We joined the band at their August 4, 2017, show at Xfinity Center in Mansfield. It was the Boston stop of the 2017 Honda Civic Tour, where Fitz and the Tantrums were the special guests alongside headliner OneRepublic and opener James Arthur.
With sponsors bailing out and CBS signing off, Boston’s most rousing Fourth of July export has fallen off the national stage. After nearly 25 years, does its boy-wonder conductor Keith Lockhart, once the talk of the town, still have the spark to bring it back to life? —By James Sullivan