It was a warm Saturday night on August 27th in the heart of Los Angeles, where you found hundreds of fans lined up and filling the streets to get ready for a jam-packed night of great music live at the famed Greek Theatre. If you’re looking for a party and a place to hear some popular tunes, The Wrong Party Tour is the tour to experience. Featured on this thrilling tour is hybrid pop, country, R&B and soul artist BRELAND, pop artist Andy Grammer and headlining the show is indie-pop artist Fitz and the Tantrums.
This classic venue has had some incredible acts take the stage in the past, such as Sir Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen — just to name a few — and now, they get to add more indescribable acts to the history books. As fans rolled in, hands full of their favorite treats and refreshments, New Jersey native country-meets-hip hop musician BRELAND hit the stage, starting the night off strong. With smiles on their faces and hands high up in the air, songs such as “Beers On Me” and “Praise The Lord” were up first and got the crowd pumped. While fans were swaying to the beat and singing along, BRELAND next came in hot by singing “Hot in Herre” and “Just A Dream” Nelly covers. Following those was “High Horse”, a song he is currently featured on with Nelly and which got the fans rocking out. Approaching the end of the first act, “Natural”, “My Truck”, “Throw It Back” and “Cross Country” were performed before a special moment happened in the show: a few lucky girls were chosen from the sea of people to get up onstage and line dance with BRELAND.
As nightfall appeared and the lights went down, fans roared as Andy Grammer hit the stage.
Grammer started his set by performing some powerful slam poetry to get the fans excited and ready for a fun night of music. As fans cheered and shouted following some encouraging words, “Damn It Feels Good to Be Me”, “Back Home”, “Honey I’m Good” and “Fresh Eyes” were just some of his hit songs that were first up in his set. As the evening went on, Andy Grammer popped out from backstage to present us with some more slam poetry.
Right after that, he introduced a new song “New Money” to us, talking about when he wrote it and the struggles he went through during that time. “New Money” was written on piano during COVID, where he had his ups and downs dealing with depression. He expressed how getting into therapy has helped him a lot since then and how that inspired the song. Next were a few well-known covers that got the crowd singing along, including “Pennies From Heaven” by Frank Sinatra, “Stay” by The Kid LAROI, before Grammer went into his own song, “Fine By Me”.
With fans still on their feet and enjoying the night away, a song called “The Wrong Party” started and Michael Fitzpatrick (of Fitz and the Tantrums) came out as a surprise to sing it. Andy did an encore with hit song, “Keep Your Head Up”, followed by “Don’t Give Up On Me” and a song called “Saved My Life” — Grammer’s personal favorite song — about how he lost his mother in his 20s and how his godmother took him and has been in his life ever since.
The set ended with confetti bursting into the sky; fans reached as high as they could to catch it.
With the last act approaching, fans hurried to return from a concession break after seeing the lights fall. As the venue erupted in roars and cheers, the band started to slowly walk on the stage, with Michael Fitzpatrick the last one on. It was that time to end the night on a high note. Fitz and the Tantrums started their set with “OCD”, “Complicated”, “Don’t Gotta Work It Out” and “Out of My League” that got the outdoor venue shaking from everyone jumping with excitement. Throughout the night, there were more fun songs performed such as “Fool”, “Sway” (which is their new song) and “Livin’ for the Weekend” — the perfect fit for singing on this beautiful weekend and in this iconic location. During the concert, Fitz said he wanted to bring out his favorite guitar player and was joined onstage by an adorable young boy that was too shy to play. As the set was coming to a close and the stage continued to light up with its bright and colorful patterns, it was time for an encore. Fitz and the Tantrums ending the night with “All the Feels” and some of their best-selling songs, “HandClap” and “The Walker”.
Photography by Mikayla Ragovin