brought their awkwardness, and I brought my glasses because I was on the Green (the lawn seats). Everyone was there for the music of Colorado native son Ryan Tedder. He has written multiple hits for his band OneRepublic and chart busters for some of the biggest pop singers in the world including Beyonce and Adele (you know they are big because they only have one name).


OneRepublic was headlining a large corporate sponsored tour with an impressive catalog of billboard charting songs. The Honda Civic Tour included lasers, multiple screens, and … Honda Civics.  It was OneRepublic’s second show at Fiddler’s Green that weekend. I am sure the Friday show was amazing. But Tedder stated Saturday was a better show due to the cooler weather, the band finally adapting to the elevation, and the smoke from the northwestern fires dissipating (the skies appearing less apocalyptic).

OneRepublic – Counting Cell Phones instead of Stars

The stage effects were impressive, but the band’s passionate performances of Stop and Stare, Apologize, Good Life, and Feel Again lifted the audience spirits and made them reminisce about the past. An intoxicated young lady near us screamed at her friend, “You don’t understand. This music is high school to me.” Tedder performed Beyonce’s Halo (which he wrote) alone on the piano. The lyrics have a total different narrative when sung by someone not married to Jay-Z. Tedder instructed the audience to light up the venue with their cell phones for Counting Stars. 18,000 fans pretending to be stars by illuminating the venue. Towards the end of the night Ryan Tedder had the opening acts join him on stage to perform his song Rumor Has It from Adele’s 21 (the best selling album of the 21st Century). OneRepublic ended the night with their appropriate titled Love Runs Out – “And we’ll start a fire, and we’ll shut it down/’Til the love runs out, ’til the love runs out.”

Fitz and the Tantrums

Before the main attraction, Fitz and the Tantrums turned the outdoor venue into a dance party. The Los Angeles neo soul band compelled the ass shaking to start immediately with their song More Than Just a Dream. Wearing an all white ensemble with his trademark white streak in his hair, Michael Fitzpatrick led his band through modern Motown sounding songs. The secret weapon of the group is singer Noelle Scaggs. Wearing a shear black top and a tiny silver skirt, Scaggs lit up the stage.  Her incredible vocals and Tina Turner stage presence had the audience mesmerized. The gyrating continued through their hits Handclap, The Walker, and MoneyGrabber. Fitz and the Tantrums latest single Fool had Fitzpatrick confess to the crowd he was a mama’s boy. He sang, “She watching girls like you/You will never catch me slipping/You will never catch me sleep/Girl you must be tripping/Trying to run around on me/Oh, mama/Didn’t raise no fool.”

James Arthur – All photos by the rock and roll princess

The opener was James Arthur.  He is known for winning the United Kingdom X Factor in 2012. He beat out Jahmene Douglas (in case you were wondering). After his success in England, Arthur was involved in so many controversies that i-tunes offered refunds for those that complained. When the bad boy of reality television stepped on stage, he said, “I misjudged the weather.” That could be because he was wearing a velour jacket under the hot lights in the summer. Arthur said, “Here’s one for the ladies” before performing the heavy rhythm and blues song Sober. A guy in front of us sang along to every word (he must be a UK X Factor fan). James Arthur ended his set with the acoustic guitar ballad Say You Won’t Let Go – “We danced the night way, we drank too much/I held your hair back when/You were throwing up.”

See you at the next show.  I’ll be the one dancing in a velour jacket pretending my phone is a star.

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