For the Old City, a lively, bustling weekend night with patrons venue hopping is nothing out of the ordinary.
However, this past weekend, something was different.
Instead, the loud partier was replaced with the quieter, yet just as energetic, Rhythm N' Blooms festival goer.
Americana festival Rhythm N' Blooms overtook the Old City on Friday and Saturday, and then the Knoxville Botanical Gardens on Sunday as acts from the local to the national overtook the soundscapes of Knoxville.
David Mayfield Parade, who describes its sound as "post-Avett Brothers homoerotic folk rock," opened the festival Friday night on the Jackson Avenue Viaduct Stage. Despite technical issues occasionally masking the band's sound, David Mayfield's rump shaking and snarky comments introduced the atmosphere of the weekend: welcoming and energetic.
Playing Rhythm N' Blooms for the first time, Tim Lee 3's Tim and Susan Bauer Lee were most interested in the variety of music to be seen despite the festival's label as an "Americana" festival.
"When we look at this festival, there's no one playing this weekend that we're remotely like that I can think of," Tim Lee said. "I mean there's a few that we're kind of like, but not really. But, that's fine. That's the fun part. It's music, you know. It should be fun."
Shows spanned the area, taking residence in The Standard, Remedy Coffee and Boy's Jig & Reel among others. Each venue encompassed its own ambiance for its shows. At Remedy, shows in the back room were warm and intimate. At the Pilot Light, it was sweat and grit. At the Jackson Avenue Viaduct Stage, it was loud and playful.
Either matching the artist with a similar venue or completely contrasting, the weekend's schedule included soft folk duo Elenowen in Remedy and rock band American Aquarium in the seated Standard, a placing that vocalist BJ Barham admits was both a blessing and challenge for the band versus a standing venue.
"It's two different kinds of shows for us," Barham said. "If it's seated, I love it because I'm a songwriter, and at the base of everything, I write songs on acoustic guitar. When people are sitting down, they're forced to listen. It's something that clicks in their head, like hey I should pay attention to what's going on stage."
For The Wild Feathers' guitarist Ricky Young, coming back to a city they know well was the matching venue they needed.
"Knoxville's always good to us," Young said. "We've definitely paid our dues here."
Saturday night saw the largest crowd, with patrons crowding to see Shovels & Rope's lively show that resulted in Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent teasing both each other and the audience.
Their first show then carried to their later show at The Standard, which resulted in wild dancing and loud singing, a contrast to the mild rowdiness other shows at the same place had seen.
Sunday saw a change of venue to the Knoxville Botanical Gardens, where all attendees were seated in the grass with their array of colorful blankets and quilts. The day was filled with the sounds of Caleb Hawley, Mutlu, Ben Sollee, Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott, The Black Lillies and finally Brett Dennen.
For some, the acts drew them in. For others, it was the festival atmosphere and the relationships that are formed there.
"It's always fun; it's a great atmosphere," Barham said. "We love it because a lot of bands that we know play them, so it's like a family reunion among bands.
"We all tour separately so much, and festivals are the time where we can get together for at least a day or two and just drink craft beer and listen to other bands play for once. It's really fun."