Indie-rock band, Vampire Weekend, captivated fans with their catchy tunes at the Tennessee Theatre on Saturday, March 27 as part of the Big Ears Festival.
As a band that has topped the college radio station charts, it was no surprise that the show sold out days after tickets went on sale. The line just to get into the theatre wrapped around the entire block.
In true rock star fashion, the group came out on stage later than scheduled to a restless and excited audience. Their 90-minute set included hits from both their first and sophomoric albums. Each song had fans dancing and bopping their heads to the beat.
"I think they did a really good job of playing songs from both albums," said UT sophomore, Andrew Middleton. "I was afraid they were just going to stick to playing stuff from their new album."
After the band went offstage, the audience cheered nonstop, relentlessly demanding an encore. A few minutes later, the band finally emerged to play two more songs. The fans went wild with excitement.
"The encore was great, but I was really hoping they would play I Think You're a Contra," said UT freshman, Nicole Harper. "It's one of my favorites so I was sad I never got to hear it live."
Front man, Ezra Koenig, won over the audience with his sense of humor as well as his encouragement for their participation in multiple songs. In addition, his voice sounded basically flawless.
"His voice sounded perfect, and a lot of the notes he had to sing were really tricky," said UT freshman, Emily Lazek.