Florida Georgia Line gave its audience more than a simple, "We love you Knoxville!" at their concert Friday.
As the crowd anxiously waited for the duo to appear, Civic Auditorium lights faded to darkness and Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" began, synchronized with lights hanging from the stage.
Guitar wails could then be heard, followed by the voices of Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, sending the crowd into a roar of cheers and applause as the curtain dropped to "It'z Just What We Do."
It was when this year's CMA Vocal Duo of the Year played "Here's to the Good Times" that it was evident time was spent creating a personal feel for Knoxville.
"It is such a huge honor to be where we're at today," FGL said in a clip before the song. "So tonight we have a lot to be thankful for, and there's no place we'd rather be than right here in Knoxville, Tenn. Our best friends in the world, cups raised, saying 'Here's to the Good Times.'"
The performance of this song was accompanied by a video of Kelley and Hubbard making memories throughout their life, as well as moments with their fans. Towards the end of this video, Pat Summit took the screen followed by shots of Peyton Manning in UT uniform.
"When they showed Peyton and Pat I was that much more excited about being at the concert," Wray Nicholson, sophomore in accounting, said. "If you really want to appeal to the people of Knoxville, you need to acknowledge Tennessee sports and that's what they did.
"If they do that for every city they go to they can almost guarantee they'll be around for a long time."
FGL's latest No. 1 single, "Round Here" was the highlight of the night for Nicholson, who has been a fan since the release of the band's album "Here's to the Good Times."
"Round Here," with the words, "That Fireball Whisky whispers temptation in my ear / It's a feelin' alright Saturday night and that's how we do it round here," was finished off with none other than the sharing of a bottle of Fireball Whisky on stage.
"Tomorrow is never promised," the band said just before "Round Here" was encored. "It's kinda cool, because it makes it our responsibility to live it up tonight. To make sure this is a night you'll never forget."
The mic was then held out for the entirety of the chorus of the encore for the crowd to take the stage. This type of interaction caused Alexis Fluty, sophomore in accounting, to confirm FGL as a down-to-earth band.
"Florida Georgia Line knows how to make the crowd fall in love with them," Fluty said. "Their songs make you want to sit around a fire and have a beer. They really target a huge range of fans, which not all artists can accomplish."
Throughout the concert, Kelley and Hubbard were constantly interacting with the crowd. A selfie was taken with a fan's phone and they offered another concert-goer the chance to sing on stage.
Variety was added to the show as openers Colt Ford and Tyler Farr joined FGL to sing a compilation of "Thrift Shop," "Gold Digger" and "It's Getting Hot in Here," which was a highlight for Jamie Rhodes, who said tickets were sold out 15 minutes after going on sale.
She said the best part of the concert was the encore, which included the No. 1 single and CMA's Single of the Year "Cruise" to end the concert.
FGL performed a version of the song, which included all of the original lyrics, plus the lyrics added by Nelly in the crossover version of "Cruise" as confetti filled the air and FGL took its final bow.