The stage is set for indie roots/rock band Bronze Radio Return to make their debut in Knoxville tonight at 7 p.m. at the Square Room for the "Scruffy City Ramble."
No less than a high-energy, unique show is to be expected as they have been touring across the United States gracing audiences with positive and exciting live music.
BRR is a band of friends, based out of Hartford, Conn., that has seen recent success in the national spotlight for the use of their music in advertisements, most recently for the Nissan Leaf car, and television shows such as "American Idol."
Their third studio album, "Shake, Shake, Shake," has had smashing success for an independently released record, entering in 2011 at No. 4 on the Billboard Northeast Regional Heatseekers Chart.
The musicians from Connecticut and New York are no strangers to live performances, as they consider themselves to be a "live" band, meaning that their in-person performances will trump anything recorded in a studio. The group has played shows in front of President Barack Obama at a rally in Connecticut and at Austin's South by Southwest music festival held earlier this year. Bronze Radio Return has also opened up for popular musicians such as John Mayer, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, and Buddy Guy.
"This is our first time in the city of Knoxville, and we are all very excited. We are making the (10 hour) drive from New Orleans to Knoxville, and we expect the audience to bring as much energy as we do," Chris Henderson, the band's singer and guitarist, said. "After ("Shake, Shake, Shake") we have really pulled together as a band and begun pushing each other. It has really influenced the type of shows we put on. We will explore the musicality of each member. It should be fun."
When asked about their success as a band and whether or not they had "made it," Henderson responded with a calm and composed reply.
"I never really considered the threshold of 'making it,'" he said. "We just set goals as a group, small and large, and try to achieve them. It's cool, however, to see these goals realized, and along the way you happen upon fortuitous situations and opportunities."
The front man also had much to say on the music industry as a whole.
"The music industry is basically just a people industry, and we value people," he said. "That is how we came together as a band, as a matter of fact. Friends knowing friends. No matter how you look at it, music always comes back to the people. Isn't that what we play for?"
Students around campus are buzzing about the show.
"I am a huge fan of live music in general, and to have Bronze Radio come play here so close to home should be a great experience," Anthony Damico, junior in management who is planning to attend the show, said. "I have been listening to these guys for a while and I hope they finally start to gain some recognition around here."
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.