Knoxville loves long-haired Nashville boys.
Saturday night, two Nashville rock bands, Sol Cat and the Weeks, played at The Bowery to a crowd of dedicated fans.
As The Bowery slowly filled, a Knoxville band, Smoker, began the show to the surprise of the audience who was not expecting another performer.
"We're going to build a slow anticipation up to the set," Steven Paul Smoker, the band's front-man, said.
Despite the unexpected act, the crowd responded with enthusiasm to the indie, psychedelic southern rock. Moments of apocalypse-inducing feedback jams and harmonious high points excited the crowd for what was to come.
After a delay due to sound difficulties, Sol Cat then began their signature bop. With long hair hanging in front of their faces, the band grooved to a sound much different than fans are used to.
Instead of beginning with their tropical inspired sound, something darker came off the stage. Their sound has morphed to something heavier and spacier. The audience graciously accepted this transition.
Where many groups focus on lyrics, the melodies were much more important to Sol Cat.
"We're huge fans of keyboard introductions," Brett Hammann, the band's vocalist, said.
As the set went on, the band kicked it back to their tropical feel, much to the delight of the audience. This change came with the crowd-pleaser "Fishin' with John."
Then, with a beer in his hand, Hammann grooved to their closer, "Dirty Glasses" and had the crowd screaming out, "Uh huh!" as an electric end to the set.
It was time for The Weeks.
The second The Weeks began playing, The Bowery turned into a dance club. It was apparent many dedicated fans were at the show and knew all the words, creating a near sing-a-long.
Despite The Bowery's sound issues, the long, restless pauses between songs never stopped the energy.
"We played in this town a few times," Sam Williams, The Week's vocalist, told the audience. "And this is by far the best show we've had here."
As The Weeks said goodbye, the crowd looked slightly confused and began calling for the band's return. The Weeks obliged with the encore everyone was waiting for, playing their most popular song, "Buttons."
Erica Davis, sophomore in sociology, only had one complaint.
"The only thing I didn't love about The Weeks," Davis said, "was that the guitarist had prettier hair than I do."