Genre-smashing band Fitz and the Tantrums will headline the Opening Night Ceremony for the 2014 US Open, while 3 Winans Brothers will follow with a memorable rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Fitz and the Tantrums, who reached No. 1 on the Billboard alternative charts and sold more than 500,000 copies of their hit singles “Out of My League” and “The Walker,” will perform a three-song set in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
An immersive video and light show, complete with projections of classic US Open moments, will surround the band during the performance.
With their self-released EP “Songs for a Breakup, Vol. 1” in 2009, Fitz and the Tantrums received enormous critical praise and a spot on tour with Maroon 5. Their latest release, 2013’s “More Than Just a Dream,” had the first two singles off the album reach No. 1 on modern rock radio. They have also performed on numerous television shows including “Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
Immediately following their set, the 3 Winans Brothers will take to the court for a rendition of the national anthem, with the colors being presented by members of the NYPD and FDNY ceremonial units.
BeBe, Marvin and Carvin Winans have 17 Grammys among them, while BeBe was honored with sibling CeCe by receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011. The gospel legends will release “Foreign Land” in September, their debut album as a trio, and they are currently promoting their hit single “Move In Me.”
Tennis legends John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova will open up the proceedings on the 30-year anniversary of their 1984 US Open singles titles, being joined by US Open Chairman and USTA President Dave Haggerty. They will help remotely trigger the lighting of the Empire State Building, signaling the start of Fitz and the Tantrum’s performance.
The entire Opening Night Ceremony will be shown live on ESPN as part of their comprehensive US Open coverage.